YAC Triple Crown Roll-Offs

The roll-offs to decide this year's team for the YAC Triple Crown in Scotland will take place in ALSAA bowling alley on June 11th.

The Under-23 committee, which looks after all issues concerning YAC bowling in Ireland, has announced that there has been a change to the age limit for eligibility for selection.

Following discussions with other participating countries, it has been decided that the Irish committee will use the same age limit as other countries this year. This means that now any bowlers born after January 1st 1987 are eligible to compete in the roll-offs in June.

In previous years competitors had to be under the age of 23 on September 1st the year before the tournament takes place. The new age limit means that players can now compete even if they have turned 24, as long as their birthdate falls after January 1st of this year.

The roll-off will take place at 8 pm on June 11th. Bowlers will play 8 games and the top 6 players after these games will be selected to represent Ireland in the YAC Triple Crown in Scotland in early October.

The fee to compete in the roll-offs is €3 per game. Any bowler who wishes to compete must e-mail the YAC Committee at yaccommittee@gmail.com by June 6th to confirm their interest.

Paul Magee Classic Review-The perfect way to remember a truly inspirational man

Once again the Paul Magee Classic this year showed just how important and how inspiring the man whi the event is named in memory off was and remains for the entire Irish bowling community.

The event took place on Sunday, with almost 150 people taking part in what was a magnificant event. The festivities after the bowling were also testament to the incredible popularity which Paul held in life and continues to hold three years after his tragic death from motor neurone disease.

The majority of those who took part in the bowling celebrated throughout the day and into the night as Ireland's bowling community once again raised a glass in honour of a true hero, not only in bowling terms but in everything he did in life.

Many of Paul's family attended the event, and I'm sure they must have been delighted to see once more just how much he meant to so many people. It goes without saying, I'm sure, that seeing the incredible turnout again this year must have only increased the already immense pride they hold in their hearts for Paul.

A truly inspiring day which embodied the immense inspiration which stems from Paul's life and the affect which he had on so many people. Once again a magnificant day, and such huge thanks have to go out to those who organised the event again this year. It was simply the perfect way to honour the great man once more.

UMES to host Championship Rally for National Champions


Collegiate Women's Bowling

University will celebrate its bowling program Tuesday at 11a.m.

2011UMESHawksLogo2.jpgUMESLogo.jpgThe University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will take time out to celebrate its most recent athletic success Tuesday at 11 a.m. when it honors the Lady Hawks Bowling Program.

The Hawks made history this season winning not one, but two, national championships. UMES won the NCAA Championship, their second overall on April 16 and one week later the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITCs).

The Championship Rally will be held in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center and is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. There will be championship t- shirts thrown out to the crowd and a small reception and autograph session will follow the program.

2011USBCITCUMES2.jpgThe event will feature introductions of the team and coaches (pictured with the ITC trophy), a reciting of the team accomplishments, remarks from University President Thelma B. Thompson. Ph.D., and the presentation of several proclamations, ranging from the Town of Princess Anne, Somerset County, the State Senate and from Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The event will also feature remarks from Director of Athletics Keith Davidson and head coach Sharon Brummell. It will conclude with the unveiling of the three championship banners from this season, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) title, the NCAA championship and the USBC Collegiate title.

No school in college bowling history has won two national titles in the same year and UMES is the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to own two DI NCAA titles.

Admission is free and fans are encouraged to wear their maroon and grey to show their support.

FeatureTalk-When will sense prevail on the issue of Tenpin Bowling becoming an Olympic sport?

Tenpin bowling is played by over 100 million people worldwide. Over 10 million people worldwide compete at either amateur or professional level. The number of bowling lanes worldwide is now up to 250,000. Petitions have been posted and signed by huge numbers on the internet, including a petition page on Facebook which currently has over 9,000 members. Yet somehow it continues to be snubbed by the Olympic Games.

Tenpin bowling is now probably the biggest sport in the world which is not yet part of the Olympic Games. The Bowling World Cup, which is held annually in destinations around the world, has proven extremely successful. Amateurs love the opportunity to travel the world, to represent their country, to walk out at the opening ceremony with their nation’s flag, to wear the colours of their nation proudly. To do this at the Olympic Games would be a high-point in any bowler’s career, and a moment which they would never forget.

