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Seniors Battle It Out This Weekend for the Australian Open

Thursday, March 14, 2019

ZONE BOWLING Keon Park will host the third national seniorís ranked event of 2019 this weekend when the Seniors Australian Open begins on Saturday.

When the 16 game tournament gets underway on Saturday morning, 2018 winner Mick Talevski will be back to defend his title.  After winning by 174 pins last year, the Keon Park bowler went on to finish second on the 2018 senior menís national rankings behind fellow Victorian Andrew Thorpe.

Having finished fifth at last monthís Campbelltown Vintage Classic, Talevski will return to his home centre where he will look to go back to back.

After finishing on top of the senior rankings in 2018, Thorpe will enter the tournament with confidence after winning the 2019 Campbelltown Vintage Classic by 135 pins that included a 300 in the final game of the tournament.

Steve Lenton will also be competing this weekend.  After finishing second at last yearís event and fourth at the 2019 Campbelltown Vintage Classic, Lenton will get his tournament underway in squad B on Saturday.

In the senior ladies rankings, it is tight at the top and this weekend could see the lead change.  After winning the Campbelltown Vintage Classic and placing fifth at the Hammer Queensland Classic, Christine Clark currently holds the lead and a win this weekend will see the Bendigo bowler build a healthy lead heading into the back half of the year.

Clark will come up against Tracey Crisp who sits in second on the rankings table after a third placing at Campbelltown and sixth at the Queensland Hammer Classic.
 
With only 20 pins separating the top three in the national rankings, it could be Mary Dodds who finishes on top of the podium this weekend.  Mary finished third at the Hammer and eighth at Campbelltown, so the Victorian bowler will be looking to match up on the lanes early to get in contention.

With all the grand seniors who have aged in to this division from January 1, can Jeanette Baker finish on top of the division for the first time this year?  The TBA Hall of Famer sits in an unfamiliar position of second on the rankings but will be the favourite to finish as the best in her division.

Over in the grand senior menís division, David Farquharson, Terry Wenban and Jim Karakostas will battle it out for top place. The trio is one, two and three on the rankings and they will be fighting it out for the honours this weekend.

To catch any the action this weekend get down to ZONE BOWLING Keon Park, 16-18 Keon Parade, Keon Park, Victoria or keep an eye on www.tenpinresults.com.au for all the results.