Summer League 2002 - Week 6 Report
9th June 2002
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).
First up was Gowks against Gutterlevel and it was the former who stamped their authority on the match immediately with Barbara Ogrodnik throwing a 203 and husband Stan throwing a 206. Despite Dave McGillvray bowling a 201, only Kenny MacAlpine, with a 219, could retain a point for Gutterlevel. In the second game, Gutterlevel managed to pull 3 points back but Gowks then rallied with the help of Rene Murray's 220 pins to take the lions share of game three and leave a 14 - 6 scoreline in favour of Gowks.
The second match saw Wasters playing Hitmen & Her. In a close match, Hitmen & Her piped Wasters by just 1 pin in the first and 17 in the second, with sub Don Mackenzie throwing a strike on his last shot to score 200 pins. In the final game, Wasters' Matthew Heenan managed a 201 only to be beaten by Hitmen's Gary Ross with a 211, with Hitmen's other sub, John Mackenzie, also hitting a 201.
In the final match, Papa's Kids became the first to annihilate the vacancy scores team with a convincing 20 - 0 win. A superb series from Fiona McLean (601 total including 200 and 215 games) only slightly overshadowed by Cliff Bell's rare triple with 211, 209 and 210 games making a 630 total - definitely reason to celebrate.
Apart from the already mentioned 200+ games and 600+ series', other notables include Gowks' Barbara Ogrodnik (551) and Rene Murray (578), Gutterlevel's Kenny MacAlpine (568), Wasters' Stuart Andrews (555) and finally Hitmen and Her's sub's John (556) and Don (552) Mackenzie.
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.
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.
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.
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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