Jacks has been playing crown green bowls with his Grandad now for about 18 months. He joined a youth team last year and Grandad has helped set up a new team at our local club. Jack now plays alongside his sister and cousins for Royton cricket, tennis and bowling club.
Over the winter season he spent many Sundays playing at a park in Stockport. It is there he has learnt lots more about technique and developed his game. He played against adult county players and some good junior players as well. Earlier this year he was asked to try out for the Junior Federation Crown Green Bowling team for Cheshire parks and Middleton. It was a full on day of games against players nearly twice his age.
A few weeks ago Grandad called us to say he had made the team and would be playing on Sunday 7th in the Junior Federation Crown Green Bowling team in Leyland. Initially we thought he would only play 2 games but he actually went on to play 5. I couldn’t be more proud of how he played and conducted himself and I think Grandad was proud too.
The Junior Federation Crown Green Bowling event is held every year by the Federation of Crown Green Bowls. This years tournament was held in Leyland on 7th May and the next tournament will take place on 2nd July 2017. Jack has already been told he will be playing that day for Cheshire Parks and Middleton as well as my niece Shannon. He is super excited.
Below are the results for the 5 games which Jack played. He won 2 of the 5 games. I am so proud because as you can see some of the opponents are nearly twice his age and have been playing a lot longer than Jack. He played exceptionally well and kept his cool all day.
Results for Jacks 5 Games: (age of opponent)
Game 1 – Jack (8) 17 – 21 James (15)
Game 2 – Jack (8) 21 – 13 Blake (13) WIN
Game 3 – Jack (8) 14 – 21 Louis (14)
Game 4 – Jack (8) 21 – 17 Emily (15) WIN
Game 5 – Jack (8) 15 – 21 Wilson (15)
After playing so well one of the coaches said he was certainly good enough to play at junior county level. Jack is so excited that people think he is good enough and that he will hopefully have the chance represent Greater Manchester in the county championships. We are just waiting now on a call to say he can play.
He loves playing and gets involved every Friday in his league games as well and various knock out competitions. All the kids often enter knock out bowling competitions and partner an adult. Jack and Grandad even won once. Make sure you come back and follow his progress from the next federation game to be held in July.