38 Bowlers contested the 2nd last qualifying event of the season on the Kegel Stone Street 42ft oil pattern. The scoring continues to improve with 15 bowlers shooting above a 200 average.
Karl Dryer led the Scratch qualifying with an 1199 series (239 avg) and faced off against Gareth Williams in the first semi-final match. Gareth couldn’t maintain his qualifying form where he shot a 297 game and lost out to Karl by 211 to his 164 game. The 2nd semi-final was a much closer match between Alan Bride and Joe Clancy who matched each other through to the 8th frame where an open frame from Alan gave Joe the lead and he struck out to take his place in the final by 211 to Alan’s 198. In the Final Joe started off strongly, was never really put under pressure by Karl and went on to take his first win of the season by 226 to Karl’s 183.
4 bowlers making their first finals of the season would do battle to take their first win in the Handicap section. Sean Farren who led the Handicap qualifying with 1229 played against Sean Staines in a very tight 1st semi-final for the 2 junior bowlers with Farren edging ahead in the last couple of frames to take the match by 198 to 188 for Staines. Another close match between Brian Dagger and Arturas Baltonis saw Brian come out on top in the 2nd semi-final by 230 to 210 to move on to the final.
The semi-final win for Sean Farren looked as if it gave him a lot more confidence and he came out in the final making better shots and took the initiative in the match which he went on to win by 230 to Brian’s 212 to give him his first win of the season.
Congratulations to the winners Joe Clancy (Scratch Division) & Sean Farren (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 8 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
Next Event 28th April 2019
The Kegel High Street oil pattern gave a welcome boost to scores for the 33 players. The cut to make the Scratch finals was a 221 average posted by Eoghain Lebioda a significant 19 pin increase on Event 6. Jason Byrnes led the qualifying with a 1174 series (234 Avg) and faced Eoghain in the 1st Scratch semi-final. A very tight match saw Jason take the lead early only to be pegged back in the closing stages where Eoghain had to double in the 10th frame to take the win by 198 to Jason’s 194. The 2nd semi-final was another close match with Alan Bride a 3-time winner this season taking on Gareth Williams. It came down who was able to carry and that proved to be Gareth with a strong strikeout finish to take the match 216 to Alan’s 202.
The change of lanes for the Final suited both bowlers who were exchanging strikes throughout the game. Gareth, finishing first in the 10th frame had a chance to shut Eoghain out but failed to double giving Eoghain the chance to take the match if he doubled and got an 8 count, which is exactly what he did to win by 246 to Gareth’s 245.
Sean O’Connor led the Handicap qualifying with 1216 and continued his good form in the 1st Handicap semi-final against Ken Foley (who was playing in his first event of the season following a hip replacement at year end) to claim his spot in the finals by 238 to Ken’s 185. The 2nd semi-final was more of a make the spares and keep out of trouble game which went to Paul Chandler by 205 to a 191 from Paddy Gibbons.
Paul picked up the pace in the final and was never really in trouble from Sean who struggled early in the match following the lane change and despite a ball change was not able to make up any of the lost ground going down by 195 to Paul’s 233.
Congratulations to the winners Eoghain Lebioda (Scratch Division) & Paul Chandler (Handicap Division) and all the finalists. Full details from Event 7 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
The Kegel Easy Street oil pattern once again proved to be anything but an “Easy” condition for the 34 bowlers in this event with only 5 of them managing a 200 average or more in what was to be the lowest scoring Rocks Jewellers event for the past couple of seasons.
Joe Clancy posted an 1109 (221 Avg) to top the scoring on the day but was beaten in the 1st Scratch semi-final by Jason Byrnes (202 Avg qualifying) 201 to Jason’s 248. In the 2nd semi-final, a very low scoring match, Alan Bride just managed to take the match by 186 to Colm Cloake’s 179. Jason was able to continue his good form from the semi-final and pulled ahead of Alan in the final frames to take his first title of the season by 245 to Alan’s 226.
Dymphna Kestell who led the Handicap qualifying with 1171 couldn’t shake off a persistent Nickey O’Malley in the 1st Handicap semi-final where Nickey closed the game out well to win by 226 to Dymphna’s 207. In the 2nd semi-final Bernie Moriarty took control from the very start of her match against Sheron Sweeney and took the match by 231 to Sheron’s 200. The final was another low scoring match with Bernie failing to convert a couple of easy spares early on to give Nickey a comfortable win by 207 to Bernie’s 183.
