BY VAN RANSLEY*
RILEY Davie is proving that lawn bowls is certainly not just the province of senior citizens.
Riley began his association with bowls a couple of years ago when he and twin sister Grace tried barefoot bowls at the Brighton Bowls and Community Club.
While bowls wasn’t to be for Grace, Riley took to it like the proverbial ‘duck to water’ and hasn’t looked back.
The Grade 7 St Virgil’s student is in his second season of pennant, often playing with and against experienced players in their 70s and 80s. Such has been Riley’s improvement that he has played several games in the Club’s second side, Division 3, after some brief experience in that division in his first season.
Riley has had the great benefit of ongoing interest and support from former premier division player, mentor and pop, veteran bowler Kevin Booth, which has not only helped with the development of his game but also his confidence to assimilate with players many years his senior.
Noted for his intensely keen attitude and willingness to listen and learn, Riley is a member of the Southern Tasmania Junior development squad which plays a statewide series against counterparts from the North and North West. Riley has shown to be very competitive in these games and recently achieved success when required to step up as skip of a rink.
Junior players have many opportunities to advance to higher skill levels with organised training and region and State representation for those who wish to advance to those levels.
Some experienced observers predict a bright future in the sport for Riley, who is also a handy cricketer if he maintains his present trajectory of improvement.
*Van Ransley is president of the Brighton Bowls and Community Club