Team Australia Secures Historic Gold and Bronze Medals in Boys’ Team of Four Event at 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship

By Matt Stevens
June 20, 2024

Team Australia has wrapped up the team of four event at the 23rd Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championship in Malaysia in incredible fashion, winning not one but two medals with the boys of Australia claiming gold and bronze.

The Australia A boy’s team, consisting of Nicholas Rajkovic, Justin Dinham, Blayde Christensen, and Liam Cochrane, took the gold medal by 52 pins over the host city’s Malaysian B side. The Australia B team, featuring Sean Lam, Julian Dinham, William Zaccaria, and Kohan Davis, claimed the bronze in a thrilling finish to the event.

These are the first medals in the boys’ team of four event in 20 years. The last medal, a bronze, came in the 2004 edition in Hong Kong, China. It’s also the first time that Australia has won two medals in one event since 2002 in Melbourne, when Australia claimed both the gold and silver medals.

At the halfway mark of three games, Australia A was sitting in the silver position, 10 pins ahead of bronze but only 52 pins away from the top prize. Victorian Nicholas Rajkovic saved his best performance for last, averaging a mammoth 231.67. The experienced campaigner had a performance he won’t forget anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Australia B was in 8th position and 111 pins behind bronze at the halfway mark. With a nothing-to-lose attitude in the second half of the event, the boys put on a striking show, with huge combined scores for the last two games of 853 and an event-high 886 in the final game. Sean Lam helped steer the Aussies with an average of 215.33 in the event, following an outstanding campaign for the youngster from iPlay Tenpin City in New South Wales.

Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes to congratulate all the boys for this incredible historic achievement in the history of tenpin bowling in this country.

The girls also put in strong performances, with Australia B finishing in 6th place and Australia A right behind them in 7th place. South Australian Emily Hart continued her impressive form after claiming bronze in the girls’ doubles event, top scoring with an average of 194.5 to solidify her spot in the master’s event.

Finishing in 8th place overall, Emily Hart was the top-performing Australian girl with a total of 3,559 over the three events and 18 games. Joining her in the top 16 masters event is her fellow bronze medallist, Emily Hinspeter, who finished in 13th spot with a total of 3,378.

Following the dominance in the team event, the boys of Australia will have five representatives in the master’s competition that begins tomorrow. Victorian William Zaccaria finished the highest of the group with a total of 3,702 in 7th place, with Julian Dinham (8th), Nicholas Rajkovic (9th), and Justin Dinham (14th) joining him for the 16-game master’s event.

The masters will run over the next two days, with bowlers completing the first block of 8 games tomorrow, the second block of 8 games on Saturday, before the top 3 medals are decided by the exciting stepladder final.

Action gets underway from 11:30 am AEST tomorrow morning.