2015 Under 18 National Championships – Final Day
They say that every cloud has a silver lining and that cannot be doubted in respect to the Victorian Under 18 team challenge at the National Championships that wound up in Tuggeranong ACT yesterday.
Silver Medals were the order of the day for Tiffany Brodie in the Girls Singles final where she had her colours lowered by another rising star on the bowls horizon in Sophie Young from Queensland. Both girls were undefeated going into the final and it was Sophie who remained that way after she accounted for Tiffany in a polished display to run out 21-13 and secure the gold for Queensland.
Saddling up for gold again in the second session, Tiffany was middle peg in the Victorian Girls Triples team with Amelia Bruggy leading and Natasha Russell taking on the skipping duties. Try as hard as they did to get over the line the Victorian girls fell just short in their challenge and they went down fighting 20-23, once again to Queensland.
No joy either for Jayden Christie and Joshua Corless in the Boys Pairs Bronze medal play-off match as they had to settle for fourth place, their loss too at the hands of their Queensland counterparts 14-19.
Jayden Christie had a point to prove when he stepped out for his Bronze Medal play-off match against Mitchell Banks from Tasmania and Jayden rightfully claimed the Bronze with a very solid 21-10 win.
In the Girls Pairs Bronze medal play-off match Victoria finally turned the tables on their Maroon opponents and Mikayla Long and Tayla Morison marched to victory with a very well contested 18-7 win.
Not to be left out of the Bronze medal onslaught, the Victorian Boys secured their spoils with a 29-7 victory over the much improved Northern Territory team. Todd Trewarne, Jordan Yates, Curtis Hanley and Joshua Corless carried all before them in this match that enabled all players to come away from the National Under 18 Championships with at least one medal each.
The Victorian Girls Four finished in fifth place after a 24-7 win over Tasmania and the Boys Triples also took fifth spot after they accounted for the Northern Territory 26-12.
Pleasing to note that at the completion of the Championships the National Under 18 Squad was announced and there were five Victorians rewarded for their efforts not just at this event, but from performances over the past season. The players chosen in the squad are, Tiffany Brodie, Amelia Bruggy, Tayla Morison, Jayden Christie and Joshua Corless.
We wish all of these players well in their pursuit of representing Australia.
Special thanks also should go to everyone involved in the Victorian travelling party with particular mention to Doug and Joy Kneebone and Rob Wilson and Louise Morison for all their efforts during the week. Not forgetting also those other family members and supporters who made the trip to Canberra to support the team and those back home who waited patiently for results to be posted on how their favourites went.
If you’re Under 18, it’s on again next year!