The Bahamas Bowling Federation (BBF) has sent a six-member team to the Pan-American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Women’s Championships to be held at Sebelen Bowling Center, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Tournament play gets underway tomorrow with the singles round and ends on Saturday, September 29 with the Masters Championship.
The six-member team is revpresented by Driskell Rolle (captain), Jonice Hoyte, Camille Burnside, Tara Johnson, Marina McClain and Xynea Johnson. Tyrone Burrows is the head coach.
After having a tough time at the PABCON Senior and Super Senior Championships in Canada back in August, the team is looking to do much better in this tournament.
Burrows said this is one of the best women’s team that the BBF has fielded for some time.
“This is perhaps one of the best combination of ladies that we have been able to assemble for quite some time. Given the caliber of the team and the consistency of the bowling that we have been seeing from the ladies, we are expecting above average scores from each of the ladies who will represent The Bahamas this year. The expectation is very high for this team and [I] have no doubt that the ladies will perform well. They will represent the country exceptionally well given all the experience and the combination of maturity and youth. We have balance on the team,” Knowles said.
The team has been practicing twice a week for two months now and Knowles said that the team has been going through different scenarios and patterns.
“We have practiced on the different scenarios given the fact that if they use the regular synthetic oil or the ice oil and how those lanes will transition. We have been practicing with the ladies on both patterns and set up. The ladies have gone through [a] significant amount of drills, different set up and scenarios, a combination of team set up to ensure that we get the best combination of teams that likely to roll throughout the tournament. When it comes down to the doubles, the triples and the team, we have the sequence of the team lined up in the right position to support each other and to be able to build momentum throughout the tournament,” Knowles said.
A top three finish would position the team to be automatically qualified in any upcoming regional tournaments like the Central America and Caribbean championships (CAC) or the Commonwealth Games. They are aiming to be in the top three overall and to medal in the singles, doubles and triples.
The team left Nassau yesterday. They will practice and get acclimated to the environment and lanes today.
Rolle, the current national women’s champion, will be leading the team. She said: “I expect great things out of us. We have been working on executing our delivery, our footing, accuracy and most importantly, team camaraderie.”
McClain, who have been bowling for over 40 years, said: “I have improved from the tournament in Canada. We hope to do well. We are hoping that we can qualify for the Pan-American Games next year.”
Johnson, the youngest on the team, said: “I have been the youngest for quite some time so this isn’t like anything special. Since I came back home I have been the youngest. The last time I competed for The Bahamas was 2014. I am looking forward to being more consistent. I also have a really good supporting group. They do not leave anyone behind.”
The Bahamas will be going up against countries such as the Dominican Republic, the United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela and Puerto Rico to name a few.
Team Bahamas will face tough competition but Knowles and the team are confident that they will do well.
Go Team Bahamas!
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