XVIII Mediterranean Bowling Championships – Chania, Crete (Greece)

Monday, May 4, 2015, 8:13

Team Event: Team Malta claims Two Golds, Tournament Record

Perfect 300 Game for Mark Spiteri


Saturday Marks the conclusion of the 18th Mediterranean Championships, being hosted by the Hellenic Bowling Federation in Chania, Crete, has been a massive day for Maltese Tenpin Bowling so far, with Team Malta picking up Gold in the Mixed Team event which was completed this morning. That was not the only honour taken however, as Sue Abela was also awarded Gold in the Ladies All Events category, Mark Spiteri bowled a fantastic ‘perfect’ 300 game, while the team of four also smashed the tournament record for a highest game.


The team comprising Sue Abela, Tiziana Carannante, Mauro Anastasi and Mark Spiteri, played their initial three games on Friday afternoon and continued with the final three early on Saturday, and needed to improve on their 2313 interim total in order to have a chance at a medal. They began the day with solid determination and a superb team mentality, and didn’t have to wait long for massive boost to their campaign. That came in the form of an incredible joint effort in game four with a 199 from Carannante, 232 from Abela, and a 233 from Anastasi. The star of the show however was Mark Spiteri who could not have wished for a better start to the days bowling, bowling 12 strikes in a row for a solid 300, the ‘perfect’ game and every bowler’s goal.


That gave Team Malta and incredible 964 total for the game, which smashed the previous team record, that of 939 pins that had been held by Greece, who were forced to see their own record broken on home turf by their Maltese rivals.


That shot Malta straight up to the top of the rankings with two games to go, and their determination was at its absolute peak. Greece were still there snapping at their heels, and after a good 807 in game five, Malta led by a mere 19 pins heading into the final game. Spiteri was on a high, shooting a great 225 to complete a 744 individual series. His teammates complimented that with a 202 from Abela, a 204 from Anastasi, and an excellent 219 from Carannante for an excellent 850 team effort.


That gave them a fantastic 4834 final total to bank on as they then had to watch the Greeks play out their final frames. The writing was on the wall however, as all that Greece could muster was a fair 790 total, to finish on 4755 and so confirm Gold for Malta. Greece took Silver while Bronze went to Slovenia on 4736.


As if three fantastic honours were not enough for half a day’s work, there was more to come in the All Events standings, which is the individual categories based on each bowler’s scores from the four events played. There, Malta’s Sue Abela claimed the Gold medal on a brilliant 4774 total over 24 games (198.9 ave), and so she goes into the Masters Finals on Saturday afternoon as the top seed.


Malta will also be represented in the Men’s Masters by Mark Spiteri, after his impressive performance earlier on Saturday. Spiteri qualified in sixth place on 4792 (199.7 ave).


The top eight male and female bowlers will compete in the Masters Finals later on Saturday, to decide the eventual winners, and so champions of the 2015 Mediterranean Championships.

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