Pocket Preview: 2024 TBA Inclusion Cup Set to Showcase Exceptional Talent This Weekend

By Matt Stevens
February 16, 2024

This weekend, the AGL National High-Performance Centre on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland is set to host the eagerly anticipated 2024 TBA Inclusion Cup. Following a successful inaugural event last year, the event will once again kick off the Inclusion division’s ranked event season for 2024.

With entries doubling from its foundation year, the event underscores the growing appeal and competitive spirit withing the inclusive bowling community.

In 2023, the husband-and-wife team of Jason and Amanda Threlfall made history by winning the first titles of the Inclusion Cup, marking a significant milestone in the event’s legacy. Their triumphant performance set a high standard for competitors, and this year, they return to defend their crowns amidst fierce competition.

Amanda Threlfall, in particular, brings an impressive resume to the lanes, having secured the female inclusion division title last year after being crowned the Para Bowling World Cup Champion in 2022.

The 2024 edition promises an intensified level of competition with a robust field, including Para Bowling World Cup male champion Kallan Strong and Victorian Pino Mascetti, who clinched the male inclusion rankings in 2023. Their participation, along with nine other members of the Inclusion National Training Squad, hints at a thrilling showdown for this year’s title.

The tournament will unfold over two days, from the 17th to the 18th of February, featuring a rigorous competition structure designed to test the skills and endurance of the bowlers. Participants will tackle nine games in stage one, divided into three blocks of three games each. All competitors will advance to stage two for an additional three games, after which the top 8 males and top 8 females will proceed to the Matchplay finals. The introduction of a point system in the finals, awarding two points for a win and one for a tie, adds an extra layer of strategy to the competition.

The Matchplay finals promise an intense and dynamic series of contests, with seven games of Matchplay plus an additional positional round, totalling eight games. This format ensures that every frame counts and that the eventual Male and Female bowlers crowned as the 2024 TBA Inclusion Cup Champions will have demonstrated consistent excellence and resilience throughout the tournament.

Not only celebrating the achievements of its competitors, the 2024 TBA Inclusion Cup will again highlight the importance of inclusivity and representation in sports. This year’s event is poised to be another exciting chapter of the growing division showcasing some of the best talents in the world of para bowling and setting new benchmarks for the future of the sport.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes all bowlers the best of luck and high scoring at the event.

  • Saturday, 17 February
    • Check-in by 11:30 am for a 12:00pm start of stage 1 which will involve bowling 9 games (3×3 game blocks)
  • Sunday, 18 February
    • Check-in by 8:15 am for an 8:30 am start where all bowlers will complete an additional 3 games.
    • The field will get cut to the top 8 males and top 8 females to compete in the Matchplay finals. Please ensure check-in procedures are followed from instructions in centre at the conclusion of stage 2.

As we begin with ranked events in 2024, here’s a friendly reminder:

To receive ranking points for performances in nationally ranked events, bowlers must have silver membership status at least 24 hours before the event starts. You can find more information about this requirement here.

If you have any questions or need clarification regarding membership, please reach out to our membership team at [email protected] .

Should you have any questions or need assistance regarding the event, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Nathan Stein at [email protected]