In a Rushworth of talent is proven on rinks

May 05, 2018

Rushworth seems to be a breeding ground for great lawn bowlers.

Star pennant player Jean Sprague was inducted into the Goulburn Valley Bowls Division Hall of Fame on Monday night, followed up by Rushworth P-12 College students coming second in a state-wide competition.

Bradie Chillingsworth, Jorge Maxwell and Matt Lange-Richards travelled to Darebin City Bowls Club on Wednesday after progressing to the decider of the State Lawn Bowls competition for schools.

The trio coached by Brad Tinning met Cobden Technical School in the big dance, going down 17-4.

The early stages of the match were enthralling as Rushworth fought back from four shots down to being just a shot behind.

But eventually Cobden’s class shone through with the Rushworth trio unable to make up the shot difference.

The silver medal completed a stellar tournament for Chillingsworth, Maxwell and Lange-Richards who are newcomers to the art of bowls.

Building confidence was the day’s first game when Rushworth won a grudge match against Kyabram P-12 College 13-3.

Maxwell skipped the side and produced one of his best performances in the opening match with second Lange-Richards and lead Chillingsworth great supports.

The trio topped its section after also defeating Fitzroy High School and Maribyrnong College.

In the semi-final against Wonthaggi Secondary College, Rushworth fought through some tough weather conditions to still find the right weight and take the match 13-5.

Rushworth student pathways and community engagement co-ordinator Kerrie Raglus was thrilled by the trio’s effort.

‘‘These boys don’t play bowls on Saturday or anything, I think it was just various sports on offer and these boys decided to have a go,’’ Raglus said.

‘‘We have had a few programs and work with the local bowls clubs about learning how to bowl and it was really one of those true Aussie stories that they had a crack.’’

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