Bowls youngsters put on a good show for seniors

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WOLVERTON Park played host to local rivals Bradwell last weekend in a bowls game with a difference as one rink was made up of junior players from both clubs.

The Wolverton junior rink consisting of Allister Copeland, 12, Tiffany Clements, 13, Deon Bertans, 14, and Nathan Nimmo, 14, got off to a great start and were leading 21-5 after nine ends.

But the Bradwell rink of Sacha Crawford, 11, Harry Axelson, 13, Luke Reeves, 14, and Sam McLeod, 14, kept their nerve as they got used to the green and set about reducing the deficit.

The game developed into an exciting one as Bradwell started catching up with some excellent shots, generating lots of applause and cheering from the supporters watching from the bank.

But Wolverton managed to hold on and kept Bradwell at bay with the final score after 21 ends finishing at 26-17 in the home side’s favour.

Running these rinks of juniors alongside the seniors was a first for both clubs and has given the organisers inspiration to arrange more fixtures like it in the future.

Local clubs in general are reporting a growing interest among young bowlers with a number of juniors dispersed around the city at Bletchley St Martins, Scot Bowls and Bletchley Town, as well as Wolverton Park and Bradwell.

Any young person interested in going along and giving bowls a try should contact their local club where there are qualified coaches available to give free coaching to those aged between 10 and 18.

And for those who want to take it seriously, they can do as some have done already and go on to play in county and national competitions within their own age groups,