Tenpin Bowling

The players come from all over Victoria to play and practice.

Generally, home base is Oz Tenpin Bowling Centre 53 Miller Street Epping and we play 6 games in a day unless otherwise stated.

All VRI Members are welcome to join in the fun – come and play, you may be good enough to gain a spot in our state side, that plays off against other interstate sides, for the Commissioners Shield and other trophies.


ARI Tenpin Bowling Championships

Victoria Hosted the 47th ARI Tenpin Bowling Championships at Oz Tenpin Bowling Centre Epping from 15th May 2022 to 20th May 2022.

The event began with a welcoming breakfast at the Epping RSL on Sunday to introduce bowlers and guests and was followed by a Preview Tournament which is a 3 game qualifying event for the individual Masters Tournaments on the Friday. The breakfast was attended by VRI President David Matthews & Rachel Matthews with David welcoming bowlers and visitors.

Monday saw the start of the trams event with Victoria getting off to a slow start. At the end of Day 1 saw Queensland leading on 115.5 points, New South Wales second with 94.0 points and Victoria third with 78.5 points.

The second day saw New South Wales overhaul Queensland’s lead and both state pulling away from Victoria. At the end of Day 2 New South Wales lead with 206.0 points, Queensland second with 205.5 points and Victoria third with 164.5 points.

Day 3 saw the lead change several times between New South Wales and Queensland with New South Wales eventually pulling away after lunch to win the competition. Final Standings were

1St New South Wales 317 points

2nd Queensland 293.5 points

3rd Victoria 253.5 points

The highlights were as follows

James Bowles (Vic) High Game Scratch 278

Kyle Bate (Vic) High Game with Handicap 313

A Stace, R Bate, J Taylor & James Bowles (All Vic) High Team Scratch Game 919

Parys Wells (Vic) Runner Up in Peter Dwyer Handicap Masters Tournament.


47th ARI Tenpin Bowling Championships 2

47th ARI Tenpin Bowling Championships - Opening breakfast

VRI TEAM 3rd place dinner

VRI Team 3rd place



Screen Shot 2022-04-25 at 7.43.41 pmVRI TENPIN BOWLING Annual Sports Report 2021

The VRITBA competed in the 46th ARI Championships at the Sunset Bowl in Toowoomba from 23 May 2021 to 28 May 2021.

All bowlers competing bowl 3 qualifying games. Victoria had 17 bowlers compete with 10 bowlers making it through to knockout rounds.
The Victorian bowlers performed well over the 3 days and showed a fighting spirit and sportsmanship but were unable to match the consistency of their Queensland counterparts.

Friday 28th May saw 48 bowlers compete in Masters Tournament bowling 6 games to qualify for the top 16 position in both the Scratch & Handicap Divisions and the enter the knockout rounds.

The winner of the Peter Dwyer Handicap Masters was Brendan Fraser from New South Wales (back to back winner).

The winner of the Rudy Stoye Scratch Masters was Andrew Henwood from Queensland.

At the Official Presentation Dinner bowlers of the Victorian team were recognized for their bowling efforts during the week.

The Victorian winners of the awards were:
• High Team Game Scratch – Brendan Fraser, Robert Leis, Courtney Stace & Rob Bate
• Tom Piper High Game Scratch – James Bowles 299
• Norm Bowen Award for the Victorian bowler who bowls the most pins over average during the teams’ event – Peter Dibiase
• Mary Award for the Victorian Team who bowls the Highest Game with Handicap during the teams’ event - Brendan Fraser, Robert Leis, Courtney Stace & Rob Bate
• Leis Family Award for the Victorian bowler who wins the most points during the teams’ event – Dianne Dibiase
• Australian Scratch Team – Ashley Stace & James Bowles
• All Stars Handicap Team – Dianne Dibiase
• Bowler of the Tournament for the Bowler who has the highest winning ratio during the teams’ tournament – Dianne Dibiase

Victoria to host Championships from 15th May 2022 to 20th May 2022 at Oz Tenpin Epping.


John McCaig, Team Manager, Tenpin VRI Bowling