Tasmanian junior lawn bowls championships get underway in Launceston

by Rob McGuire on January 15, 2024

The best junior (under 18) bowlers in Tasmania, some of whom are amongst the best in Australia, were on show today as Bowls Tasmania’s State Junior Championships commenced today at the Longford Bowls and Community Club and will conclude on Wednesday.

The current State Open Mixed Pairs Champion, Port Sorell’s Amity Bickley kept that form up today when she teamed with Burnie’s Imogen Patmore to narrowly take out the State Junior Pairs Championship in a tight finish from Trevallyn’s Chloe Collins and Invermay’s Nakia Daines.   Played as a sectional play round robin, Bickley and Patmore raced out to a 13-0 lead against Collins and Daines in their crucial match before a tremendous fightback from Collins and Daines saw Bickley and Patmore win by the narrowest of margins 18-17.   With a superior shot difference, Collins and Daines won their other two games, but Bickley and Patmore held on to draw their final game 16-16 against Invermay’s Jayla Triffett and Westbury’s Jesse Willis to hold on for a championship win.

In the Boys Junior Pairs Championship, sectional play winners were Lachie Thurley and Jonty Hayes, Logan Marshall and Ollie Morrison and Riley Davie and Brandon Beattie.   In a high-class semi-final played at the end of the day, Marshall and Morrison defeated Davie and Beattie 18-13 and will meet Thurley and Hayes in the grand final on Wednesday morning.

The championships continue at Longford tomorrow (Tuesday) with sectional play in the junior boys and girls singles championships, followed by quarterfinals in the boys singles championships.

Bowls Tasmania will be live streaming grand finals on its Facebook page on Wednesday.