Young bowlers roll with heat


Oak Flats' Jordan Taylor reached the pairs and singles final. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

Oak Flats' Jordan Taylor reached the pairs and singles final. Picture: ADAM McLEAN

The pairs finalists in the 26th annual Junior South Pacific carnival battled extreme heat at Warilla Bowling Club yesterday with Warilla's Samantha Noronha teaming with Belrose's William Johnson to win the title.

The pair overcame Oak Flats' Jordan Taylor and Fairy Meadow's Danyon Christie 32-9 in oppressive conditions, with tournament organisers then switching both the under-16 and under-18 singles finals to the club's world class indoor facility.

Carnival spokesman Leif Selby said the temperature touched 47 degrees around 12.30pm yesterday.

"It's an outdoor event but we have a duty of care to the players to take the singles [finals] indoors," Selby said.

"The benefit of having such a fantastic facility at Warilla is whether it's pouring down or in this case extreme heat you can move indoors."

The five-day Junior South Pacific carnival featured about 80 of NSW's top junior bowlers.

Australian under-18s rep Noronha, playing on her home green and partner Johnson were the outstanding pairs combination, winning six matches.

Meanwhile, 14-year-old Taylor completed a great tournament by also making the under-16s singles final, before losing 31-17 to an impressive Jay Breust (Narooma).

Breust was the standout player in the under-16 division and stormed past last year's finalist Jono Davis (Dubbo Railway) 25-10 in their semi-final.

In his other three games, Breust won by 14, 16 and 17 shots.

Taylor already plays in the senior No 1 pennants team for Oak Flats and showed his potential with a great win over St Johns Park state player Jamie Lee Worsnop in his opening sectional match.

He went on to win four more matches on the way to the final.

Meanwhile, Glenbrook's Greg Jeans showed his potential with a strong 31-16 win over Fairy Meadow's Dawn Hayman in the open singles final.

Jeans had the draw shot working perfectly to deny 15-year-old Hayman becoming the first female to win the open singles crown.

Jeans beat defending champion Ben Glasson 25-22 in the sectional round.


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