Pocket Preview: 2024 Queensland Junior Cup

By Matt Stevens
June 28, 2024

The Queensland Junior Cup is set to get underway this weekend at Logan City Tenpin in Queensland. As the third junior division ranked event following the TBA National Junior Masters and Junior Sydney Cup, bowlers from across the nation will converge in Logan for the three-day competition.

Running from Saturday to Monday, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular junior event, which began in 2015. With equal prize money for both males and females in the under-18 division, the event boasts over $12,000 in prize money, attracting participants from across the country and New Zealand.

In addition to the Queensland Junior Cup, the event features non-ranked competitions such as the Restricted division and the under-21 Queensland Youth Cup. For the national ranked event, bowlers will compete in two six-game squads for a 12-game total qualifying agenda, aiming to advance to the latter stages.

The Finals, scheduled for Monday, will kick off with the top 12 boys and top 12 girls bowling an additional five games, with pinfall carrying over. At the end of these games, the field will be cut in half, with only the top six advancing to the next stage. In the final stage, the top six will compete in a five-game Matchplay round, with pinfall continuing to carry over. Bonus pins of 30 for a win and 15 for a tie will be awarded during the Matchplay finals. The boy and girl with the highest aggregate pinfall after the Matchplay round will be declared the 2024 Queensland Junior Cup champions.

This year’s event is set to crown new champions, as the current junior rankings leader, Emily Hart, will sit out this event following her successful participation in the Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Malaysia. She is also preparing to represent the country at the World Youth Championships in South Korea. Additionally, the 2023 boys champion, Seth Gray, has aged out of the junior division, ensuring new champions will be crowned this year.

Keep an eye on the Dinham brothers, Justin and Julian, who recently returned from Malaysia with medals. Justin currently leads the junior rankings, with Julian not far behind. Several bowlers who represented Australia at the Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships will also be in attendance this weekend.

If you’re in the area, be sure to check out the action from the country’s rising stars. Admission is free for spectators.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes all bowlers the best of luck and high scores in the event.

2015Breanna KyteMatt Clague
2016Rebekah CommaneMatt Clague
2017Rebekah CommaneKyle Annetts
2018Grace FahyNixon Chan
2019Sarah PennicottNixon Chan
2020Jessica CanfieldJackson Buckingham
2021Emily MeehanBlake Walsh
2022Tamika PettigrewBlake Walsh
2023Emily HartSeth Gray