2019 World Women’s Championships

Team England have a good record in World Women’s Championships in recent years. With the championships starting in 1963 it was 1983 before we got our first medal as Judy Robins (Howlett) and Jane Virot took Doubles Bronze in Caracas, Venezuela. We had to wait 16 years to the next medal when Kirsten Penny took Masters Bronze in 1999 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

In 2003 Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia we got a bucket load as Zara Glover (Giles) won an amazing three Golds in Singles, Doubles with Kirsten Penny and All Events and not forgetting a Trios Silver for Zara, Kirsten and Lisa John.  Next up in 2007 Monterrey, Mexico Team Bronze for Fiona Banks, Kirsten Penny, Zara Glover, Jemma Smith, Lisa John and Katie Jowsey. 2013 in Las Vegas USA a Bronze in Trios for Autumn Chamberlain, Hayley Rumkee and Lisa John and finally in 2015 another Bronze this time in trios for Danni Hopcroft, Jo Allsebrook and Lisa John.

With all that said, we see four time medalist Lisa John back and this time as team manager and joined by coach Mark Heathorn. The team has a youth feel with three players under 21 but experience with a PWBA professional, a returning international and a seasoned Triple Crown winner.

The line up for Las Vegas is Natasja Ailes, Issy Allen, Verity Crawley, Rebekah Hamlet, Katie Finnigan  and Laura Marcham.

Meet the Players

Bowling balls for England

900 Global
Black Ops Hamlet, Rebekah
HB (Honey Badger) Claw Hamlet, Rebekah
Columbia 300
Lit Pearl Allen, Isabel
Savage Life Allen, Isabel
Savage Life Crawley, Verity
White Dot Ailes, Natasja
White Dot Allen, Isabel
White Dot Crawley, Verity
White Dot Marcham, Laura
Game Breaker 3 (GB3) Crawley, Verity
Black Widow Black/Gold Finnigan, Katie
Black Widow Pink Crawley, Verity
Black Widow Pink Finnigan, Katie
Black Widow Pink Hamlet, Rebekah
Black Widow Platinum Allen, Isabel
Rhodman Pearl Crawley, Verity
The Sauce Allen, Isabel
Web Tour Edition Crawley, Verity
On The Ball Finnigan, Katie
Villain Scorn Finnigan, Katie
Roto Grip
Dare Devil Trick Ailes, Natasja
Hyper Cell Fused Marcham, Laura
Loco Purple Hamlet, Rebekah
Totally Defiant Hamlet, Rebekah
Crux Prime Ailes, Natasja
Hy-Road 300 Ailes, Natasja
Hy-Road Live Marcham, Laura
Hy-Road X Marcham, Laura
Secret Code Marcham, Laura
Snap Lock Ailes, Natasja
Son!Q Ailes, Natasja
Son!Q Finnigan, Katie
Sure Lock Finnigan, Katie
Sure Lock Marcham, Laura
Track Inc.
Paradox Hamlet, Rebekah
Triton Elite Allen, Isabel


Meeting Verity

Lisa, Mark and five ladies made the long flight from Heathrow to Las Vegas early in the week before the event and after a good rest met up with team mate Verity Crawley for a first unofficial practice and later a team meal.

So what are our chances in Vegas? Pretty good to be fair. We have a team while young for the most part, they have a lot of experience. Starting with the player considered our best, Verity brings something not seen in Female England teams before. Her PWBA experience will be invaluable to the other ladies to start with. Ability to match up quickly and an inner confidence that will be shared to her team mates.

Staying with the experience we have Rebekah Hamlet who is back after the birth of her little boy and re-taking an England place she had held before as a late addition when Mia Bewley dropped out through injury. London International winner and Silver medalist at EYC she has game and will be an important part of this team. Natasja Ailes has an EYC Team Gold and has won Nationals at junior and adult level. She shows the same progression we saw in her team manager Lisa John who also won at junior level and continued to the Hall of Fame years later. Don’t let youth lead you to think our younger players are not ready. The game has changed.

