Triples set shining example
The QLD boys triples claimed gold at the Australia U18 Championships against tough competition. (Pictured from left: Golden boys Jacob Nelson, Dale McWhinney Shillington and Mitchell Mears happy after defeating silver medalists Tasmania in this year’s Australian U18 Championship triples final.)
The Australian Under 18 Championships (October 1-3) was a tough campaign for defending champions Queensland, however Jacob Nelson, Dale McWhinney-Shillington and Mitchell Mears performed well as a triples team to bring home gold.
The boys had been on a hot-streak in South Australia throughout the triples competition defeating every team in their section and continued their success with a big 19-6 win in the final against Tasmania.
QLD took on some of the best U18 players in Australia and still managed to produce results with the team bringing home a total of four medals out of the eight disciplines, with the girls 4th overall and the boys 3rd despite the adverse weather conditions.
The girls fours picked up silver after a strong performance in their sectional play winning three out of three, but Julia Allen-Best, Rebecca Rixon, Shervawn Wilson, Jessica Srisamruaybai just lost out to a strong NSW side 19-7 in the final play off for gold.
QLD’s bronze medals were collected in the singles finals by Jacob Nelson after beating Tasmania 21-17 in the boys section and Jessie Cottell for the girls after winning 21-9 against WA .
The other members of this year’s U18 team were Jake Rynne (North Toowoomba), Jayden Christie (Club Helensvale).
To view the entire draw and results visit the Bowls Australia results portal available here.