Congratulations to the winners Jason Byrnes (Scratch Division) & Nickey O’Malley (Handicap Division) and all the finalists. Full details from Event 6 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
Next Event 3rd March 2019
The first Rocks Jewellers event of 2019 gives the bowlers the chance to play on the oil pattern that will be used for the European Bowling Tour ranked Irish Open which starts on the 13th of January in Leisureplex Stillorgan. With the exception of Barry Foley who lit up the lanes firing a qualifying average of 249, the remaining qualifying scores were well below the field average for the season to date with only 6 players making a 200 average or more.
Both Scratch semi-finals were well contested with Barry Foley having to strike out in semi-final 1 to shut out Alan McDonnell by 226 to Alan’s 219. Semi-final 2 was a case of who could carry and unfortunately for Jason Byrnes (who finished strongly in qualifying to take 2nd place) he was unable to match Alan Bride’s strike rate that gave him the match by 245 to Jason’s 212.
Alan was able to maintain his form in the Final and had a comfortable win over Barry by 244 to 222 to give him his 3rd win of the season.
The 1st Handicap semi-final was a struggle for both players with splits a plenty in the first half, after which Dymphna Kestell found her form and took the match with a 194 against Kathleen Lyons who scored 173. P J Shine played very consistently in the 2nd semi-final to take the match 222 to 200 from Paddy Gibbons. In the Final both players upper their game and it was a much tighter match right up to the 9th frame when P J took control with a couple of strikes into the 10th frame and closed out the match by 242 to Dymphna’s 228 to take his first title of the season.
Congratulations to the winners Alan Bride (Scratch Division) & P J Shine (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 5 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
Next Event 3rd February 2019
Haulie Storan playing in his first Rocks Jewellers event of the season set a scorching pace opening up with a 279, shooting 770 over the first 3 and posting an 1183 total (236 Avg) which was just enough to maintain the lead in the Scratch section over Barry Foley (1183 total as well) on the high last game. Paolo DiTofano continued his good form from Round 3 with a 1210 incl.handicap (218 Avg) to top the standings in the handicap section.
Haulie continued his good form in the 1st Scratch semi-final starting with a 4 bagger and was never in any real trouble after Tom Byrne failed to convert a split in the 7th frame, he moved into the final with a 224 to 199 win. Fran Puzzuoli took command from the start of the 2nd semi-final and ran out a comfortable winner 246 to Barry Foley’s 197. In the Final, Haulie just couldn’t find his strike shot, the match was one sided with Fran in total command finishing off with 10 strikes in a row for a 280 to 177 victory and his first win of the season.
Paolo took care of business closing out strongly in the 1st Handicap semi-final against Gavin Fox who was also playing his first event of the season taking the match by 231 to 208. New to the Rocks Jewellers singles this season Ed Kupsys played a very tight game to overcome John Wilson in the 2nd Semi Final by 210 to John’s 176 and then went on to the Final where he upped his performance to take his first win of the season by 230 to Paolo’s 191.
Congratulations to the winners Fran Puzzuoli (Scratch Division) & Ed Kupsys (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 4 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Victor Rock, Barry Brown and Tom Byrne
Next Event 6th January 2019
Jason Byrnes finished qualifying strongly in the last 2 games (278, 269) to post a 1175 total (235 avg) to lead the 31 players into the Scratch section final in what was a very low scoring event with only 12 players breaking the 200 average mark. Theresa Watts played very consistently over the 5 games to lead the Handicap section on 1156 incl. handicap.
In the 1st Scratch semi-final it was a case of who made the least amount of mistakes in the match and with John Wilson failing to convert a easy spare in the final frame, he opened up the door Jason to take the match by 171 to 165. Chris Sloan qualified in 2nd spot courtesy of a 297 final game came up against a brick wall when Alan McDonnell opened up 7 strikes in a row and went on to post a 279 to Chris’s 192 in the 2nd semi-final. Alan continued the good form in the Final winning his first event of the season by 225 to Jason’s 193.
Both semi-finals in the Handicap section saw strong finishes with Theresa Watts taking the match by 229 to Elaine Lalor’s 197, and Paolo DiTofano striking out for a 250 against Arunis Bulnis’s 219. Theresa took control of the final from the start and closed out the match with 5 strikes in a row for a 286 to win he second event of the season over Paolo’s 214.
Congratulations to the winners Alan McDonnell (Scratch Division) and Theresa Watts (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 3 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results.
Next Event 2nd December 2018
The 44 ft Kegel High Street pattern provided a much higher scoring condition in this event with 16 bowlers breaking a 200 average on the day. Top of the standings in the Scratch section was Joe Clancy with 1221 (244 avg) and Grant Dugan with 1179 incl. handicap led the Handicap section.
