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Senior Bowlers Head to Campbelltown for Vintage Classic

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Senior bowlers from across the country will converge on South Western Sydney this weekend for the Campbelltown Vintage Classic, the second senior ranked event of 2018.

Beginning on Saturday morning at Campbelltown City Bowl, the tournament will play host to the premier senior bowlers in Australia.

Having won the 2017 Campbelltown Seniors Cup, Steve Lenton returns to the re-branded tournament after starting 2018 at the Hammer Seniors Classic at Caboolture in January where he finished down the leader board in 20th place.

After claiming his only win of 2017 at this centre, Lenton will return with many good memories and will face plenty of competition, with 2017 senior rankings winner Shaun Cummings and runner up Bill Johnson competing.

Last season, Cummings finished at the top of the division with his best performance being second at the Queensland Hammer Classic.  Johnson, who finished 7 points behind Cummings in the end of year rankings, had wins at the Seniors Australian Open and SA Seniors Classic.

Coming into this weekend with form on the board is Andrew Thorpe following his 55 pin victory at the 2018 Hammer Queensland Senior Classic last month.  Having not taken any rankings points in 2017, the ATBSO bowler shot into second place after day 1 of qualifying to then take the title from fellow Victorian Darrell Holt, who will also be in action this weekend.

Another bowler who could force his way into a top three placing is Campbelltown City bowler Jim Karakostas.  Karakostas won the Sydney Seniors Classic last year following a strong display at the SA Seniors Classic in June.
In the womenís, dominant bowler in the division in 2017, Julie Harrison, will once again be in the mix on Sunday afternoon.  Following victories at the Seniors Australian Open, Campbelltown Senior Cup and Sydney Seniors Classic last year, Harrison also took the honours at the first ranked event of 2018.

Runner up in the 2017 rankings was Robyn Flynn and the Victorian returns to Campbelltown City Bowl, aiming to take victory away from Harrison but will also use the two days of competition as preparation for the Golden Ladies Classic and Senior Queens in the US for which both Harrison and Flynn will compete at in March.

In the grand senior divisions, Jeanette Baker will return with sparring partner Barb Richmond also competing.  In the menís Campbelltown City bowler Jim Bakirtzidis will be one to watch this weekend, with Bob Whybrow and Jeff Elliott also a chance to push for a podium finish.  
To catch all the action head down to Campbelltown City Bowl, 11 Hollylea Road, Leumeah NSW or keep up to date online via