300 game perfect way to win tournament for young gun Swallows

IN THE ZONE: Hayden Swallow delivered his first 300 game last weekend. Photo: MICHELLE COOK    0813mchayden2

IN THE ZONE: Hayden Swallow delivered his first 300 game last weekend. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0813mchayden2

HAYDEN Swallow’s first 300 game ensured he took out the scratch honours at last weekend’s Bowl Inn Cafe Junior Tournament.

Swallow delivered the first perfect game of his career in his last game of the tournament at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The 18-year-old had bowled 163 and 186 in his first two games.

Then he delivered perfection.

“It was a bit up and down,” Swallow said of his form.

“It just all came together in that last game.”

Swallow admitted his hands were shaking as he prepared to bowl his final delivery, and when it struck he felt relief.

He delivered his 300 game on lanes 13 and 14, the two lanes which have delivered the most success at the Orange Tenpin Bowl.

The perfect game means Swallow’s MOTIV Raptor has become his new favourite bowling ball.

“It used to be my second favourite ball. I guess it’s my favourite now,” he laughed.

Swallow’s 649 total allowed him to take out the scratch prize, ahead of fellow Orange bowlers Harry Betts (480) and Joel Patey (479).

The teenager has been bowling for more than 10 years but has changed his style in that time.

It is a chance which has paid off.

“I bowl two-handed. I used to bowl one-handed but I changed about three years ago,” Swallow explained.

“I was flat-lining in my averages. I changed to two hands and my average has gone up and up. Chucky (Jason Brown) has been a big help.”

The next achievement Swallow would like to tick off his list is bowling an 800 series, which is three games totalling 800 or more.

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