And the tournament has become even more appealing since professionals of the game were allowed to take part. For every amateur, and I know this through personal experience, playing alongside the best players in the world is the most exciting experience you can be involved in, not just in bowling, but in any sport. The Olympics is, admittedly, considered an amateur showcase. However, this should not be a sticking point. Even professional footballers can now take part in the Olympics, with teams allowed to field a certain number of professionals in their side. So this is a non-argument before it is even begun.

Bowling has also seen huge growth in Western Europe over the past two decades, especially in Britain and France. It also has a massive base in Asia now, with one of the American Professional Bowlers Tour events now taking place in Japan, and one of the events of this year’s World Bowling Tour to take place in Thailand. It has a growing popularity base in Eastern Europe, and added to its ever-strong popularity in the Americas, the base for the sport to be included is almost unavoidable now. It simply is too big a sport to ignore.

 In 1979, the International Olympic Committee officially recognised the Fédération Internationale des Qulleurs as the governing body of bowling. The FIQ has been tirelessly lobbying for the sport to be included in the Olympics ever since, but illogically the sport has remained on the sidelines. The closest the sport has come to Olympic status was as a demonstration sport at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

Tenpin bowling appeals greatly to such a large proportion of the population worldwide. It has also become extremely popular as a disability sport. There is one key reason why its popularity is so widespread: despite subtleties of skill in the professional game it is, in essence, a very simple game. It can essentially be played and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere; a point which is proven by the number of people who play it today.

The sport is also officially recognised as a Paralympic discipline, and it features at numerous disability games throughout the world. However, as with the Olympics, ten pin bowling has never featured at Paralympic Games level. This simply does not make sense. The reasoning behind it has been rationalised by Steffi Klein, from the International Paralympic Association: “Sports or disciplines which are not on the Olympic programme, will not be considered for inclusion on the Paralympic programme, unless it is considered to be a special or distinctive sport for athletes with a disability.”

Apparently ten pin bowling does not fall under the category of “a special or distinctive sport for athletes with a disability”. However, I do not agree with this in the slightest. The introduction of physical aids such as ball-ramps, lane barriers and computerised scoring have made the sport much more competitive, enjoyable and easy to play for bowlers with a range of disabilities. There is also, I believe, enough of a distinction between the sport at able-bodied and disable-bodied level to be considered distinctive for athletes with a disability.

In the all-too-ignored third member of the Olympic family, the Special Olympics, tenpin bowling has a long and illustrious history. It has become one of the biggest sports in the Special Olympics today. So just how long must we wait for the able and disable-bodied alike to get the chance to perform on the world stage?

It is quite clear that the case which is being put forward by such a large number of people involved in tenpin bowling for Olympic status cannot be ignored. 100 million people simply cannot be wrong. It is surely time, then, for the International Olympic Committee to sit up and take notice of the sport, and to give it the respect it deserves.

Yachio Kato captures the title in first JPBA Ladies event after the great earthquake

2011JPBALT02YachioKato.jpg2011JPBALT01HiromiMatsunaga.jpgIn the first tournament after the great earthquake, Yachio Kato (pictured left) of Tokyo captured her 13th career Japan Professional Bowlers Association women's title in the Miyazaki Pro-Am Open Tournament which was held in the Kyushu Region in South Japan from April 21-24, 2011.

The 59-year-old ended a five-year title draught with a 225-217 victory against Hiromi Matsunaga en route to earn the 1.200.000 Yen winner's check or approximately US$14,627.

Matsunaga (right), who was targeting for back-to-back JPBA titles after winning the season-opening Kansai Open Ladies Bowling Tournament, received 620.000 Yen ($7,557) for second place.

Matsunaga started the game with an open frame after failing to convert the 4-6-7 split followed by a spare before she reeled off a four-bagger to take a 30-pin lead. Kato alternated strikes and spares in the first four frames, spare a 10-pin in the fifth and countered with a four-bagger to regain the lead.

2011JPBALT02TomoeYoshikawa.jpg2011JPBALT02MasamiAbe.jpgWorking on a strike, Matsunaga was unable to connect for a double in the ninth frame, then struck in the tenth but left a 7-pin standing on her next shot failing to force Kato to strike on her first ball in the tenth frame. Needing to mar, Kato spared a 7-pin for the win before the left the 4-6-10 split on her fill ball.

