First perfect game bowled at the National Disability Championships

Posted 1 month ago by David McManus
Pino Mascetti hit his 12th strike and immediately went down in history for the historic achievement. [Source: Tenpin Bowling Australia]
Pino Mascetti hit his 12th strike and immediately went down in history for the historic achievement. [Source: Tenpin Bowling Australia]

For the first time in its 35-year history, the National Disability Championships saw a perfect game from competitor Pino Mascetti.

Key points:

  • The 35th National Disability Championship is held at Zone Bowling Tuggeranong in the Australian Capital Territory from June 5 – 15, 2024
  • In bowling, a perfect game is 300 points — strikes in each of the first nine frames, and three in the 10th
  • The Championships will be streamed online and through Facebook from 8:00am – 10:00am AEST and 12:00pm – 3:00pm AEST, respectively and on Kayo Freebies from 10:00am – 12:00pm AEST


Pino Mascetti from Victoria has made history on June 12, bowling the first perfect game in the 35-year history of the National Disability Championships.

Mr Mascetti competed in the Michael Cooke Memorial Shield event, managing to bowl 12 consecutive strikes in a row.

In a 10-frame round of tenpin bowling, when two strikes are bowled consecutively within a single frame — from frame one to nine — the bowler is awarded an additional ten points.

The final strike was followed by his colleagues in the Michael Cooke Victoria roster rallying around him to share in the moment.

Mr Mascetti was gifted a portable lane from SCS Group in honour of the historic achievement that roused raucous excitement from those in attendance and the amazement of the live commentator.

The likelihood of achieving such a feat, assuming that you’re talented enough to get a strike 50 percent of the time — is 0.5 to the power of 12 or 0.000244 — approximately one in 4,096 games.

If one were able to bowl a strike a quarter of the time, the odds of a perfect game would be approximately one in 16 million.

The Queensland team took the top spot for the Memorial Shield event with 6,240 pins; Victoria came in second place with 6,232 and South Australia in third place with 5,588.

Diversity and Inclusion Manager Emily Rennes said the event has been a huge success with over 380 athletes registered.

Friday, June 14, 2024, will kick off the ‘Masters Finals Day,’ with both the Classic and Open Masters being nationally ranked events for the Inclusion Division.

The following day will include the Caregivers’ Challenge & Presentations to wrap up the championship with presentations and presenting the flag to the 2025 host state — Western Australia.

For those hoping to catch the rest of the Championships, please visit the Tenpin Bowling Australia website, Facebook page or sign up to Kayo Sports freebies.


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