The 42nd Junior Sydney Cup was decided yesterday at Campbelltown City Bowl, with Jordan Dinham and Emily Meehan taking out the stepladder final.
When qualifying began on Saturday, Dinham
entered the tournament as the favourite after winning this year’s NSW
Open, SA Youth Masters, SA Junior Cup and Australian Junior Masters.
But it was a tough start for Dinham who sat in 4th place and 172 pins behind leader Bernie Grueso Jnr after averaging 224 across the first 8 game block.
On day 2, Dinham returned and pushed up the leader board into second place averaging 225 but was 317 pins away from Grueso Jnr.
It was in the match play rounds that Dinham firmed as a serious contender. Winning 9 of 11 matches and earning 270 bonus points, the Tenpin City bowler became the number one seed in the stepladder finals. Having to wait and see who his opponent would be, Dinham watched Daniel Bourke and Grueso Jnr go head to head, with Bourke being victorious in the match 213-210.
With the title on the line Dinham entered the stepladder final against Bourke. With experience at this level, Dinham shot to the lead winning the match and ranked event title 248-182.
In the girl’s division, the title was wide open with a number of local and interstate bowlers in with a chance.
In qualifying on day 1, Orange bowler Alicia Mcfadden took the lead averaging 192 across the eight games with Queenslander Emily Bottomley only 37 pins behind.
In the second block of qualifying on Sunday, Mcfadden increased her lead to 103 pins from Bottomley who was the next best, before heading into the match play rounds.
In the match play rounds, it was the Queenslander who won 4 of the 7 matches to push into the lead with Mcfadden falling back to third place and with Emily Meehan in second.
With Bottomley moving through to the final as the top seed, Mcfadden and Meehan battled it out to decide who would go through to the final with Meehan being the victor 217-203.
In the final and with both bowlers hunting for their first ranked event title, Meehan found her line to defeat her opponent 218-181 and take the 2018 title.
For all the final standing visit www.tenpinresults.com.au.