Bowls brothers backed in by Trust

By Meg Saultry

Right now Benalla bowls brothers Tyson and Koby Cromie are midway through the action of the Australian Schools Super Series, with the pair representing Victoria this week in Queensland.

Speaking to The Ensign last week, the brothers were in last-minute preparations ahead of their departure for Tweeds Head.

“We leave on Monday and the comp starts on Tuesday and finishes on Thursday,” Tyson, 16, said.

Throughout the three-day competition, Tyson will line up in singles and pairs in one of three Victorian teams, while Koby will play triples and fours in another.

Koby lets one fly down the green as he gets set for his first schools competition.

The series is also Koby's first time at a school tournament, with the youngster one of two 12-year-olds selected in the team.

“I’m a bit nervous, but once you get up there it’s a bit better. Just having the experience will be good,” Koby said.

“Hopefully when I’m older I’ll get the same experience again, so this gives me more opportunity — if I get another chance — to learn what to do.”

Along with their individual training, the boys had two team training sessions — held in Dandenong — during the past month. 

“It was a lot of bonding as we don’t see each other often, but we also developed a couple of skills and learnt how each other play the game," Tyson said.

Tyson gets some practice in before nationals and the schools competition.

Tyson and Koby have been supported by the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust, with trustee Henry Nam on hand at Benalla Bowls Club to support the boys.

“We always look forward to seeing applications from people like the boys to get to nationals, state and regionals and if they’ve gotten those selections, under our guidelines the amount of funding they get is pretty straight forward," Nam said.

“If they make a national team, it’s a $1000 support.”

“It’s an opportunity to give the younger sportspeople in the district that little bit of support to get to these elite sporting events, and we’d love to encourage as many as possible to do it.”

Tyson and Koby would like to thank the Sportspersons Trust for its assistance which will also allow their parents Peta and Tim to join them in Queensland in support.