Little tykes hit bowl in the big league

Logan Litlies will battle it out on the bowling lanes this weekend in the Queensland Junior Cup.

Children ages six and up compete for a share of more than $12,000 in prizes.

The youngest participant in the competition, six-year-old Charlotte Brearly, started bowling when she was just 18 months old.

Tenpin Bowling Association of Queensland committee chair Junior Jodi Bishop said Charlotte’s learning process started with the help of a guide ramp.

“Once she was able to throw a ball on her own, she adopted the two-handed technique of her hero, the number one professional bowler in the world, Jason Belmonte,” Bishop said.

“At the age of four, Charlotte was enrolled in the sport’s junior training program ‘Bowl Patrol’ and developed from lane bumper bowling to an experienced and very enthusiastic right-handed bowler 12 months ago.

“She loves bowling and given the opportunity to be on the track every day – with such enthusiasm and a PB of 160 at the age of six, Charlotte is a rising star to watch.”

Nearly 100 bowlers from across the country are expected to flood Logan’s bowling center between June 29 and July 1 for the junior cup.

There’s a total prize pool worth over $12,000 up for grabs, including cash, trophies and a range of prizes.

“We are one of the few events that have equal prize money for both male and female bowlers across all divisions and we are very proud of that,” Ms Bishop said.

“The tournament has attracted participants from far and wide – Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand – and we have also had a great response from the local region.

“We have already completely filled five of the eight selections.”

Several families are joining forces to participate this year, including: Crestmead sisters Chloe, Kayla and Talia Piffero, three pairs of brothers – Noah and
Nicholas Rajkovic, Oliver and William Zaccaria and Justin and Julian Dinham, two nieces and nephews – Brooke and Deakin Buckingham and Brianna and Bronx Walsh and brother/sister duos Harlem and Tayreese Morris, Alex and Charlotte Mahoney and Beau and Lexi Colgan.

Also flying in is the 15-year-old New Zealand champion Cooper Mollet.

Cooper only started competing in 2020 after watching his father bowl for years.

Now he lives and breathes the sport, and with a personal best, a near-perfect score of 299, he is expected to keep the pressure on.

Spectators are welcome to watch the event. Entrance is free.