Bailey Leask making history

By Tyler Maher

Tomorrow’s Goulburn Valley Bowls Division top tier grand final is making history before a bowl is even sent down.

Along with it being East Shepparton’s first appearance in a division one decider, when the club takes on powerhouse Shepparton Golf at Kyabram Bowling Club, one of its members is breaking new ground just by being selected.

Bailey Leask, 14, will become the youngest player to play in a GVBD division one weekend pennant grand final when he steps out onto the green tomorrow and he is excited to showcase his talent on the biggest stage of them all.

‘‘I’m pretty pumped up,’’ Leask said.

‘‘It’s a good achievement, I’m pretty happy.’’

While the teenager will let his bowls do most of the talking tomorrow, he did heap praise on East team mates — especially rinkmates Daniel Nichols and Connor and Mackenzie Trewren — who have made this season so enjoyable for him.

‘‘It’s good (to play with a few) younger blokes,’’ Leask said.

‘‘We’re embracing the grand final spirit, but we’ll keep doing what we’re doing. It’s just another game but with more (on the line).’’

Leask’s mother Stacey Collier was over the moon with how her son had been accepted at his new club and was looking forward to watching the team perform well tomorrow.

‘‘He’s absolutely loved it out at East Shepp with a younger group,’’ Collier said.

‘‘It’s good to see him have fun and enjoy himself out on the green.

‘‘His skills have improved so much, I’m so proud of how far he’s come in eight months.

‘‘We call it the kids rink and the whole rink just really knows how to handle themselves, they all feed off each other.

‘‘I’m really proud of him and how he handles himself and hopefully they can come away with the win (tomorrow).’’

And as for whether adding the title of youngest GVBD division one weekend pennant premiership winner to his resume would top off a brilliant campaign at East, Leask was straight to the point in his assessment.

‘‘For sure,’’ he said.