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3rd World Senior Championships in Germany

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The third World Senior Championships are set to begin in Germany and Australia will be out to build on the medal haul from the last world championships, where the team took home two gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

With unofficial practice starting on Saturday local time, the Australians will assemble in Munich alongside 262 of the world’s best senior bowlers from over 44 countries.

When official competition gets underway on Tuesday with the men competing in the singles, it will see Shaun Cummings return to the team alongside reigning World Champion Andrew Frawley, who took home gold in the singles and Masters events in 2015.

This time around both Frawley and Cummings will be joined by Bill Johnson and Michael Kennedy, with Johnson coming into the team after an impressive year on the national circuit, winning the Seniors Australian Open.
With the team having years of competing against each other on the national circuit, Cummings who won two bronze medals at Sam’s Town in 2015, believes this could be the edge they need heading into next week.  

“We see each other a lot when we bowl so that’s a strength.  We know each other’s game and this can help when things might not be quite right. Having Andrew with us is a major thing.  He gives us another person to bounce stuff off,” Cummings said.

With the team having attended a training session at AMF Rooty Hill in June, Cummings said they have already spoken about keeping in contention and the conditions at Dream-Bowl Palace, pictured below.

“We want to get off to a solid start and not be behind the eight ball early.  We want to keep everything tight.  At the last Worlds, the scoring wasn’t high.  If you keep sparing and not making major errors you can hang around the cut areas until you can match up later on.”

“With only one pattern this year you will be able to work your way into the tournament a bit,” Cummings said.

With the change to the single oil pattern being a significant change from the 2015 tournament, Australia’s women’s team will see Jeanette Baker and Robyn Flynn return from the team who won bronze in the teams event in 2015 and will welcome Janet Baker and Julie Harrison into the fold.

While the team boasts international experience it also possesses players in form with Harrison winning three nationally ranked titles in 2017, but former World Cup champion Jeanette Baker said the team will need to draw on everything it has learnt in the sport as competition will be strong.

“There will be more countries this time than previous years and there is a lot more European teams participating and a major contingent competing from Central and South America that haven’t competed before when it’s been in the US.”  

 “The first time we bowled at Red Rock (2013 World Senior Championships) there was only 13 countries competing,” Baker said.

With the pressure for a podium finish being intense across each event, Baker said the team is focusing on “keeping it as simple as possible” success may follow.

“Everything is different when we leave Australia.  The Americans will be very very strong, they have girls that are still competing on the pro tour and doing well.  However, Andrew’s success at Sam’s Town two years ago and his performance at PBA50 tournaments will hold him in good stead as he is such a tough competitor,” Baker said.

“Julie has been outstanding since she has bowled seniors. It’s Janet Bakers' first time and she has a great attitude and she is very open to help and suggestions.”

The women’s team will enter the competition on Wednesday with the team competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, four-player teams, all-events and masters events.

To keep in touch with the Championship visit the official website and follow and TBA Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the championship.

All rounds will be broadcast via livestream, with details to be confirmed.
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World Senior Championships 2017 – Schedule of Events
Local Time is Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Saturday – August 12
10:00 – 18:00 Ball Registration / Unofficial Practice

Sunday – August 13
10:00 – 18:00 Ball Registration / Unofficial Practice
18:00 – 19:00 Team Managers’ Meeting
Last day of arrival

Monday – August 14
09:00 – 18:00 Ball Registration (continued)
09:00 – 10:30 Official Practice (Squad A)
10:30 – 11:30 Lane Maintenance
11:30 – 13:00 Official Practice (Squad B)
13:00 – 14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00 – 15:30 Official Practice (Squad C)
15:30 – 16:30 Lane Maintenance
16:30 – 18:00 Official Practice (Squad D)
18:30 – 19:30 Opening Ceremony

Tuesday – August 15
08:30 – 12:00 Singles – Men (Squad A)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 16:30 Singles – Men (Squad B)
16:30 – 17:30 Lane Maintenance
17:30 – 21:00 Singles – Women (Squad A)

Wednesday – August 16
08:30 – 12:00 Singles – Women (Squad B)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
12:30 – 13:30 Singles Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
13:30 – 14:30 Lane Maintenance
13:30 Medal Presentation for Singles (Men & Women)
14:30 – 18:00 Doubles – Men (Squad A)

Thursday – August 17

08:30 – 12:00 Doubles – Men (Squad B)
12:00 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 16:30 Doubles – Women (Squad A)
16:30 – 17:30 Lane Maintenance
17:30 – 21:00 Doubles – Women (Squad B)

Friday – August 18
10:00 – 13:00 Team – Men – 1st Block
13:00 – 14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00 – 17:00 Team – Women – 1st Block
17:00 – 18:00 Lane Maintenance
18:00 – 19:00 Doubles Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
19:00 Medal Presentation for Doubles (Men & Women)

Saturday – August 19
08:30 – 11:30 Team – Men – 2nd Block
11:30 – 12:30 Lane Maintenance
12:30 – 15:30 Team – Women – 2nd Block
15:30 – 16:00 Lane Maintenance
16:00 – 17:30 Team Semi-Finals and Finals – Men & Women
17:30 Medal Presentation for All Events (Men & Women)
18:00 Medal Presentation for Team (Men & Women)

Sunday – August 20
08:30 – 10:00 Masters (Round 1) – Men & Women
10:00 – 11:00 Lane Maintenance
11:00 – 12:30 Masters (Round 2) – Men & Women
12:30 – 13:30 Lane Maintenance
13:30 – 15:00 Masters (Round 3) – Men & Women
15:00 – 16:30 Masters (Round 4) – Men & Women
16:30 – 18:00 Masters (Round 5) – Men & Women
18:00 Medal Presentation for Masters (Men & Women)
20:30 Farewell Celebration.