The top three spots in the Ten Pin Bowling National League Division One are now all decided, with just one week to go in the current season, with okmalta.com sealing second place behind Fina, with an easy full-point win against Bello Aluminium.

Ramis were 6 – 2 losers against Royal Shock, but still take third place ahead of Turu’s Knights, who also went down 6 – 2 against new champions, Fina.

Surprisingly, neither of the relegation spots have yet been decided, as bottom side grabbed a lifeline with a 2 – 6 win against fellow strugglers Malta International Airport, while The Clan lost 2 – 6 against Supreme to remain in the danger zone too.

Okmalta saw their last hopes of retaining the title dashed in their 4 – 4 draw with Fina in week 17, but have now sealed second place thanks to an 8 – 0 demolition of Bello Aluminium this week. They opened with a sound 771 – 710 win in the first, and then went 4 – 0 up with a 757 – 677 win in game two.

At this point okmalta.com knew that the runners up spot was safely in the bag, but showed no quarter to Bello Aluminium, winning the last of the set 796 – 700 for all eight. Neil Sullivan (okmalta.com), 649. Cole Cooper (Bello Aluminium), 521.

Mathematically, Ramis were assured of at least third place with two weeks remaining, and could have stolen second place from okmalta.com had results from the final two fixtures gone their way.

That slim chance quickly faded to nothing in their week 17 clash with Royal Shock however, the latter winning the encounter 6 – 2, and also shooting the team series of the week to boot.

Ramis were a team out of sorts, and were quickly 4 – 0 down after losing the first and second games 819 – 705 and 878 – 680 respectively, before clawing back a two point share of the spoils with a 718 – 844 game three win which came as little consolation. Joe Cassar (Royal Shock), 609. Philip Gruppetta (Ramis), 593.

Brand new champions Fina took on fourth placed Turu’s Knights, continuing their massively successful season with a 6 – 2 victory, taking their season points tally to 118.

The first two games brought tit-for-tat victories as Fina took the opener 813 – 779, with the Knights then drawing level with an edge-of-your-seat 763 – 765 game two win.

Fina came back to claim the third and final game 827 – 691, to claim the majority victory. Kenneth Arpa (Fina), 671, male bowler of the week. Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 617, female bowler of the week.

The bottom two teams, Malta International Airport and J Grima & Co faced off in a relegation clash, and it was J Grima & Co that ended up on the better end of the 2 – 6 score line, meaning that the battle for survival will be decided in the final fixture of the season.

MIA took the early lead with a 717 – 674 game one win, but it was all square after two as J Grima & Co responded with a 686 – 695 equalizer. They also claimed the last of the set, 664 – 727 for the match, and one last chance at survival in week 18. Sammy Borg (J Grima & Co), 525. Aaron Belli (Malta International Airport), 511.

The Clan are in eighth place and are still under threat of relegation, having gone down 2 – 6 against sixth placed Supreme in week 17. Supreme drew first blood with a 738 – 800 opening victory, and then added to The Clan’s woes with a 670 – 728 game two win.

Game three ended 793 – 718 to finally hand The Clan their quarter share of the points. Helenio Grech (Supreme), 587. Clayton Zammit (The Clan), 572.

Bowlers of the Week:
Kenneth Arpa, (Fina), 671
Tiziana Carannante (Turu’s Knights), 617

Division I Standings: Week 17
Fina – 118, Okmalta.com – 100, Ramis – 86, Turu’s Knights – 68, Royal Shock – 64, Supreme – 56, Bello Aluminium – 54, The Clan – 48, Malta International Airport – 44, J Grima & Co – 42

Division II Standings: Week 17
XS Vitel – 90, Blitzkrieg – 83, Pin Strikers – 72, Mean Machine – 64, BOV – 63, Brutal Legendz – 62, Bank of Valletta – 40, Vintage – 40, Ready Steady Bowl – 30
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