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Sue Abela wins 3 Gold and a Bronze Medal at the MCC in Barcelona

Sue Abela

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.


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WINNERS Gold Cup 2011. Editors May 2011

Nathan Brimmer and Stephanie Said


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Neil Sullivan wins the first CTBC medal for the men in Malaysia. Editors February 2011

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

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Team Malta ready for Malaysia. Editors February 2011
Team Malta had there last team training here at the Eden Superbowl on Saturday morning. On Friday they will travel to Malaysia to represent there country in the Commonwealth Bowling Championship Games.


Team Malta


The official website for the games where you can find score updates and information is:

We wish them all the best and high scores!


Sue Abela ends Neil’s Sullivan winning streak; claims her first Master title. Editors February 2011
Finishing in third place after 7 games of round robin + position round on Tuesday night, Sue first needed all 3 games to get past her son Justin C. Scicluna to take on Neil Sullivan in the final of the 4th edition of the MTBA Masters.


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

Kenneth Arpa.


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.


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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.

Barcelona trip for Sullivan, Spiteri, Abela and Carannante Editors Tuesday, 1st February 2011

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.

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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.

Stephanie Said and Rankin Camilleri crowned U-23 Champions for 2010 Editors December 2010
The U-23 Championships were held at the Eden Superbowl on 08-12 and 13 December where 10 of our youths competed to win the most coveted title for their age group. Day 1 saw Tiziana Carannante leading the girls' section followed by Stephanie Said and Christabel Grima, while Rankin lead the boys' section followed by Justin Caruana Scicluna and Matthew Cossai. Day two saw no changes in the rankings for both divisions with Tiziana leading the pack by a staggering 410 pins on 16 games, while Rankin lead by 255 pins.


The 3rd day consisted of a round robin whereby the top 6 players for the boys played each other with a 20 pin bonus for each win and 5 pins bonus for games over 190 and 220. On the other hand, the top 3 girls had to play a double round robin with 5 pins bonus for games over 170 and 190. Only half the pinfall was carried forward. Tiziana won all her matches playing a solid 180.25 average, Stephanie won 2 matches playing a 177.5 average, while Christabel forfeited all 4 games with an average of 124.5.

In the boys' section Rankin won all his matches with a 186.4 average, Justin won 2 matches on 190.2 average, Matthew Cossai won 2 games on 199 average, James Vassallo won 2 matches playing 193.2 average, while Philip Gruppetta and Claude Camilleri won one game each playing 171.4 and 164.2 average respectively.

In the last round the 3rd placed player had to face the 2nd placed on a step ladder basis and whoever won the encounter would have to beat the 1st placed bowlers twice. 3rd place Christabel Grima faced Stephanie Said, the latter winning the game 178 -140, while 3rd place Justin Caruana Scicluna faced Matthew Cossai winning the game 189 - 166.

Tiziana and Stephanie faced each other in the final battle. This was no rare event as the two best friends are long standing bowling rivals. Stephanie won the first game 202 - 180 and then had to face Tiziana again for a second game which she also won 183 - 145 winning the title previously held by Tiziana for the first time.

Rankin and Justin started their first match with Rankin winning the game 211 - 190. One win was enough to crown Rankin Camilleri for the 3rd consecutive year as the U-23 National Champion.

Commonwealth Qualifying Tournament 2010 Editors Tuesday, 23rd November 2010
Sue Abela rolled the best series of the day totalling a 1651 series on her favourite combined-lane pattern at Eden Superbowl on Monday night to capture 1st place outright to represent Malta in the Commonwealth Bowling Championship Games in Malaysia in February 2011.

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

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and earning her ticket to Kuala Lumpur with a total of 4,314 (179.7 ave). Joanna Attard was third on 4,157 pins.

In the men's section Neil Sullivan rolled a last game of 246 on the combined lane condition to secure his No. 1 spot and a place in Team Malta. The challenge for the second spot came from the number 6 seeded after the short oil pattern on Saturday Justin C. Scicluna. He bowled a 1680 series on the long oil pattern on Sunday climbing to third place only 14 pins behind Dennis Mercieca in second position.

It was a nail biting last game for both Dennis and Justin with only 22 pins to determine who will clinch 2nd spot. Justin's double on the 10th frame ensured that he will be the 2nd finalist to represent Malta for these important championships.

The 5th Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Games will be held from the 19 - 27 February in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Team Malta:
Sue Abela
Tiziana Carannante
Neil Sullivan
Justin C. Scicluna

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European Champions Cup, Ankara, Turkey Editors October 2010
The ECC features the national champions or ranking leaders - one man and one woman per country - of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations plus the defending champions, Kirsten Penny (England) and Ioannis Stathatos (Greece).

Malta was represented by there National champions Sue Abela and Neil Sullivan.


All players bowled three 8-game blocks (a total of 24 games) preliminaries over three days: Block 1 on short oil, Block 2 on long oil and Block 3 on dual lane condition (left lane long, right lane short). After a rather slow start on the short oil pattern, Neil Sullivan improved dramatically on the long oil condition. He was even leading after the 2nd game and maintained a good 11th place. Sue Abela did reasonably well, placing in 12th place in the short oil and 17th on the long oil.


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.

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Div I -Commentary - Week 17

The 2010 summer league is approaching the final stages and everything is still up for grabs.  3 teams are still in contention for the title with okmalta retaining an advantage. Meanwhile the second relegation slot is still wide open. 
All eyes were on the crucial RAMIS-Okmalta match.  Ramis needed to win to improve their chances of a 3rd title in a row and they came within 7 pins of realizing their dream.  Ramis took off with blazing guns as they stunned okmalta with a 160 pin victory in the first game.  ok recovered well and won the second game by 31 pins.  RAMIS were in control of the total pinfall and needed to win the last game by 1 pin to reach their target for the evening.  However a pulsating finale saw ok overturn game 3 to win by 7 pins whilst Ramis retained the total pinfall.  The league title is still wide open, but retain the advantage. Mauro Anastasi sped off with a 639 series whilst Mark Buum responded with a 655.

Fina enjoyed the proceedings as they took all 8 points to rekindle their title aspirations.  Their victory also meant that Middlesea are mathematically relegated to Div 2.  Actually, they almost won the second game but Danial Swift was the deciding factor with a good 714 series.  Next week will be Middlesea's last week in Div 1 (for just 6 months) and they will wish to bow out with a good result.

Royals needed just 1 point to be mathematically certain of their position in the championship pool.  By the end of game one their aspiration was fulfilled. But they were not satisfied enough and went on to beat Salitos 6-2.

Gladiators have a glorious team name to defend and went into week 17 battling for points to stave off relegation.  They came out with 6 good points but had to fight hard to keep an advantage against a Clan team that was fighting for spot 5 in the standings. 

Grolsch vs Turu's was a good close encounter. Turu's needed points to satay 5th but Groslch needed points to stay in Div1.  The game could have swayed to any team but Grolsch were slightly superior.  The excitement peaked in the last game when Grolsch won by merely 1 pin.


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Neil Sullivan - MTBA
Neil Sullivan is still holding on to first place for the month of March.

He is still the only bowler who average over 200. His average 202.45.  

Justin C. Scicluna 195.53
Mark Spiteri 195.50
Ray Falzon Reale 194.24
Rankin Camilleri 193.08
Dennis Mercieca 189.98
Kenneth Arpa 188.49
Paul Baldacchino 187.62
Dean Micallef 186.70
Joe Cassar 186.15
Ladies leading average
Sue Abela 199.26
Joanna Attard 179.40
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