Tenpin Bowling: Multiple honours for Maltese Juniors in UK Championships

Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:55

Last month, an enthusiastic group of 17 junior tenpin bowlers travelled to England, accompanied by their coaches Liliana and Mark Spiteri, along with a small group of supporting parents. They were there to take part in the British Junior Open which was held at the NAMCO Funscape centre, Norwich. Apart from gaining invaluable experience in the international bowling arena, they managed to once again do themselves proud by bringing home an array of top awards. In all there were more than 170 youth bowlers taking part.

The youngsters were placed in separate male and female divisions, and were further categorized according to their age groups, competing in Singles, Doubles and Team competitions with all accumulated scores going towards the All Events standings. Malta’s first medal came in the Singles competition, where Sara Xuereb (13yrs) won bronze for a consistent 592 series (189-199-171).

Next up on the podium were the boys’ Doubles pairing of Matthew Magro (12yrs) and Ayrton Ciangura (11yrs), who easily saw off the rest of the Junior field for Gold, thanks to a great 1011 set, as their nearest rivals, from England, could only muster 889 pins.

Combined 3-event efforts brought more silverware for Malta in the All Events standings, with Matthew Magro’s 9-game total of 1577 (175.2 ave, hi-game 221) earning him another bronze medal, and there was another bronze for Sara Xuereb too for her excellent 1707 tally (189.6 ave, hi-game 246).

There was also a special award for Malta’s youngest competitor, 8-year old Karl Attard. He racked up a tournament total of 349, which converts to a 105.8 average, no less than 35 pins higher than Karl’s current official average.


Xuereb & Magro excel in Junior London International

After competing in the Junior Open, Sara Xuereb and Matthew Magro went on to compete among a 152-strong field  in the Junior London International, held at the Airport Bowl, Harlington, where yet more success was on the cards for the duo. Both Maltese competitors bowled extremely well, and managed to make it through the qualification stages and into the final elimination rounds.

Matthew was knocked out in elimination round five, but had done enough emerge as winner of the Under-13 category, and actually finished in eighth place overall, from the 152 player count. Sara finished an overall 6th from 152 after going out in elimination round 6, and also bowled the highest female game of the whole tournament, with a stunning 257.

The pair were accompanied at the Junior London International by team manager, Josward Xuereb.

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