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A.C.T Crowned Nations Best at Youth Team Challenge

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The ACT have taken victory in the National Youth Challenge at Campbelltown City Bowl, stopping Victoriaís strangle hold on the event after their four consecutive overall wins in as many years.

Following three days of competition including singles, doubles and team events, the ACT took gold in the girlís doubles and gold in both the girls and boys team event to finish on top of the overall leader board by 11 points with Victoria (995) in second and Queensland (924) in third.

Coming into the first day and after achieving success in the past four events, Victoria were the team to beat and on day one gold in both the boys and girls singles for Victoria through Brandon Richards and Emma Williamson suggested that another overall victory for the navy and white was on the radar.

But on day 2, the ACT made their mark on the tournament with Amy Shoesmith and Jodie Kos landing gold in the doubles, alongside the Queensland pairing of Blayne Fletcher and Jamie Baddeley with the day also seeing Victoria fall short of claiming a medal.

With the tournament coming down to the teamís event on the final day, team ACT needed to medal to stay in touch with Victoria and across the 6 games both teams stepped up.  With the boys team averaging over 218 across the 6 games the boys from the nationís capital took gold with Victoria winning silver.  In the girls division Emily Rowland lead the team averaging 199 over the 6 games to take victory by 20 pins over the Singapore Sports Schools and see Victoria in third place.

In the All Events, Blayne Fletcher of Queensland pipped arch rival Jayden Panella (Vic) for the gold by 10 pins with Stuart Taeuber earning the bronze.  In the girls, it was Emma Williamson who took the honours averaging 211 with Emily Johnston (NSW) in second and Lu Yi Quek of Singapore in third.

For all the final standings visit