Winter League 2002 - Week 1 Report
15th September 2002
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.
First up were Papa's Kids versus Summer league winners Gutterlevel. Despite the Kids being without team stalwart Cliff Bell, both Keith Wilson and Geoff Simpson started the night with 200+ games (202 & 216) to run away with the first game by 4 points to 1. Keith then helped the team to a 3 - 2 win in the second as he bowled a 204 but was just pipped by Dave McGillivray with a 205. Gutterlevel came back in the last to take a 3 - 2 win but lost out overall by 13 points to 7.
The second match drew Gowks against Wasters and, in a close first game, it was Wasters who pulled into a 3 - 2 point lead. They capitalised on this by taking 4 of the available 5 points in the second game, but were denied the third game as Gowks rallied to take 4 points back. The final score turning 11 points to 9 in Wasters favour. In a match with some good scores it was Gowks' Stan Ogrodnik who hit the best with a 203 game.
The final battle was between veterans Hitmen and newcomers The Rivals. As the new team were establishing handicaps, Hitmen had a job on their hands and had to ensure above average performances to snare the points. This they did in style with Gary Ross bowling 219 in the first as they started with a perfect 5 - 0 win. Gary also hit a 208 in the 3rd game while the team picked up all the individual points to run out winners by 17 points to 3.
Best series' of the night came from Gary Ross with 595 pins, Keith Wilson (590), Stan Ogrodnik (589), Geoff Simpson (576), Mark Whale (Wasters - 569) and Dave McGillivray (557).
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.
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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