TenPin Bowling: Mauro Anastasi and Sue Abela cruise to impressive victories

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:33

Runners-Up Spiteri and Carannante complete Team Malta


The qualifying event for the XVIII Mediterranean Championships, to be held in Chania, Crete in April, has been completed at the Eden SuperBowl, organized by the MTBA. After a total of 24 games, played over three days, the eventual winners of the male and female categories were Mauro Anastasi and Sue Abela respectively. The runners-up were Mark Spiteri and Tiziana Carannante, and they will also be representing Malta in Greece.


Men’s Division: Anastasi dominates tough men’s field

The men’s competition is always a tough one, with a host of similarly talented bowlers all in with a realistic chance of figuring in the top two, but eventual winner Mauro Anastasi excelled to take a substantial lead right from day one. His opening total of 1821 (227.6 average) included highs of 220, 223 and 268, peaking at a massive 275 in the fifth. That placed Anastasi firmly in front, 143 ahead of Mark Spiteri on 1678, with Neil Sullivan third on 1629.


Day two brought a slightly more sedate scoring pace for the leader, but still an impressive 1702 set, to give Mauro a 3523 tally after 16 (220.1 ave). Spiteri held second place on 3328, while Sullivan was replaced in third by Justin Caruana Scicluna on 3293 pins.


The third and final day brought a scare for Anastasi, as he suffered a four game string of sub-200 games including a 173. However nearest rival Mark Spiteri happened to suffer a similar sticky patch, rolling a 172 and a 162, and incredibly there were also lows of 151, 160 and 179 for Caruana Scicluna. Mauro finished with a 1625 for the day and an event winning total of 5148 (214.5 ave). Spiteri finished second on 4938 (205.7), with Caruana Scicluna missing out by just 45 pins, in third place on 4893.


Ladies’ Division: One-Two for Abela and Carannante

The ladies’ competition was once again a battle for second place, with Malta’s most acclaimed and prolific bowler ever, Sue Abela, running away with the top spot right out of the traps. She played to a 213 average over the first eight, peaking at 257 in the fifth for a fine 1704 set, ahead of Carannante on 1560. Young star Sara Xuereb ended day one on third place on 1405.


Day two saw similar quality and consistency from career National Champion Abela, a 1709 taking her to 3413 pins from sixteen games and stretching her lead to 373 pins. Carannante was a little lower in her second series, shooting a 1480 to stay second on 3040, while 2014 MCC qualifier Joanna Attard took over in third place, on a 2875 interim total.


Sue Abela rounded off yet another victorious tournament with a 1653 on day three, to finish on 2066 pins (211 ave). Tiziana Carannante managed to stave of a final day challenge from an improving Joanna Attard, rolling a 1428 to qualify in second place on 4468 (186.1 ave). Attard managed a 1486, but had to make do with third place and a 4361 event total (181.7 ave).



The 18th Mediterranean Championships are being held by the Hellenic Bowling Association, at the Mega Palace bowling centre in Chania, on the Greek island of Crete. There will be four separate qualifying events, namely the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles, and also the 4-Man Team event. Awards will be given for all events, but the highlight of the championships will be the Masters Event and the Grand Finals to decide the Championship winning bowlers and nations.


After 17 editions of these regional championships, ‘little’ Malta is still proudly at the top of the medals table, with no fewer than 34 Gold medals, ahead of much larger nations like Greece, Italy, France, Israel and Spain and more, as is illustrated in the table below.

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