Pocket Preview: 2024 Under 18 Tenpin Bowling Australia Junior Masters

By Matt Stevens
April 17, 2024

As we approach the climactic final day of the 53rd edition of the Under 18 Tenpin Bowling Australia Junior Masters, excitement is at an all-time high. This prestigious event, a cornerstone of the 2024 TBA National Junior Championships since 1971, has drawn intense participation this year with 51 male and 41 female competitors battling fiercely in the qualification rounds.

The competition demands excellence, as bowlers have completed their best two attempts to achieve the highest six-game totals. In the female division, Emily Hart, the 2021 Junior Masters champion from South Australia, has led the qualifiers with a remarkable score of 1,443. With individual game scores including 268, 266, and 277, Emily is a formidable contender eyeing her second junior master’s title.

In the male division, North Queenslander Blayde Christensen topped the charts with an impressive 1,504 total, averaging 250.7. The TPL Next Gen star continues to dazzle, asserting his dominance in this showcase event.

Yesterday’s Round 2 intensified the competition, as the top 20 bowlers from each gender vied for a spot in the top 8, progressing to today’s matchplay finals. Highlights included Logan Young’s near-perfect 298 and Jake Donnelly’s thrilling 299, both of which electrified the atmosphere with anticipation.

The leaderboard remains tight. Emily Hart maintains a 111-pin lead over Bella Westlake, while Jasmine Walker made a significant leap from 10th to 3rd. Unfortunately, defending champion Shanae Key concluded her journey in 12th place. In the male category, Blayde Christensen leads by 48 pins over Lachlan Howse and Liam Cochrane. The competition is so close that only 159 pins separate the top-ranked from the 8th-ranked bowler.

With bonus pins on the line today—30 for a win, 15 for a tie, and none for a loss—the final outcomes are anyone’s guess. The stakes are high, and the excitement is building as we head into 7 games of Matchplay where every pin will count.

Tenpin Bowling Australia extends its congratulations to all finalists competing in today’s finals of the Under 18 Tenpin Bowling Australia Junior Masters. Good luck and high scoring to all participants!

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