Team Australia Asian Junior Championships Hub

By Matt Stevens
August 16, 2023


25 AUGUST 2023

Gray turns Bronze – Seth Gray claims bronze medal in Boy’s Master’s Stepladder Final

🥉🎳 A HUGE round of applause for Seth Gray, who has claimed the bronze medal at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships Boy’s Master’s event in Singapore! 🇦🇺🎉

Starting the day in 8th place, the Victorian dynamo unleashed a spectacular charge, securing six wins out of his eight games on day two, propelling him to qualify for the Stepladder final. Seth’s journey reached its pinnacle in the first stepladder final with his dream run ending with a 225-195 result against Aiman Lim from Singapore. The result providing Seth with his second bronze medal of the Championships! Way to go, Seth! 👏🏼🥉🥉

🌟Our talented rising star, Blake Walsh, faced a challenging day, securing three wins out of eight games and finishing in an impressive 5th place, a mere 40 pins away from the stepladder cut line. Meanwhile, the phenomenal Brock Gordon concluded his remarkable journey in 16th place after an outstanding run over the past few days. 🇦🇺

🌟On the girls’ side, Emily Hart finished in a commendable 7th place, while Shanae Key wrapped up a fantastic championship by finishing in 9th place. 🇦🇺

As the curtains draw on Team Australia’s journey in the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships, we want to remind you that victory isn’t solely defined by medals. It’s about the dedication, passion, and the pride of representing our nation on the global stage. Hold your heads high, Team Australia, for you embody champions in every sense. We’re immensely proud of your incredible efforts this week! 🌟🇦🇺

Aussies gearing up for the last day of the Championships

The final day of competition is set to begin today as the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship concludes with its prestigious Master’s event.

Bowlers will participate in eight more games throughout the day to complete their 16-game totals for this year’s event.

After the match-play phase concludes, the top three competitors will advance to the Stepladder finals, where the medal rankings will be ultimately determined.

The bronze medal match will be one game; before the gold medal match, a two-game final with the highest total pinfall over the two games will be crowned champion.

Blake Walsh holds the top position on the leaderboard in the boy’s event. An impressive day-one performance saw Walsh secure six consecutive victories to conclude the initial block of eight games. His remarkable feat places him 33 pins ahead of his closest competitor, Brian Ngoi Kai Ren from Singapore.

Numerous Australian bowlers remain in contention, contributing to an intensely competitive leaderboard. Each win is rewarded with ten bonus pins, so the master’s outcome remains highly unpredictable.

We extend our best wishes to the entire team, hoping for both their success and high scores in the final stages of the championship.

Action is set to get underway at 1:00 pm AEST with the commencement of the second block of eight games. The Stepladder finals are scheduled to commence at approximately 4:55 pm AEST, with medal presentations due to occur at 8:15 pm AEST.

24 AUGUST 2023

Australia starts Strong as Master’s Gets Underway

Read below to find out what happened today ⬇️

Master’s set to Kick-off Today

G’day from Day 4 of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore!

Today marks the exciting commencement of the esteemed Master’s competition. After a thrilling 18-game championship schedule that included singles, doubles, and team of four events, the top 16 bowlers from each gender have earned their spots in the Master’s showdown.

The Master’s event adopts a riveting matchplay format. Over the course of 16 games, bowlers will engage in 15 head-to-head matchups and one positional round game to determine the final standings. With a strong contingent of five Australian bowlers making the cut, Team Australia is primed to give it their all.

Heading into the Master’s, Singapore emerges as the frontrunner, clinching Gold in the boy-and-girl All-Event standings. Today, the action kicks off with the first eight games at 11:30 a.m. AEST. The day’s play is set to conclude at 2:30 pm AEST.

Tomorrow, the excitement continues as bowlers return at 1:00 p.m. AEST for the second block of eight games.

We extend our warmest congratulations to our five bowlers who’ve earned the honour to represent Australia in this event. To all participants, we wish you the best of luck and high scores!

Let’s Go Australia! 🇦🇺🎳

23 AUGUST 2023

Take a Bow Team 🇦🇺

What a finish it was at the Team of Four event at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore.

