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EUROPEAN SENIOR BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The European Senior Bowling Championships (ESBC), is by far the largest event in the European Tenpin Bowling Federation calendar, and the 2015 edition of the championships has been held in Bologna, Italy – attracting well over 1000 senior bowlers, hailing from every corner of the continent.

ESBC 2015 was the 24th annual edition, and the first time that Malta was resented by a three-man team, comprising Paul Baldacchino, Mark Spiteri and Giancarlo Tolu, among a male field which totalled a staggering 728 bowlers all told. They competed in three qualification events, Singles, Doubles and the 3-Man Team event, after which the top 6 bowlers from each category (All Events) would progress to the final stages.

While the pairing of Baldacchino and Spiteri in the Doubles event produced a very respectable 22nd placing from 143 teams, it was the Singles event which brought success for Malta, with Mark Spiteri shooting a 1343 over six (223.8 ave) to place second and so claim a silver medal, at this first ESBC appearance. Malta featured twice in the top ten as Paul Baldacchino finished in eighth place (1279, 213.1 ave), while the event was won by Israel’s Itzhak Dekel (1375, 229.1 ave), while bronze went to Germany’s Stefan Korol.

Team Malta were painfully close to the silverware again in the 3-Man teams, placing fifth on 3664 pins over six games, a mere 19 pins down on the bronze position. The event was won by a Swedish threesome, with Switzerland claiming silver, and Austria taking third place.

Mark Spiteri’s solid individual performance over the three events saw him amass an 18 game tally of 3806 (211.4 ave) which was enough to put him in fourth place in the All Events standings, and so grant him a place in the Men’s Final, which was played to a 5-game Round Robin format, including a system of bonus points for wins, ties and high games.

While spiteri only managed to win two of his five encounters, impressive high games of 205, 224 and a pair of 278s were instrumental in elevating him to second place with a 5034 total including 70 bonus points, to earn him second place overall in the tournament, and so another silver medal.

The Championships were won by Sweden’s Stefan Palmer, while third place went to Jaako Polttila from Finland.
 
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