Organisers of the 2019 Queensland Junior Cup are overwhelmed with the enthusiastic response to news of the dates and venue for this nationally-ranked tournament. With two months until the first ball is rolled at Strathpine Hyperbowl, the QJC is already on course to attract a record number of players, officials and supporters from almost every State and Territory in Australia.
Scheduled for the weekend of 20-21 July, the 2019 QJC is open to TBA-registered bowlers 18 years and under and will showcase some of Australia’s best emerging talent. The tournament offers a prize pool of over $12,000, with equal prize-money guaranteed for the top four bowlers in both the male and female divisions. Graded bowlers will be rewarded with an increased prize pool this year.
Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 3 Councillor Adam Hain was one of several dignitaries who attended the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 QJC, donning bowling shoes and wowing the crowd of excited players and onlookers with a near-strike to declare the tournament officially open.
“After the success of last year’s tournament at Caboolture, the region is thrilled to host the Cup again, this time at Strathpine. “We can’t wait to welcome Aussie bowling’s next big names to Moreton Bay and share the excitement of this jam-packed two-day event,” Cr Hain said.
Moreton Bay Regional Council spokesperson for Parks, Recreation and Sport, Councillor Koliana Winchester said the event would see participants aged between 12 and 18 take to the lanes to showcase their best swing.
Over 80 competitors expected
“Moreton Bay is one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas and we pride ourselves on our investment in attracting major sporting competitions and encouraging a lifelong participation in sport,” Cr Winchester said. “The average spend of a tourist visiting Moreton Bay Region for sport is $278 a day, so this event isn’t just exciting for the competitors, it’s great news for our local economy. “With more than 80 competitors and officials expected to attend the championships, it’s certainly shaping up to be a fantastic battle over the weekend.”
Councillor for Division 8, Mick Gillam encouraged spectators to roll into Strathpine to see the young bowlers in action. “Get along to the Strathpine Hyperbowl to check out the championships, you’ll never see more strikes in your life,” he said.
Sport for all ages
“Tenpin bowling is a great sport for all ages and all-abilities; so if you are looking to try something different or take on a new sport, then give this a go. While you are in town, make sure to stop by Pine Rivers Art Gallery or Strathpine Library or even take a drive to Moreton Bay’s hinterland region and explore stunning Dayboro and Samford.”
Squads are filling fast, so players wanting to join the fun and nominate for this year’s QJC should go to the SQ Junior Committee’s Facebook page to register for the tournament. The official entry form containing full details, including accommodation options and sightseeing suggestions in the Moreton Bay region will be released shortly.