The 32nd National Disability Championship came to a close on the weekend at Zone Bowling Mt Gravatt after eleven days of competition.
A total of 347 participants bowled during this year’s Championship. A fantastic result considering three state teams were unable to travel due to COVID restrictions.
Two state team challenge champions and three masters were crowned, and a 299 game was bowled in the finals. The championship had a bit of everything this year and we hope everyone had a great time on the lanes!
We would like to thank ZONE BOWLING Mt Gravatt for being wonderful hosts for this year’s event. Our partner the Australian Disabilities Tenpin for organising and running the event with us this year. The Joint Management Committee members – Louise Cooke, Kortnee Morcus, Beth Boyd, Don Atkinson, Jenny Tiernan and Rohan O’Neill for all their organisation in preparation for this year’s event. We would also like to thank John Coxon OAM for assisting the tournament team throughout the week and Barry Davies for providing photo services for the participants.
Thank you to Cluch TV for successfully streaming the Cole Challenge Cup and Open State Team Challenge Day for the first time ever. We would also like to thank Colin Linton from Bowlcast who provided commentary and his expertise for the stream. Thank you to all the families, friends and carers who came and made this year’s event happen.
And finally, but not least, the bowlers! Thank you to everyone who came to this year’s event and had a bowl! We hope you had a great time and look forward to next year’s event!
National Disability Championship
The Championships sees bowlers compete in Singles, Doubles and Trios (3 bowlers per team) events. Entrants competing in the events bowled a three-game series with the highest series in each Grade and Event deemed champions. An All Events entry is when participants compete and provide scores in all three events – Trios, Doubles and Singles.
Below are the top three place getters for each event. Please click the down arrow for each event to view the top 3 placegetters. For the full results of the championship, click here.
3rd– Aimee Smith (42) 98, 68, 62  Harry Woodhouse (129) 186, 139, 116  Katelyn Smith (75) 102, 96, 142  1,009
E Grade Trios
1st – Richard Aouchan (66) 81, 73, 74  Joshua Smith (95) 128, 135, 116  Simon Sydo (55) 86, 66, 85  844
2nd– Tony Perrin (42) 106, 104, 109  Steven Floyd (58) 50, 69, 56  Richard Foster (99) 76, 102, 88  760
3rd – Steven Floyd (58) 65, 104, 85  Richard Foster (99) 78, 95, 106  Richard Aouchan (66) 82, 59, 66  740
State Team Challenge Day
Two events would run at the same time on state team challenge day – The Cole Cup Challenge and the Open State Team Challenge.
Due to three teams unable to attend due to COVID restrictions, the schedule saw teams completing six matches throughout the day. Five teams were in attendance for both events. Teams would bowl against each other once (four games), against the bye (having to bowl better than their average for points), and a randomly drawn match for the sixth game.
Cole Cup Challenge
Queensland would be crowned champions of the 2021 Cole Cup Challenge. The maroon menace collected a total of 32.5 points from the six matches of play.
Their traditional rivals in New South Wales finished on 29 points and collected silver whilst the Northern Territory would round out the placegetters collecting 24.5 points in their 6 matches and claiming bronze.
Open State Team Challenge
Leading into the sixth match, the team from Queensland were aiming to collect double trophies on challenge day.
The maroons were holding on to a 3-point lead heading into game 6 before they got drawn to play their nearest challenger – New South Wales.
The defending champions would strike when it mattered and defeated Queensland 6 points to 1 in match 6 allowing the blues to leapfrog QLD on top finishing with 29 points to QLD’s 27 points. The victory would see NSW declared back to back champions after winning the event in 2019.
The team from ACT would round out the top three placegetters claiming bronze after finishing with 21 points.
During presentations, in a touching tribute, it was announced that in 2022 and beyond, the event would now be known as the Michael Cooke Memorial Shield.
Three master events were running at the same time in this years championship – Restricted, Classic and Open.
Throughout the Championship, bowlers would strive to qualify for one of the three Master events.
The top 16 qualifiers for each masters event were:
Kallan Strong (NSW)
Adam Sutherland (TAS)
Mitchell Meares (NSW)
Matthew Hurst (QLD)
Lionel Kenyon (QLD)
Ashley Poelstra (QLD)
Danny Simpson (TAS)
Damian Murtagh (TAS)
Nicholas Jefferson (QLD)
Connor Dixon (QLD)
Tom Brown (TAS)
Mark Ukleja (SA)
David Riddle (QLD)
Jyrah Sammut (NT)
Nathan Curd (QLD)
Richard Bowden (NT)
Harry Woodhouse (NSW)
Nicholas Milner (TAS)
Scoot Harber (ACT)
Malakai Sammut (NT)
Keanu Murray (QLD)
David Scicluna (QLD)
Corey Hanson (QLD)
Corey Harber (ACT)
Mathew Lloyd (NSW)
Kyle West (QLD)
Nathan Ware (NT)
Shannon Ware (NT)
Michelle Christensen (NT)
Ian Aubeck (NSW)
Frank Cooke (ACT)
Will Mison (QLD)
Katelyn Smith (NSW)
Johnathon Goss (TAS)
Hayley Flanigan (ACT)
George Tulip (NSW)
Hysam Elrich (NSW)
Amanda Rogers (NT)
Aimee Smith (NSW)
Russell Whit (QLD)
Mark Thompson (NSW)
Steven Floyd (NSW)
Richard Foster (NSW)
Corey Madsen (WA)
Chris Lyon (WA)
Karen Klose (NT)
Richard Aouchan (NSW)
Jennifer Kupiers (NSW)
George Tulip (NSW) and Mark Thompson (NSW) were late withdrawals from the Restricted Masters finals. Ken Wickham (NSW) and Michael Wade (NSW) replaced the two withdrawals.
A shout out to Kallan Strong from NSW – Kallan bowled an incredible 299 game in game 8 of his finals. Watch him bowl the 10th frame of his magic 8th game below: