Strong state, national performances

BowlsThe Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Championships featured strong performances from Circular Head players recently.

Held in Devonport from Sunday August 20 to Saturday August 26, Circular Head Indoor Bias Bowls Association members Tom O’Rourke, Dick Huisman, Eli Huisman and Holly Huisman were selected to represent at the annual competition.

Following her runner-up performance in the Western Division Junior Girls Singles Championships this year, Holly, 13, made her debut at the national competition, playing with rival team South Australia.

Overcoming a nervous start to the competition, Holly prevailed to take the lead ahead of her opponents on several occasions however was unable to clinch a victory.

Placing runner-up in the Junior Boys Singles Competition earlier this year, Eli, 15, returned to represent his state at national level for a second time.

Performing confidently, Eli earned four wins from his nine games to finish in seventh place, an improvement on two victories last year.

As the current president of the Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Council, O’Rourke was set to play in the Tasmanian Men’s Fours team however medical reasons resulted in a late withdrawal.

Appointed as assistant team manager, Dick was also selected as an emergency player and contributed to umpiring throughout the championships.

Although not receiving an opportunity to fill in, Dick played a social game with opposing team managers to win three from three games in what was an entertaining afternoon.

Overall, Tasmania performed to a high standard holding a two-point lead entering the final day of competition however were defeated by Victoria 268 points to 262 for their 15th straight title. While the Tasmanian Junior Team, consisting of two girls and two boys, claimed the Bill Newman Trophy – an honour presented to the best junior side.

In other bowls news, Stanley Golf Indoor Bowls Club has secured the Circular Head Indoor Bias Bowls Association Pennant Grand Final for the third successive year.

The club represented well at the Western Division Pennant Final to win against Wynyard and Burnie and qualify for the State Pennant Final in Devonport.

Claiming two of three games, Stanley was named the state’s runner-up after losing to Launceston on a countback.

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