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This represents some of the top tenpin bowlers in the U.K., as it puts all the home countries (Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England) together in a competition that is highly prized. This is normally the first stage for bowlers aiming for the European Championships, and is historically a highly successful event for Team England. Whilst not wishing to take anything away from the prestige of this event, it is a league away from the European Championships where some 30 odd countries take part with many of the leading countries in the sport taking part. Having said that, the bowlers taking part in the Triple Crown have all achieved great success in attaining the top of their national squads, and they should all feel rightly proud to wear the shirt of their country. There is immense pressure to bowl well for your country, and this represents a severe test of any competitors ability.

This year was a hugely successful campaign for Team England with all of our bowlers stepping up to the mark and achieving a terrific medal haul, see the Junior Team England reports for details. It was obvious from the first day that we were in for a terrific spectacle, despite some rather dodgy National Anthem singing from the attendant crowd of supporters. This situation was rectified when one of the English parents managed to buy a CD of all the anthems of the world so that the success of all the bowlers (no matter what country) could be celebrated in a fitting manner. Will the organisers for next year’s championship kindly note!

I cannot recall the exact list of medals that Team England won (NAYBC website will have all this info plus the “scores on the doors”) but the atmosphere and the singing, especially on the last day, made it a highly memorable weekend for all the spectators and competitors alike. I would also like to thank all the parents who took part in the “shuttle runs” to bring our bowlers from the accommodation block to the bowl, especially Sean Fidgett who did a sterling job (ha ha Paul Rumkee told me to put that joke in!) with the Norwich minibus.

I never like to spotlight any particular bowlers in any of these articles, unless they have achieved something extraordinary, but I believe that successfully defending the Masters Championship is something a bit special and I am not sure if this has been done back to back before. Chris Lam achieved this in a terrific display of matchplay bowling defending the title he won in the previous year. It was also noticeable that this year England won the teams and also the mixed doubles, which was great to see and rounded off the championships in a great light. The team spirit of our bowlers was terrific and their behaviour on the lanes highly commendable. They looked the part, and that certainly complemented their scores, especially the U16’s who showed up the older ones!

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All in all it was a great weekend for England, and the travelling wasn’t too bad either, which was a bonus. Our thanks to the SCTBA for hosting the event, and the staff at the AMF bowl, who I found to be friendly and helpful. Next year this is to be hosted in a centre in England, so our cars will hopefully not have too far to go.

 
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