26 October 2017
It was a special day in Devonport for Denise Geeves who got hot at the tenpin bowling alley and rolled her highest ever score of 240, which eclipsed her previous best tally that was set 13 years ago.
The 64-year-old from Elderslie in Southern Tasmania is a member at Moonah Tenpin Bowling Club and has been sending them down the alley for well over two decades.
Included in that game was a string of six consecutive strikes from her opening bowl, the first time she has hit that many from the opening frame of a competition.
“That was my first ever six in a row,” Geeves said after her final game for the day.
“My league highest score is 228 and I probably did that about 13 years ago, it’s been a long time.
“I’ve actually been to quite a few Australian Masters Games, the one in Newcastle was fun, and I’ve won a medal of every colour over the years.”
At the time of finishing her game Geeves had the highest score rolled by a female at the 2017 Australian Masters Games, highlighting how impressive her performance was in context of those competing.
“I think a few of the guys had scores a bit higher, but my league average is at 132,” she added.
“It’s been great fun and I’m happy to have done so well.”
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.