Fina poised for glory after 8pt win over Rogantino’s

Saturday, May 26, 2012, 11:28

Ramis need a miracle, as okmalta.com drop out of the running

The recent few weeks of the MSV Life National League have seen some thrilling twists and turns at the top of Division I, where long time leaders and defending champions okmalta.com, have dropped to third and out of the running. Fina have taken over and are now seven points clear of second placed Ramis, and with just one week to go and eight points up for grabs, they already have one hand on the league trophy. Fina won all eight against Rogantino’s in week 17, while okmalta.com dropped two in their win against The Clan, and Ramis drew four-all with 4th placed Turu’s Knights. Elsewhere, J Grima & Co beat Supreme ins a 1 – 7 score line, and MIA claime a six-pointer against St. James’ Hospital.

After quite a spell in the shadows of rivals okmalta.com and Ramis, Fina are now right back on top, and poised to claim league victory in the final week of the current season. Fina are seven points ahead of Ramis in second after an all too easy 0 – 8 week 17 drubbing of Rogantino’s, needing just two points from eight in their final clash against MIA in week 18. They opened the scoring against Rogantino’s with a sedate 640 – 719 game one victory, but then really turned on the style to make it 0 – 4 with a huge 696 – 940 game two win. They took game three 670 – 825 for all eight points, and a team total of 2484 for the night. Fina’s Mark Muscat is the male bowler of the week, thanks to his excellent individual 717, (222-268-227). Malcolm Pace (Rogantino’s), 528.

Ramis needed a good win against fourth placed Turu’s Knights to keep in touch with Fina, but ended up sharing the spoils in a 4 – 4 draw, leaving them seven down and in need of a week 18 miracle. Ramis started with a 741 – 728 opening victory, but their opponents soon fired back back to make it 2 – 2 with a 684 – 754 equalizer. The match swung back towards Ramis in game three, which they won 806 – 764, but they were left to rue their low second game, as the Knights held on to the series by just fifteen pins, and so force the draw (2231 – 2246). Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 630. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 633 female bowler of the week.

Outgoing champions okmalta.com could not afford to drop a single point against their week 17 opponents, The Clan, if they were to retain any hope of another title retention. Things went according to plan in a nervous opening game, which they won 731 – 681, but disaster then struck in game two which fell 725 – 749 to The Clan to make it 2 – 2. Okmalta.com were shocked into action by that, and they won the third of the set 816 – 726, but already knew it was all in vein, as Fina were already close to celebrating just a few lanes away. Mauro Anastasi (okmalta.com), 649. Philip Gruppetta (The Clan), 586.

St. James’ Hospital and MIA were locked in a last-ditch battle survival this week, and it was the latter who prevailed with a 2 – 6 victory, securing their place in the top flight next season, and damning their opponents to relegation in the mean time. MIA took their first step towards safety with a 646 – 718 game one victory, but then suffered a set-back in game two, which St. James’ won 742 – 702 to draw level. MIA then clinched the all important game three, the 764 – 796 score line handing them the match, and a Division I spot next season. Charles Farrugia (MIA), 560. Bertram Vella (St. James’ Hospital), 583.

The week 17 match between J Grima & Co and Supreme was one of little interest, the former already mathematically safe, and the latter having already been confirmed for the drop. J Grima & Co opened with a 706 – 776 game one victory, and then the second of the series ended 727 – 727 for a 1 – 3 interim match score. J. Grima & Co then made it 1 – 7, with a convincing 691 – 804 game three win. Sammy Borg (J Grima & Co), 594. Tony Paris (Supreme), 642.

Bowlers of the Week:

Mark Muscat (Fina), 717

Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 633

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 17

Fina – 108, Ramis – 101, okmalta.com – 99, Turu’s Knights – 88, Rogantino’s – 64, J Grima & Co – 62, The Clan – 50, M.I.A. – 47, St. James Hospital – 38, Supreme – 23

MSV Life Division II: Week 18 (Final Standings)

Spare Me Plz – 97, Gladiators – 90, 4-Play – 83, Blitzkrieg – 80, HepO2 Acorn – 75, Bank of Valletta – 74, Vintage – 73, X S – 65, Middlesea Insurance – 56, Kiwis – 27





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