Two young Corowa men are raising the profile of lawn bowls in the region as they both compete next month to be named state champions.
Ryan Davies, 24, will compete at the state championships in the Under 25 Victorian Singles final in Bendigo during April.
The Corowa Civic Bowls Club member beat more than 100 other bowlers, including several state players to secure his spot in the final and will go head to head with Jay Bye-Norris from Essendon.
It was Ryan’s grandparents who introduced him to the sport, which he says is no longer seen as just a game for the older generation.
“I used to go and watch my grandparents and I really enjoyed it, so I had a go and have been playing now for 14 years,” he said.
“We are starting to see a lot of younger people play these days.
“It’s good to see younger people playing what used to be an older person’s game.”
Ryan said it was the competitiveness of the game that he enjoys most and encouraged people to visit the club and “have a go themselves”.
Another Corowa Civic Bowls Club member, Thomas Webb, 22, is set to contest the Ovens and Murray State Singles title in April.
The Ovens and Murray District Singles Champion beat Tony Williams to win a spot in the final.
“I love the sport - my three brothers play and the only one in my family that doesn’t really play is my mother, but I recently got her into it,” Thomas said.
Ryan and Thomas have been members of the Corowa Civic Bowls Club for four and five years respectively.
Corowa Civic Bowls Club President Ian Bilney said it was great to have some youth at the club and wished both members the best of luck in the finals.