The top 16 players were seeded into two pools (A and B) of eight players each to determine the finalist in single-elimination head-to-head matches. In the final of Pool A, Kato eliminated Tomoe Yoshikawa (left), 235-212, while Matsunaga topped Masami Abe (right) in the B Pool final, 203-195. Yoshikawa and Abe tied for third place worth 370.000 Yen ($4,510) apiece.

Junia Yoshida of Japan Bowling Promotion reports that the third stop of the 2011 JPBA Ladies Tour, the 2011 Pro Test originally scheduled for March/April, was postponed and is now scheduled for the beginning of May.

European Youth Championships-Larkin Shows Just How Much Talent There Is In Irish Bowling

It seems there may be plenty to look forward to in the future for Irish bowling after all, after Ireland's Amanda Larkin put in an incredible performance in today's EYC Masters in Munich to eventually take a bronze medal.

Sarah Finlay also put in a top performance to make the Masters and finish inside the top 16 as England's Autumn Chamberlain went on to take the crown.

The achievement is put into real prespective when you consider this is the first time Ireland has had two representatives in the Masters at an EYC event since 1983.

Larkin only just managed to qualify for the Masters after finishing in 24th place, the final spot for the Masters. She then knocked out the number one seed before eventually coming up just short at the final stage.

It truly was a terrific performance from Larkin, who at only sixteen years of age showed a mature head on young shoulders to handle all the pressure which comes with playing in the final stages of an international event.

On the boys side of things it was a solid performance from all four, with special mention having to go to Taylor Nally, who started the tournament strongly and unfortunately just ran out of steam in the final stages before the Masters qualification was decided. Nally eventually finished in a very respectable 48th place and there certainly is reason for hope for this young man's future.

To have two players in the Masters section of an EYC event is fantastic news for the prospects of the sport in Ireland, with worries over the last few years that the sport may not even survive on an international level for Irish bowlers due to concerns over the future of the Irish Tenpin Bowling Association.

Hopefully the efforts of Larkin, Finlay and all the members of the girls and boys teams in Munich will show people in this country that there is superb talent coming up in the game, and hopefully re-awaken the appetite of any who have lost their passion and interest for the sport.

Huge congratulations to all involved in the efforts of the Irish teams in the EYC in Munich over the past week and in the preperation over the previous weeks.

For all the results check out www.eyc.bowling-em.de, the official EYC website.

Pepsi Irish Matchplay 2011

This year's Pepsi Irish Matchplay will take place in Superdome, Palmerstown, on April 30th and May 1st.

The event is the only full-knock out tournament in Ireland, and is open to both scratch and handicap players.

The tournament is a double elimination event, with each match consisting of a three-game series. Competitors are given a lane draw and find out who they will face when they arrive at their lane. Each player has two lives to start with, so if you lose your first match you are not immediately knocked out of the tournament.

Their is a top prize of €600 for the winner, as well as cash prizes for places 2-6. Prizes are based on a full field of entries (32 players).

For more information or to book your spot in the tournament call Superdome on 01-6260700.

Rocks Tour-Event 5 Preview

Stop five of this year's inaugural Rocks Tour sees the second event in Leisureplex Stillorgan.

The tour was in Stillorgan for event four, where Dave English claimed his second victory of the tour. English qualified second for the scratch finals last time out, with Jason Byrnes taking the top qualifying spot and his first ever top spot. However, English's experience paid off in the final game, beating Byrnes 213 to 198.

English is currently top of both the scractch and handicap sections of the tour going into Sunday's event. Graham Turner and Alan Bride are close behind in the scratch section, with John Wilson and Jason Byrnes completing the current top five. In the handicap section, Carol Catchpole sits second, with Byrnes close behind in third. The handicap section top five is completed by John Wilson and Elaine Lawlor.

The penultimate event of the tour is a chance for those who missed any of the first four events to add to what will end up being their total points tally for their best four events in the six-stop tour. The final event will take place in Tallaght in April, after which the competitors will be decided for the Finals in May.

The standings after event six will also decide how many ranking points competitors earn for Team Ireland selection, so Sunday's event in Stillorgan will be important to those who do not wish to put pressure on themselves going into the final event.

