Junior Nugget thriller
One of the toughest Junior Golden Nuggets in the competition’s history, as 32 great young bowlers go head to head. Pictured left, the Queensland contingent at Junior Nugget 2016, from left, Jessie Cottell, Brittanny Wiley, Julie Allen-Best, Jess Srisamruaybai, Mitch Mears, Rebecca Rixon, Jayden Christie, Nick Cahill, Dale McWhinney-Shillington, Shane White and Jacob Nelson. (Jake Rynne absent from photo)
By Tom Sharman
The 2016 Junior Nugget (July 30 – 31) provided plenty of action with some incredibly close games, played by some of the best young talent in Australia.
This year’s winners were Kate Matthews from New South Wales who won silver at the 2015 Junior National Fours and Jordan Yates from Victoria who came third in last year’s competition.
Queenslanders claimed third and fourth place in both the boys and the girls competitions, with Mitchell Mears, Dale McWhinney Shillington, Jessie Cottell and Jessica Srisamruaybai all swishing through to the semi finals before being stopped by two NSW bowlers (girls) and two Victorians (boys).
Queensland was well represented in the annual prestige competition with 12 out of the field of 32 registered locally, including five girls, Rebecca Rixon (Kawana), Jessica Srisamruaybai (Tweed Heads), Jessie Cottell (Broadbeach), Brittanny Wiley (Binjour) and Julia Allen-Best (Tin Can Bay).
The Queensland boys in the Junior Nugget 2016 field were Jacob Nelson (Belmont), Nick Cahill (Bagara), Mitchell Mears (Algester), Shane White (Helensvale), Dale McWhinney-Shillington (Musgrave Hill), Jake Rynne (North Dalby) and Jayden Christie (Helensvale).
The full scores of the event are available by clicking here.