Ladies Singles Event – Gold and Bronze for Malta

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 10:49

Sue Abela leads all the way for Gold


Sue Abela got Malta’s latest Mediterranean campaign off to a dream start this morning, taking the lead from the very first game among the field of 20 female competitors with a solid 228, and then backed that up with a 217 in game two to consolidate. Then, with bowlers from France, Greece and Italy snapping at her heels, Abela then shot what would be her low game, a 180 in game three but still manage to hold her advantage.


Sue shot a 187 in game four, and was then back on form with a good 211 in the fifth which gave her a lead of 34 pins over the chasing pack, although she faced a strong challenge from French bowler, Lauriane Celie. Abela was first to finished with a flourish, a 234 game giving her a brilliant 1257 total (209.5 ave), as the Frenchwoman came in with a 218 for second place on 1198. Gold for Sue Abela, and Malta.


Late Joy for Joanna Attard


Joanna Attard has shown vast progress over several seasons, which has given a huge boost to her confidence and her mental game. She more than showed her mettle in the early stages of the singles event, starting off with a good 181 game, and improving to a 199 and 198 respectively in games three and four, to keep in touch with the medal positions.


Game four saw a positional setback for Attard, a below-par 163 game sending her plummeting down the standings, with a 175 in game five doing little to improve her position as the final game loomed. Joanna began game six in seventh place, still in a reasonable position for her chances in the ‘All Events’ qualification, but in need of a little magic to claim a medal in this event. Incredibly, she managed to pull an inspired 243 out of the hat, the high game of the morning – putting her on 1159 (193.1 ave) for the session.


That amazing finale had Attard up to third place as the results were filtered through, and it was a very tense few minutes for her and Team Malta as the remaining ladies completed their final frames, with Styliani Tsikouna looking set to clinch third and deny the Maltese bowler of a medal. In an unbelievable finish however, the Greek could only put in a 169 game, putting her on 168 and so handing the Bronze to Attard by a single solitary pin.


Team Malta are accompanied in Gibraltar by National Coach, Mr. Rick Vogelesang, as well as the President of the MTBA, Mr. Paul Baldacchnino. Their trip has been made possible by backing from the MOC, KMS and the MTBA, while facilities for additional intensive training have been afforded by the Eden SuperBowl, in order for Team Malta to adequately prepare for these Championships.



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