Hamish's eyes fixed on playing for NZ

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2013
Hamish Kape
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YOUTHFUL: Hamish Kape, of Okato, doesn’t mind mixing it up with those much more senior than him at the Taranaki Open fours bowls tournament.

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He might be light on experience compared to most opponents but teenager Hamish Kape sees age as no barrier in the Taranaki Open men's fours tournament.

The 15-year-old is playing his fourth tournament after first appearing as a greenhorn at just 11.

It was his father, Ken, who first got him interested in the sport.

"I was playing golf beforehand but it was too hard with transport, with him taking me to golf and him going to bowls, so I thought I might as well have a go at this game," he said.

"I really started to enjoy it, so I thought I might as well have a real go at it."

Playing at second, with his father leading off, the Okato team had a win and a loss on the first day before winning 28-11 yesterday morning.

Although their four has had limited success at the Open, Kape junior's progress has been reasonably rapid.

"I've had the opportunity to trial for the New Zealand under-18 squad and I've made the Taranaki development team," he said. "I didn't quite make the New Zealand team but I'm really keen to have another go because I've still got three more years up my sleeve. I just have to keep going and see if I can nudge my way into the team."

Hamish prefers the singles format of the sport but the Coastal Taranaki School student still enjoys the experience of playing in the Open.

And. fresh from making post-section play in the singles at the national bowls tournament earlier this month, he remains optimistic of repeating the dose this week with his four.

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