Read about the day ⬇️

One Block down. One to Go!

The first of two blocks have concluded at the Team of Four event during the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore.

Currently, the Team Australia B squads are bowling fantastically well, surpassing the Team Australia A squads. Australia B holds an impressive 5th place among the girls’ teams, while the boys’ team secures a commendable 6th place.

Girls’ Standings:

  • Australia B: 2,155 points – 5th place
  • Australia A: 2,132 points – 7th place

Boys’ Standings:

  • Australia B: 2,375 points – 6th place
  • Australia A: 2,321 points – 8th place

In the dynamic landscape of team events, surprises are always around the corner, and fortunes can swiftly change.

The teams are set to return to the lanes for the second block, consisting of three games, starting at 4:00 pm AEST. Let’s rally together and finish strong, Team Australia!

Welcome to Day Three of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore

Welcome to Day Three of the competition at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship from the city of Singapore.

What a whirlwind these past few days have been! Team Australia’s efforts have yielded two exceptional medals, and the anticipation is evident as we gear up for the eagerly awaited Team of Four competition that commences today.

As the team’s event concludes, we set our sights on the All-Events competition, where the top three performers from each gender will claim well-deserved medals.

Currently, Emily Hart stands strong in the second position, maintaining an impressive average of 200 over the span of two events. The All-Events standings not only reveal the calibre of her performance but also highlight the fierce race to secure a spot among the top 16, who will advance to the highly anticipated 16-game Master’s event starting tomorrow. With several talented Aussies in the mix, the stakes are high.

All bowlers will take to the lanes starting from 11:00 am AEST. An exciting twist for the day’s schedule is that everyone will bowl in the same squads, with two sessions scheduled (each consisting of 3 games).

Here’s a quick reminder of the lineup for the Aussies, along with their designated commencement lanes:

Australia A – Lane 4 • Samantha Clifton • Emily Hinspeter • Shanae Key • Emily Hart

Australia B – Lane 9 • Emma Blunden • Amelie Perrin Nitschke • Jessica Chi • Jasmine Walker

Australia A – Lane 20 • Jackson Buckingham • Liam Cochrane • Seth Gray • Blake Walsh

Australia B – Lane 25 • Brock Gordon • Sean Lam • Trent McDougall • Nicholas Rajkovic

Following the second and final block of the Team of Four events, brace yourselves for two medal presentations. The award ceremonies are scheduled to commence at 7:15 pm AEST (although it’s likely a tad later) to honour outstanding performances in All-Events and Team of Four categories.

Australia is also currently sitting in second place on the girl’s medal tally, fourth on the boy’s medal standings, and third place on the overall medal count.

We extend our best wishes to all the Aussie participants. May the lanes be kind, luck be in abundance, and scores be soaring high on this captivating day of the championship!

22 AUGUST 2023

Australia Wins Bronze at Boy’s Doubles Event

🥉🎳 Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, 🇦🇺 🇦🇺 🇦🇺!

🥉🥉Congratulations to Seth Gray and Blake Walsh, who have clinched the BRONZE medal in the boys’ doubles event at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship held in Singapore! 🎉🎊

🎯 The boys were outstanding, with Blake averaging 226.67 and Seth 217, which paved the way for their victory! 🎳🔥

Read more about the day and what’s to come in today’s recap ⬇️

Brock Gordon & Nicholas Rajkovic leads the Aussies after Squad A

The 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship’s Doubles event launched today as Squad A wrapped up their six-game round.

Once again, Team Australia has positioned itself strongly, with one team poised for a shot at the medals and many bowlers having a rise in performance after day one. The anticipation builds as Squad B’s action is set to commence at 4:00 pm AEST.

The pairing of Brock Gordon and Nicholas Rajkovic clinched a formidable third place in Squad A, elevating their chances at securing medals. Both athletes displayed remarkable consistency, but Ballina’s own Brock Gordon stood out, boasting an impressive average of 218 and an overall score of 1,308 across the six games. Victorian sensation Nicholas Rajkovic, who shone in the singles, delivered another stellar performance, concluding with a solid total of 1,195.

