Ramis a team of record breakers

Monday, November 8, 2010, 16:47

TEN PIN BOWLING : Middlesea Valletta Life National League

With thirteen weeks gone from a total of eighteen in the current Middlesea Valletta Life National League currently being played at the Eden SuperBowl, longstanding top flight team Ramis, currently hold on to a mere two point lead, ahead of nearest chasers Globalair. While the league title could very easily go to either of these high-flying outfits, it has already been a memorable season for Ramis who, in recent weeks, have gotten into the habit of regularly breaking both individual and team national scoring records.

Team Ramis

Team Ramis

Having toppled previous leaders, Fina from the top spot back in week eight, Ramis have been engaged in a constant tussle for the lead with Globalair, the two teams often tied on points, but as the second round of the season commenced (week ten), Ramis have hardly been able to do anything wrong, with their challengers making every effort to keep the pace. Some incredible scores have been registered, and also new individual and team records being set.

The thrills all started in week eleven, which saw Ramis regular and relative ‘baby’ of the outfit, Rankin Camilleri, shoot to the top of the individual score records for the season, with an outstanding 769 scratch series, easily beating the previous high individual series of 707, held by Neil Sullivan (Globalair).

Camilleri’s three-set of 235-246-288 helped Ramis to a 2 – 6 win over The Clan in that encounter, wherein they actually managed to lose the opening game with an enormous 893 game, against an even better 908 from their opponents.

In the next fixture against the Gladiators (week twelve), Ramis had an easy time of taking all eight points, and while doing so set an all-time record for a series played by a four-man team. Their game scores of 923-961-870 made for a stunning 2754 total, the highest ever played in by a Maltese team anywhere in the world. Ramis’ key performers in that hammering were Kenneth Arpa on 749 pins, and that man Ranking Camilleri again with a 737 total.

Week thirteen saw no less than two new records fall to the Ramis stars, starting with not only the highest individual series of the season, but a new national record, which was achieved by Ramis stalwart Paul Baldacchino, who rolled an astronomical 772 set (278-257-236).

Baldacchino’s effort wasn’t the end of it. An amazing team effort also including a fine 756 tally from Kenneth Arpa, pushed Ramis’ three-game series up to a scratch 2829 (2850 inc handicap) meaning they actually smashed their very own national record, set only one week earlier.

The Middlesea Valletta Life league title is still all to play for as the season heads into what is sure to be thrilling and high scoring further stage with, who know, maybe even more record-breaking performances from Ramis, or any of the other glory chasing Div I teams.

 Team Ramis are the defending National League Champions, and are made up of (pictured Left-Right):

Paul Baldacchino, Rankin Camilleri, Dennis Merceica, John Balani, Kenneth Arpa (Capt.)

Player Profile: Rankin Camilleri

                   Name:                                  Rankin Luke Camilleri

                   Age:                                       23yrs

                   League Team:                    Ramis, Middlesea Valletta Life National Div I

                   Bowling Career:                                11yrs, started 1999

                   Hi-Game:                             300 (perfect game)

                   Hi 3-game series:             785 (261.6 ave)

Hi 6-game series:             1436 (239.3 ave)

Hi 8-game series:             1794 (224.2 ave)

National Honours:

National Intermediate Champion: 2006, 2008, 2009

GhKS Champion: 2008, 2010

National League Champion (Team): 5 season titles

International Honours:

Mediterranean Championships (San Marino, 2006): 2nd place (Team)

Malta Youth Open: Champion 2007, 2008.

European Gold Cup (Rome, Italy): 3rd place (doubles), 2005

Other international participation:

Malta Open Championships: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Youth Commonwealth Games (Bendigo, Australia): 2004

World Youth Championships (Berlin, Germany): 2006

European Bowling Tour Events:

English Open, Nottingham: 2005

Vienna Open: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Brunswick Challenge (France): 2010

Player Profile: Paul Baldacchino

Name:                                  Paul Baldacchino

                   Age:                                       49yrs

                   League Team:                    Ramis, Middlesea Valletta Life National Div I

                   Bowling Career:                                25yrs, started 1985

                   Hi-Game:                             300 (perfect game, twice)

                   Hi 3-game series:             772 (257.3 ave)

Hi 6-game series:             1402 (233.6 ave)

Hi 8-game series:             1858 (232.2 ave)

National Honours:

National League Champion (Team): 7 season titles

International participation:

Malta Open Championships: 1992 – 2010

Men’s World Championships

Mediterranean Championships

Welsh Open

Oltremare Open (Naples)

Paphos Open (Cyprus)

Turin Doubles Championships

Roma International Open

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