Australia 9th @ World Junior Titles 2016
Australia is out of the World Junior Bocce Titles for 2016 but finishes 9th overall.
In the Rapid Throw a good start for Australia in the first heat with a score of 35. France, Croatia and Italy top qualifiers., but the next qualifying heat was tuff and not as good with Australia narrowly missing out by 1 point.
“…We would have been happy with 38 and had the potential to achieve this target “. “ We were pipped at the post for a top 8 finish by 1point to finish 9th.
Although a good effort by Daniel & Ivan in the Double Rapid throw with a score of 36 hits from 52 throws Slovenia were better with a score of 37/56 which qualified.
Overall an excellent effort given the strength of the competition! A lot of thanks is owed to George who managed to iron out a few niggles in performance in the progressive throw!
Talking of medals - Croatia scored 52 from 59 in this second round to qualify in first place. Medals are far more expensive these days!
Likewise in the U23 Precision throw Australia was unsuccessful, needing 14 to qualify only managed a score of 10 and ending Australia’s run.
In the U18 Singles, Nicole competed in her second round of the singles coming back from 2-10 to finish with a score of 7 - 13 against an informed Turkish player . Her pointing in this round saw a positive
improvement as her confidence grew. The outstanding point of the match occurred after she twice failed to shoot the opponents ball which was touching the jack - giving her no option but to point- and what a point - right on the jack dislodging the opponents bowl – Great bowling!
With more experience and her continued commitment to training - Nicole has huge potential and is a player to watch - says both her coach as well as the Italian coach, who predicts that she could well make the Australian women's team in China in 2018!
Nicole's first appearance at a world Title under 18 championship will hopefully inspire other young women and teenage girls to take up the sport!