With their collective team score reaching 2,503, these boys currently occupy the third spot, poised with anticipation as Squad B takes to the lanes. Their eyes fixed on the coveted medals, this team will be eagerly awaiting the results from the second squad. Exceptional job, gentlemen!

Another noteworthy performance came from the boys pairing of Liam Cochrane and Jackson Buckingham, securing a commendable fifth place in the squad. Both athletes exhibited impressive form, with Cochrane’s strong showing leading the way with an average of 202.67 over the six games, ultimately contributing to a combined score of 2,409.

On the girls’ side, Australia A duo of Samantha Clifton and Emily Hinspeter bowled fantastically well, narrowly missing the medal line with a combined score of 2,277. Sam Clifton continued her impressive run after an admirable 14th place in the singles, enhancing her average to 196.17 on the second day.

The Australian B pair consisting of Emma Blunden and Jasmine Walker secured the 8th position, amassing a combined total score of 2,061.

Kudos to all the bowlers of Squad A for delivering an array of outstanding performances that kept us on the edge of our seats.

As we look ahead, Squad B is gearing up to hit the lanes at 4:00 pm AEST. The excitement mounts with the medal ceremonies scheduled for 7:30 pm AEST, although please note that this timing could be subject to change.

Emily Hart on ABC Radio Adelaide

Please find a little interview Emily did with ABC Radio Adelaide’s Sonya Feldhoff following her Asian Youth Championship campaign in Thailand on the 20th July 2023.

We are so very proud of you Emily! 🇦🇺

Welcome to Day Two of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore

What an exhilarating first day it was, culminating in Emily Hart’s fantastic achievement of securing the silver medal at last night’s Girls’ Singles event.

As we dive into the heart of the championship, the stage is set for the Doubles event, where the dynamic pairings have been locked into the grids.

Here’s a rundown of the Team Australia squads and their designated lanes for Day Two:

Squad A – 11:00 am AEST

Aus A – Liam Cochrane and Jackson Buckingham – Lane 6

Aus B – Brock Gordon and Nicholas Rajkovic – Lane 15

Aus A – Samantha Clifton and Emily Hinspeter – Lane 29

Aus B – Emma Blunden and Jasmine Walker – Lane 33

Squad B – 4:00 pm AEST

Aus B – Sean Lam & Trent McDougall – Lane 10

Aus A – Seth Gray & Blake Walsh – Lane 19

Aus B – Amelie Perrin-Nitschke & Jessica Chi – Lane 26

Aus A – Shanae Key & Emily Hart – Lane 30

With our spirits high and our hopes even higher, we send our wishes of luck and high scores to the entire team for Day Two’s events!

Don’t forget to immerse yourself in the visual journey by exploring the captivating photos posted by the Singapore Bowling Federation on their official Facebook page –

For all the essential information and quick access to Day Two’s relevant links, be sure to navigate to the Quick Links section of this hub.

Let’s continue to stand united behind Team Australia as they excel on the grand stage of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship!

21 AUGUST 2023

Emily Hart Clinches Silver in Thrilling Finish at 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship

🥈Congratulations to Emily Hart, who has won the SILVER medal at the Girl’s Singles event at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships in Singapore tonight. ❤️❤️ 🎉🇦🇺

🌟 A thrilling finish saw Emily score 264 in her final game to move from 8th to the silver medal position. 🇦🇺

🎳🇦🇺 We also congratulate Shanae Key, who was outstanding and unlucky not to medal in 4th position. 👏🇦🇺

Read more about the day ⬇️

More to come!

One Squad Down, One Squad to Go!

Credit to for the above picture.

Team Australia has kicked off the singles event with an impressive start. Leading the charge in Squad A was Victorian bowler Shanae Key, who emerged as the standout performer among the Australians. Shanae showcased exceptional bowling skills, securing a remarkable second-place finish in the squad with a total score of 1199, boasting an impressive average of 199.83 over the course of six games. Her stellar performance has positioned her favourably for a potential medal; however, anticipation mounts as we await the unfolding of the second squad’s results.

