Summer League 2002 - Week 3 Report
19th May 2002
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. Gowk's sub Ron Reid managing to catch a point by one pin from an in-form Geoff Simpson in a close contest, with Geoff
totalling 591 pins (including a 207 game) to Ron's 553.
Unusually, the second of the night's matches also ended in a 10-10 draw. Dave McGillvray once again pulling a great performance out of the hat for Gutterlevel as they went up against Hitmen & Her. Despite his 596 series (including a 229 game) and Robin Clarke's 211 game, all the Hitmen pulled form with notable performances from Gary Ross (575 series), Ally Gray (554 series with 217 game) and Roddy Bremner with a 200 game.
The final match found Wasters taking advantage of the other teams' level scores to win 15 - 5 over the vacancy scores team. The best result of the match came from Matther Heenan with a 540 series including a 204 game.
Looking at next week's games, the team which suffers the most from their good start to the season is Gutterlevel with a drop in total handicaps of 27 pins. Most other teams either dropping or gaining just a few pins.
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.
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.
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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