WARRNAMBOOL junior tenpin bowlers have returned home knowing they need to improve to take on the best in Victoria.
The six-member squad finished sixth at the annual Victorian Junior Country Cup (VJCC) at Wodonga.
Warrnambool Tenpin Bowling Association junior co-ordinator Craig McGifford said he was content with the pin rattlers’ efforts.
“The overall view of both me and Nick Membery, the team manager, was we were happy with the kids’ performances,” he said.
“They all bowled around their averages for the weekend.”
The VJCC featured eight regional associations and used a matchplay handicap format.
There were six points up for grabs in each round — one for each of the four one-on-one rubbers and two for the overall win.
Warrnambool finished with 34 points. Latrobe Valley won with 60.5, Colac was second with 48 and Bendigo third with 46.5
Jackson McGifford finished with the best average, 181, and a high game of 192.
Glenn Moore averaged 169, while his high game was a 220 — the best of the Warrnambool boys.
Lachlan Campbell averaged 151 and had a high game of 162.
Alannah Gore was the most consistent female, averaging 139 and bowling a high game of 158.
Ebony Coxon averaged 127, while her high game was a stellar 191, the best of the girls.
Samantha Porter averaged 109 and had a high game of 123.
McGifford said Warrn-ambool was on the back foot because of the way cup officials calculated handicaps.
He said a bowler’s handicap took into account their efforts from January until July, but not August or September.
“In two months you could improve by 20 pins, which is a huge improvement. That’s your luck I guess,” he said.
“We had bowlers in the same boat. Not by that much but by 10 pins. We were lucky but there were some bigger improvers.”
McGifford said the squad members’ “sparing” was terrible. “It probably cost us getting to move up to at least fourth or fifth,” he said.
“We just have to encourage younger bowlers to get out and bowl. As everywhere is finding out, there aren’t a lot of kids getting out to bowl.”