Check-in for the event opens at 8.30 am Sunday March 20th, with bowling begining at 9. Bowlers play five games, moving lanes after 3 games. Entry on the day is €40 including breakfast after bowling and a €5 raffle ticket.

All current standings can be found on the itba website, http://www.tenpin-ireland.com/.

Russian girls, Dutch boys take the lead in EYC Team events after first 3-game block

2011EYCGirlsRUS.jpgThe girls from Russia and the boys from the Netherlands are in the driver's seat after the first three-game block of the four-player Team events in the 24th European Youth Championships at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

Russia's Kristina Kryl, Margarita Verkhova, Polina Kosiakova and Alena Korobkova r(pictured left) olled games of 709, 808 and 837 to lead the girls division with 2354 pinfall total and an average of 196.17.

Kosiakova (below left) leads the 67 girls from 21 countries in All Events after 9 of 18 games with 2072 and an average of 230.22 including a 689 series in the Team event. The Russian out averaged Boys All Events leader Daniels Vezis (below right), Latvia (2007, 223.00) by more than seven pins.

2011EYCPolinaKosiakova.jpg2011EYCDanielVezis.jpgWith the final three-game block to go on Thursday, the top five teams in the girls division are within 35 pins. England with Doubles champions Bethany Hedley and Hannah Frost was 14 pins behind Russia in second place with 2340 and was followed by Finland and Sweden in third and fourth place with 2324 and 2319.

Just outside the box looking in were the girls of the host country Germany, who were tied with Sweden at 2319 but had the lower last game, 761 to 804.

2011EYCNED.jpg2011EYCJoshuaSchuurman.jpgThe Dutch boys battled it out for the spot with the German team. Kevin De Haan, Jord Van Weeren, Ramon Hilferink and Joshua Schuurman (pictured left) had games of 882, 891 and 845 to hold a slim one-pin lead with record 2618 and an average of 218.71. Schuurman (right) rolled the first 300 of the EYC in the first game.

Germany's Christian Birlinger, Dominic Buchmann, Steven Wiersema and Robin Menacher (below right) had games of 857, 911 and 849 to land in second place with 2617 (218.08).

Sweden was a distant third with 2503 with Norway further 47 pins behind in fourth place at 2454. Latvia with doubles champions Arturs Levikins and Daniels Vezis sit in fifth place with 2450.

Competition continues on Thursday, April 21, with the second block of the Boys and Girls four-player team event immediately followed by the semifinals and finals.

2011EYCLogo_small.jpg2011EYCGER.jpgThe EYC 2011 is divided in two divisions - boys and girls. Each team consists of maximum four male and four female players, who must not have reached the age of 19 before August 31st, 2011.

Players compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Teams, All Events (18 games) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games) on a 40-feet sport compliant oil pattern (pdf file). Competition ends on Sunday, April 24, with the Boys and Girls Masters match play.

USBC Youth jerseys will have a new look


USBC Youth

2011USBCYouthJersey.jpgYouth bowlers soon will sport a cool new look on the lanes with the latest eye-catching United States Bowling Congress Youth jersey.

Jerseys are a member benefit in certified USBC Youth Standard leagues. International Bowling Congress Director of Youth Development Chad Murphy said the new design will appeal to teenagers and be exciting for younger bowlers as well.

"The jerseys have been a tremendous hit with our youth members for the last two seasons and this latest design might prove to be even more popular," Murphy said. "Kids are not only wearing them at their leagues but everywhere they go."

The new jerseys also include logos from two of bowling's top ball brands. Storm is represented on the left sleeve and Ebonite on the right sleeve.

"Storm and Ebonite stepped up with tremendous support of youth bowling through the YES Fund," Murphy said. "Adding them to the jersey was a way of saying thanks and a design element that gives a pro jersey feel kids really like."

The new design features red, blue and black colors on the athletic jersey. USBC Youth Standard memberships purchased after March 15, 2011, will receive the jersey and Adult Leaders soon will be able to go onto BOWL.com to purchase their jerseys for $20.

The jerseys will continue to have an open design on the back so they can be personalized by leagues and individuals.

USBC started the jersey program as part of USBC Youth Standard membership at the start of the 2009-10 season.