Onto another young player and of course our youngest. Issy Allen is having the year of her life, not unlike Shannon O’Keefe who in the USA has won 4 PWBA events and a World Cup. Issy has won two Golds in Team and Masters at EYC, A doubles bronze in the World Junior Championships and won the Bowling World Cup qualifier for Indonesia in November. Who’s to say she cannot emulate Gemma Burden who won a World Cup for England at just 17. Who’s to say we won’t see another Issy medal in Vegas?  Katie Finnigan is the one to watch out for. Katie has the World at her feet and earned the spot with solid results and great progression to adults in the English Sport Bowling Tour on Sport patterns. It is all to play for and she can play without fear. Finally we have the oldest in the team and a seasoned England Triple crown Team player in Laura Marcham. Laura is the glue that will hold all this together, dependable and consistent.


First up in the 9am singles squad we had Rebekah Hamlet and Natasja Ailes. Both struggled from the start to match the pace at the top but were also steady and not far from the bigger games. At the end of the tough six games we had Natasja in 52nd with 1137 and Rebekah in 59th with 1111.

Next up was Katie Finnigan and Laura Marcham and also Issy Allen and Verity Crawley in a larger second squad. With around 1400 needed for the top four there was not much room for any lower games in a block. Issy Allen started off brightest with 228 and 219 as partner Verity Crawley struggled with 190 and 154. It all changed as Verity started a run of games that fired her back up the standing to 13th at the end with 1318 after a run of 269,224,233 ad 248. Issy hit a 175 bouncing back with 244 then hitting a difficult pair and a 135 before recovering with 209 and 1210 for 67th.

For Laura Marcham and Katie Finnigan the same story as first squad as both were close to the bigger scores than the final positions suggested. Katie with 194,192,213,181,213 and 159 for 98th place 1151. Laura with 189,205,184,192,174 and 205 for 1149 and 102nd.

Natasja Ailes in 108th with 1137 and Rebekah Hamlett 121st with 1111.


Laura and Katie and Rebekah and Natasja started off Sunday and all more settled on day 2 and scoring better.

Katie with 200,201,184,206,202 and 216 for a steady 1209 and Laura with 2015,200,154,190,233 and 224 for 1216 and 2424 placing them 16th and only a few pins behind the American pair of Richard and Kuhlkin.

Rebekah and Natasja were not too far behind in 21st on 2348 and some good games from both players. Rebekah with 1130 and a high of 243 and Natasja with 1218 and a high of 237.

Next up in squad two it was time for Issy and Verity. The most mixed start possible happened as Issy opened with 252 and Verity 141.  Further games of 171,191,205,203 and 236 for Issy gave a credible 1258 as Verity hit 190,203,180 and up a gear to 239 and 214 at the end for 1167 and placing them 34th overall just ahead of Katie and Laura in 35th and Rebekah and Natasja in 45th


Katie Finnigan seems to just get better with each event, 184,222 and 233 this time for 639 and together with a 178,195,223 596 from Rebekah and a fantastic opening game of 277 from another better with each event, Laura with further games of 201 and 197 for 675, gave the team a total of 1910 and 12th place and only 105 behind 4th.

England 1 with Issy  171,172,171 514, Natasja’213,191,159 563 and Verity 158,235,194 587 ended with 1664 in 40th but could still go up the standings in the next three game block in the afternoon.

They did in fact do that, ending in 36th with 3432 and Issy with 192,180,176 1062 followed by Natasja 194,197,189 1143 and finally Verity with 194,202,244 for 1227.

England 2’s Finnigan, Hamlett and Marcham placed 30th with 3519. Katie rolling 199,191,178 for 1207, Rebekah with 189,139,174 for 1098 and Laura with 183,133,223 for 1214.


Time for the big one, the team event is much sought after and one of the hardest to win. The first three games saw England hit 2953 for 13th place. Katie hit 180,171,207 for 558 as Issy fired 209,204,193 for 606.

Natasja had 201,141,191 for 534 and Laura with 189,204,202 for 595 and finally Verity with 210,182 and ending with 268 for 660.

Onto the second block and Katie steady with 180,224,207 for 1169, Issy with 223,172,169 and 1170. Natasja added an improved 203,190,198 for 1125 and Laura had 159,205,175 for 1134, Finally Verity with 152 then finding the shot and blasting 247 and 231 for 1290. The team ending in 14th with 5888.

