Summer League 2002 - Week 2 Report
12th May 2002
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. After a good start against the vacancy scores last week, Hitmen & Her achieved 12 of this week's points despite a distinct lack of high scores. Wasters held their 8 points, with half coming directly from sub John Mackenzie including a 211 game.
Gutterlevel put in a good team effort to beat Gowks by 14 to 6, despite a great first game and series from Stan Ogrodnik (226 & 580) and a great last game from all the Gowks. Gutterlevel's Kenny MacAlpine put in an excellent 620 series comprising 224, 196 and 200 games, whilst Robin Clarke managed a respectable 566 series with the highlight being a 201 game.
Papa's Kids were drawn against the vacancy scores team and made relatively light work of it without doing any serious damage to their handicaps, eventually running of with a 17 - 3 win. With the vacancy scores system now running much more smoothly the match was completed in just over an hour which allows for a little extra time in the bar for the post-match 'discussion'.
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.
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.
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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