Summer League 2002 - Week 8 Report
23rd June 2002
At the midway point of the Monday Night Summer League the recent run of high scoring games was smashed by a a three-game scratch series of 621 which is going to be difficult to beat.
The games, a 251, 229 and 189 which total 669, were all bowled in the first match between Hitmen & Her and Gowks. The bowler was Hitmen's captain, Gary Ross, who helped his team to a 4 -1 win in the first game with a 235 scratch game - Stan Ogrodnik hitting a 200 to take the only point for the opposition. The same scoreline appeared in the second game with Gowks' sub, Ron Reid, taking a point with a 211 game as Gary bowled 213 pins scratch. Gowks then took the final game by 3 points to 2 and also managed to catch
the majority of the overall individual points. This kept the eventual scoreline to 12 points to 8 in Hitmen & Her's favour.
Match 2 drew Papa's Kids against Wasters. Papa's Kids held the upper hand during the first two games with 3 - 2 results in both, Denis Gallagher bowling a 209 in game 2 for Wasters. The Kids' then extended their lead in the last game to take 4 points and make the final score 14 to 6 in their favour, Keith Wilson bowling a 222 and Cliff Bell bowling a 211 for the winners.
The final match saw Gutterlevel playing the vacancy scores. By the last game all points had been won and it looked like the vacancy team were going to get their second thrashing. However a shamed team member, who will remain anonymous, let the team down by losing his final point. Gutterlevel finally winning with 19 points to the vacancies single point, with Linda Clarke hitting a 215 in the final game and Kenny MacAlpine bowling a 568 series.
However, the night belonged to one man. Over the last few seasons Gary Ross has been slowly improving his game and started this league with a 26 handicap. However, his scoring during the first half of this this session has been nothing short of phenomenal and he now sports an 11 handicap. Whilst not wishing to jinx him (honest) or inflate his ego too much, there's no doubt he deserves a mention for his continuing improvement. Nice one Gary.
The start of the Monday Night Winter Tenpin League was a muted affair as uncertainty over the number of teams competing bought some confusion to the proceedings. Things were not helped by a new team, a number of member changes, missing team members, and the Secretary's minor blunder in providing incorrect handicaps for the early session bowlers! However, even with these taken into account, the bowling ran relatively smoothly.
Monday night saw the start of the Summer Tenpin Bowling Leagues with the new computer animations causing much amusement amongst the bowlers. The first match found Papa's Kids taking on Gutterlevel and, despite a few closely fought individual points, Gutterlevel managed a 15 to 5 point win, with new team member Dave McGillvray putting in a solid performance.
The second evening of the Monday Night League saw the majority of bowlers settling back into a steady rhythm with generally average results. The first battle fell between Hitmen & Her and Wasters.
Monday night signalled the last round prior to most bowler's handicaps re-establishing and some good performances were on offer. The first match saw Gowks take on Papa's Kids in a cat-and-mouse game which resulted in a 10-10 draw.
Round 4 of the Monday Night Tenpin League saw the number of 200+ games almost hitting double figures. The first of these came from Roddy Bremner of Hitmen & Her with a 204 game as they did battle with Gowks - his team comfortably taking all the first game points.
Whether due to the heat or the long Jubilee Weekend, the 5th round of the Monday Night Tenpin League bought yet another crop of good scores with last week's nine 200+ games topped by one this week. In match one, Papa's Kids played Hitmen & Her and between them managed to produce half of the night's 200+ totals.
Monday night saw yet more records being broken. It contained the first 20 - 0 scoreline (albeit against the vacancy scores) and a staggering fourteen 200+ games (including two 600+ total pin series).
Despite the heat, week 7 of the Monday Night League provided yet more high scores and some very close games. First up was Gowks versus Wasters.
As the Monday Night League entered the home straight, high scores were still being thrown and the evening air was filled with over 150 strikes. In the first match Hitmen and Her were drawn against Papa's Kids with the first two games being very closely fought.
Strange statistics from week 10 of the Monday Tenpin League include the number of splits gained and the relatively low scoring compared with previous weeks. While many bowlers escaped with just a few splits, Hitmen & Her must have felt rather hard done by as they accumulated over a third of the total from the whole night.
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