SECOND GOLD FOR MALTA

April 1st, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Competition was extremely tight as the 12-nation women’s field took the delightful lanes of Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona on Friday morning, April 1,  for the distaff Doubles discipline of the 14th Mediterranean Challenge Cup, superbly organized by Promedia.

Once again, the scores came down to the final balls of the tenth frame of the sixth and final game before the medals could be announced. Finally, the bright lights shone on the Maltese Women’s Doubles pairing of Sue Abela and Tiziana Carannante showing them the way to the top of the podium on Saturday evening for the medal ceremony.

L to R: Greece, Malta and France

It took a total pinfall of 2340 for the talented Maltese pair to win gold, 34 pins more than second-placed Greece for silver as Georgia Sagona and Martha Karatzoula scored 2306. Taking third place for the bronze medals are Lauriane Celie and Solene Goron of France, 22 pins aback of the Greek duo.

Sue Abela will stand atop the podium for her second gold medal of this prestigious event having clinched first place in the Ladies’ Singles yesterday evening, keeping her record run of medals in all but one of the 14 Mediterranean Challenge Cups intact. For partner Carannante, this is the third MCC for her resume and she has medals in all three.

“It was a lot tougher on the lanes today,” Sue Abela said. “I was a bit stiffer and struggled on lanes 5 and 6 and I wasn’t quite as focused as yesterday, but we managed to win the gold, so all is good.”

“I’m pleased to add gold to the two bronze MCC medals,” said Carannante. “I think that being left-handed I had a small advantage as I didn’t have to move so much as (right-handed) Sue.”

“A lot depends on the teams your are following as to how the lanes play,” commented Abela, “but maybe it was tougher for me today because I woke up too early this morning.”

Abela scored 1236 over her six games this morning and Carannante provided 1104 for the winning total of 2340.
The Maltese pair will be joined by male team members Neil Sullivan and Mark Spiteri after the Men’s Doubles for the first three of six games in the Team event later this evening.

P Fed Player D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 Pins AVG T. Double
1 MALTA ABELA, SUE 179 266 158 212 236 185 1236 206,00 2340
CARANNANTE, TIZIANA 199 191 191 159 177 187 1104 184,00
2 GREECE SAGONA, GEORGIA 183 159 165 190 237 178 1112 185,33 2306
KARATZOULA, MARTHA 224 206 174 211 178 201 1194 199,00
3 FRANCE CELIE, LAURIANE 150 202 193 173 181 205 1104 184,00 2284
GORDON, SOLENE 159 181 245 179 193 223 1180 196,67
4 CYPRUS KASTORI, MYRIA 192 184 177 158 203 185 1099 183,17 2259
SCHIZA, NIKI 223 196 164 202 172 203 1160 193,33
5 CATALONIA SANZ, CRISTINA 211 212 233 157 162 158 1133 188,83 2233
TORRENTS, SANDRA 164 169 166 195 222 184 1100 183,33
6 TURKEY AKSULAR, GULHAN 181 215 180 158 197 129 1060 176,67 2203
OZOGLUUNTUR, EBRU 178 225 244 182 156 158 1143 190,50
7 ISRAEL ANTIN, SHAHAF 182 167 175 163 203 184 1074 179,00 2162
GILL, RHONA 177 174 163 171 218 185 1088 181,33
8 ITALY BIAGIA DI BENEDETTO, HELGA 188 179 192 183 200 188 1130 188,33 2156
MORRA, ALESSANDRA 161 146 163 164 187 205 1026 171,00
9 SAN MARINO BARBIERI, MORENA 174 148 237 180 198 156 1093 182,17 2096
PIVA, MILVA 159 155 203 137 192 157 1003 167,17
10 SLOVENIA DEBENEC, MAJA 225 144 175 174 177 169 1064 177,33 2082
KRIZMAN, MIHELA 168 168 189 174 160 159 1018 169,67
11 TUNISIA ANNAGUI, SONNIA 158 200 135 142 179 154 968 161,33 1893
MEZIOU, HELLA 122 149 156 146 150 202 925 154,17
12 CROATIA VICKOVIC, DANIJELA 119 151 136 120 163 130 819 136,50 1663
BARIC, SLAVICA 144 119 117 153 145 166 844 140,67

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