Keen cleans up on the green

SHEFFIELD'S Hollie Keen was a dominate force during this week's Bowls Tasmania under-18 state championship at the West Launceston Bowls Club.

On the final day of competition yesterday, Keen took down North Launceston's Aquis Jones in the girls' singles final to add to her pairs and fours gold medals won earlier in the tournament.

Keen also defeated boys' singles champion Jack Ellis in a five-end shootout to decide who would play with Australian national bowls coach Steve Glasson in the Penguin Classic Pairs on the Australia Day weekend.

Ellis, of Claremont, won the boys' title in a tight battle 18-16, against Longford's Joey Thomas.

The three-day event featured 35 of the state's up and coming boys and girls on the green and tournament co-ordinator Warren Groves said Tasmania was in good hands.

"The boys and girls handled the heat well, the umpires looked after them and it all went fairly smoothly," Groves said.

In the girls pairs, Makayla Gibson, of Turners Beach, and Penguin's Jorji Walker defeated Keen and Jones.

Michael Sims and Shane White lost to Kane and Mitch Walker 16-9 in the boys' doubles semi-final, while Ellis and Mitchell Banks also proceeded to the final, which they eventually won 12-11.

On Sunday, Mikayla Fuller, Felicity Ives, Ebony White and Amy White joined forces to take out the girls' fours and Sims, Kane Walker, Josh Lording and Lachlan Sims took out the boys' competition.

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