Flannery takes gold, WRAS produces strong all-round showing | Photos

Orange’s Nick Flannery continued to forge his reputation as one of best young bowlers in NSW at the ClubsNSW Academy Games, bringing home a gold medal in the competition’s tenpin tournament.

Flannery sealed top spot in the singles and also claimed a silver medal in the All Events, he and the rest of the Western Region Academy of Sport team – which also included seven other Orange bowlers – performed well as a whole too, just missing out on a top three spot in the teams.

The tenpin squad was one of several WRAS sent to the games, in fact almost 100 athletes and coaches from the region were in action at the Central Coast.

WRAS competed in five different sports and sports program manager Eoin Scullion said they were all very competitive.

Orange’s Sophie Brisbane starred for WRAS’ division one netball side, claiming the MVP award as her side won five of its eight games.

A highlight for the squad was taking down the highly-fancied South West Sydney Academy side.

The WRAS division one side also included Millie Wilcox, Siara Jawai, Kate Mastronardi, Farrah Staniforth and Emily Williams.

WRAS’ division two side came away with six wins, a draw and three losses, with Dubbo’s Payton Reynolds being crowed MVP.

“Last year, both teams only won one game each,” Scullion said.

WRAS’ boys’ and girls’ hockey sides both finished second, acquitting themselves well individually and as teams.

Orange’s Millah Allcorn, fresh her of NSW Combined Catholic Colleges selection, was named WRAS’ girls’ MVP while Bathurst’s Tyler Willot was handed the boys’ award.

In the golf section of the Games, WRAS finished second and fourth in the Team Academy Challenge, battling hard with Illawarra, which finished first and third.

“Seven of the nine golfers broke their handicaps, despite playing tough conditions,” Scullion explained.

Scullion said WRAS’ basketball sides were superb in a hotly-contested section of the competition, showing plenty of grit.

The girls’ side finished third, performing to a high standard throughout.

“For tenpin, hockey and basketball, this was the culmination of their WRAS program,” Scullion explained.

“It was great to see all the effort from their strength and conditioning and squad training sessions showcased over the ClubsNSW Academy Games weekend.

“For the golf and netball squads, they’ll continue with their training programs and will be competing at the NSW Junior Gold Championships, the Australian Invitational Youth Games and the Netball NSW Regional High Performance Camp in the future.”