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Big weekend of tenpin bowling gets stamp of approval

IN FORM: Stephen Carman was the best of Horsham’s bowlers with a high score of 287. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

IN FORM: Stephen Carman was the best of Horsham’s bowlers with a high score of 287. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By Colin MacGillivray
Horsham received a stamp of approval from the state’s tenpin bowling community after successfully hosting the Victorian Country Cup for the first time at the weekend.
Horsham Lanes and Games manager Melissa McKenzie said more than 100 competitors from bowling centres across the state were impressed by the organisation of the tournament.
It was the biggest bowling tournament ever hosted in Horsham.
“It worked out amazingly – we got a lot of compliments on how well it went,” Ms McKenzie said.
“This is the first time we’ve ever hosted the Country Cup.
“As a tournament it has been going on for 39 years, but this is only the fourth year we’ve been involved.
“There are only 10 country centres involved in it, and basically someone needs to drop out for you to go in.”
Horsham nearly took out the men’s division, losing to Warrnambool by just two points in the overall standings.
The teams were tied on points going into the final round of competition, but Warrnambool’s bowlers had more head-to-head wins in their match against Shepparton than Horsham did against Latrobe Valley, relegating the home side to second place.

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Ms McKenzie, who managed the men’s team, said it had been a terrific effort.
“The highest individual game for the tournament was Stephen Carman with 287 and he had the highest total pinfall as well,” she said.
“The men bowled really well and were very close to winning.”
Carman was selected in the men’s all-star team at the conclusion of the tournament with the highest individual average of 212.
Ms McKenzie was also a member of the Horsham women’s team that finished eighth.
She said despite the team’s final standing, it had been extremely competitive.
“We had quite a few games where our ladies bowled in the 190s and lost their point by just a few pins,” she said.
“It was just a spare here or there that wasn’t picked up in a few games that were quite close.
“I personally had a few of those games where you lose by only a couple of pins and it is frustrating.
“Our team was probably one of the strongest ladies teams we’ve had.” Included in the Horsham women’s team was 16-year-old Sophie Martin, who will compete at the World Bowling Junior Championships in Paris next week.
Martin had the highest average of Horsham’s women during the Country Cup with 183.
Ms McKenzie said the main reason for the cup’s success was the hard work of its volunteers.
“This is definitely the biggest tournament we’ve hosted,” she said. “There are 18 games in each division – that’s a lot of games.
“We were here each day from 6.30 or 7am and the earliest we got out was 1am.
“On Saturday I got here at 6.30am and didn’t leave until 1.30am.
“We only had a few staff available for that weekend and we put in big hours to make it happen.”

Sophie Martin, Horsham, playing in the 2019 Country Cup tenpin tournament in Horsham.

Sophie Martin, Horsham, playing in the 2019 Country Cup tenpin tournament in Horsham.

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