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Biloela teen selected in state bowls squad

Shane Rideout (right) and Scott Dittman (centre) teamed up with Bradley Flegler to finish fourth in the under-18 Queensland Junior Bowls Championships held in Bundaberg.Photo contributedPhoto: Contributed
Shane Rideout (right) and Scott Dittman (centre) teamed up with Bradley Flegler to finish fourth in the under-18 Queensland Junior Bowls Championships held in Bundaberg.Photo contributedPhoto: Contributed

WHILE most other teenage boys were chilling out, enjoying the closing stages of the Christmas holidays, Shane Rideout sweated it out on the bowling green.

And it was all worth it, with Shane being named in a seven-man Queensland under-15 squad.

Shane competed in the State Junior Bowls Championship in Bundaberg between January 13-18.

He finished with silver in the under-15 pairs; bronze in the under-15 singles and fourth in the under-18 fours and under-18 triples.

His outstanding performance on the greens led to his selection in the under-18 State Squad, which will be cut from seven to five for a test series against New South Wales in July.

Rideout has been playing bowls for five years and attended the Junior State Championships on three other occasions, finishing second in the pairs competition last year.

Shane enjoys spending his spare time chasing several different pursuits including fishing, tennis and cricket, but said he would have to spend a bit more time on the green over the next few months refining his skills as he chases a spot in the Maroons side for the clash with New South Wales.

"I'll have to go up and practice a bit more and hopefully I can play a few senior carnivals between now and then to get in some practice.”

Rideout said he had no plans to give the sport away and would be lining up again next year at the State Championships.

"I will have to play singles and pairs in the under-18 division but playing triples and fours against the 18s this year was a good experience and gave me an idea of what to expect.”

Success on the bowling green runs strongly through Shane's family.

His father Damien, grandfather Rodney and grandmother Alison are all multiple singles champions at the Biloela Club.

Damien has featured in the state finals of the singles previously and won a State Mixed Championship with Alison.

Fellow Biloela junior bowler Scott Dittman also attended the State comp.

It was a first for Dittman, who said he loved the experience and couldn't wait to go back again in 2019.

Scott finished fourth in the under-15 pairs and fourth in the under-18 fours.

He won his first match in the singles but was knocked out in the third round.

Both juniors will feature strongly in the Biloela Bowls Club championships which get under way later this month.


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