2012 Tenovar National Junior Championships

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 12:11

No fewer than 22 Junior tenpin bowlers, all in the Under-16 category, recently took part in this year’s TENOVAR National Junior Championships, organized at the Eden SuperBowl by the MTBA. After their two six-game sessions, the eventual TENOVAR Junior Champions for 2012 are Raquel Xuereb from the girls’ division and Kyle Burke for the boys.


Girls’ Division: Day two improvement vital for Xuereb

Eventual girls’ champion Raquel Xuereb, was languishing in third place after the opening session of six games, knocked back by a pair of low scores (110 – 111) in games two and three, in an otherwise satisfactory session. The field was led by Tiffany Camilleri at the halfway point, thanks to her good 877 interim total, just ahead of Sara Xuereb in second on 867, with Raquel following on 790 and looking improve in day two.


As the second session got underway it was Raquel who got the better start, opening with a 140, before bagging a vital brace of high games (173 – 181) in games two and three, putting her right back in the running for the top spot. Buoyed by her change in fortune, Xuereb closed out with a 156 – 145 – 154 back three for an excellent 949 on the day, and a 1739 title winning total (144.9 ave).


Sara Xuereb finished second on 1658 pins (138.1), while day one leader Tiffany Camilleri dropped back to third on 1643 (136.9).


Boys’ Division: Kyle Burke pips twin brother Luke for the honours

Kyle Burke was the bowler to watch from the early stages of the boys’ competition, starting day one with a three-set of 148 – 173 – 181 to spring into an early lead. He held that position throughout the session, finishing in the top spot on 980, a whole 96 ahead of Matthew Agius in second place on 884, followed closely by Jonathan Chetcuti in third, on 861 pins.


Day two’s six games saw Kyle take up where he had left off, shooting consistently for a 992 total on the day, meaning a final total of 1972 (164.3 ave), enough to make sure of the boy’s title.


Kyle’s twin brother, Luke, had a fantastic second session, banging in games of 175, 180, 186 and a tournament best of 206 for a great 1060 session. That gave him a final tally of 1864 (155.3 ave) which saw him shoot up from sixth place after day one, to second place, runner up to his brother. Third place went to Nicholas Zahra on 1707 (142.2), a mere three pins ahead of Nicholas Zahra in third place.




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