Second heavy defeat for erases early lead

Friday, March 15, 2013, 19:00

All week seven fixtures in the MSV Life National league have finally been played, following a two week hiatus for international duties (Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championships, New Zealand) and other postponements, and defending champions have seen their extraordinary early lead completely cancelled out, after a brace of defeats, while other results also worked against them. They were beaten 2 – 6 by third placed Rogantino’s this week, while an easy 0 – 8 win against Bank of Valletta  for Bowlers on Strike, saw the latter claim a joint lead with Ramis claimed a good 8 – 0 win over The Clan to go fourth, now ahead of Fina who dropped two points in a high scoring win against Turu’s Knights. St. James Hospital got the better of J Grima & Co, in another 2 – 6 score line.

Incredibly, after an inspired opening run of five flawless victories, have seen their league lead completely erased by two consecutive defeats. After a week six loss to Fina, the champions went down 2 – 6 to Rogantino’s Restaurant in week seven. They lost the opening game 744 – 778, but rallied to draw level thanks to a 770 – 685 game two win. Rogantino’s then came right back, turning the tables back again with a very good 717 – 849 game three clincher. Joe Cassar (Rogantino’s Restaurant), 600. Mauro Anastasi (, 586.

Bowlers On Strike are now level on points with, after an easy outing against bottom side, Bank of Valletta. BoS barely broke a sweat as they easily took all three games, which progressed; 677 – 749, 663 – 722, 650 – 798. Bank of Valletta are now twenty points shy of survival, having picked up a mere four points from a possible so far this season. Cole Cooper (Bowlers on Strike), 548.

Ramis are now in fourth place, having also had a very easy time of their 8 – 0 win over The Clan, who are under serious relegation threat and had to contend with line-up problems. Ramis began the rout with an enormous 869 – 599 game one win, and then wasted no time going four up, with a more sedate 790 – 634 game two win. Game three was a lot closer as Ramis’ pace slowed somewhat, but they still clinched it 753 – 724 to make sore of all eight, and climb up one spot to fourth. Ray Falzon Reale (Ramis), 665 – Male Bowler of the Week. Giancarlo Tolu (The Clan), 504.

Fina drop a place to fifth this week, in spite of their 2 – 6 victory over Turu’s Knights, and rolling the highest set of the week with 2512 pins. They started with huge determination, winning the first of the set 623 – 861, and then went one better in an excellent game two, which they bagged with an 841 – 892 score line. Game three was the closest of the series, and Fina’s lowest game, as they lost it 776 – 759 to hand the Knights a two point consolation prize. Justin Caruana Scicluna (Fina), 652. Ryan Grech (Turu’s Knights), 586.

St. James Hospital got the better of mid-table rivals J Grima & Co, in another match which ended with a 2 – 6 score line. The eventual winners took the early lead with a 672 – 710 game one victory, but J Grima & Co were able to reply with a very tight, scrappy 655 – 653 game two leveller. The match was anybody’s as game three rolled off, although the slight wood advantage was with St. James Hospital, and they won it, 698 – 761 to make sure of the match. Helenio Grech (St. James Hospital), 550.


Bowlers of the Week:

Ray Falzon Reale (Ramis), 665

Sue Abela (Fina), 620


MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 7 – 44, Bowlers on Strike – 44, Rogantino’s Restaurant – 38, Ramis – 34, Fina – 32, St. James Hospital – 30, Turu’s Knights – 24, J Grima & Co – 24, The Clan – 6, Bank of Valetta – 4


MSV Life Division II Standings: Week 9

Blitzkrieg – 54, Malta Int’l Airport – 52, Gladiators – 46, Atlas Insurance – 42, X S – 40, Touch of Class – 38, Vintage – 36, Supreme – 32, Kiwis – 30, One 4 All – 24, BOV – 22, Still Around – 16

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