Mediacup 2013 in April to be held in Slovenia

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 2:01

Next month sees the XVI Mediterranean Challenge Cup, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia between the 9th and 14th of April. Malta has never missed an edition of these regional championships, and has also acted as the host nation to two editions. This year’s team of four tenpin bowlers was decided by a 24-game qualifying tournament, held over three days by the MTBA at the Eden SuperBowl. The winning foursome are; Justin Caruana Scicluna, Rankin Camilleri, Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante.


Men’s Division: Caruana Scicluna dominates field

Justin Caruana is doing a sterling job of emulating his illustrious mum, Sue Abela, and is regularly racking up tournament wins and other achievements. He led the tough men’s field from the opening game of day one, and never looked back. 1661 from eight (207.6 ave) put him just ahead of Rankin Camilleri on 1653 (206.6) while Dennis Mercieca was closed the day in third on 1574 (196.7).


Day two saw the youngster produce a stronger performance, with high games of 266, 224 and 248 helping Justin on to a great 1751 day total, for 3412 over sixteen games (213.2). The leader extended his lead to 150 over Camilleri, still second on 3262 (203.8), and Mercieca held onto third, narrowing the gap on Rankin on 3244 (202.7).


Caruana Scicluna was strong again over his final eight game series, Rolling highs of 225, 224 and 258 for a 1658 set, and an event winning 5070 from sixteen games (211.2 everage). His lead grew further to 268 pins, and it was still Rankin Camilleri in the runner up position with 4802 pins (200.0 average), to book his flight to Slovenia next month. Dennis Mercieca was left back in third on 4745 pins (197.7).


Ladies’ Division: Abela and Carannante all the way

Having Sue Abela represent Malta in the MCC is almost a foregone conclusion, and the 2013 edition will feature her yet again, defending her unofficial title of “Queen of the Mediterranean”. She was in classic form over the first eight games, games of 229, 225 and 232 pushing her on to a 1723 series (215.3). That placed her 155 ahead of Tiziana Carannante on 1568 (196 ave), while Melissa Swift held third on 1492 (186.5 ave).


Abela’s pace dropped a touch in the second session, which produced a 1577 for a 3300 sixteen game tally (206.2). Carannante rolled a very similar set to that on day one, staying second on 3137 (196 ave), and Melissa Swift maintained the status quo in third, on 2987 (186.6).


There were no changes on day three, with Sue Abela winning the event with a 4767 overall total (198.6), and she will be joined by Carannante in Ljubljana (4657, 194.0 ave) with Melissa Swift missing out, settling for third on 4435 (184.7).

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