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Aussies Bag Medals in Malaysia

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Australian team has returned home from the 18th Asian School Championships with one gold and two silvers to finish third on the overall medal tally.

With medals being won across the doubles, singles and teams events Australia produced one of its best performances at the Asian Schools tournament.

At the 6-day tournament in Sarawak Malaysia, it didn’t take long for the team to win its first medal with Emily Johnston winning a silver in the girl’s singles on day one of competition.  On her run to the podium Johnston bowled games of 209, 258, 190, 171, 225 and 211 to average 210 and finish 7 pins behind Gillian Lim of Malaysia who won the gold.

In the boy’s singles, Jackson Botham and Joshua Morris were the best of the boys finishing in 5th and 6th respectively to narrowly miss out on a medal.

On day 2, the medals kept coming with the pairing of Callum Borck and Lachlan Stephenson climbing the leader board over the 6 games to win gold in the doubles event and finished 71 pins ahead of Malaysia in second place.  With the pairing of Rhys Woszczeiko and Jackson Botham finishing in 5th, the pairing of Trent Webber and Daniel Perrella in 6th and the girls pairings finishing in 6th and 7th, team Australia was putting itself in contention for the Masters on the final day of competition.

On day 3 of competition, the girl’s team sat in 4th place and 39 pins behind the 3rd placed Philippines and with 6 games each to go a medal was in reach.

In block two, the girl’s team started strong and moved up the leader board.  With averages of 192, 198 and 188 the girl’s team moved into second place and took silver in the teams event, winning Australia’s third medal of the championship.

The boys team of Callum Borck, Jay Davy, Joshua Morris and Lachlan Stephenson came close to a bronze medal, with the difference in the end being 1 pin.  At the conclusion of the nine games the Australian boys finished with 4856 with Malaysia winning bronze on 4857 pins.

On day 4, Emily Johnston, Kylie Bailey, Jamie Phelan, Chloe Jones, Callum Borck, Jackson Botham and Rhys Woszczeiko all qualified for the Masters.

Across the two blocks, Jones flew the flag for Australia winning 8 of the 16 matches to miss the stepladder finals by 48 pins.  For the boys Callum Borck lead the team by winning 8 of the 16 matches to finish in 8th and Rhys Woszczeiko finishing in 10th.

For all the final standings visit abf-online here.