Luke's lawn bowls under watchful eye

TWO years ago Luke Grainger was kicking the round ball on the soccer fields.

Luke is now a junior member of the St Johns Park Bowling Club sending down lawn bowls on the greens.

Luke has already represented his zone and City versus Country.

It's been a rapid rise in just two years, since he switched from soccer to bowls, through his father Bruce Grainger and his grandfather, Dick Hall.

The 15-year-old recently broke through with his first big tournament win.

Luke won the Junior South Pacific Junior under-16 singles title at Warilla.

He defeated Kyle Hansen, 31-20, in the final.

It's one of the top annual junior tournaments on the Bowls NSW calendar.

"It's the first tournament I have won," Luke said.

"I was happy to win."

The right-handed bowler said he's enjoyed the switch from soccer to lawn bowls.

He makes the trek from the Macarthur district every Friday to the St Johns Park Bowling Club junior academy.

Sharyn Renshaw, who is the junior bowls development officer, is Luke's coach.

"Luke came across to our club a few months ago and he has fitted in well, and is a real talent," Renshaw said.

"I reckon with continued commitment, Luke could be in contention for state squad selection next year, he's got the ability."

Luke is also a passionate Sydney Roosters supporter.

The Roosters won the 2013 NRL title and Luke is still crowing about it.

"Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is my favourite player," he said.

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