2019 Junior State Championships
U-18 Open Pairs
An interstate move from Victoria to Tweed Heads didn’t deter Kira Bourke from giving herself a warm welcome to QLD junior bowls. Alongside skip Jake Rynne, they won the under-18 Pairs finals 19-13 against Mitch Doyle and Sean Gillis. Holding on to a six-shot lead with two ends left in the final, the newly formed partnership of Bourke and Rynne remained steady against Doyle and Gillis who had strong wins in the previous rounds.
Doyle and Gillis closest game leading up to the final was their 22-16 victory over Carl Flegler and Bradley Flegler in the first round. What followed was 18-13 win over Urangan Bowls’ Jarret siblings Chloe and Kody, then a 22-11 victory over Cody Staggard & Jacobye McKerche before the finals.
It was a more neck-and-neck journey to the finals for Jake and Kira winning their games against Caleb Bowles & John Hammond by three and one half of last year’s pairs winner Shane Rideout & Nick Cahill by eight shots. Beating his friend Nick to the finals was a particular highlight for Jake. “A win over Nicky is always a good day,” he said.
Gold Medal Final: Kira Bourke & Jake Rynne 19 DEF Mitchell Doyle & Sean Gillis 13
Bronze Medal Final: Breeanna Pegg & Jack Davies (TBA – final scores being verified)
Gold: Kira Bourke & Jake Rynne
Silver: Mitchell Doyle & Sean Gillis
Bronze: Breeanna Pegg & Jack Davies
See more details here: https://www.bowlsqld.org/Events/State-Events/Junior-State-Championships/JSC-U18-Open-Pairs-Results
U15 Open Pairs
It was a resounding 21-12 win in the under-15 pairs finals for the pint-sized Syarra Blain from Victoria Point and skip, Belmont’s Kane Nelson. Though not a completely unsurprising considering an overwhelming 53-4 win during the sectional round. In the semi-finals they showed off the strength of their team again coming back to win in last end picking up three shots for a 17-16 finish.
The silver medalists Todd Brain and Jack Chirgwin from Cunnamulla, despite the loss, are glad that their 11-hour trip to the Sunshine Coast paid back some dividends. Todd’s father and team manager Rick Brain said he was glad that Todd and the contingent of bowls players that travelled to the Coast had the oppurtunity to face a high level of competition.
Gold Medal Final: Syarra Blain & Kane Nelson 21 DEF Todd Brain & Jack Chirgwin 12
Bronze Medal: Samuel Collier & Ty Jesberg 33 DEF Corey Marshall & Clancy Biggar 5
Gold: Syarra Blain & Kane Nelson
Silver: Todd Brain & Jack Chirgwin
Bronze: Samuel Collier & Ty Jesberg
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