Matchroom Multi Sport are pleased to announce the BTBA Final5 Challenge Trophy will be staged alongside the Weber Cup at Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday, September 9 2017.
The tournament will see the 2017 European Youth Championships (EYC) Girls Gold medal winning team play a challenge match against the Team England Girls U22 Squad under the rules of Final5, a new initiative from the BTBA.
Each team features four bowlers who will bowl the final five frames of a game baker style. The final frame will be bowled by a player selected by the opposing team’s captain, and to add even more spice all the players will be using the same model ball – a first for any televised competition anywhere in the world.
The Final5 format has been designed to help players of all ages become accustomed to bowling at the business end of a match – the final five frames. Final5 will form the base of a new club competition to be launched by the BTBA in the 2018 season.
The BTBA Final5 Challenge Trophy will be played over three matches with the team who collects two wins taking home the title.The tournament will take place on the lanes at Metrodome Bowling, adjacent to the Metrodome Arena and the world-famous Weber Cup lane. Highlights will feature as part of the live coverage of the Weber Cup on Sky Sports and networks around the world.
Andy Penny, Director of Coaching, said: “In using this new format we are aiming to get Club Bowling on the map in this country, because it’s a shorter, quicker game it makes for very exciting and nerve-racking finishes, while maintaining the key elements of strategy and mental toughness.”
Katie Tagg, representing Team England Girls U22 said “I’m really looking forward to participating in this new, exciting format, promoting not just bowling but the junior side to bowling too. It’s something great to look forward to this September!”
The 18th annual Weber Cup takes place from Friday, September 8 until Sunday, September 10 at the Metrodome Arena, Barnsley. Tickets are on sale now at www.webercup.com priced from just £11 for adults and £6 for concessions with family ticket discounts available. BTBA members can take advantage of a 20% members discount.
The teams for the BTBA Final5 Challenge Trophy are:
EYC Girls Gold Medal Team
Team England Girls U22