Tenpin Bowling: Josephine Bonello, Paul Baldacchino are new Champs

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 10:26

Tenpin Bowling – TENOVAR National Senior Championships


The fourth annual TENOVAR Senior Championships have been played at the Eden SuperBowl, where a field of tenpin bowlers aged 50 years or over, competed over six games in two separate male and female divisions, to decide the 2013 TENOVAR Senior Champions. Both 2012 champions, Josephine Borg and Benny Hili were there to defend their titles, but at the end of the day, two brand new Champions were to be crowned.


Ladies’ Division: First title for Bonello

Outgoing champion, Borg started well with the highest opening game among the ladies at 190, but she stumbled to low games of 140 and 130 in the second and third to drop through the rankings. The challenge for the top was then taken up by another Josephine, Josephine Bonello, and 2012 runner up Mary Galea, who vied for the top spot as the series progressed, as Borg struggled to come back after her disappointment.


It was Bonello who had the better back three including a 203 in game five, the highest game from the ladies’ division, which gave her a 28 pin advantage over Mary Galea going into the final game. Galea rounded off with a good 182 effort, but Josephine Bonello’s 164 was enough to seal the deal, and reward her with her first ever TENOVAR Senior Championship title, leaving Galea in second place for two years in a row.


Josephine Borg had a brighter finish, ending her set with a 183 and a 194, but her 1001 tally for the day left her back in third place.


Men’s Division: ‘Xih u Sod’ Paul Baldacchino claims easy victory

The men’s division would normally ne expected to be a close-run affair, with several contenders in with a serious chance at the TENOVAR Senior crown. This year however, it was MTBA President, and seasoned bowler, Paul Baldacchino who bagged the honours, living up to his self-describing catchphrase, ‘xih u sod!’ (old and steady).


Paul led all the way from the opening frames, starting with a 195 before settling into a string of five 200+ games with a great 247 in game two. He continued with a 216 in the third, before rolling a fantastic 268 in game four, which left the rest of the male field basically battling out for second place with two games still remaining.


Baldacchino finished with a 214 and a 207, for a championship winning 1347 tally (224.5 average). Second place went to Sammy Borg on 1208, with Leli Baldacchino down in third place on 1089 pins.



Baldacchino Places 5th in Malta Senior Open Championships


Other than the honour of their TENOVAR National Senior Championship titles, Baldacchino and Bonello were also rewarded with complimentary entries to the Eden SuperBowl’s 16th Senior Malta Open, courtesy of the MTBA. The international event was attended by close to 60 senior bowlers from every corner ofEurope. While Josephine Bonello did not manage to qualify for the latter stages, dropping out after her twelve first round games, Paul Baldacchino went on to make it to the final stages with a very strong overall performance.


After his round one games, Baldacchino sat in fifth place with a very good 2582 total (215.1 ave), which meant he was given a free pass into the second of five final stages. That comprised four games between twelve qualifiers, with the top four going on to Final Stage three, and Paul played with great consistency, shooting an 852 to finish fourth, and so make it through.


This was the first of three Knock-Out stages, for the highest total over two games, and Paul was just pipped by 2011 Champion Hermann Wimmer with a 421 – 413 score line, although it was the German’s age bonus that got him through to the next stage, as the scratch scores of 397 – 413 would have seen the Maltese bowler in the semi finals.


The Senior Open was eventually won by Belgian, Christian Vandamme who claimed his third Senior Open title, in a 505 – 462 KO against popular Englishman, and regular participant in the SuperBowl’s international events, Steve Carnall.

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