Eli’s bowling ability

Smithton’s Eli Huisman will step onto the green at the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Council’s National Championships in Shellharbour, New South Wales next month for his debut state performance. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Bowls. Eli Huisman will represent Tasmania at the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Council’s National Championships in Shellharbour, New South Wales next month after securing runner-up at the state junior titles earlier this year.

The 14-year-old is competing in his third season with the Circular Head Indoor Bias Bowls Association, alongside older brother Nicholas and father Dick.

Competing in the junior division against opponents in neighbouring clubs which make up the state’s Western Division, Eli’s points percentage was high enough to bowl over four of the five competitors and secure second spot in the Tasmanian side.

Eli will meet nine other competitors from across the country when he takes to the green from Tuesday August 22 to Saturday August 27 in the Junior Boys Singles division.

Vying for top points in the Western Division throughout the April to July season, Eli enjoys the challenge of meeting players from Burnie and Wynyard clubs, saying the experience increases his skills and knowledge of the game.

Of the impending national competition, Eli said he is feeling confident and prefers to play singles events.

“You’re in control, you decide what to do yourself,” he said, enjoying the technical aspect of the game.

Eli’s father Dick, the president of CHIBBA, is proud to have watched his son thrive in the sport and successfully gain state selection within his first three competitive seasons.

Brother Nicholas proudly represented Tasmania at the annual event last year, where he completed strongly.

“I always say we play for a very happy club, a team spirited club,” he said.

“It’s a very social sport, it’s so positive to see the young competing with and against older players.

“Eli’s bowls have improved quite a bit this year, he’s certainly picked up.”

Following the national competition, Eli hopes to represent his home state for a second time when the annual tournament comes to Devonport next year.

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