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).

Rocks Jewellers Singles 2018/19 – Event 1 Results

After one of the best summers we’ve had over the last 40+ years, 36 bowlers took to the lanes Leisureplex Stillorgan for the first event of the 9th season of the Rocks Jewellers Singles. Lane conditions proved to be much tougher than bowlers expected with only 5 bowlers managing over a 200 average on the day compared to 16 bowlers this time last year.

Karl Dryer topped the standings in the Scratch section with 1110 (222 Avg) and Andrew Smale paced the Handicap section with 1202 incl. handicap.

The difficult conditions continued into the finals making every spare count as strikes were hard to come-by. Alan Bride finished well in the first Scratch semi-final to close out his match against Karl Dryer 210 to 193. Amanda Larkin took care of business against Paddy Dunne taking the match by 211 to 177 in the other semi-final.  In a low scoring Scratch final Amanda failed to double on the last frame to force a playoff against Alan who went on to win by 190 to 180.

The Handicap section semi-finals were cut and dried with Andrew Smale winning by 232 to Mary Heffernan’s 199 and Theresa Watts taking the match by 231 to Ann Cullen’s 176. Theresa’s good form continued into the final  where she shot 228 whereas Andrew opened a couple of frames early in the match and never recovered posting 198 to finish in the runner up spot.

Congratulations to the winners Alan Bride (Scratch Division) and Theresa Watts (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.

Full details from Event 1 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

Team Ireland Ranked Event Silver Tournament – Double Ranking Points

Team Ireland  will be running the first Technical Support Services Classic on Sunday September 9th 2018 in Leisureplex Blanchardstown.  The event will commence at 9:45am, check-in 9:15am.

The event will comprise 5 games with the top 4 scratch and handicap players competing in a Round Robin final with pinfall carried forward and bonus points awarded.

Prize Fund Guaranteed:
                                  Scratch   Handicap
1st Prize                   €250         €150
2nd Prize                  €125          €100
3rd Prize                  €75             €65
4th Prize                 €50              €45

Player handicap is taken from Highest League Average from 2017/2018 season, Highest A.L.S.A.A Drop in Singles average (15 games) or Rocks Jewellers Tour average (15 Games).

Online entry is available now, click here.  Closing date is Midnight on Thursday September 6th 2018.