A brace of bronze medals for Joanna Attard

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 8:24

Competition in the VI Commonwealth Champions has ended in Auckland, New  Zealand, where both of Malta’s female competitors earned a place in the Masters event, played on Saturday and Sunday. Joanna Attard played her heart out over the twelve game round robin event, earning a bronze medal and a place in the stepladder finals, while Sue Abela came in in fifth place. Malta’s me, Justin Caruana Scicluna and Neil Sullivan both just missed out on the Masters (top twelve bowlers from All Events), finishing in thirteenth and fourteenth respectively.


Qualification for the Masters was dependent on our bowlers’ All Events positions, decided by their cumulative scores from the singles, both doubles and also team competitions, with the top twelve bowlers going through. Malta ladies, Sue Abela and Joanna Attard went through in respective tenth and eleventh positions.


Each head-to-head confrontation carried a ten point win bonus, or five points for a draw, apart from the all important total pinfall. Sue Abela, ever the favourite on the Maltese bowling scene, gave a good performance with five match wins and one tie (against Attard), and rolled no less than eight 200+ games, with highs of 222, 224 and 226. A gross total of 2490 left her in fifth place, just 76 adrift of the three medal places and the grand final. Abela’s performance in the singles event, had earned her a bronze medal earlier in the championships.


Joanna Attard took her opening game 199 – 157. Before losing the next two in what was a shaky start to her first six game series. She then sprang to life in the back three, banging in huge games of 244, 279 and 246 for three consecutive victories, and the three-set of her carreer (769). That placed her in third place overnight, with six more games to play on Sunday.


Joanna had mixed fortunes on Masters day two, managing just two wins and on draw (Abela) from six, although her bowling pace was consistently good. Her final tally of 2566 earned her third place, a spot in the stepladder final, and an excellent bronze medal.


Attard faced second seed, Dayang Khairuniza from Malaysia in the first stepladder game, and couls advance no further as she was beaten in a low 140 – 181 score line, but picked up a second bronze medal for her achievement of making the final. Khairuniza then met fellow Malaysian, Siti Shazwani in the ladies final, winning that one 199 – 188 to clinch the VI Commonwealth Championship title. The men’s event was won by Australian ace, Sam Cooley.


The attendance of Team Malta has been made possible by the Malta Tenpin Bowling Association, as well as the support of the Malta Olympic Committee. The Eden SuperBowl has also provided training facilities for the four Commonwealth athletes, throughout their preparations for the New Zealand event.



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