WARRNAMBOOL’S top junior tenpin bowlers are bound for Wodonga to take on the state’s best at the Victorian Junior Country Cup.
Six bowlers aged 15 to 18 will compete against seven other regional rivals this weekend after earning selection with the highest average scores in the Warrnambool city championships.
Sam Porter, 15, Ebony Coxon, 17, Jackson McGifford, 18, Glenn Moore, 15, Lachlan Campbell, 16 and Alannah Gore, 16, were chosen for the tournament as the city’s best players under 18.
Warrnambool Tenpin Bowling Association junior co-ordinator Craig McGifford said new rule changes would benefit the team’s three first-time competitors.
“It used to be bowler against bowler off a scratch score but this year they’ve introduced a handicap system so the lower-average bowlers have a chance against the higher average,” he told The Standard.
“It’s the biggest change in the event’s history and should put our three new representatives in with a good chance with how they’ve been bowling lately.
“Last year we came sixth out of eight teams, so we hope to improve on that obviously.”
McGifford said the state competition was a highlight of the year for junior bowlers able to take part.
“It’s a sport where juniors are slowly drifting away so it’s good that they have a chance to go up against some of the top regional junior bowlers,” he said.
“Hopefully bringing something home might generate some interest in the sport and get a few new bowlers down there.
“Usually family members have gotten them into the sport.”