Coach of South Queensland, Gail Torrens:
I feel it is an honour to take future stars to Nationals – in all Sports just to participate in the Nationals and compete is the step up from State competition. Our teams bowled competently at a standard that won them the triple gold.
What you do on the lanes is the determining factor – how many teams you bowl is not relevant as it is still the nationals and did not lessen the standard attained with the boys team bowling 950 and a 920 (team of 4) and the girls bowling 800 series with individuals, earning their place in all stars on ability and that is the way it has always been.
Covid took away the opportunity for many juniors to take this step this year and it was Russian roulette day to day for us leading up to our departure and I missed catching up with some colleagues from other States but I need to say as a sport we need to have this event locked in every year as nationals prep starts months and months earlier than the event itself. Thank you TBA and Strike 3 for keeping the nationals going.
President’s Shield combined winning bowler and All-Events Gold Medalist, Hayden Rowe:
I feel like I have lifted a great weight off my shoulders – the team lifted me and the scores came. This was my first President Shield and I wanted to make a difference and I think I did that. This is the best I have bowled since the Tritton memorial this year when I averaged 216 and finished 11th so to finish in a 220 plus average felt really great. I was proud to represent my State and finish on top of all-stars this year – a dream come true!
South Queensland Manager, Nathan Stein:
We didn’t really know what we were getting into at the start as it was obviously a very different format to previous years. Particularly there was a lot of uncertainty leading into the event with who will be there.
We made the decision if we can get there, we will go. We just wanted to get the kids bowling. 2020 was cancelled, we just wanted to be there if we could.
Despite the challenging leadup, they turned up with the right preparations, the right attitude, and we are proud of how we created the right environment for all that to occur.
Six weeks prior to the event, we had a two-day camp leading into the event to focus on bonding for the team. We had to reduce training sessions due to some uncertainty with COVID, so the real focus was on the camp. The coaches did a great job working with them and providing resources for them to work on with their individual coaches in between their other commitments. 80% of the camp was away from the lanes as it was just focused on team building.
It all worked well in the end as while here they gelled so well on and off the lanes and are such a solid unit. They got on so well and that’s rolled onto the lanes on how they performed.
That’s the best some of those kids have ever performed in their bowling careers. We created the right environment, they came with the right attitude, and they delivered.