Simpson's shield scorcher
FORMER Rockhampton tenpin bowler Matthew Simpson has produced striking form at the Queensland Junior Shield Tenpin Bowling Tournament at the North Rockhampton Squash Bowl on the weekend.
Simpson, now playing for the Gold Coast region, helped guide his team to both the boys and overall titles in the Statewide event.
After learning his craft in Rockhampton before moving to the Gold Coast three years ago Simpson, 17, also won individual awards for the highest average (180), highest scratch game (266), highest scratch series (3610), most individual head-to-head games (16 points) and was awarded the sportsmanship trophy.
Simpson is a member of the Queensland junior tenpin bowling team which will compete at the national championships in Canberra during April.
It was a dominant performance from the Gold Coast region which also won the girls title.
The Gold Coast were the overall winners ahead of Mackay and Redcliffe.
Rockhampton placed fifth in the girls, 10th in the boys and ninth overall.
This year's tournament attracted more than 150 bowlers forming 22 teams.