DREAM TIME: Urangan Bowls Club member Ashley Schmidt will make his debut for the Queensland under-18 team against New South Wales next month.
DREAM TIME: Urangan Bowls Club member Ashley Schmidt will make his debut for the Queensland under-18 team against New South Wales next month. Alistair Brightman Frabowl

On a roll

ASHLEY Schmidt has been very patient.

For five months he’s been waiting for a letter to arrive from Bowls Queensland to his Hervey Bay home.

It finally did and it was worth the wait.

The 17-year-old member of the Urangan Bowls Club has been selected to represent Queensland for the first time.

He’ll play for the state under-18 team in a State of Origin bowls showdown against New South Wales at Cronulla Bowls Club.

The arch rivals will go head-to-head over three days next month.

It comes as no surprise that Schmidt, who has been bowling since he was 10, said he was thrilled with his call to arms.

“It doesn’t get any better than earning the chance to represent your state,” Schmidt, who teamed up with two other young bowlers to win the Queensland under-18 Triples Championship in April, said.

“I’m over the moon to tell you the truth.

“It certainly made the wait to get the letter worth it – I thought I would be in with a chance of getting selected but you just don’t now until you see it in black and white.”

But it wasn’t only the letter from Bowls Queensland which made Schmidt happy.

The parcel that arrived shortly after had plenty to do with that.

“When I saw the parcel was from Bowls Queensland I couldn’t wait to rip it open,” he laughed.

“I knew it would have my uniform in and I couldn’t wait to try it on.

“It sure feels great.”

Apart from plenty of hard work and dedication, what’s the key to being a good bowler?

Schmidt, who attends Wide Bay TAFE, said it comes down to who can cope with pressure the best.

“It’s all about holding your own nerve while psyching out your opponent,” he said.

“It’s about getting into their head.”



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