Seven members of Junior Team England who will be representing the country at the 2019 European Youth Championships in Riga, joined five members of Rubery YBC at the recently refurbished AMF Hollywood on Saturday 6th October for a pro-am string challenge event. A twenty-four lane centre, four lanes have recently been converted to string machines, offering bowlers the ideal opportunity to try them out for the first time.
Bowlers rotated across the lanes, playing on both string and traditional pin setters. This was a first for Junior Team England who reported back that it wasn’t that different to playing on traditional free fall machines. Alex McCarthy certainly proved this as he finished the day on a high, stringing 11 strikes in a row. However, as tensions mounted, it was Rubery YBC who emerged victorious over Junior Team England.
Andy Penny, Team England Head Coach said, “This was a great experience for the players. We’ve all really enjoyed ourselves and it’s been fantastic for them to have this opportunity to bond as a team.”
We would like to thank Hollywood Bowl for hosting the event, especially Jenny Rowbottom, a former Team England squad member for making the bowlers so welcome and Carl Boylan, Hollywood Regional Tech Manager for making the event happen. We would also like to thank all the parents who stayed to support the event; we hope to see you again next year for a rematch.
If you’re interested in trying out a string event, the UK’s FIRST sanctioned tournament on strings will be held in November at Airport Bowl. Click here for full details.