Tailor Appleby completed the first father-son double triumph at the Junior South Pacific Carnival after clinching the Open Singles title at Warilla Bowls Club.
Tailor’s father Aaron won the Singles in 1995 and his 17-year-old son farewelled the carnival in style by adding to the Pairs title he won three years ago.
‘’It’s a big win, one of my biggest for sure,’’ the Kurri Kurri-based Tailor said.
‘’I made the final of the state junior singles last year and previously won the junior state fours but this is up there with those.’’
Appleby won his section on the opening day then claimed three post-sectional wins which included beating 2018 U16 champion Connor Freeman (Raymond Terrace) 25-18 in the semi-finals.
Appleby took the title with a hard-fought 25-22 win over Cabramatta’s Matthew Swan to complete a marathon day of Singles. Swan beat Warilla’s Toby Peters 25-24 in a thrilling quarter-final and trailed 22-12 in the final before rallying to level at 22-22.
Bomaderry’s Justin Rumble won his section in the Open Singles, which featured seven sections and many talented bowlers from across NSW.
Toby Peters clinched his third Junior South Pacific Pairs title in just four years after he and Connor Freeman beat Merrylands duo Jack McShane and Michael Phillips 24-11 in the final.
At just 15 years old Peters is the youngest bowler to win three Pairs titles, plus he won the U16 Singles in 2017.
Ettalong’s Bailey Meti took out this year’s Under 16s Singles in his first appearance at the event.
The 15-year-old beat Jack McShane 25-4 in the final after scraping past Dapto Citizens’ Jackson Williams 25-23 in the quarter-finals and surviving another tough battle 25-24 against Eastlake’s Ryan Hansen in the semi-finals.
More than 100 players nominated for the 32 nd Junior South Pacific in Under 16s Singles, Open (under 18) Singles and Pairs with a good turnout of 12 sections for the Under 16s format.
‘’It’s my first time here and I’ve loved it,’’ said Meti, who took up bowls as a seven-year-old inspired by watching Australian star Aron Sherriff at his home club Ettalong.
In U16s, Gerringong’s Charlie Jeffers won both his matches to claim Section 2, while Jackson Williams was also unbeaten in taking Section 10.
Warilla’s Ryan Nabbe lost two matches in his Under 18s section but had a great 12-shot win over last year’s finalist Rebekah Lord.
This year the Junior South Pacific Carnival celebrated its 32 nd year and is one of the most credentialled and established junior bowls events in Australia.
It has been a springboard for some of Australia’s greatest bowls talent.
World champion and former World No 1 Leif Selby won the second Junior South Pacific Singles in 1988 and helped run the event for more than a decade before recently moving to New Zealand.
Among the other top bowlers to win the Open Singles are Brett Duprez (1991), Scott Bateup (1998), plus Australia’s current top bowler Aron Sherriff in 2001 and 2002, and Aaron Teys in 2011 and Ben Glasson in 2012.