Seth Gray took the spotlight on the boys’ side by claiming the 12th spot. Although Seth began with a touch of nerves, registering a first-game score of 159, he quickly regained his stride, delivering powerful performances with scores of 245 and 232. This resurgence allowed him to conclude the competition with a total score of 1,219.


  • Shanae Key – 1,199 – 2nd
  • Emily Hinspeter – 1,112 – 9th
  • Amelie Perrin-Nitschke – 1,031 – 13th
  • Jasmine Walker – 975 – 17th


  • Seth Gray – 1,219 – 12th
  • Liam Cochrane – 1,138 – 21st
  • Trent McDougall – 1,071 – 31st
  • Brock Gordon – 1,064 – 32nd

For a detailed breakdown of the results from Squad A, you can visit the following links:

Girls –

Boys –

The anticipation builds as Squad B prepares to hit the lanes at 4:00 pm AEST. Let’s rally behind our Aussie contenders and show them our support!

Go Aussies!

Australian Teams Revealed

With two boys’ and girls’ teams at this year’s Championships, here’s how the Aussies will line up for the event. Bowlers in Squad A are getting ready to start their singles event as they begin practice for the six-game block. We wish all bowlers luck and high scores on day one of the competition.

Supporter Shoutout

Throughout the Championships, if you hear cheers of encouragement, it’s most likely this mob!

Team Australia has a large contingent of 16 supporters at this year’s Championships and will ensure you hear the support they are providing.

You won’t be able to miss them as they sport supporter-made shirts and ride every delivery made by one of the Aussie Bowlers.

We thank them for providing photos throughout the Championships, and we hope they have a great trip supporting the team on the ground.

Championships Begin Today

Team Australia begins their campaign at the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore today.

Sixteen of the best junior bowlers from various locations in Australia are set to commence the Championships, with the Singles event set to commence at 11:00 am AEST.

Two squads in two separate squads will bowl a six-game block, with the highest three total scores awarded medals.

The published schedule for day one:

  • Squad A – 11:00 am AEST
  • Squad B – 4:00 pm AEST
  • Medal Ceremony – 7:30 pm AEST

Squads and Commencing Lanes

Squad A:

  1. Amelie Perrin-Nitschke & Jasmine Walker – Lane 3
  2. Shanae Key & Emily Hinspeter – Lane 10
  3. Liam Cochrane & Seth Gray – Lane 17
  4. Brock Gordon & Trent McDougall – Lane 28

Squad B:

  1. Samantha Clifton & Emily Hart – Lane 9
  2. Emma Blunden & Jessica Chi – Lane 16
  3. Sean Lam & Nicholas Rajkovic – Lane 25
  4. Jackson Buckingham & Blake Walsh – Lane 36

We wish the team the very best of luck and high scoring today!

Make sure you check out the Singapore Bowling Federation’s Facebook for the latest images/videos, including this great highlight reel of the Opening Ceremony yesterday-

20 AUGUST 2023

Grand Opening Celebration Welcomes 13 Nations to the Championships

Amidst a spirited atmosphere, Team Australia united in stride as they were warmly embraced by Singapore, the gracious host of the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships’ grand opening ceremony. Leading the way was Sam Clifton, proudly carrying the Australian name sign, while Blake Walsh held the Australian flag. Team Australia proudly stepped forth as the inaugural contingent in the walk-in parade.

Ms. Vivien Lau, the Honorary Life President of ABF, officially inaugurated the games, marking the opening of the Championships with a stirring speech. Team snapshots captured the camaraderie, and the festivities kicked off with enthusiasm. Following this, the team convened at the Temasek Club for a hearty Welcome Lunch. The day unfolded with two official practice sessions and the finalisation of ball registrations, bringing an eventful opening day to a close.

The competition takes the stage tomorrow, kicking off the Championships with the Singles event.

Day one of the competition will see two squads complete a six-game block with two blocks (Squad A and Squad B) scheduled.  The commencement of Boy’s and Girl’s Squad A begins at 11:00 am AEST, followed by Squad B at 4:00 pm AEST. The first day of competition culminates with the medal presentations, anticipated around 7:30 pm AEST.

