In the fourth of five senior ranked events for 2022, Dena Buxton and Andrew Lloyd took out the senior titles on offer at Campbelltown City Bowl in New South Wales over the weekend.
The popular event has not run since 2019 so many bowlers were eager to attend this year with approximately 70 bowlers in attendance.
Four divisions would be in play with senior female, senior male, grand senior female, and grand senior male. All bowlers would complete 16 games in two squads of eight matches to find the 2022 Campbelltown Vintage Seniors Classic winners.
After claiming her first ranked event title at the SA Seniors Classic in her debut appearance in the senior division, Victorian Dena Buxton continued her hot form winning the senior female title for the 2022 Campbelltown Vintage Seniors Classic.
Buxton would burst out of the gates averaging 210.5 in her first eight games and taking a generous lead into day two. Behind in second place was Sue Cassell who finished 93 pins behind Buxton and Lee Booth 94 pins behind the leader.
Buxton would remain consistent on day two nearly mirroring her day one performance. Averaging 207.5 in the second eight, Buxton would finish on a total of 3,320 pins and claim her second title in the division for 2022.
In second place was local Campbelltown bowler Julie Harrison who had a great second day. Sitting in sixth after day one, Harrison improved her play on day two and finished in second place, 137 pins behind Buxton.
In third place was Sue Cassell who finished on 3,165 and 155 pins behind the title winner.
- 1st– Dena Buxton (VIC)
- 2nd– Julie Harrison (NSW)
- 3rd – Sue Cassell (QLD)
Grand Senior Division
- 1st – Julie Harrison (NSW)
- 2nd– Sue Cassell (QLD)
- 3rd– Janet Baker (ACT)
You would be hard-pressed to find a better year on the lanes in 2022 than Andrew Lloyd.
The bowler from Bowlarama Wetherill Park continued his dominance in the division claiming his third title from four in the senior division for 2022.
Averaging 218.5 in the first eight games, Lloyd would take a slight edge heading into day two with a competitive field at his heels.
Behind in second place after day one was local Campbelltown City bowler Paul Sutton who sat 8 pins behind Lloyd and Victorian Joseph Moraitis in third place. The top 13 bowlers after day one all sat within 100 pins of the leader setting up an exciting last day.
Plenty of movement occurred in the senior’s male division on day two but not at the top. Andrew Lloyd would continue his dominance averaging 216.2 on the second eight and finishing with a total of 3,459 pinfall over 16 games for the title.
In second place, Brett Smith jumped up from 4th after day one to finish 82 pins behind the champion. Another big move came from the 2022 Hammer Queensland Seniors Classic Champion, Tony Hamilton. Sitting in eighth position after day one, Hamilton would climb to third spot and edge out Michael Muir by one pin to round out the podium.
Grand Senior Division
- 1st – Jim Bakirtzidis (NSW)
- 2nd– Mick Talevski (VIC)
- 3rd – Jim Karakostas (NSW)
Jim Bakirtzidis bowled amazingly well. So well, his finishing total of 3,484 would have been enough to take out the senior’s division title.