Nail-biting tie as top juniors put on a show 

LAST Sunday Orange City Bowling Club’s inaugural junior bowls tournament finished in the most unexpected fashion - a three-way tie.

At the end of the day’s play three bowlers couldn’t be separated having gone through the competition undefeated.

Orange Ex-Services Club bowlers Aiden Leonard and Anthony Fisher tied with Grenfell’s Blake Bradtke for first place and split the subsequent cash prize.

OCBC’s Lee Stinson said the tournament’s format made exciting finishes possible.

“Each player plays individually, but with a different person in each game,” he said.

“They keep an individual points tally and with all three winning all of their games they couldn’t be separated.”

The region’s best junior bowlers converged for the tournament, which featured $1000 in prize money.

Eighteen bowlers from Orange, Molong, Dubbo, Grenfell Kandos and Blayney competed for the title, and Stinson said he was pleased with the turnout.

“The 18 bowlers we had came from eight different clubs,” he explained.

“We did well to get that many, we were hoping for around 20 so I’d say 18 is about par.”

Stinson said the winners had not only bowled well, but beaten some of Australia’s best underage bowlers in the process.

“We had an Australian aingles champions bowling on Sunday,” Stinson said.

“Blake was also the NSW reserve singles champion last year.

“Everyone loved it and bowled very well.”

Stinson said OCBC would look to build and expand on the event in the future.

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