Sue Abela wins 3 Gold and a Bronze Medal at the MCC in Barcelona
Popularly known as the Queen of the Mediterranean, Abela is the only competitor who has played in each of the 14 Mediterranean Challenge Cups and has won medals in all but one. She showed her talent last week by not only topping the all event standings with a lead of over 300 pins on the number two, but she was the only competitor, man or woman, who bowled six consecutive 200-plus games in the Singles event to claim her first gold of the week. A day later in the Doubles pairing with Tiziana Carannante she claimed her second gold medal of this prestigious event. Her third was for the all events. In the masters she captured the bronze and fourth medal for Malta.
Nathan Brimmer and Stephanie Said
Neil Sullivan was on
Cloud Nine with his silver medal. “We were not sure if we will make it
to the championship, after our flight had to be delayed for a day
because of bad weather in Malta.” said Sullivan who arrived with his
team late yesterday evening. “We could only squeeze in one practice last
night. Considering all that, the silver medal is indeed a bonus.
“I had not thought about winning a medal going into the last game when I was placed fourth. I just concentrated on my game and gave my best and it was good enough to win me the silver,” said Sullivan who had games of 244,185,277,194,235 and 258 for an average of 232.2 and 33 pins behind the winner of the Gold medal Zulmazran from Malaysia
The official website for the games where you can find score updates and information is:
We wish them all the best and high scores!
The tournament was played over three days with 8 bowlers battling it out in head to head matches on Tuesday night fighting for a place in the semi finals.
The top 4 who qualified for the semi final where: Neil Sullivan, Justin C. Scicluna, Sue Abela and
In the semi final the matches where combined as follows:
Match A: Neil Sullivan vs. Kenneth Arpa
Match B: Justin C. Scicluna vs. Sue Abela.
Neil Sullivan needed two games of 183 and 207 to shake off Kenneth Arpa, to meet the winner of match b; Sue Abela.
The two National Champions went head to head playing the best of three games. Neil’s opening game was no match for Sue, as he claimed the first point with no problems. The 2nd game was slightly different Sue was a few pins ahead of Neil going into the last frame. Sue left a difficult split to convert, the game went down to this one shot if Sue spare d she would win the point and a chance to play a third game if not Neil would be champion. Sue made the spare and moved on to play a very confident third game taking Neil out of the game completely to claim the masters title.
The 14th annual edition of the Mediterranean
Challenge Cup is to be held at the end of March, by the
Catalonian Tenpin Bowling Federation, in the Pedralbes
Bowling Centre, Barcelona. A qualifying tournament has
been held by the MTBA at the Eden SuperBowl to decide
which four local bowlers would make up the team of four
to represent Malta. After a total of 24 games the
honours went to in-form Neil Sullivan and Mark Spiteri
in the male division, with Sue Abela and Tiziana
Carannante topping ladies stakes.
Men’s Division: It’s that man Sullivan, again
Based on recent winning form, Neil Sullivan was clear favourite in the men’s event, although after eight games on day one he was second to Ray Falzon Reale’s 1635 total, by just eleven pins on 1624. However, it was National Champion Sullivan who best maintained his form on day two, his 1637 set putting him top on 3261, ahead of Mark Spiteri on 3191, while Falzon Reale dropped to third with 3158 pins.
The third and final session saw Sullivan make sure of
the top spot as he rolled of his best session of the
tournament, adding a solid 1690 to his tally for a final
total of 4921 (206.2 ave). He achieved this by shooting
200+ in six of the eight games, with highs of 232, 246
and 221 among those. Mark Spiteri stayed second to earn
his place in the Barcelona championships with a 4816
total (200.6 ave), and Ray Falzon Reale stayed back in
third on 4700.
Ladies’ Division: Familiar pairing of Abela and Carannante take honours
In the ladies’ competition it was once again a question of who would claim the second qualifying position, with first place inevitably going to Sue Abela, known as ‘Queen of the Med’ in Mediterranean Challenge Cup circles. Abela settled in the top spot on day one, 120 clear on 1536 in spite of some low games of 144 and 152. Second was Tiziana Carannante on 1416, followed by Joanna Attard in third with 1409 pins.
Abela found better form on day two, bowling over 200 in four of her eight games, with a ‘low’ of 180. A 1607 count put her on 3143, well above Carannante’s 2926. A flurry of poor games for Joanna Attard effectively put her out of the running on 2795 pins in third place. Confirmation of Abela’s victory was a formality on day three when she shot a 1595 set with top games of 224, 226 and 236, to finish on 4738 (197.4 ave). Tiziana Carannante secured second place with a 4365 total (181.8 ave).
Malta’s bowlers have consistently excelled throughout the history of the Mediterranean Challenge Cup, participating in all previous editions, and currently at the top of the medals standings, with no fewer than 26 gold medals from thirteen events, ahead of nearest rivals Greece on 23 top awards. The XIV MCC in Barcelona will be held between the 29th March, and 3rd April, and to date the participation of ten Mediterranean bowling federations has been confirmed, namely: Host federation Catalonia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Turkey.
The championships will be held over three separate qualifying events, those being Singles, Doubles (male and female), and 4-man team. The achievements from those three competitions will then govern the ‘Masters’ event, wherein the top eight bowlers from the male and female divisions will play in a knock-out final, to decide the highest championship honours.
Abela powered to top spot from the opening game of day one. She finished 458 pins ahead of the rest of the field on 4,772 pins (198.8 ave), with the upcoming youngster Tiziana Carannante finishing in second place
and earning her
ticket to Kuala Lumpur with a total of 4,314 (179.7 ave). Joanna
Attard was third on 4,157 pins.
Justin C. Scicluna
Malta was represented by there National champions Sue Abela and Neil Sullivan.
In the final matches after the preliminaries Norwegian youngster Svein Åke Ek defeated Sweden's Dennis Eklund in the deciding third game of the men's finale in best-of-three format, 239-212. Krista Pöllänen from Finland swept Marija Tkacenko from Latvia, two-games-to-none to win the women's crown.
39 European nations took part.
The next ECC will be held in Finland in August 2011.
He is still the only bowler who average over 200. His average 202.45.