Airlie Beach’s Juniors on a roll!
By Mark Mawson
After the success of finding two juniors to represent our area in the school competition, I decided to approach a few of our members to help sponsor a third competition for the remaining students.
Jason Bartz Plumbing, Warland Bathroom and Tiling, Tony Whitehorn and myself each contributed $500, so that prizes and trophies could be awarded weekly, as well as prizes for first, second and third to make it into an annual competition.
The competition was played for eight weeks of singles and mixed pairs, changing pairs weekly. It was a huge success and was extremely competitive with games down to the last round to decide the winners.
We had students from Year 7 to Year 12 competing and to everyone’s surprise, the boys’ winner was from Year 7. Congratulations to winner Ayden Bartz , who was closely followed by two Year 12 students, runner-up Elliott Nuske and in third place Gareth O’Sheehy.
The girls’ competition was equally competitive, also decided on the last game of the last round, with the winner being Year 11 student, Kimba Lee- Simmonds (who began bowling this year) , closely followed by Year 9 student Georgia Butler, who changed to her left hand with fantastic results.
First prize winners each received a new set of Henselite Bowls and Airlie Beach clothing and cap, runners-up received a bowling bag, cloth and measure as well as Airlie Beach clothing and cap. Thank you to sponsors Jason Bartz Plumbing, Ash Warland Tiles Pty Ltd and Betty Whitehorn, as well as Ladda Purdie, Luke Kinnear, John Askew and John Brown for their assistance. The competition was a huge success and will only get bigger next season.