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Bowls club takes professional approach

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June 29, 2017

Brothers Brock and Cameron Keenan bowl in front of their father and new Rochester Bowls Club coach David.

ROCHESTER Bowls Club has appointed its first coach.

David Keenan has been named the first in the club’s history with his resume speaking for itself.

The former state player played over 60 games for Victoria and helped his team win six state titles.

Keenan also played with Bendigo East for six years which included a swag of accolades including state titles.

But the proud father is excited for the next generation of Keenan bowlers.

Two of his three sons have already taken up the sport which Keenan said is because they grew up around it.

‘‘They grew up around a bowls green,’’ he said.

‘‘It is a great lifelong sport which is often looked upon as an older persons sport, but it is for everyone.’’

Keenan’s oldest son Cameron, 12, is one of the youngest players ever to be selected in the under 18 state squad.

‘‘His ultimate goal would be to make the Commonwealth Games,’’ Keenan said.

‘‘It is pretty exciting to be so young and to have already made the state squad.

‘‘We have played a bit together and it is nice to see my boys donning the Rochy colours with me come the season.’’

Brock, 9, also enjoys getting out on the green with youngest brother Jack, 2, aware of the family’s favourite sport.

‘‘As coach all I can hope to achieve is to bring the best out of each player,’’ Keenan said.

‘‘There is a difference between social members and those who want to achieve the best they can.

‘‘I am here to ensure they all achieve that.’’

Keenan said it was important for the sport to appeal to a younger audience.

‘‘We are hoping to get as many members on board as we can. Whatever age you are, bowls can be for you.’’

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