Australian Junior Championships 2016
The Australian Junior Championships has been run and won for
another year. Under trying conditions in
Adelaide that saw the schedule changed around multiple times to work around the
horrendous Adelaide weather that has hit this last week. In the end the competition had concluded a
day early with expectations of more bad weather to come.
Our underdog Tasmanians handled the conditions exceptionally
well under the guidance of Coach Tom O’Brien, acting assistant coach Max Amos
and manager Alison Fuller. Going into
the last day of competition there were 4 medals on our radar and the young
tigers were able to secure two silver medals for their gallant efforts.
The boys triples were the first to secure our silverware
when they progressed through to their final after winning through their section
undefeated in a tough competition that included New South Wales, Western
Australia and Northern Territory. Our combination
of Isaac Maughan (Derwent City), Josh Appleyard (Trevallyn) and Julian Brown (Penguin) came up against an inform
opponent in Queensland who had also romped through their section undefeated and
carried on their winning way through to the end.
With triples appearing to be Tasmania’s favourite discipline
at this year event, our girls also found themselves in top form when they
secured wins against New South Wales and the Norther Territory/Western
Australia composite team to also top their section and force their way into the
gold medal playoff. The Victorian girls
also progressed through undefeated and showed their experience in the final
against the young Tasmanian outfit to come away with the gold medal on this
occasion. Congratulations to Logyn
Curtis (St Helens), Alanna Kalbfell (New Norfolk) and Ebony White (Port Sorell) on a Silver Medal in the girls triples.
The young tigers also had 2 more opportunities to medal in
the boys singles and pairs disciplines.
In the boys pairs Josh Walker-Davis (North Launceston) and Lachlan Sims (Trevallyn) took on South
Australia in a tight battle, however the home town favourites proved to strong
and were able to secure the bronze. Sims
then went out to contest the blue ribbon singles event against Queensland also
fighting it out for third and fourth position.
Queensland again proved a little too strong with a 4 shot victory in the
The Tasmanian junior team have done a fantastic job at this
event and come away with 2 silver medals and an overall placing of fourth
position a mere 5points from third place.
To top things off a big congratulations to Lachlan Sims who
was today announced in the Australian Junior Squad for 2016/17.
A full list of results can be found at https://sportsdesq.sportstg.com/portal/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=16084