Nine bowlers take part in World Sports Festival

Thursday, August 23, 2012, 8:30

World Youth Sports Festival – Vienna

Maltese Youths in Medal Haul


A squad of nine youth bowlers (U-18) have taken part in the 2012 World Sports Festival, held in Vienna, Austria. Accompanied by MTBA coaches, Mark Spiteri and Liliana Said, as well as several parents for support, this was an international debut for all of the youngsters. The foreign setting did little to unnerve team Malta, as they performed very well and managed to bring back a more than satisfactory haul of three team medals.


Team Event: Gold, Silver…….and Bronze!


The initial bowling event in the Festival was the trios team completion, played over two days. All participants were sorted according to their national game average, given appropriate handicaps and distributed to form 24 three-man teams, each comprising bowlers from different nations. Six games were played each day for a total of twelve, on which the final classification was based. After that, the bowlers would be re-rated according to their individual performances in the team event, and go on to play a further six games in the final singles event.


After day one’s session, Team 10 was in first place, featuring Malta’s Kurt Attard together with Luke Timbrell (England) and David Dudek (Austria). Team 14 with Philip Gruppetta, Hannah Willoughby (England), and Neil Infante (Austria) were in second place, while third place was held by Team 17, with Malta’s Luke Burke, Isiha Cranfield (USA), and Hayley Claydon (England).


The second six-set saw the top three teams from day one stay in the medal positions, although there were some changes as Luke Burke’s Team 17 improved to first place to take Gold, Team 14 stayed second, meaning Silver for Philip Gruppetta and his team mates, while Bronze went to Kurt Attard and Team 10.


At this stage, Philip Gruppetta was third in the individual seedings, and looking good as Malta’s top hope for a singles medal.


Singles Event: Gruppetta  Just Misses Out


After the Singles event, the resulting top six qualifiers were to then play a step-ladder final to determine the overall winners.


Gordon Gruppetta looked set to hold on to a spot in the finals, as he retained his qualifying third place over four of his six games. However a brace of disappointing scores in the final two games, saw him relegated to 6th place, and out of the stepladder. This was, nevertheless a strong performance from the youngster, whose 6th place was achieved from a total of 30 boys in the U-18 section.


The overall winners of the event were:


Joanna Hackett (England), Girls U-14. Jamie Gore (England), Boys U-14. Roxana Eisner (Austria), Girls U-18. Luke Timbrell (England), Boys U-18.


The World Sports Festival featured tenpin bowling as just one of thirteen different disciplines, and there were no fewer than 3000 athletes taking part, hailing from eight different nations. The full Maltese contingent taking part in the 2012 World Sports Festival were: Michaela Briffa, Kurt Attard, Matthew Magro, Luke Gauci, Owen Azzopardi, Kyle Burke, Luke Burke, Daniel Magro and Philip Gruppetta.





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