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Juniors to bowl over competition at states

Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships
Junior bowlers Christian McLellan, Sophie Ogden, Zedd Peters, Marley Peters and Hannah Ogden are off to the 2021 Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships this weekend.

Five junior bowlers from the Burnett Bowls Club will be up against the state’s best at the 2021 Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships in Toowoomba this weekend.

The Bundaberg team is set to impress at the six-day competition which will showcase the exceptional talent of bowlers across the state.

Chairman of Burnett Bowls Club Des Kemp said the juniors were on track to succeed this weekend.

“I’m feeling excited, some of the juniors had their first year at the states last year and this will be their second, so they are prepared,”

“COVID did throw a spanner in the works with their training but they are all back on track now and everything should work out well for them.” he said.

Marley Peters, 10, is the youngest of the club’s juniors to be attending the Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships and is keen to head to Toowoomba for the championships.

“I have been bowling for three years and it is my second time at the championships in Toowoomba,”

“It will be really fun and it’s good to meet new people.” Marley said.

Bowling a family affair

Bowling seems to run in the family for sisters Hannah and Sophie Ogden whose cousins Marley and Zedd Peters are also attending the championships this weekend.

Hannah said it was their Nan who got them into the sport.

“Nan started bowling, then I joined and then my mum and sister joined too,” she said.

Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships
Bowling in the family: Cousins Zedd Peters, Hannah Ogden, Sophie Ogden and Marley Peters are off to the 2021 Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships

The family encouragement and love of the sport has seen Hannah attend both the state and national championships in the past.

“I was successful at the State Championships and went to the National Championships in 2019.”

“I am hoping to do the same this year as it is my last year to get selected.” Hannah said.

The competition will be strong this weekend, but the friendships made are stronger.

Hannah said it is always good to see friendly faces and at the championships each year.

“Most of the kids that get into the squad don’t live in Bundaberg, we are all so far apart,”

“When you get to see each other at the championships it is really nice. We make great memories.” she said.

The 2021 Junior State Lawn Bowls Championships will be held at North Toowoomba Bowls Club and Toowoomba Bowls Club, between Sunday 17 January and Friday 22 January 2021.

For more information or to see the draw for the State Championships head to the Bowls Queensland website.