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After a three-year lay-off, Salisbury East High School returned to the Northern Zone Ten-Pin Bowling Competition this year with two teams ready to roll!
The students entered Bowland excited about the experience ahead, but that feeling soon turned to fear as some very serious looking characters entered the venue, bowling bags in tow.
It was clear that these new arrivals were very familiar with their surroundings, and after making some small adjustments to their Velcro bowling gloves, were soon putting their skills on display.
The competition began on Lane Four with a crash as Michael Walters sent down a missile, sending pins flying to all parts.
Matt Kunde and Shaun King then followed up by scattering some pins of their own, and Jaime Pocock and Noelle Rababi solidified a strong first round with a few handy connections.
Meanwhile, on Lane Five, the second SEHS team was also doing some damage. Kyle Fuge and Jayden North showed their worth with some accurate bowling, while Sam Taylor and Olivia Rungkat battled their nerves to take down some vital pins.
Esther Kananga, our only Year 8 competitor, found some early form, and looked more confident with every bowl.
The competition raged on. The sound of pins crashing and students cheering filled the alley as the students battled their way through two games of bowling.
SEHS managed to complete their games early and spent the remainder of the time psyching out their opponents by watching every bowl and calculating the point differences.
It went down to the wire. With a few frames to bowl, the closest team from Paralowie still needed 150 pins to catch the front-running SEHS. Their number one bowler stepped up to the lane and looked to deliver yet another strike (six in a row at one stage). But it wasn’t to be.
The pressure and magnitude of the situation obviously got to the champion, and he could only muster up a nine-pin conversion, leaving the final few frames a non-event, and SEHS the winners.
The SEHS students celebrated their victory with some high-fives and hugs. They had surprised the competition and certainly astonished themselves.
With all bowling now completed, the Northern Zone Sports Coordinator grouped the schools together for the final results and presentations - and SEHS managed to take home a swag of awards.
The champion team of Michael Walters, Matt Kunde, Shaun King, Noelle Rababi, and Jaime Pocock were awarded medals for winning the competition. Noelle Rababi was then awarded a miniature bowling pin for her efforts in becoming the Female Champion Bowler.
Finally, SEHS were announced as the Champion School, and was awarded a full-sized bowling pin for all of the SEHS competitors to sign and display.
It was a hugely successful day. Not only did the students demonstrate determination and amazing skill, they also behaved very maturely and supported each other through a tough and mentally challenging competition.
We will return to the competition in 2016 to defend our title!