Junior Tournament to attract Australia’s finest young bowlers

Australian Tenpin Bowling currently boasts’ the world’s best bowler in Jason Belmonte and over the years Australia has produced many great bowlers.

With this in mind and the recent news of Tenpin Bowling being shorted listed for the 2020 Olympic Games, the sport is focusing more than ever on developing its junior bowlers.

This month TBAQ will host a junior’s only tournament to attract and develop bowlers from across the country. The inaugural Queensland Junior Cup will be held at AMF Robina from the 25th to 26th July and is open to boys and girls under 18 years of age.

CEO of TBAQ Gail Torrens said the tournament is “aiming to attract more junior participants to the sport.  The tournament will be a good step towards participating in ranked tournaments and gaining selection in the national training squad.”

“This is one of the few tournaments offering equal prizemoney for boys and girls.” Torrens said.

“We would love to get 60 bowlers in the tournament, we are also trying to attract more girls into bowling. It’s a great opportunity to meet other young bowlers and network.”

One bowler who has already registered for the tournament is Matthew LeFranc. The Warners Bay bowler is making the 8 hour drive to compete in the event said “I am looking forward to competing against some good bowlers from Queensland. It will be good to gain some practice under pressure.”

“It’s good to meet some new friends and see the different bowling styles. I have been putting in more hours practicing for the tournament.”

The New South Welshman believes the Queensland Junior Cup will prepare him for selection in the Northern NSW Presidents Shield team to compete at next year’s Junior Nationals.

The Queensland Junior Cup is also appealing to bowlers from across Queensland looking to develop their game.

“I know a lot of bowlers coming from everywhere to bowl in the tournament. It’s a big state-wide tournament with a good prize pool. Other good bowlers will be there and I am looking to meeting some new faces.” Said Leo Clancy.

Clancy hails from Hervey Bay and is excited at bowling in the tournament that will prepare him for upcoming roll offs.

“It’s the first Queensland Junior Cup, it will be good to build my tournament experience. It will be an awesome experience to be with all junior bowlers and not mixed in with adults.”

TBAQ’s focus for many years has been on developing young bowlers. Torrens said “tournaments such as these increase the profile of the sport and create exciting possibilities. We are in conversations to create similar tournaments.”

Torrens also recognises that tournaments such as this don’t happen without support.

We would like to thank Schweppes & Gold Coast City Council for their support of the event. The Queensland Junior Cup demonstrates our community partnerships.” Torrens said.

Any bowlers looking to enter the tournament visit https://tbaq.org.au/tbaq-events/queensland-junior-cup/ or contact Linton Chataway on 07 3876 5400 or by email at dev@tbaq.org.au

By Chris Rushton