Historic Day as Irish Bowler Wins First Ever Medal at World Championships

Irish tenpin bowler Christopher Sloan today finished in 3rd place at the World Men’s Bowling Championships in Hong Kong, securing Ireland’s first ever medal at an Adult World Championships.

After qualifying for the finals in 6th place, Christopher then defeated defending World Champion, Francois Lavoie of Canada, two-games-to-one in a tight last-16 contest, before again winning his quarter-final match two-games-to-one against Seonghoi Koo of Korea.

With Ireland’s first ever World Championships medal secured, the focus turned to becoming the first Irish bowler to make the final. But standing in Christopher’s way was American PBA Tour superstar Kyle Troup.

The semi-final was tight all the way through, with the momentum swinging one way and then another, but unfortunately for the Irish fans it was Troup who came out on top, two-games-to-zero.

Both games were close all the way to the end, but the American managed to get over the line in both games, bringing Christopher’s inspiring run to an end.

The World Bowling Men’s Championships, which takes place every four years, saw 265 competitors take part this year, representing 46 different nations.

Christopher, who is from Swords in Co. Dublin, will be in action back home after Christmas, with a busy January schedule including the ALSAA Open and the EBT Irish Open, two of the biggest tournaments of the year in Ireland.

For further information, please contact ITBA Social Media Manager Jason Byrnes at jason.byrnes@hotmail.com.

Irish Bowler Fighting for World Championships Title

Irish tenpin bowler Christopher Sloan has qualified in 6th place for the finals of the World Men’s Bowling Championships in Hong Kong.

The team event, in which 6 bowlers represent each nation, saw 46 countries travel to Hong Kong to compete over 10 days in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team of five events.

Each player played 24 games in total in the tournament, and after these games the top 24 individual bowlers qualified for the Master finals.

Christopher (24), from Swords in Co. Dublin, put on a stellar performance to qualify for the Master in 6th place, and in the process earned a bye to the Round of 16, which takes place on Wednesday Dec 5th at 4 am Irish time.

Christopher will take on defending World Champion Francois Lavoie of Canada in the Round of 16, with the match following a best-of-three games format (first player to win 2 games advances).

Should he advance into the Round of 8, Christopher would be just one match away from the medal rounds, and two matches away from the Masters Final.

The finals will be streamed live on the Olympic Channel, with a link to the stream, as well as full tournament information and results, provided on the official tournament website, http://2018wmc.worldbowling.org/.

For further information, please contact ITBA Social Media Manager Jason Byrnes at jason.byrnes@hotmail.com.

NDP Grand Prix 2018 – Results

Congratulations to all players who took part in the 2018 NDP Grand Prix and to the organisers and staff of Leisureplex Coolock for another successfull event.

This year saw the Ladies section being won by Carol Catchpole (Team Ireland) while the Mens was won by Jack Bruton (Juniors Under 16).  The overall champion playoff was won by Carol Catchpole.

For full results visit the Executive Forms & Documents page or click here.

Junior Irish Open 2018

Play commenced in the 2018 Junior Irish Open at 3pm on Friday November 2nd with an additional Overflow squad comprising 18 players from various catergories.  Following this at 6pm, 48 players competed in Squad 1 bringing the first days play to an end.

Saturday sees play coommence at 8:30 with squads 2 and continues throughout the day.

For results of each squad and standings following play, visit the Junior Irish Open 2018 page under the Juniors heading

Leisureplex Charlestown Winter Super Split Drop In Singles

Leisureplex Charlestown


The Winter Super Split Singles

Monday 15th of October till Sunday 18th of November 2018

Singles Event with Two Sections Scratch & Handicap


  • Bowlers bowl 4 games to qualify, enter as often as you like.
  • Highest Four game series to count for Grand Final Qualification
  • Each Entry Costs €20 to include lineage and prize fund
  • Available times Monday to Sunday from 10am till 10pm
  • Book in 24hrs in advance to reserve your lanes (subject to availability) – lanes are oiled daily and will be for each entry where possible
  • Handicaps 80% of 220 (Re Calc. after first 12 games & every 4 games thereafter)
  • Bowlers enter on their highest established average over 21 games. New bowlers enter on a 150 Average. There is a Maximum 5 pin drop on entering average after the twelve games for handicap purposes and after every four games thereafter.
  • The Top 8 Bowlers Scratch & Handicap Will qualify for Grand Finals on Tuesday the 20th of November 2018 at 7.30pm (ties in qualifying will be decided by highest last game & bowlers can only qualify in one section with scratch section qualification taking priority)
  • Grand Finals Match play format over 2 games (ties in finals decided by a one frame bowl off)

PRIZES for Both Scratch & Handicap Section Finals

1ST Place €125 Guaranteed

2nd – 4th Place Cash prizes determined by number of entries

5th – 8th Place receive TGI Fridays Meal for two Voucher

Additional Prizes

Four Game Bowling Voucher for the top Weekly Series Handicap Score

Click here for full details via the Leisureplex Charlestown Facebook Page.

For Further Information call Leisureplex Charlestown on 01-8642642 or Call Sean on 086 8248222

Or e-mail charlestown@leisureplex.ie /sean@leisureplex.ie

Change USBC Ball Regulations

Following three years of research on how technology has affected the sport of tenpin bowling, the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) released a statement in April 2018 regarding proposed new ball drilling and bowling ball coverstock specifications that would assist in sustaining the playing field both now and into the future.

On June 16th, the USBC released a further statement noting that their Equipment and Specifications Committee have revised the implementation dates for the new bowling ball specifications to begin from 1st August 2018 on a two year phased basis.

The Irish Tenpin Bowling Association has received a number of inquiries recently regarding these statements and the ITBA’s position on whether it is to adopt the USBC new rules.  The ITBA would like to confirm that it is awaiting information on the matter from World Bowling who have been discussing the suggested changes to ball specifications.

Pending further clarifications from World Bowling, the Irish Tenpin Bowling Association would like to advise there will be no changes made to the existing ITBA Rules regarding ball weights (drilling) until World Bowling confirms its stance in regard to the matter. The ITBA will then review the information and release a further statement and any changes to the ITBA Rules in regard to ball weights (drilling).