Four Podiums, Four Champions: A Day of Riveting Bowling at the TBA50 National Championships

By Matt Stevens
October 27, 2023

On the lanes of the AGL National High Performance Centre, the Sunshine Coast resonated with the sound of striking pins as Day 5 of the TBA50 National Championships unfurled. This day marked the crowning of champions for the TBA50 Graded and Classic Cup events.

Qualifying: Bowlers aimed for the top ten spots with qualification of their best three game series. Leading the charge were Cheryl Walduck with an impressive 651 (193,232,226) and Robin Sands with a whopping 683 (202,258,223).


  • In the Female Division, Cheryl Walduck emerged as the undisputed champion, logging an average of 202.6 across the eight-game final and peaking with 234 in her fifth game. It was quite the day for the Queenslander as Cheryl also claimed the top qualifier spot for tomorrow’s coveted TBA50 National Masters.
  • The silver was clinched by South Australia’s Jo Babic, trailing Walduck by 48 pins. New Zealand’s Jho Balanay secured the bronze with a total of 1,567.
  • For the men, New Zealander Pete Richardson dazzled with an average of 225.9, closing his final game with a stellar 268. His compatriot Greg Nicolas landed silver, while Roger Balanay took home bronze. It was a clean sweep for New Zealand as they dominated the podium.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes to congratulate all bowlers of this year’s TBA50 Classic Cup!

Qualifying: Again, bowlers took to the lanes for a three game series, vying for the top ten. Dennis Nayda with 609 and Giovanna Mison with a remarkable 681 emerged at the forefront.


  • Giovanna Mison, from Coolangatta Tweed, didn’t disappoint as the top qualifier, claiming gold with a total of 1,703. Caboolture Bowl’s Karen Fiedler secured silver, while Yvette Thompson narrowly edged out her fellow Territorian Kaye Talbot for the bronze.
  • The Male Division saw local favourite Dennis Nayda of Suncity Tenpin clinch the title with 1,759. Tasmania’s Neil Cook bagged silver with 1,592, and Aspley 10 pin’s Peter Mui captured bronze with 1,567.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes to congratulate all bowlers of this year’s TBA50 Graded Cup!

The championship’s climax awaits tomorrow with the TBA50 National Masters taking center stage. As the final nationally ranked senior event of 2023, state and territory masters will join top qualifiers. Starting at 8:30 am local time, the top 20 will roll into stage two, leading to a cut for the top 15 men and women.

The grand finale at 1:00 pm promises intense competition, featuring a seven-game, three-way matchplay. With the title of the 37th TBA50 Masters Champions on the line, each pin will count, and every strike will matter.