The Ballina Bullfrogs have emerged victorious in a thrilling showdown at the 2023 President’s Shield, held at Zone Bowling Moonah in Tasmania.
In an intense battle against Victoria for the coveted crown, the Bullfrogs displayed remarkable tenacity, clinching a narrow 2.5-point triumph over their Victorian rivals.
The male Ballina Bullfrog team dominated the male division, amassing an impressive 82 points, while their female counterparts secured a commendable bronze medal finish with 65.5 points. With a combined total of 147.5 points, the team from Ballina, New South Wales, rightfully claimed the 2023 President’s Shield and emerged as true champions.
Victoria, finishing as runners-up with a total of 145 points, showcased a well-rounded performance. They triumphed in the female division with 72 points and secured second place in the male division with 73 points.
Claiming the bronze medal in the overall standings was the formidable Logan City Wolves, accumulating a total of 131 points. The Wolves’ female team displayed tremendous skill, finishing as close runners-up in the female division with 70 points. Meanwhile, their male team fought valiantly to secure the fourth position with 61 points.
A special mention goes to Jackson Buckingham from the Logan City Wolves and Oceannia Renwick from TeamTenpinResults, who were crowned the recipients of the Jason Belmonte Sportsperson Awards.
Tenpin Bowling Australia extends its heartfelt congratulations to all the bowlers who participated in this year’s Shield event. Furthermore, we would like to acknowledge the juniors who have now transitioned to Youth and Open divisions and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours on the lanes.
Overall Team Pointscore
🥇 Ballina Bullfrogs – 147.5 points
🥈 Victoria – 145 points
🥉 Logan City Wolves – 131 points
The Ballina Bullfrogs demonstrated their dominance in the male division, amassing an impressive total of 72 points.
Spearheading their remarkable performance was Liam Cochrane, who showcased exceptional skills. Hailing from South Australia, Cochrane emerged as a standout player, securing a remarkable 87.5% win rate in his 16 games and accumulating 14.5 points. His outstanding performance earned him the top spot in the male individual standings. Throughout his sixteen games, Cochrane maintained an impressive average of 227.3, with the highest game score of 268, ultimately claiming the gold medal.
Finishing as runners-up in the male division was the tenacious team from Victoria, accumulating a commendable 73 points. Leading the charge for the male Victorians was Mitchell Wardrop, who showcased his formidable skills by winning 12 of his 15 games, securing a total of 12 points. With an impressive average of 206.7, Wardrop claimed the bronze medal in the division. His teammate, Nicholas Rajkovic, closely trailed behind with 11 points, contributing to Victoria’s strong overall performance.
Claiming the bronze medal in the male division was the resilient North Queensland Crocs. Leading their charge was Mitchell Parsons, who delivered an exceptional silver medal-worthy individual performance. Parsons displayed remarkable consistency, averaging an impressive 207.8 throughout his 15 games, securing victory in 12 of them, and accumulating a total of 12 points for the team.
🥇 Ballina Bullfrogs – 82 points
🥈 Victoria – 73 points
🥉 North Queensland Crocs – 67.5 points
🏅 Liam Cochrane (Ballina Bullfrogs) – 14.5 points
🏅 Mitchell Parsons (North Queensland Crocs) – 12 points
🏅Mitchell Wardrop (Victoria) – 12 points
🏅 Nicholas Rajkovic (Victoria) – 11 points
🏅 Riley Gundy (Logan City Wolves) – 11 points
In a nail-biting battle for the female division crown, Victoria emerged as the victors, narrowly defeating the Logan City Wolves by finishing with a total of 72 points, just ahead of the Wolves’ 70 points.
As the teams approached the crucial 16th game, Logan City held a three-point advantage over Victoria. However, it was in this decisive game that Victoria seized the opportunity and claimed six points, while Logan City was held to just one point. This turn of events provided Victoria with the female championship, leaving spectators on the edge of their seats.
Shanae Key played a pivotal role in Victoria’s triumphant campaign, earning 11 points from her sixteen games and securing an All-Star selection in the individual standings.
The Logan City Wolves displayed formidable strength, guided by the exceptional talent of NTS18 bowler Katy Melton. Melton showcased her skills throughout the competition, collecting an impressive 13 points from her sixteen games. Meanwhile, her teammate Brooke Buckingham finished with 12 points, claiming the bronze individual medal for her outstanding performance.
Jasmine Walker, representing the Tasmanian Devils, showcased remarkable prowess on her way to securing the silver medal in the individual standings. Winning 12 out of 15 games and averaging an impressive 189.7, Walker’s consistent play elevated her team’s standing.
The Ballina Bullfrogs, with a total of 65.5 points, secured the bronze medal in the female division. Talea Linton played a significant role in their success, finishing in the 10th position in the individual standings and collecting 9 points for her team.
🥇 Victoria – 72 points
🥈 Logan City Wolves – 70 points
🥉 Ballina Bullfrogs – 65.5 points
🏅 Katy Melton (Logan City Wolves) – 13 points
🏅Jasmine Walker (Tasmania Devils) – 12 points
🏅Brooke Buckingham (Logan City Wolves) – 12 points
🏅 Tamarin Hamilton-Christensen (TeamTenpinResults) – 11 points
🏅 Shanae Key (Victoria) – 11 points