Fina Aces bag league crown with room to spare

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 10:30

TEN PIN BOWLING : MSV Life National League, week 16

 

Turu’s Knights blast okmalta.com out of the title race

 

Fina have won the current MSV Life National Leagues in staggering style, claiming a massive 8 – 0 win over Ramis. That victory, coupled with a crushing 0 – 8 defeat for okmalta.com at that hands of Turu’s Knights puts Fina 20 points clear at the top, with just 16 points available from the two remaining league fixtures. Okmalta.com and Ramis now face the not so glamorous prospect of battling it out for second place, with fourth placed Royal Shock also in with a shout for the runner-up position, in spite of going down  0 – 8 against Bowlers on Strike in week 16. The relegation spots are still to be decided although bottom side Gladiators lost 6 – 2 against HepO2 Acorn this week, while the other two contenders for the drop, MIA and St. James Hospital faced each other, the former winning the clash 6 – 2 for a valuable lifeline.

It has been many a season since the top flight was decided in such illustrious style, and Fina can breathe a contented sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge that they are already the new champions, with the last two weeks of Div I fixtures still remaining. Their week sixteen opponents, Ramis still held hopes of pulling off a successful title defence going into the match which was an absolute thriller, but it was not to be as the Fina aces pulled out all the stops to carry off an 8 – 0 victory, and the league crown. They won the fantastic opening game, 815 – 812 for the early lead, and then went four up with a 784 – 766 game two win. Fina were already sensing glory as game three rolled off, and they won that 822 – 795, another exciting affair, to complete the whitewash. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 671, male bowler of the week. Paul Baldacchino (Ramis), 618.

Fina were given a huge helping hand in claiming the league crown with a vengeance, as nearest challengers , okmalta.com were pummelled in a 0 – 8 losing score line against Turu’s Knights. It was a very close run thing at least in the first two games, with the Knights taking game one 753 – 766, and then game two 747 – 758 to double their lead. Game three was a different matter, with Turu’s bursting with confidence over such a lead over the title contenders, and they won it 717 – 795 to claim the 100% win. Ramon Casha (Turu’s Knights), 566. Dennis Mercieca (okmalta.com), 597.

Royal Shock are in fourth place and still able to pick up some silverware at the end of the season, but suffered a week 16 set back in the form of a 0 – 8 drubbing at the hands of Bowlers on Strike. The latter went ahead thanks to a 744 – 754 game one win. Game two was a little easier for them, the 760 – 803 making it 0 – 4, and giving them a 53 pin cushion going into game three. Than ended 713 – 796, leaving Royal Shock scratching their heads, but consoled by the heavy defeats also suffered by Ramis and okmalta.com above them. Malcolm Pace (Royal Shock), 544. Claude Camilleri (Bowlers on Strike), 563.

There are three teams still dicing with relegation at the foot of the table and two of them, MIA and St. James Hospital faced off in week 16. MIA are back in the top flight after a season in Division II, and got off to the brighter start in their survival clash with a 732 – 694 game one win. Game two saw them go four up with a 787 – 759 score line, and then St. James came back to take game three 747 – 812 to take home their two point share of the points. Steve Cassar (MIA), 633. Helenio Grech (St. James Hospital), 539.

Bottom side Gladiators met HepO2 Acorn looking for a lifeline, but ended up 6 – 2 losers on the night, leaving them ten points adrift and with a mountain to climb, barring a miracle in the final two weeks. HepO2 Acorn showed good form in the first game, winning it 835 – 660 to further demoralize their opponents. Another win in game two, 742 – 681 should have finished the underdogs off, but they rallied to win the last of the set 774 – 807, to bag their quarter share of the spoils.

 

Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 691

Melissa Swift (Turu’s Knights), 565

 

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 16

Fina – 108 (Champions), okmalta.com – 88, Ramis – 86, Royal Shock – 78, Turu’s Knights – 66, Bowlers on Strike – 60, HepO2 Acorn – 58, MIA – 34, St. James Hospital – 34, Gladiators – 24





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