Eye on the prize

Circular Head Indoor Bias Bowls Association players Nicholas, 17, and Eli Huisman, 15, hope to keep their eye in for an upcoming social roster ahead of the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls National Championships set to be held in Devonport this August. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

CHIBBA. Tasmania will host the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls National Championships in Devonport this year and local brothers Eli and Nicholas Huisman have their sights set firmly on representing the state.

Younger brother Eli, 15, travelled to Shellharbour, New South Wales last year for the annual tournament while Nicholas, 17, was selected for the 2015 championships held in Warrnambool, Victoria.

To qualify for the state team, the young bowlers must each secure the title or runner-up place at the  Junior Boys’ Singles Titles, which will be held in Longford on Sunday May 28.

“There are a number of very good juniors playing in the state at the moment,” father and president of the Circular Head Indoor Bias Bowls Association Dick Huisman says.

“They will have to bowl at their best.”

Nicholas says he is motivated to represent the state again this year, as these games will be his last opportunity to do so as a junior. Eli says he is also looking forward to the challenge and hopes to represent his state at the August event.

“It’s great to have it so close to home,” he said.

“It won’t cost Mum and Dad so much if we both make the team.”

CHIBBA will host a four-week social roster in the coming weeks to prepare for the season ahead.

“This tournament is open to all people, young or old, experienced or those who have never bowled at all,” Huisman said. “We are looking for people to have a go.”

Games will be played at Circular Head Christian School from 7pm with the roster kicking off on Tuesday March 7.

“We are hoping that there are a few young people out there that are keen to have a try following on from the success of Nicholas and Eli who have only been playing for three years,” Huisman said.

“There will be prizes for the best teams and a raffle each night. At $5 a night, this is good value.”

To register contact Dick Huisman on 0448 965 065 or email djhuisman@bigpond.com.

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