Team Spirit Takes Centre Stage at the TBA President’s Junior Shield

By Matt Stevens
April 18, 2024

This year’s TBA President’s Junior Shield returns as a highlight on the Tenpin Bowling Australia junior calendar. Hosted at the AGL National High-Performance Centre in Queensland, excitement is already high as this prestigious event is set to unfold.

With the individual events of the 2024 Tenpin Bowling Australia National Junior Championships concluded, we now shift our focus to the teamwork and spirit of the competition. The President’s Junior Shield, established to showcase the best state/territory/zone representative teams of junior male and female bowlers, continues to be a platform for displaying rising talent and fostering sportsmanship.

What sets the Shield apart?

What makes the Shield truly special? It’s the connections made on the lanes—the friendships forged and the memories created. Representing one’s state or region is a proud moment for any athlete. It’s about competing for home, supported by local coaches, friends, and fans through an exhilarating five-person team format that has been cherished since the inception of the event.

In 2024, the competition heats up with seven boys’ teams and five girls’ teams vying for supremacy. The boys will follow an eight-team draw, accounting for one bye, while the girls will compete in a six-team draw, also with a bye. Here’s a glance at the team line-up:

Boys’ Teams:

  1. New South Wales
  2. North Queensland
  3. Northern New South Wales
  4. South Queensland
  5. Tasmania
  6. Victoria
  7. New Zealand
  8. Bye

Girls’ Teams:

  1. North Queensland
  2. Northern New South Wales
  3. South Queensland
  4. Victoria
  5. New Zealand
  6. Bye

We’re thrilled to welcome back our friends from New Zealand, who, after some promising performances in recent years, including clinching the 2022 male division title, are looking to make a splash again.

Over the course of three days, each team will tackle seven games daily—three in the morning and four post-lane oiling in the afternoon. Boys will complete a total of 21 games, and girls will compete in 20 games.

Scoring System

Each player competes head-to-head against a counterpart from the opposing team, with the higher scorer winning a point for their team. Ties result in a split point. Additionally, the team with the highest total pinfall at the end of each match earns two points, with ties again resulting in split points. Each match offers up to 7 points up for grabs.

Instead of the traditional presentation dinners, this year’s celebrations took a fun twist with teams heading to Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast before business begins on the lanes. It was an evening of thrilling rides and great food, alongside a special award presentation honoring Jamie and Dee Taafe for their significant contributions to Team Australia, Junior National Training Squads, and the Victorian junior bowling scene.

As the event unfolds, Tenpin Bowling Australia extends best wishes to all competitors for high scores and memorable moments. We celebrate the honour and pride that come with representing your state or region in this esteemed competition.

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