Ten Pin Bowling: Champions okmalta.com knocked for six by Ramis Fina beat Bello Aluminium for eight point clearance

Monday, February 16, 2015, 15:00

Week six was a big week in the MSV National League at the SuperBowl, where a 100% victory for leaders Fina against Bello Aluminium saw them go eight points clear, thanks in part to a costly 2 – 6 defeat for defending champions okmalta.com at the hands of rivals Ramis. There was also a six point win for Malta International Airport in their bottom-of-the-table clash with The Clan, while the matches between Turu’s Knights and Supreme, and J. Grima & Co and Royal Shock both ended in four-all ties.

Ramis got their latest campaign off to rather a slow start but are now picking up the top flight pace, with this week’s 2 – 6 win against okmalta.com definitely their top achievement of the season to date. They opened the match with an easy 735 – 874 game one win, but the second was very tight indeed, Ramis clinching it by just eleven pins, 801 – 812 the score line. The last of the set was even closer, which was not what okmalta.com needed if they’d hoped to close the pinfall gap on their opponents. They won it 750 – 746 for a quarter share of the points, but way behind on the series (2286 – 2432). Mark Spiteri (Ramis), 646. Dennis Mercieca (okmalta.com), 595.

Top team Fina were able to capitalize on the misfortunes of okmalta.com, by netting all eight points against Bello Aluminium, who were no match for their formidable adversaries on the night. It was Fina all the way starting with a huge 844 – 688 game one win, before they made it 4 – 0 with an excellent 879 effort in game two, in which Bello Aluminium’s 779 score would normally have been a game winner. The pace calmed a little in game three which went to Fina 777 – 744, rounding of the team season of the week for the winners once again (2500). Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 655, male bowler of the week. Stephanie Said (Bello Aluminium), 554.

There was a welcome six points for Malta International Airport against relegation zone fellows The Clan in week six, the latter currently the top contenders for a quick return to Division II at the season’s end. The clash commenced with a 741 – 706 win for The Clan, but it was all square after two as MIA responded with a 761 – 787 game two victory. Game three was to be the clincher and could have easily gone either way, but swung towards MIA for a 761 – 773 match winner. Steve Cassar (Malta International Airport), 594. James Vassallo (The Clan), 616.

Third placed Turu’s Knights were glad of okmalta.com’s defeat this week, as a four-all draw for them against Supreme puts them within four points of second place. It was edge-of-your-seat stuff in the opening game, which the Knights bagged by one solitary pin (785 – 784), but had it just a little easier in game two which they won 779 – 747 to double their advantage. A draw was still very much on the cards for Supreme, and in fact their 740 – 793 game three victory handed them the series points by just 20 pins (2304 – 2324). Peter Mallia (Turu’s Knights), 588. Anthony Paris (Supreme), 588.

There was another tied match between J Grima & Co and Royal Shock, as both sides struggled to find consistency over the three game series. Royal Shock claimed the opening volley with a 655 – 708 win in the first, but again it was level after two, with J Grima & Co getting the better of a close 799 – 781 game. They also won the final game (697 – 665), but missed out on the series points by just three pins (2151 – 2154), having to settle for the draw. Sammy Borg (J Grima & Co), 565. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 584.


Bowlers of the Week:

Kenneth Arpa, (Fina), 655

Joanna Attard (Ramis), 641


MSV Life Division I Standings: Week 6

Fina – 46, Okmalta.com – 38, Turu’s Knights – 34, Royal Shock – 28, Ramis – 26, J Grima & Co – 20, Supreme – 14, Bello Aluminium – 14, Malta International Airport – 12, The Clan – 8


MSV Life Division II Standings: Week 5

Pin Strikers – 30, Blitzkrieg – 26, XS Vitel – 26, Mean Machine – 18, BOV – 16, Brutal Legendz – 14, Ready Steady Bowl – 12 (did not bowl – BYE team), Bank of Valletta – 10, Vintage – 8

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