In a high scoring 1st Scratch semi-final with both players putting strings of strikes together Alan Bride closed out his match winning by 258 to Joe Clancy’s 238. The 2nd semi-final went to Chris Sloan’s by 268 to Fran Puzzuoli’s 210. In the final Chris ran into trouble with a couple of splits late in the game and wasn’t able to hold off an in form Alan Bride who struck out to post his second win in 2 events by 245 to Chris’s 185.
Two very close semi-finals in the Handicap section saw Grant Dugan go through to the Final by 210 to Mark Hinchliffe’s 200 and Arunis Bulnis finishing strongly to top Sarah Kebble by 249 to 227. A great start from Arunis in the finals wasn’t matched by Grant, who opened a couple of frames early on and despite his strong finish he went down by 212 to Arunis’s 252 which gave him his first win of the season.
Congratulations to the winners Alan Bride (Scratch Division) and Arunis Bulnis (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 2 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results
Next Event 11th November 2018
After one of the best summers we’ve had over the last 40+ years, 36 bowlers took to the lanes Leisureplex Stillorgan for the first event of the 9th season of the Rocks Jewellers Singles. Lane conditions proved to be much tougher than bowlers expected with only 5 bowlers managing over a 200 average on the day compared to 16 bowlers this time last year.
Karl Dryer topped the standings in the Scratch section with 1110 (222 Avg) and Andrew Smale paced the Handicap section with 1202 incl. handicap.
The difficult conditions continued into the finals making every spare count as strikes were hard to come-by. Alan Bride finished well in the first Scratch semi-final to close out his match against Karl Dryer 210 to 193. Amanda Larkin took care of business against Paddy Dunne taking the match by 211 to 177 in the other semi-final. In a low scoring Scratch final Amanda failed to double on the last frame to force a playoff against Alan who went on to win by 190 to 180.
The Handicap section semi-finals were cut and dried with Andrew Smale winning by 232 to Mary Heffernan’s 199 and Theresa Watts taking the match by 231 to Ann Cullen’s 176. Theresa’s good form continued into the final where she shot 228 whereas Andrew opened a couple of frames early in the match and never recovered posting 198 to finish in the runner up spot.
Congratulations to the winners Alan Bride (Scratch Division) and Theresa Watts (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.
Full details from Event 1 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results
At the end of every season we look for feedback from the Rocks Jewellers bowlers so we can make changes that will improve the monthly and end of season final events for the members.
Please take the time to give us not only the feedback on the 2017/18 season but also any thoughts or ideas you feel will improve or change the format for the benefit of all members whether they be scratch or handicap.
We will close the survey at the end of June so you have plenty of time to be creative. Click here to complete the survey.
It’s hard to believe we’ve just completed the eighth year of the Rocks Jewellers Singles. The Finals in Leisureplex Stillorgan on Sunday May 13th provided an action packed event for players and spectators alike through a combination of high scores and plenty of excitement as many matches went down to the last ball.
You can see how all 32 finalists fared throughout the day as all the results (Scratch & Handicap – Winners & Losers sections) and Prize-winners details are now available on the web with the individual match scores. click here Photos from the day will be posted in the Photo Gallery.
Congratulations to Barry Foley (Winner – Handicap) and Paul Stott Jnr (Winner Scratch) who went on to take the titles for the 2017/18 season in the Double Elimination finals.
Barry Foley, who remained unbeaten in the ‘Winners’ section of the Handicap section still needed to produce a 278 game in the Final to hold off a late charge from Thomas Galvin.
In the Scratch section Final Alan McDonnell could not hold off a determined Paul Stott Jnr who started the final with a 299, going on win that match 513 to 420 to force a decider in the double elimination final format which he won 438 to Alan’s 388.
Our thanks go to the management and staff in Leisureplex Stillorgan for their support throughout the long Finals day. We would also like to thank Victor Rock & all at Rocks Jewellers for their continued sponsorship and support of the event which will continue again for the 2018/19 season with the first event on Sunday September 2nd in Stillorgan – see the web calendar for all the 2018/19 dates. We would also like to thank John Dunne and Tim Dawson for their web support in posting our results and updated throughout the season.
Over the past eight years we’ve taken input from the club members at the end of each season on ways to improve the monthly events and end of season finals. A new format was used this year for the Monthly events where players could opt to play in the Handicap ONLY section and this change went down very well. We used a new Group Format for the End of Season Finals yesterday with mixed feedback on the day, so while it’s still fresh in your mind – in the next couple of weeks we will once again be asking for your input on the Rocks Jewellers Singles – monthly format, monthly finals, qualification for the Overall Finals, etc etc. so get your thoughts together and let’s make sure the 2018/19 Rocks Jewellers Singles continues to be successful and enjoyable for all.