Leelyn prepares for next match

LOSING to Sunshine Coast bowler Carly Griffiths in the final of the under-18 Australian Open event has made Hervey Bay junior bowler Leelyn Cruddas even more determined to bring her A game with her the next time the two talented young bowlers meet.

The two Queenslanders competed against each other in Victoria and Cruddas already knew Griffths had a reputation as being a great bowler.

Cruddas, on the other hand, had grown in confidence throughout the tournament and was determined to defeat Griffiths when they reached the final.

“I wasn’t expecting to make the semis,” she said, adding that she was surprised to even make the top 16 that went away to compete at the national titles.

“I just played every bowl to the best of my ability.”

Unfortunately her determination wasn’t enough to get her over the line but she knows she’ll get another chance to win the title next year – and she’s making that her goal.

Cruddas said her strong performance would motivate her.

“Now I know what I can achieve.”

During the final, Cruddas gained a one-shot lead in the first set and was getting ready to celebrate the biggest win of her bowls career before Griffiths staged a come back.

Griffiths took the second set 13-0 and forced a tie break.

She then played some great shots to finish with a four-shot winning margin to claim the national title.

Cruddas has been playing bowls for five years and reckons it has become something of a passion.

“It’s something I really enjoy,” she said.

A big part of this enjoyment is the social aspect of sport. Cruddas enjoys competing but also enjoys the team aspect of the sport.



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