KUWAIT CITY, Feb 11: After an almost 2-month break in lane hostilities, the eager and strike hungry pin busters of the Filipino Tenpin Bowlers Kuwait were back in action as the 2016 FTBK-Bahrain Exchange Company Tenpin Bowling Team Tournament kicked off last Friday at the Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya. The opening day activities graced by the Philippine Ambassador H. E. Renato Pedro Villa together with some of the embassy staff and Mr. Ramdas Nair of main tournament sponsor BEC started with the presentation of the awards to the winners of the just concluded 7th FTBK Team Tournament. In the second part of the day’s scheduled program, the 12 participating teams of the FTBK-BEC Tournament headed by defending champion World Class were presented and the competition was officially declared open through the ceremonial roll-off by Ambassador Renato Pedro Villa, Mr. Ramdas Nair and FTBK Chairperson Nenita Alinea.
Out to deny World Class a back to back title are the following equally strong contenders namely D’ Islanders, Rock N Bowl, Napesco, Cozmo Salmiya, Siete Pares 1, Klasmeyts NLB, K2E2 Thunders Siete Pares 2, DMDA Bowleros, Power Station and Philippine Embassy. Setting the early lead after booking impressive opening day win are Klasmeyts NLB and Siete Pares 1 respectively. Klasmeyts who missed the cut in the previous season started slow in game one which D’ Islanders headed by Danny Doctor, Rolly David, Bobby Carambas and Marilyne Mariano won via a 777-701 score. Fielding in an overhauled lineup for the next game, the quartet of Rudy Zablan, Emma Gatus, Rick Marimla and Nelson de Leon responded with a hard earned 829-788 victory and then went on to take the upper hand in game three 2382-2356 after posting another 852-791 success. Spearheaded by Rick Marimla and Cris Bulacja who rolled a 224 and 220 respectively, Klasmeyts NLB toppled D’ Islanders in the last game of the 4-game series match 937-754 to eke out a superb final winning tally of 3344-3110 that also handed them the weekly team high series award.
Sharing the opening day limelight with Klasmeyts NLB was season 7 first runner up team Siete Pares 1 who went up against Rock N Bowl in lanes 1 and 2. Headed by skipper Faie Reyel, the Siete Pares 1 keglers proved too hot for Rock N Bowl to handle. With Egay Cabildo, Ritz Vidana and Jazel Pangilinan also sharing the scoring load, Siete Pares 1 defeated Rock N Bowl in all four games of the match 807-755, 859-731, 820-726 and 814-745 en route to a lopsided 3325-2957 total pin falls victory. Manning the lanes for Rock n Bowl in this outing were Liza Catapia, Rod Llait, Romy Daus and Romy Fermil. Meanwhile, the K2E2 Thunders bounced back from an opening game debacle in short circuiting Power Station 3140-2847.
As the Thunders came out silently at the start, the Power Station strikers with Siddharth Nair, Anastasius Menezes, Nadine Dias and Uly Menezes grabbed the opportunity and posted a 722-687 winning score in game one. Like a brewing storm in the horizon the K2E2 Thunders roared back into the match as they switched off their rivals in game two 799-736. Gathering enough voltage from the victory, K2E2 went on to take the next two games 810-719 and 819-670 courtesy of the combined efforts of Lee Mills, Edwin Latoja, Kim Alinea, Newell Sioxch and Jess Farne.
Going to the match between defending champions World Class and DMDA Bowleros, the architectural designers drew first blood by nipping their opponents in the opening game 725-689. Led by Jason Baker, Bill Stiles, Saleh Faraj and Thalia Ashley, World Class took the lead by raking in two victories in a row via 780-745 and 803-768 scores. With the outcome of the match still up for grabs, the DMDA Bowleros bannered by Chit Mariano, Jun Guerra, Elvie Sotio, Al Belarmino and Alfred Avila eked out a 744-698 win in the final game to go home with a 3007-2968 decision over World Class. Over in lanes 11 and 12, the close and exciting match between Napesco and Cozmo Salmiya ended with the Napesco lane masters emerging with an upset 3057-2936 victory over the entertainment magnates.
After Ronnel Valencia, Vernie Villaruel, Paul Arcayan and Cris Batucan gave Cozmo the lead through an 813-694 win in game one, Napesco narrow down the gap as they came up with their own 827-719 victory in game two. Cozmo once again stretch its lead to five marks by taking game three 751-714 but Napesco like seasoned veterans refused to give in and regrouped successfully in the last game of the match where they prevailed via a scintillating 797-653 count. Bowling for the vastly improved Napesco Strikers X were Jowie Concepcion, JR Sabado, Ronald Ferolino, Joseph Balo, Benny Chan, Fredy Marzo and Jhun Castracion. In the only other match of the week, Siete Pares 2 cruised past the debuting Philippine Embassy diplomats 3070-2809.
For the Individual and Team High scores the current record holders are as follows: Individual High Game Men Class O/A-Ronnel Valencia 234, Men Class B-Jowie Concepcion 219, Ladies- Liza Catapia 203; High Average Men Class O/A- Ronnel Valencia 234, Men Class B-Paul Arcayan 176, Ladies-Emma Gatus 178; Team High Game-Klasmeyts NLB 788 and Team High Series-Klasmeyts NLB 3219.
The team standings after the opening week are as follows (read as rank, team name and total score); 1. Klasmeyts NLB-3344, 2. Siete Pares 1-3325, 3. K2E2-3140, 4. D’ Islanders-3110, 5. Siete Pares 2-3070, 6. Napesco-3057, 7. DMDA Bowleros-3007, 8. World Class -2968, 9. Rock N Bowl-2957, 10. Cozmo Salmiya-2936, 11. Power Station-2847, 12. Philippine Embassy-2809.
By Miguel Carlos
Special to the Arab Times