ON THE GREEN: Ben Cox has been selected in the NSW Combined High Schools lawn bowls championship side. Photo: MATT FINDLAYAFTER helping his Western side to third at theNSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) Lawn Bowls Championships in Newcastle last week –the region’sbest result in many years –Orange’s Ben Cox was rewarded with a state guernsey, his first.
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Incredibly, it came just a week after he helped the Western softball side to a silver medal at Orange’s Jack Brabham Park.

It’s thought to be the first time an athlete has claimed two state medals in the space of two weeksin two different sportssince NSWCHS’ establishment in 1889.

“It was pretty exciting,”the 17-year-old Orange High School student said.

“My preferred sport is probably bowls, the softball medal was a bit of a bonus I guess.

“I tried hard in Newcastle.

“I wasn’t confident of getting named, but I knew I’d done my best so I had (given myself a chance).”

Western defeated Sydney South West in the bronze medal game in Newcastle to finish third.

The Orange City Bowling Club junior skippered one set of Western’s fours, but he said the 10 maleNSWCHSrepresentatives haven’t yet been given their individual roles for theBowls NSWCHS Exchange Series in Port Macquarie next month.

NSWCHS will send two male teams and a female sides to the Exchange Series, where they’ll take on the NSW under-18 andAcademy sides.

Cox said he’ll reassess his goals for the tournament once his role in the CHS side is defined, for the moment he’s just looking to put his best foot forward –or best bowl forward, depending on which way you look at it.

“Try my hardest and play well hopefully,” the quietly spoken teenagersaid.

In the softball championship Cox helped his Western side defeat Sydney North (12-8) and North Coast (4-3) before drawing with Sydney West (5-5).

The end of the first day and entire second day of the carnival were washed out, before the CHS softball side was named.

A show of strength from the region,Canobolas Rural Technology High School’s Mac Reith-Snare and Aiden Kelly both made the cut.

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