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News Team Henselite Natasha Jones uses Fusion for Four from Four
April 15, 2013

Natasha Jones used the new Henselite Fusion bowl to claim each of her 2013 State Titles.

Four from four...Natasha Jones is the first bowler to win all four junior state titles in one year

Queensland starlet Natasha Jones has made history as the first ever bowler to win all four Queensland junior state titles in the same year.

Jones, who claimed the pairs, triples and fours trophies earlier in the week, completed the clean sweep today with a 25-9 victory over Rikki-Lee Kemp in the singles final at her home club, Bribie Island.

The outstanding achievement marks the end of an extraordinary junior career for the Queensland and Australian rep, who turns 18 in July.

“It feels incredible, fantastic, it’s one of the best moments of my life,” an ecstatic Jones said following her win.

“It’s probably the best way I could end my junior career and I’m really looking forward to the future.

“I’m taking a year out to really focus on my bowls and hopefully continue playing for Queensland and Australia.”

A blustery downpour during the final ensured the players were kept on their toes, but despite the conditions Jones looked comfortable throughout the match.

“It was a pretty tough game. When it rained the green changed a bit and I think we both found that a bit difficult, but I think I handled it a bit better in the end,” she said.

“I might have had a bit of an advantage because it’s my home club, I know the greens and I had the crowd supporting me.

“I feel horrible beating Rikki-Lee, she’s been my teammate throughout the championships and I couldn’t have won the other titles without her.

“We did make an agreement before the game that whoever lost would be happy for the other person and she played really well in the final, so she shouldn’t be too disappointed.”

While being happy with her overall performance at the championships, Kemp admitted she struggled to deal with the conditions during the final.

“I think we both played really well, but it was a hard game, especially when it rained because the green changed and I found that difficult. I went down after the rain,” Kemp said.

“I’m really happy for Natasha, it’s great for her to get all four, but I didn’t go easy on her in the final, I did my best to win the game.”

Her best wasn’t quite good enough on the day, but considering the quality of her opponent, the Bundaberg bowler can be proud of her achievements.

Jones has a good bowling pedigree, her sister Zoe won multiple state and national titles and represented Queensland and Australia during an illustrious bowing career.

Unfortunately she gave the sport away when she turned 18, but Natasha has no intention of following her down that road.

“I want to stick around, I’m going to try my hardest to keep up my bowls and see how far I can go with it.

"I just love bowls," she said.

Article by Wayne Griffin, courtesy or Bowls Queensland.


 

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Natasha Jones uses Fusion for Four from Four