Canberra's Amy Shoesmith etched her name into the history books at Orange Tenpin Bowl on Sunday by becoming the first bowler to win three consecutive titles in the 33-year history of the Ron Boulton Cycles NSW Country Junior Cup.
In defending her 2017 and 2018 girls' scratch titles Shoesmith was dominant from go to woah on Sunday, eventually claiming her back-to-back-to-back championship by defeating a gallant Zowie Dgrehorn in the step-ladder decider.
The two went toe-to-toe in the two-game decider with Shoesmith eventually prevailing by just five pins after being forced to overcome a sizable, 18-pin first-game deficit.
Dreghorn rolled 201 to Shoesmith's 183 in the first game but the latter reined it in over the final 10 frames, her 226 enough to best her rival by 23 pins and claimed a third straight title.
Incredibly it was actually Shoesmith's fourth consecutive appearance in the decider after finishing runner-up to her sister in 2016, and the title marked the perfect finish in her final year of under-18 bowling.
She's progressed straight to the decider after topping the qualifying stage with a total pinfall of 1603 and an average of 200, with a best game of 236. Dregler finished third, beating out Madison Senior 201-196 in the step-ladder's first round.
The Central Coast's Kallan Strong claimed the boys' scratch division, similarly overcoming a game-one deficit to win his step-ladder championship clash over Ryan Chi.
Strong also topped the qualifying, with a total pinfall of 1822, but looked in a touch of trouble after rolling 176 in the first game of the decider to trail Chi by 28 pins.
As Shoesmith did though, he lifted in the clutch and rolled a 237 game to Chi's 160 to claim a 413-364 victory. Chi had beaten out second-qualifier Josh Buttigieg 267-181 in the first of the step-ladder finals.
Home-lane knowledge proved a key factor in the combined handicap division, with Orange bowlers taking out all three of the podium finishes.
Harrison Walker and William Rollo rolled totals of 1952 and 1921 respectively to top the qualifying, and with Senior, Buttigieg and Strong ruled out to contest the scratch finals that allowed sixth-finisher Steven McConnell (1890) to rank third.
With Walker progressing straight to the decider Rollo faced McConnell in the first step-ladder final and won through with a 277-195 victory, but the No.1 seed proved too strong in the decider.
Walker claimed the title, winning 254-189.
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