Kaleb's golden success at the nationals
BOWLING: Bundaberg's Kaleb Coyne got the perfect ending to his junior career in bowling.
The teenager was part of the South Queensland side that recently finished on top at the Australian Junior Titles for bowling in Frankston, Victoria.
Coyne helped South Queensland claim bronze overall in the junior interstate and gold in the boys component of the event.
"We just had a team that gelled really well together,” he said.
"There wasn't any outliers in the team.
"Coming away with the win with the boys was good.”
Coyne said it made up for his performance in the singles.
He finished fifth in the Junior Classic Cup but struggled in other events.
"I didn't bowl as well as I wanted to,” he said.
"There was a lot I took out of it.
"I need to work harder, start working on my physical game again.
"But this year was a good finishing point for me.”
Coyne was joined at the nationals by fellow Bundy bowlers Hannah Clark and Connor Dingle.
But neither were there to compete for Queensland.
Clark represented Western Australia with Dingle playing for the ACT.
Dingle finished second in B-grade doubles with Amos Salvestro and 11th in A-grade singles.
"I did alright for myself,” he said.
"It was a bit weird (competing for ACT) because I got there and didn't know anyone.
"But by that night, we knew everyone, we bonded real good.”
Clark had the same feeling for Western Australia initially, but said she made really good friends with the team during and after the event.
She finished 23rd in the junior A-grade singles and ninth in the same grade in all events.
Clark said the goal was to qualify for South Queensland next year.
"I've got to keep practicing and not overthink it when I compete to make it,” she said.