Just Perfect for Barrett

by Bob Johnson 0

A perfect evening for young Mr Dominic Barrett from Colchester, England, rolling the tournament's first 300 this year in his

Dominic Barrett

fourth game of the squad and ending with a six-game total of 1418 to slip neatly into third place in the current standings.

A truly talented squad saw brave attempts to keep up with Barrett's pace but all fell by the wayside as the e nglishman advanced and the rest retreated.

Chris Klerk, a newcomer to the European Tour in San Marino last week, was best of the trailing bunch but only totalled 1332. PBA star Amleto Monacelli looked a threat but was consistently within a few pins of 210 and trailed into fifth whilst Belgium's Gery Verbruggen varied from 170 to 246 to finish sixth on the squad.

"This was my 33rd 300 game," Barrett informed us. "I had one last week in San Marino, so that was number 32.

"I've got a good feeling for these lanes, although I didn't have my best result last year. It was just after the accident (suffered in Saudi Arabia) and I actually changed (ball) weights. I've actually gone back to 15 pounds. I did try 16 for a while, but I'm back to 15 now and I had a really good travel day today. I had a good night's sleep, which is unusual when you travel, as you have to be up at the crack of dawn after just a few hours sleep. Today I didn't have to leave until nine this morning.

"For the first three games tonight my body wasn't awake. I only had 639 for the first three games, about sixty less than you aim for, then I changed ends and went to lanes one and two and had the 300, then 257 the next game and finished wuth 222.

"I used Storm's new ball and that was really good. I actually had 16 strikes in a row and the one that I missed was such a bad shot I missed the headpin.

"All the pairs in this bowling center are pretty good. It seems that 11/12 are a pair with a slight difference with characteristics which catch a lot of people out but I bowl here so often that I have got used to that. I think all the lanes play well and I look forward to giving them another go tomorrow."

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P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Mats Maggi Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
2 Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
3 Dominic Barrett England 213 208 218 300 257 222 1418 0 1418
4 Osku Palermaa Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
5 Eike Kabowski Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
6 Tore Torgersen Sweden 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
7 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
8 Dennis Eklund Sweden 233 289 215 216 222 206 1381 0 1381
9 Perttu Jussila Finland 189 244 267 233 200 245 1378 0 1378
10 Peter Ljung Sweden 235 216 275 203 233 209 1371 0 1371



Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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