Strong team to represent Malta in MCB 2016, Bologna

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 15:21

Gavin Muscat

19th Mediterranean Bowling Championships 2016

Following a qualifying tournament held at the Eden SuperBowl in St. Julian’s, Malta will be represented by a formidable team of four in the 19th Mediterranean Bowling Championships, to be held this April in the Casalecchio di Reno bowling centre in Bologna (Italy). Team Malta comprises: Neil Sullivan, Justin Caruana Scicluna, Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante.

Abela, Carannante dominate Lasdies’ event

Consistency was key in the ladies’ division, which was led from day one by Sue Abela, with Tiziana Carannante also holding second place from the very early stages. Abela’s opening set of eight saw her shoot an excellent 1683 (210.3 ave), to set the standard, and she easily held the top spot through day two, in spite of a lower 1574 series, for a 3257 interim total. That put her 194 pins ahead of Tiziana in second place, the latter having shot a 1546, followed by a 1517 for 3063 (191.4 ave).

Joanna Attard lay third on 2829 pins with an uphill struggle on her hands over the final eight games, but still in with a slim chance of qualifying in second place. Attard certainly gave it her best shot, outplaying Carannante’s day three total of 1406 with a fine 1618 effort, but missed out by just 22 pins with 4447 from her 24 games (185.2 ave), still behind Carannante on 4469 (186.2). Sue Abela’s latest success was a foregone conclusion on day three, when she bowled a     1606 to finish in first place on 4863 for 24 (202.6 ave).

Sullivan prevails in thrilling Men’s finale

There is no ‘Sue Abela’ like dominance among the male tenpin bowling elite, with a good number of Malta’s top men constantly vying to be top dog, and keeping each other on their toes which makes for some fantastic sporting competition. Day one of the MCB qualifier saw Justin Caruana Scicluna take the top spot with a great 1750 from eight, followed by National Champion Dennis Mercieca on 1696, and Kenneth Arpa on 1678. There were a pack of six quality bowlers closely chasing the top three however, and while Caruana Scicluna did enough on day two to hold first place (1627 pins, 3337 interim total), there was a change in second place which was taken over by Mauro Anastasi after a 1699 set, 3358 from 16 games. Dennis Mercieca slipped to third on 3320, with Neil Sullivan just 30 pins down fourth (3290).

Nothing was anywhere near decided as the final set of eight games rolled off, with the top four bowlers jostling for position throughout. At the end of the day it was Neil Sullivan who finally claimed the top spot with his 1699 taking him to a 4989 final total (207.8 ave), Knocking Caruana Scicluna down into the second qualifying spot on 4973 (207.2). Anastasi missed out by 29 pins for third place (4942), while Dennis Mercieca finished fourth on 4869.

Pic shows: Justin Caruana Scicluna & Neil Sullivan, and Tiziana Carannante & Sue Abela

Team MBC 2016

 

 





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