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2017 National Youth Cup Winners Decided

Monday, January 09, 2017

Rebekah Commane has claimed her second consecutive National Youth Cup winning the girl's division in Sydney yesterday, with Jarrod Langford taking the boy's title.

On Saturday, Commane began her title defence slowly, bowling a 181 in game one.  But the Wyncity bowler went on to find some impressive form averaging 219 across the 6 games, which included a 277 in the final game to finish the first block of qualifying in first place.   
 
Progressing to the final day, Commane started strong in the second block of qualifying, bowling 214 and 232 in games one and two and then went on to bowl 190, 203, 227 and 206 to average 215.5.  With qualifying finished, Commane sat in first place (2586) with Janet Hunt in second (2433) and Chloe Wilson (2374) in third heading into the match play rounds.

During the three way match play, Commane's performance reflected her 2016 victory winning 3 of the 7 matches and claiming 90 bonus points across the 7 matches to win her second consecutive title by only 6 pins (4105) from a fast finishing Janet Hunt (4099).  Commane's National Youth Cup win comes after the rising star finished the number one bowler in the junior and youth national rankings in 2016 and the win sets up an exciting 2017 for the right-hander.

In the boy's division, 20-year-old Jarrod Langford won his second National Youth Cup title, having first won back in 2014.

The North Queensland bowler started qualifying by bowling 248 in game one to then go on to average 231 across the first 6 games with a 1352 pinfall to sit in third place behind Elliott Batiste (1397) and Matt Clague (1386).

On day 2 Langford stepped it up a gear averaging 255 across the second block of qualifying and pushed into first place which included high games of 243 and 269.

Heading into the match play rounds Langford still had plenty of work in front of him with Michael Murray sitting 80 pins behind in second.

But it was during the match play rounds where Langford showed why he is one of the best prospects in Australian bowling, winning 5 of the 7 matches under pressure to claim 110 bonus points and take the title from second placed Jarred Lim by a strong margin of 113 pins.

For all the final results, visit www.tenpinresults.com.au and don't forget to keep an eye on the Youth Teams Challenge beginning Tuesday morning.

Photo courtesy of Living and Loving Photography, Lyn Fletcher
l-r 2nd Placed Janet Hunt & Jarred Lim, 2017 Winners Rebekah Commane & Jarrod Langford, 3rd Placed Elliott Batiste & Taneisha Griffiths