Secondary School Cup 2019
The three bowl pairs competition is played over nine rounds before a winner is crowned. With last year’s back-to-back winners Blake Young and Ty Jesberg from Longreach High School not playing, there was a new winner to be crowned this year.
The game is played on shortened ends with games limited to a one-hour time limit or nine ends played. With power plays in the mix, the score is doubled for one end only giving teams a chance to swing a game in their favour.
Mackay and Toowoomba regions ruled the roost at Pine Rivers on Day one of the Secondary School Cup. Mackay Northern Beaches High School featuring the duo of Maddison Andreassen & Ashlee Knight, won four games and drew one to earn themselves their spot on the top of the ladder at the end of the first day. They finished their day off with a statement win over, Tha Mu Soe & Travis Gibbs from the third place Millmerran State High winning 16-0.
With only one win separating the top four teams going into the last day of the Secondary School Cup who would end up champion was far from being decided.
Wind breezed through the undercover greens of Pine Rivers as the final day of the Cup started. The teenagers remained unperturbed, with every one win vital to determine the winner of the 2019 Cup.
Midway through the second day, Murrumba Downs State High with Thomas Levitt and Cody Staggard were the surprise of the day. They had won both of their games to push themselves to third place on the ladder, overtaking Millmerran State High by the end of Round 7.
Going into the final round it remained a two-team race with Mackay Northern Beaches State High and Pittsworth State High winning all their games to keep the single point deadlock. A surging Murrumba Downs side wasn’t going down without fight and had a chance to win the runners-up trophy if they beat the top ranked Mackay Northern Beaches team. Lining up on their rink, Maddison and Ashlee proved too strong for the Murrumba boys and won 11-5 with showing that North Queensland is not to be messed with.
At the end of the day top scoreboard remained the same as it started. After a slow beginning, Mackay Northern Beaches State High proved themselves as champion bowlers, winning the Secondary School Cup, scoring 17 points on a margin of 63.
Congratulations to Maddison Andreassen and Ashlee Knight!
To see full scores and results for the event click on this link https://www.bowlsqld.org/Events/State-Events/Secondary-School