If excitement had been on the menu in the Red & Black bowling center on Sunday evening then all would have been dished up with
a double helping - nay, maybe three plates full.
The ten players in the round robin final were the cream of this second Brunswick Italia Challenge and the display they put on for a large international gathering deserved every accolade that was given.
Americans Chris Loschetter, Ronnie Russell (the defending champion), Sean Rash and Ryan Cimenelli played as perhaps they had never performed before and the applause rang through the rafters for their talents. But they never got their own way until the time came for the final hurdles.
Nine games, under intense pressure, also brought out the best of the six Europeans contesting the title and it was Dominic Barrett from England who sneaked into third place when the dust of battle settled.
OK, Chris Loschetter won through, despite a strong challenge from buddy Sean Rash, but the performance of the Europeans was impressive. Young Daniel Vezis, who lives in Latvia but claims to be English, was second European, then Psul Moor (ENG), Erik Marrone (ITA), Petteri Salonen (FIN) and Peter Ljung (SWE) rounded off the field.
The closing ceremony and trophy presentation featured the three girls finishing in top places in the recent Miss Brunswick Italia Challenge beauty pageant and all ten finalists.