Chloe Jones and Jordan Dinham started 2019 the same way they finished 2018, by winning a nationally ranked title, when the pair took out the 2019 National Youth Cup at Wyncity Bowl & Entertainment in Melbourne on Sunday.
Both bowlers came into the National Youth Cup after being crowned the nation’s best youth bowlers in 2018 and rounding out the year by winning the Champion of Champions in November and when qualifying began on Saturday both bowlers brought their 2018 form into the New Year.
After 6 games in block one, Dinham was in 3rd place and 41 pins behind the leader with Jones in 4th, needing 93 more pins to take the lead.
In the second block of qualifying on Sunday both bowlers moved up a gear and with challenging conditions Jones managed to average 197 and move into 2nd place, with Dinham taking the lead before heading into the match play rounds.
When the match play got underway, Dinham who won national ranked event titles on the Junior, Youth and Adult ranked event circuits in 2018, came out strong and after winning the first and third matches the New South Welshman was inching closer to another title.
After drawing the 4th match and winning the 5th and 6th, a draw in the final match which included 10 bonus pins was enough to see Dinham scrape through and win the title by 6 pins from a fast finishing Matt Clague (4224) and begin 2019 on a high.
In the girls division,
number one seed Jones drew the first match to get a win in match 2 and
move into contention for the title. With a draw in match 3 and wins in
matches 5 and 6, the North Queenslander bowled 211 in the final match to
win the first title of 2019 with Mandy Koh finishing in second.
For all the final results visit www.tenpinresults.com.au and don’t forget to keep an eye on the Youth Teams Challenge results across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.