Newly Crowned Champions Ramis off to flying start

Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 13:44

Ramis are the latest Champions of the MSV Life National League, and are already going great guns after the first week of the brand new league season, after a resounding 8 – 0 victory against a freshly promoted Gladiators side. They share the top spot after the initial fixtures of the Summer Season with; Fina, okmalta.com and also Royal Shock, who claimed their respective full point victories against St. James Hospital, M.I.A. who make their return to the top flight after just one season in Division II, and Turu’s Knights in the case of Royal Shock’s big win. The fifth and final week one fixture produced a 2 – 6 victory for HepO2 Acorn, against Bowlers on Strike.

Bowlers of the Week:

Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 761

Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 623

 

MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 1

Fina – 8, okmalta.com – 8, Royal Shock – 8, Ramis – 8, HepO2 Acorn – 6, Bowlers on Strike – 2, MIA – 0, Turu’s Knights – 0, St. James Hospital – 0, Gladiators – 0

MSV Life Division II: Week 1

Bank of Valletta – 8, Blitzkrieg – 8, The Clan – 6, X S – 6, Vintage – 6, Touch of Class – 2, Supreme – 2, Atlas Insurance – 2, BOV – 0, Kiwis – 0

RAMIS: A satisfying campaign for deserving champions

Team Ramis are basically part of the Division I furniture, with their current, tried and tested line-up offering a wealth of top level competitive experience, both at home and abroad. The championship winning team currently boasts the talents of Mark Spiteri, Paul Baldacchino, John Balani, Joanna Attard and Ray Falzon Reale, with an important injection of ‘new blood’ in the form of Philip Gruppetta, an extremely promising youth bowler, who has tirelessly worked his way up to the highest levels, from the ranks of the Special Olympics tenpin bowling squad.

Ramis had a mediocre start to the 18-week long Winter season, spending the first five weeks hovering on or just below the mid-table mark. However a run of three consecutive 8 – 0 victories from week six through week eight, put the outfit right in amongst the top dogs, in third place below then reigning champions okmalta.com and Bowlers on Strike, while Fina held fourth place.

There was no looking back for the title chasers from then on, and a flurry of big wins followed in the mid-section of the season, seeing Ramis scoop no less than 42 points from a total of 48 up for grabs over six weeks, to hold second place after week fourteen on 84 points, just six down on the defending champions, but a healthy fourteen points better than Bowlers on Strike in third place, with just four weeks remaining. The resurgent side then bagged a further two 100% results against Bank of Valletta and The Clan respectively, while okmalta.com faltered to a 6 – 2 defeat at the hands of Rogantino’s in week 16, which,crucially closed that gap at the top.

Okmalta.com and Ramis were now set for a two week dogfight for first place, tied on 106 points,an un-catchable 24 points clear of third place. The penultimate matches saw the pair mirror each other, with matching majority (6 – 2) wins against Bowlers on Strike and Rogantino’s.

By sheer coincidence, and some considerable irony, week eighteen’s final fixture list saw the pair facing off in one title-deciding clash, the whole Winter season coming down to that one, three-game encounter,an epic battle of nerve and wit for a gripping end to the campaign.

The match hinted at was in store from the very first frames of the opening game, which produced a huge 913 – 821 score line in favour of Ramis, who knew that one more win from the two remaining games would clinch the league title, as even a drawn match would suffice, thanks to their superior season pinfall over that of their opponents.

Ramis didn’t have too long to wait to start celebrating, as they easily netted the second game 869 –775, to be home and dry. Okmalta.com’s final 798 – 862 bore little relevance, the match ending 6 – 2 to Ramis,who claimed the league title with a four point advantage (112 – 108).





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