Teenager Breen poised to make history at Hopton

Welsh teenager Jarred Breen will make history at the Potters Leisure Resort this week when he becomes the youngest player to compete in the premier World Bowls Tour event.

Welsh teenager Jarred Breen will make history at the Potters Leisure Resort this week when he becomes the youngest player to compete in the premier World Bowls Tour event.

Qualifier Breen, 17, from Tonyrefail in Mid Glamorgan, will face Englishman Robert Chisholm in the opening match of the singles championship tomorrow morning.

Chisholm is no stranger to history-making achievements in the sport himself after becoming the first qualifier to win the Welsh International Open in Swansea last year - a feat which propelled the 24-year-old from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to a world ranking of 19 for this season.

But Breen will be rubbing shoulders with considerably older fellow competitors this week -- including distinguished Scot Willie Wood.

The 71-year-old from East Lothian, who has earned an MBE for his contribution to the sport, finds himself back in the big time following victory in the Scottish qualifying event. Wood made his debut in the 1982 championship, was runner-up in 1989, and is returning to the event after an 11-year gap.

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