Bowls QLD State Men's Singles Champion Jay Dawe from Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club
Bowls QLD State Men's Singles Champion Jay Dawe from Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club Bowls Queensland

Long lay off no sweat for Jay as he conquers all

TEWANTIN Noosa Bowls Club has another young gun in the mould of Aussie star Kelsey Cottrell.

The club's Jay Dawe may have given away the sport for 10 years, but it certainly hasn't taken long for him to regain championship form on the region's greens.

Dawe was recently crowned the Bowls Queensland State men's singles champion at Club Maroochy after defeating Jacob Nelson 25-22.

Coast greens have hosted the state championships across the past fortnight but it all culminated in the final day with the men's and women's singles finals.

Claiming victory wasn't easy on the day, with Dawe describing his match as one that went "right down to the wire”.

"It feels great (to win) and I'm over the moon,” he said.

"It's a bit of a surprise to be honest but I knew I had the skills and if I could knuckle down (I would stand a chance).”

The state title comes on the back off a lengthy hiatus from the sport for Dawe.

"When I was 18 I stopped playing bowls for 10 years and only got back into it about a year-and-a-half ago.”

The 29-year-old only returned to the sport following illness.

"I got appendicitis and couldn't work for three weeks, so after a couple of days hanging around Dad started rolling again and I went down (with him) and loved it and really enjoyed it.”

Former Caloundra bowler Bolivia Millerick won the women's singles after defeating Jessie Cottell 2514 in the final. Club Kawana's Ian Schuback won in mixed pairs with Chloe Stewart while Club Kawana's Merril Ahern and Linda Morish (Pine Rivers) won in the women's over-60 pairs.