The first junior division ranked event for the year will kick off at Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin with the eighth running of the Queensland Junior Cup (QJC).
In recent years, COVID travel restrictions have limited attendance at the popular event but this year tournament organisers are excited to welcome a field of bowlers from all across the country and abroad.
In what shapes up as an enjoyable and super competitive weekend, New Zealand bowling sensation Ben Pettit will bowl in this year’s event.
After making his debut in Australia at the Australian National Championship last year and claiming the inaugural u14 Australian Junior Master’s title, Pettit was encouraged by QJC organisers to return to Australia and test himself on Aussie conditions at this year’s event.
“We got to meet the NZ team at the ANC last year, and they are just a terrific group of people,” said Tournament Director Nathan Stein.
“Since then, we have been in regular contact about the QJC and making this trip possible in 2022.
“We hope this will be the start of a great partnership that sees many more Kiwis do the same over the next few years”, added Stein.
After initially scheduled to host the QJC in 2021, Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin will finally have its chance this year.
“Ray and his team have always been great supporters of the South QLD Junior Committee, and we wanted to repay their loyalty and support by bringing the 2022 QJC to the southern part of the Gold Coast,” said Stein.
Excitement is high for the first junior ranked event of 2022 that boasts several exciting initiatives.
Those initiatives include a new u21 SQ Challenge, increased prize payout for the Graded Division, and an extension of the long-term partnership with BPD Australia that will see two future stars win a bowling ball of their choice from the Fletcher Family Trophy for Sportsmanship.
Added to the bowling festivities will be the running of the annual Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland (TBAQ) annual State Awards night that will be hosted at the Gold Coast on Sunday night and streamed on their Facebook page.
The boy from Ballina, Blake Walsh, will be in attendance to defend his 2021 title while a new champion will be crowned in the female division with last year’s Emily Meehan aging out of the junior division.
If you are on the Gold Coast this weekend, make sure you stop in at Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin to witness what should be a fascinating contest between the best rising stars in the sport.
Tenpin Bowling Australia wishes everyone the best of luck and high scoring this weekend!
- What? Nationally Ranked Event – Junior Division – A22/0137
- Where? Coolangatta Tweed Tenpin
- When? 30 April – 2 May 2022
- Stream? Streaming will be done ad hoc on the SQ Facebook page
- Facebook – South Queensland Junior Tenpin and TBAQ
- Entry Form – here
This is the eighth running of the Queensland Junior Cup
Blake Walsh enters the event as the defending champion. 2021 Female champion Emily Meehan has aged out of the junior division.
Flashback – 2016 Champions Rebekah Commane and Matt Clague
- Qualifying will involve the completion of 12 games
- The top 12 males and top 12 females on pinfall will qualify for stage 2 of the QJC which begins with a further 5 games to occur with pinfall to carry over.
- At the conclusion of these games, the field will be cut to the top 6 boys and top 6 girls – who will progress through to matchplay. Pinfall will carry over.
- Matchplay – 5 games of head to head round robin, with 30 bonus pins for a win and 15 bonus for a tie. The boy and girl with the highest aggregate pinfall after the matchplay round (inc bonus pins), will be declared the 2022 Queensland Junior Cup champion.
This is the first junior division event for 2022.
All rankings are automatically updated on the current points webpage for eligible participants once the rankings administrator processes the results following the conclusion of a ranked event.
Bowlers wishing to be ranked must be current silver registered members. Ranking points will only be recorded for bowlers competing in a ranked event if they were current financial silver registered members before bowling their first ball in that ranked event. Please note that a silver registration consists of a league/junior membership + Silver Upgrade.
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