Bronze brace for jubilant Jessica

Jessica Montgomery
Jessica Montgomery
A silent tribute to Ronnie Williamson before the match at Privett Park  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (180018-1)

Charity match ‘an incredible tribute’ to adored Gosport coach

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Jessica Montgomery bagged two bronze medals at the Junior Triple Crown final.

The event, hosted by Bowlplex in Cwmbran, saw under-16 and under-18 teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and host nation Wales compete singles, doubles, triples and mixed doubles.

And it was double team delight for Montgomery.

The 17-year-old helped guide her English trio, which included Jennifer Lofty and Samantha Sargent, to scores of 199, 190 and 170, which was good enough for a bronze.

The glory did not end there, though, as Montgomery and mixed doubles partner Harry Langley also took bronze with 150, 160 and 152 points.

It was a fine achievement for the Portsmouth starlet, who only started tenpin bowling at the age of nine.

During qualification, only the top six players went through to the Junior Triple Crown final. And the result could not have been closer, with Montgomery making the top six – finishing just one pin in front of seventh place.

The South Downs College student’s progress to the prestigious competition was just reward for what has, at times, been a tough road.

In recent years, Montgomery’s mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and the youngster had to deal with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy herself.

This has not affected her determination and focus to reach the top of her game.

When she turns 18, the young talent hopes to further the coaching work she does now by inspiring younger children to play with the same passion.

Montgomery also has high hopes for the future with her own tenpin bowling – and has aspirations which include playing for the full England team.