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SNAC’Z lead as PBAK 3rd season Team Tourney kicks off – Philippine Embassy team among ‘13’ participants

KUWAIT CITY, Sep 28: After a 3-weeks hiatus, the inaugural round of the Philippine Bowling Association in Kuwait (PBAK) 3rd Season Team Tournament at the Cozmo Bowling Center in Kheifan kicked off last Friday. Thirteen teams participated including the newly commissioned Philippine Embassy team which was unveiled by Labor AttachÈ Caesar Chavez. The different teams which posted victories were Thunder Dragons, Asian Air Safari, Original Pin Killers, SNAC’Z, Mangaf Strikers, Cozmo, and Kuwait Stars who played bye.

The tournament started with the presentation of the participating bowlers from the 13 vying teams and speeches from Labatt Chavez, PBAK President Lito M. Mercado, and Veep Hermie Saliba. It was followed by the Oath of sportsmanship led by Greg Melancon, declaration of Tournament Open by VP Hermie Saliba and the ceremonial ball roll off headed by the Atty. Chavez and representative bowlers from Kuwait, America, Indonesia and Philippines. Aris de Guzman served as master of ceremony.

The thirteen teams with their members were Thunder Dragons — Camilo Baker lll, Mar Evangelista, Eddie Pena, Joel Tizon, Mandy Manalo, Moises Amahan, Agnes Noble, Eden Evangelista and Perla Virly; Scavengers- Jess Tolentino, Ali Adel Ata Khalil, Aji Varghese, Mohammad Ismat, Anthony King, Hanadi Mezail, Josie Lorino and Nasha King.

Kuwait Stars — Mohammad Al Othman, Abdulaziz Ashkanani, Abdulaziz Al Ali, Ahmad Al Matrouk, Abdul Rahman Al Ali, Khalid Al Tattan, Bima Nitikusumo and Hussain Al Majed; Mangaf Strikers- Roque Gamba, Medz Nicdao, Jhun Janoras, Ceddie Martin Faa, Robert Opena, Adolfo Prena, Ernie dela Torre, Leila Cervantes, Ron Fabor and Pinky Pardillo; LEAF- Rene Marzan, Rocky Castil, Cris Carungay, Lito Mercado, Joe Presenta, Reygan Percy, Blanca Sambajon, Krestylle Andaya, Marjorie Mercado and Imelda Daguio.

UAE Exchange.- Rudy de Lima, Abdul Aziz Al Aslawi, Renato Pante, Freddie Santos, Marriotte Vito, Rani Sheik, Myra Manalo and Ali Hikmat; Asian Air Safari- Mousa Abdullah, Lito Michael, Norlan Balasan, Ronnel Valencia, Vernie Villaruel, Gani dela Cruz, Sonia Mathews, Hermie Saliba, Fe Ferrer and Zairos Javellana.

SNAC’Z — Kiko Andaya, Tony Zuleta, Alex Cervantes, Ferdie Saliba, Hermie Saliba, Kevin Andaya, Mina Andaya, Neng Cervantes, and Rose Saliba; NUSANTARA — Saleh Al Faraj, Ahmed Fahmi, Benyamin Hasan, Tatang Razak, Endang Wendy, Abel, Laras, and Iman Nitikusumo; Original Pin Killers- Christopher Bush, Greg Melancon, Ishaaq Al Wahid, Alma Turley, Jelyn Colegio, Jenny Ganot, Tyrone Leacock, Ahmed Fadel Karam, Aris de Guzman and Rashid Akher Ali; Swooping Eagles- John Caldwell, Riz Roque, Danny Solis, Alonzo Bush, Darrell Sullivan, Jessica Balagat, Angie Bush, Benjie Roque, Jocelyn Ty and Glenn Corbitt; COZMO — Fahad Abul, Noe Mahayag, Farid Gabriel, Jun Husmillo, Jacky Guitang, Jeanette Angeles, Mike Gonzales, Cris Tirona, Neveen Wassil and Nasser Hajras; and Philippine Embassy (PhilEm Strikers)- Mac Khalil, Mar Hassan, Bert Pantanilla, Mandy Lucman, Adela Baclig, Dexter Nebres, Girlie Caiba, Mua Mamasion and Nabil Tarusan.

 Competing teams are playing with handicapping system. After the 13 game elimination round the top eight teams will be playing for a two-week round robin. The tourney now features the masters’ event for the ladies and men’s categories. Special awards will be presented to teams and bowlers with high averages and high scores. After the first round play SNAC’z snatched the Team of the Week (2821), Team High Game Scratch (918) and Team High Series (2821).

For individual high scores:

Category              Name    Individual

                                High Game

Men’s A               Norlan Balasan  212

Men’s B               Ishaq Al Wahid  234

Men’s C               Ahmad Al Matrouk          201

Ladies A               Naveen Wasel   198

Ladies B                Abel Nitikusumo              199

Category              Name    Individual

                                High AvAverage

Men’s A               Greg Melancon 200.50

Men’s B               Ishaq Al Wahid  201.66

Men’s C               Kevin Andaya    158.50

Ladies A               Naveen Wasel   175.66

Ladies B                Neng Cervantes               173.00

First Round Results:

  1. SNAC’Z (2921);
  2. Thunder Dragons (2836);
  3. Original Pin Killers (2828);
  4. Asian Air Safari (2739);
  5. COZMO (2798);
  6. Mangaf Strikers (2636);
  7. PhilEm Strikers (2628);
  8. Swooping Eagles (2591);
  9. Nusantara (2590);
  10. LEAF (2581);
  11. UAE Exchange (2547);
  12. Scavengers (2546)
  13. Kuwait Stars (2459).

PBAK would like to acknowledge and extend its sincere appreciation to its major donors GULF AIR Kuwait Management Ms. Sandra Smith and Ruffa Quddus. UAE EXCHANGE Kuwait Vivek Nair and Renjith Pillai. DUNKIN’ DONUTS Kuwait Operations Manager Ahmed Hamed for their untiring and continuing support to League tournaments. For those who wish to join and/or be a new member of PBAK, please call our Tournament Director Hermie Saliba mobile 67615408 or the Membership Officer Joel Tizon mobile 66497905.

PBAK on its 29th Year is conducting non-stop weekly bowling league with currently 250 members mixed nationalities, games starts at 9 am and ends past 12 noontime every Friday at Cozmo Bowling Centre in Khaifan.

 By Juan David Samonte

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