National Ranked Events Return This Weekend in Melbourne & Sydney

By Chris Rushton
May 22, 2019

This weekend will see national ranked events return to the bowling calendar, with the Sydney Youth and Venuto Cups in action.

When the action gets underway on Saturday morning at 9.00am local time there are winners throughout the field.

After representing Australia at the 2019 Asian Youth Championships, leading female youth bowler Chloe Jones will be one to watch. Jones has won this year’s Werribee Youth Cup and National Youth Cup.

Fellow Asian Youth team member Amy Shoesmith will also line up this weekend in Sydney, and she is currently sitting third in the youth national rankings. Shoesmith has had some solid performances in the first two youth ranked events of the year and was named earlier this month in the 2019 Asian Schools team to compete in Hong Kong in July.

But with a strong field which also includes Emma Stephens, Kylie Bailey and the 2019 Asian Schools members, a winner could come from anywhere this weekend.

After winning the Werribee Youth Cup earlier in the year and representing Australia at the Asian Youth Championships, Trent Webber will line up to see if he can win his second ranked event title of 2019. Both bowlers will be joined by Kyle Annetts and Will Clark who return from representing Australia at the Asian Youth Championships where Clark came home with a silver medal.

In the boy’s division, the field is full of talent and one such bowler is Jordan Dinham. Dinham won the 2019 National Youth Cup in January and gained valuable experience after winning the Global Classic Tenpin Bowling Challenge in the Philippines in December last year.

With the 2019 Asian Schools contingent also competing in the boy’s division it is set for an exciting finish on Sunday.

2019 Seniors Venuto Cup

This weekend will also see the premier senior bowlers return to the national circuit for the third last ranked event of the year – the Venuto Cup.

Over two days of competition top placed bowlers following 16 games of qualifying at Oz Tenpin Epping in Melbourne will be crowned the winners.

After being named in the World seniors’ team this week, Mick Talevski and Andrew Thorpe will be out to build their confidence before they head to Las Vegas in early September

After finishing second to Andrew Frawley in last year’s tournament, Thorpe will be shooting for his second senior ranked title of 2019 having already won the Campbelltown Vintage Classic in February.

Pushing Thorpe all the way this weekend will be Steve Lenton. Lenton has had a strong start to 2019, finishing in the top section of bowlers across the four senior ranked events and a win this weekend is a possibility.

In the women’s division, 2019 World Senior team member Jeanette Baker will return to defend her title. Having won the SA Seniors Classic, Baker has put her season back on track.

After being named on Tuesday in Australia’s team to contest the World Championships, Christine Clark, Mary Dodds and Heather Robertson will come into the event wanting to prepare for the upcoming tournament. Clark currently leads the senior rankings after winning two titles in 2019, with Dodds still trying to find a victory after having a break out 2018 season.

After finishing second last year and winning the SA Seniors Classic, Cheryl Womack will return with the hope of going one better this year.

The grand senior divisions will also be hotly contested again this weekend. In the men’s field, Jim Bakirtzidis will defend his title with Bob Whybrow also a chance of finishing on top of the division on Sunday afternoon. In the grand senior women’s division Jeanette Baker will come up against Sarah Knowland who has won this year’s Campbelltown Vintage Classic and Seniors Australian Open.

To keep an eye on all the action at both tournaments visit throughout the weekend for all the results and standings.