All Events

Verity placed highest in 40th with 5002 and just 130 off the masters places in the end. Katie next up in 87th with 4737, Laura in 91st with 4713 and Issy in 95th with 4700. Natasja placed 105th with 4623 and Rebekah in 123rd with 4426.


For Results please visit the official Website


Team of Five
All Event (By average)


Preliminary Schedule

Unofficial practice may be scheduled directly with the South Point Bowling Plaza. Contact information for unofficial practice:

Mike Monyak Monyakm@southpointcasino.com +1-866-796-7111 x77177
Angie Bonifazi Bonifazia@southpointcasino.com +1-866-796-7111 x77172

Last Update: 2 AUG 2019

Thursday 22.08.2019

Last day of team arrivals

10:00 – 18:00 Ball Check / Unofficial Practice
18:30 – 20:00 Team Managers Meeting

Friday 23.08.2019

09:00 – 19:00 Ball Check
09:00 – 10:00 Lane Maintenance
10:00 – 11:30 Official Practice Squad 1
11:30 – 13:00 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 14:30 Official Practice Squad 2
18:00 – 19:00 Opening Ceremony

Saturday 24.08.2019

08:00 – 09:00 Lane Maintenance
09:00 – 12:45 Singles Squad 1
12:45 – 13:45 Lane Maintenance
13:45 – 17:30 Singles Squad 2

Sunday 25.08.2019

08:00 – 09:00 Lane Maintenance
09:00 – 12:45 Doubles Squad 1
12:45 – 13:45 Lane Maintenance
13:45 – 17:30 Doubles Squad 2

Monday 26.08.2019

08:00 – 09:00 Lane Maintenance
09:00 – 11:45 Trios Block 1
13:00 – 14:00 Lane Maintenance
14:00 – 16:45 Trios Block 2

Tuesday 27.08.2019

08:00 – 09:00 Lane Maintenance
09:00 – 13:30 Team Block 1
14:00 – 15:00 Lane Maintenance
15:00 – 19:30 Team Block 2

Wednesday 28.08.2019

08:00 – 09:00 Lane Maintenance
09:00 – 10:30 Masters Round 1, 8 Matches
10:30 – 12:00 Masters Round 2, 8 Matches
12:00 – 13:30 Masters Round 3, 4 Matches
14:00 Meeting – all Semi Finalists

Thursday 29.08.2019

11:45 – 11:55 Lane Maintenance
12:00 – 12:37 Singles Semi Final 1
12:38 – 12:48 Lane Maintenance
12:50 – 13:26 Singles Semi Final 2
13:27 – 13:37 Lane Maintenance
13:40 – 14:16 Singles Finals
14:20 – 14:30 Medal Ceremony, Singles
14:25 – 14:35 Lane Maintenance
14:45 – 15:36 Doubles Semi Final 1
15:37 – 15:47 Lane Maintenance
15:50 – 16:41 Doubles Semi Final 2
16:42 – 16:52 Lane Maintenance
16:55 – 17:46 Doubles Final
17:55 – 18:05 Medal Ceremony, Doubles
18:00 – 18:10 Lane Maintenance
18:25 – 19:16 Trios Semi Final 1
19:17 – 19:27 Lane Maintenance
19:30 – 20:21 Trios Semi Final 2
20:22 – 20:32 Lane Maintenance
20:35 – 21:26 Trios Finals
21:30 – 21:40 Medal Ceremony, Trios

Friday 30.08.2019

12:40 – 12:50 Lane Maintenance
13:00 – 13:51 Team Semi Final 1
13:52 – 14:02 Lane Maintenance
14:05 – 14:56 Team Semi Final 2
14:57 – 15:07 Lane Maintenance
15:10 – 16:01 Team Finals
16:05 – 16:15 Medal Ceremony, Team
16:10 – 16:20 Lane Maintenance
16:30 – 17:11 Masters Semi Final 1
17:12 – 17:22 Lane Maintenance
17:25 – 18:06 Masters Semi Final 2
18:07 – 18:17 Lane Maintenance
18:20 – 19:01 Masters Finals
19:05 – 19:15 Medal Ceremony, Masters
20:30 Victory Banquet

Saturday 31.08.2019

Departure of Teams



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