Fina top four-way split for top spot

Friday, July 19, 2013, 10:16

After two weeks of the brand new MSV Life National Leagues, there are no less than four teams who have amassed a maximum 16 point tally, topped by Fina thanks to their higher total pinfall over their two matches. Also off to a 100% start are, new champions Ramis, and Royal Shock, after a week in which all five matches registered 8 – 0 score lines. Fina beat Turu’s Knights in their confrontation, and there were identical wins for over Bowlers on Strike, Ramis against St. James Hospital, HepO2 Acorn against newly promoted MIA, while Royal Shock’s victory was aided by an unexpected no-show from their opponents, Gladiators.

Fina opened their humiliation of Turu’s Knights with an easy 793 – 697 game one victory, and then made it 4 – 0 with a much closer 765 – 751 win in the second. The Knights had a mountain to climb if they wanted to take anything away from the match in game three, and it just wasn’t to be. Fina snatched that one too, 794 – 765 the score, to make sure of all eight. Sue Abela (Fina), 612, female bowler of the week. Philippe Vancell (Turu’s Knights), 554.

Ramis had rather an easy time of it against their second opponents of the new season, a weakened St. James Hospital. The opening game would prove to be the closest of the series, but still the champions were 44 pins better, 766 – 722. Game two saw their best effort with an 840 – 756 score line, and the rout was completed with a 754 – 682 Ramis win in game three. Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 616. Ernest Agius (St. James Hospital), 542. rolled the best team series of the week, a sound 2385 total in their demolition of Bowlers on Strike. 92 pins separated the two teams after took game one 682 – 774, and their wood advantage then increased to 172 after a 737 – 817 game two result. Bowlers on Strike were never going to come back from that, and went down 722 – 794 in game three to round off a confrontation they’d surely like to forget. Dennis Mercieca (, 621, male bowler of the week.

After their barnstorming, title winning season in Division II, MIA are yet to rack up a single point in their return to the top flight, losing out 8 – 0 at the hands of HepO2 Acorn this week. The confrontation was an unpredictable one, rolling off with a narrow 707 – 681 win for the latter, who then stepped up a couple of gears to make it 4 – 0 with a much better 811 – 735 win in game two. The pace slowed back down in the last of the set, HepO2 Acorn taking it by just 15 pins (731 – 716) to conclude the 100% win. Sammy Borg (HepO2 Acorn),567. Charles Farrugia (MIA), 553.

Playing unopposed due to a last minute no-show by Gladiators, Royal Shock were required to bowl within range of their current team average in order to be awarded game or match points. They managed to do that with their 741 – 804 – 750 series, and so bagged all eight. Joe Cassar, 603.

Bowlers of the Week:

Dennis Mercieca (, 621 Sue Abela (Fina), 612 MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 2

Fina – 16, – 16, Ramis – 16, Royal Shock – 16, HepO2 Acorn – 14, Bowlers on Strike – 2, Turu’s Knights – 0, MIA – 0, St. James Hospital – 0, Gladiators – 0

MSV Life Division II: Week 2 The Clan – 14, X S – 12, Blitzkrieg – 12, Vintage – 10, Touch of Class – 10, Bank of Valletta – 10, BOV – 6, Atlas Insurance – 4, Supreme – 2, Ready Steady Bowl – 0

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