The second running of Event 5 in conjunction with the Leisureplex Irish Open was well supported with 42 bowlers competing. This unique format provides Senior bowlers with the opportunity to compete in the European Bowling Tour Irish Open event and at the same time introduces an “Age Bonus” event with Ladies and Gents finals on the day, hence the “2 Events in 1”. Our thanks go to Lorraine Mayland in Leisureplex Stillorgan and Barry Brown – The Bowlers Pro Shop for their support and sponsorship of this event.
Mens Section (Event 5) Finalists – Tom Byrne, Sean McDonnell, Nickey O’Malley and Haulie Storan Winner – Nickey O’Malley
Irish Open Squad 1 Winner (€100) – Sean McDonnell (Sponsored by Leisureplex)
Free Draw Prizes on the day High Spec Storm Bowling Ball – Paddy Dunne (Sponsored by the Bowlers Pro Shop) High Spec Roto-Grip Bowling Ball – Yvonne Randell (Sponsored by the Bowlers Pro Shop) TGI Friday’s Meal for 2 – Liam O’Rafferty (Sponsored by Leisureplex) €30 Voucher – Rodney Peacock Bottles of Wine – Paddy Kilduff & Tom Byrne
Round 5 – Results The second Team Ireland ranked Rocks Jewellers saw the biggest turnout of the season with 48 bowlers hitting the lanes, many of whom looking for early practice on the Leisureplex Irish Open 2020 bowling condition.
Three of the top four Scratch qualifiers were previous 2019/20 event winners, with leading qualifier Alan Bride 1183 (236 Avg) going down to 4th place qualifier Jason Byrnes in the 1st semi-final by192 to Jason’s 234. The 2nd semi-final featured Karl Doherty (returning after a couple of years away from the game) against Karl Dryer in a very tight match before Doherty took the win by 234 to 226. The question of whether Jason could win his 3rd event of the season went down to the last frame after Jason left a split/open in the 9th frame. He needed a mark in the 10th frame which he managed to do to win by 210 to Karls’s 206.
Two very low scoring matches in the Handicap semi-finals featured Tom Byrne (182) against Calvin Malone (158) and Joe Clancy (175) against Colm Cloake(189) to setup the Final between Tom and Colm. Opening 3 of the first 5 frames Tom was 70 pins behind at the half way point. Colm closed out the match with 271 to Tom’s 180 for a comprehensive win.
Congratulations to the winners Jason Byrnes (Scratch Division) and Colm Cloake (Handicap Division) and all the finalists. Full details from Event 5 will also be available on www.bowlingforall.ie on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results
Ladies Winners – Pat Holmes (Handicap) and Martina Shortt (Scratch)
Mens Winners – Ken O’Reilly ( Handicap) and Haulie Storan (Scratch)
Full Event 3 results, updated Rankings and Grand Prix Standings available on the ITBA Web / Senior tab. The Event 4 Notice for ALSAA (2 Squads) on December 8th is also on the ITBA Web/Senior tab and this outlines changes to the Squad 1 / Squad 2 preferences for all bowlers arising out of the 2018/19 Senior End-of Season Survey. Please review and when we request your Squad choice on the Senior WhatsApp group be aware of the options and how we will administer them.
A clash of dates with the Adult Triple Crown in Scotland and the Malta Senior Open meant reduced numbers to 32 for the 2nd Event of the season.
Jason Byrnes led the Scratch section with 1158 (231 Avg) and was joined by Alan Bride, Fran Puzzuoli and Alan McDonnell for the semi-finals. Semi-final 1 with Jason vs Alan McDonnell was tight throughout with both players having only 1 double and 2 splits each, one of which Jason converted that proved to be the difference sending him through to the final by 10pins on a 192 to Alan’s 182. In semi-final 2 Alan Bride opened with the first 8 strikes to take the match by 279 to Fran’s 202. The Final, was a repeat of the Event 1 final, Alan couldn’t maintain his semi-final form opening twice in the first 5 frames while Jason threw 8 strikes in the game to comfortably take the win by 251 to 210.
Heading up the Handicap section with 1251 (incl. Hcp) was Zbigniew Grzesiak aka “Pawlo”, closely followed by Kealan O’Connor, Taylor Williams and Ann Cullen. “Pawlo” took a low scoring first semi-final against Ann by 209 (incl. Hcp) to 194. In the second semi-final Taylor came back from an early open frame, stringing 6 strikes together to move on to the final by 268 (incl. Hcp) to Kealan’s 204. Opening the 9th and 10th frames was a case of one too many openers for Taylor as he went down to “Pawlo” in an otherwise tight final match by 205 to 195.
Congratulations to the winners Jason Byrnes (Scratch Division) and Zbigniew Grzesiak aka “Pawlo” (Handicap Division) and all the finalists.