Youth Shine at Inaugural Australian Schools Super Series
Victoria’s first School Bowls Team took to the green this week to contest the Australian Schools Super Series at Darebin City Bowls Club. Victoria’s first School Bowls Team took to the green this week to contest the Australian Schools Super Series at Darebin City Bowls Club.
Victoria, who took on the NSW Combined High School Bowls Team, was part of the 30 strong contingents who went head-to-head over the three-day event.
The Victorian side was selected through school competitions run by Bowls Victoria, which culminates in the Victorian School Super Series and sees the top four schools invited to play for their state in this new national event.
“School sport is an area we really want to develop, and events like this hold us in good stead for the future,” said Sean O’Kane, Member Services and Events Manager at Bowls Victoria.
“We’ve been delighted with the success of the past three days and the feedback from the schools has been incredibly positive, O’Kane added.
Girls and boys across six squads competed for titles in four events: Singles, Pairs, Triples, and Fours. While New South Wales dominated on day one and two, Kyabram P-12 College, who claimed the Victorian Schools Super Series earlier this month and includes current Under 18 representative Olivia Cartwright, led the way for Victoria to grab a bronze medal in the sides event on day two of competition.
Bowls Victoria works alongside NSW Combined High Schools affiliate School Sport Victoria to promote bowls in the primary and secondary space, which in the last couple of years has seen the popularity in bowls grow, particularly at the primary school level.
Today finals, which received live streaming courtesy of Bowls Australia, saw NSW headline with a strong youth squad. A number of players will now head north to compete in the Under 18 National Championships from October 3-5 at Capalaba Bowls Club in Queensland.