Is this NZ’s top u18 indoor bowler?
IF there was a national ranking system for under-18 indoor bowlers, Gisborne’s Nathan Trowell would be No.1.
That’s the opinion of Poverty Bay East Coast indoor bowls great David Lynn after Trowell’s latest success on the mats.
Trowell, 15, continued his outstanding year by outclassing all before him at the Flowright Gasfitting Invitation Junior Singles in Auckland.
Trowell never lost a game at the invitation held at the Western Bowling Hall in New Lynn.
In section play, Trowell defeated Ryan Banks (Auckland) 11-4, Jordan Newton (Counties) 7-5, Maya Goldsworthy (North Taranaki) 9-5 and Dylan Greyvenstein 9-8 (Bay of Plenty) to be one of seven to qualify for post-section play.
Post-section was a two-life system, meaning once a player lost twice, they were eliminated.
Trowell stepped it up in post-section play. He beat Samuel Anderson (North Wellington) 6-5, drew the bye in round 2, then beat Nial Vincer (Auckland) 9-7.
He and Anderson met again in the last four, with Trowell outclassing his opponent 10-5.
Round 5 was a possible final. Trowell still had two lives while opponent Jordan Keene (Hutt Valley) was down to one.
Keene must have wondered what had hit him as Trowell powered to a 14-3 win and the title.
Lynn, who competed in the Auckland Invitation Masters Singles held simultaneously, was impressed but not surprised.
“If there was a rating system, Nathan would easily be rated the country’s top under-18 bowler in 2019,” said Lynn. “His dad Malcolm (who also competed in the masters) has put a heap of coaching into him and other Poverty Bay East Coast under-18 bowlers.”
Following the PBEC juniors’ Membery Pearce Trophy top 8 success in August — the fourth year running they have won it — Lynn rates the team “number one” in the country.
Several other PBEC juniors and masters competed in Auckland, but did not qualify for post-section.