Stay tuned as we unveil the early morning team lineups in the hub. The countdown to the action-packed spectacle is almost over!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi! 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

Watch the opening ceremony stream here –

Team Australia to be welcomed at Opening Ceremony

Team Australia is set to participate in the official opening ceremony of the 22nd Asian Junior Championships today in Singapore. This year’s championship marks a significant return to Singapore after a hiatus of 25 years, and it will showcase some of the most talented youth bowlers under the age of 18.

Yesterday, the team concluded their second unofficial practice session while the Team Manager’s meeting was in progress. 129 junior athletes and 45 officials from 13 countries will vie for top honours in this year’s championships.

The Team Manager meeting commenced with a roll call, followed by distributing the technical handbook. This handbook contains each event’s championship schedule, lane draws, and the designated starting lanes for official practice. An essential aspect of the meeting was unveiling the official oiling pattern and the daily lane dressing procedure. You can access the official oiling pattern via this link:

The tournament committee emphasized that only medals earned by the A-Team of each federation would contribute towards determining the overall boy’s team champion, overall girl’s team champion, and overall team champion.  However, all players, regardless of A or B Teams, can win medals in all the events they compete in.

The official opening ceremony is scheduled for this morning at Singapore Bowling @ Rifle Range, commencing at 11:30 am local time, followed by a welcoming lunch at Temasek Club. Please note that Singapore’s time is two hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

The teams will be split into two squads following the welcoming lunch for the official championship practice rounds. The championships will feature live video streaming throughout its duration, starting with the opening ceremony, official practice sessions, Singles, Doubles, Team, and Masters Finals, culminating in the Stepladder Shootout. Links to the live stream are at the top of this page.

For the latest updates and information, kindly visit the official ABF webpage linked at the top of this hub.

18 AUGUST 2023

Team Australia Advances Preparations for 22nd Asian Junior Championships with Visit to Singapore Sports School

In anticipation of the upcoming 22nd Asian Junior Championships, Team Australia continued to fine-tune their readiness by engaging in a productive session at the prestigious Singapore Sports School.

Renowned as a premier institution for nurturing aspiring national athletes, the Singapore Sports School boasts a comprehensive array of cutting-edge facilities, encompassing bowling lanes, a state-of-the-art swimming pool, a fully equipped gymnasium, and more. Detailed information about these exceptional facilities can be found at this link:

The team commenced their day with an invigorating morning gym session before honing their skills on the bowling lanes, engaging in their first purposeful practice session since arriving. During the afternoon, the team participated in water recovery techniques, followed by friendly match-ups against teams from the Singapore Sports School Academy. This delightful interaction granted the team exposure to world-class facilities and an opportunity to shake off any competitive rust before intensifying their preparations for the impending Championships.

Today, the team is poised to embark on their inaugural unofficial practice session at the venue designated for the Asian Junior Championships. This crucial practice will be the first of two preliminary sessions, with the second instalment slated for tomorrow afternoon.

Tenpin Bowling Australia thanks the Singapore Sports School for their welcoming hospitality and for hosting the team yesterday.

17 AUGUST 2023

After a well-deserved sleep following their arrival in Singapore, the team took time to unwind and acclimatise on day two of their trip.

The team had a great time taking in the sights and sounds of Universal Studios Singapore.

Today the team will travel to Singapore Sports School where they will have use of the gym, pool, and lanes, followed by ‘friendly’ games on the lanes in the evening.

16 AUGUST 2023

Welcome to the Team Australia Asian Junior Championships Hub!

The team has arrived safely in Singapore and checked in to their accommodation for the trip 🇦🇺 🇸🇬

Team Australia Gears Up for the 22nd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Singapore

Read more about the event and some insights from our head coach Robert Alexander on the upcoming campaign in Singapore.

The team departed Australia from four different departure points yesterday – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Here are some great shots of the teams getting ready to board their flights. We want to thank our official partners – SportsLink Travel who played a huge part in organising this big trip that involves a party of 22 people. You can check out what Sportslink Travel does here.