Australia is off to a hot start at the Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships Master’s event

By Matt Stevens
August 24, 2023

One Day Down, One to Go!

The 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship Masters event has kicked off today, with Australia putting up a strong performance and positioning themselves well for the final day tomorrow.

Australia boasts a contingent of five talented bowlers (3 boys and 2 girls) who have qualified for the Top 16 Masters event. The Australian team has come out with determination in the first of two eight-game blocks.

Leading the charge in the boys’ masters race is Blake Walsh, who finished the first block at the top of the standings. After a slow start in his first two games, Walsh regrouped and put up an impressive performance, winning all six of his last games. With an average score of 224.38 over the eight games, Walsh holds a 33-pin advantage over Brian Ngoi Kai Ren from Singapore, who won the All-Events Gold medal and is in second place. Mitsuki Hirooka from Japan is currently in third place.

Seth Gray, the bronze medallist from the boy’s doubles event, is currently in 8th position with an average score of 209.5 over the eight games. The Victorian athlete secured three wins out of eight games, placing him just 66 pins away from third spot.

After an outstanding performance in the team of four event, Brock Gordon also secured three wins with an average score of 196, finishing in 13th place.

On the girls’ side, Emily Hart is sitting in sixth place after eight games. The South Australian bowler secured victory in five out of eight matchups, with an average score of 192.25, placing her a mere 29 pins away from the medal line.

Shanae Key started strong, winning her first two games, but had to wait until the 8th game to tie with Nurul Anis Nabila from Malaysia and collect an additional 5 bonus pins. She finished the day in 14th place, trailing the medal line by only 140 pins.

With so much excitement awaiting us tomorrow, anything is possible! The action is set to resume at 1:00 pm AEST tomorrow for the start of block two, featuring another eight games.

Following the matchplay section, the top 3 bowlers will advance to the Stepladder final to determine the medal placements and conclude the Championships. The finals are scheduled to begin at 4:55 pm AEST.

Well done, Team Australia!

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