Rocks Jewellers Singles 2017/18 – Event 9 Results and Final Standings with End of Season Qualifiers highlighted

The final Rocks Jewellers Singles event of the season saw 32 bowlers take on the 44-foot Kegel High Street pattern, and right from the off scoring proved to be more favourable than the previous event.

Chris Sloan made the early running with a spectacular 847 for his opening three games, including a perfect 300 game two. In fact, Chris would go on to lead qualifying with a massive five-game set of 1302 (260 Avg). Chasing him down to take the other qualifying spots in the Scratch Division were Barry Foley with 1262 (252 Avg), Joe Clancy with 1214 (243 Avg) and Paul Stott Jnr with 1203 (241 Avg).

In the Handicap Division, the leading qualifying spot for the finals was taken by Arturas Baltonis, who would be joined in the finals by Thomas Galvin, Paddy Gibbons, and junior bowler Sean O’Connor.

Scratch Semi Finals & Final

Both semi-finals produced some top-class bowling, but in the end neither match brought any real drama or nail-biting finishes. Chris Sloan continued his imperious form on the day with a 259 to 222 victory over Paul Stott Jnr, while in the other semi-final Joe Clancy put together a fine victory over Barry Foley, taking it by 266 to 236.

Chris Sloan undoubtedly went into the Final as the favourite after his classy performance all day, but Joe Clancy had no intentions of rolling over for the number 1 seed and in the end managed a classy performance of his own to take the victory, 238 to 217.

Handicap Semi Finals & Final 

Sean O’Connor comfortably saw off Arturas Baltonis in their semi-final match, claiming a 234 to 183 victory. But it was a much more tense affair in the other semi-final, where Thomas Galvin looked to be heading to victory over Paddy Gibbons before an open tenth frame allowed Paddy in for a one-pin victory, 213 to 212.

However, Paddy Gibbons could not take full advantage of his slice of luck in the Final, as the junior bowler Sean O’Connor held his nerve and bowled a solid game to take the victory by 201 to 187.

Congratulations to Joe Clancy & Sean O’Connor on their second wins of the season and to Paul Chandler who won the Rocks Jewellers sponsored set of earrings.

Full details from Event 9 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

End of Season Finals

Attention now turns to the Grand Finals, which take place on Sunday May 13th, with the top 16 ranked bowlers in both the Scratch and Handicap Divisions facing off to determine the 2017/18 Rocks Jewellers Grand Final Champions.

List of Qualifiers for the end of season finals are highlighted on the Standings sheets (Scratch & Handicap) now available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

Full details for the Final including format and check-in times are available on the web on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Forms & Documents  and will be communicated to all finalists.

The Pattern for the Finals is the 41ft – Kegel Main Street

If you have qualified for the Finals you need to immediately confirm your availability to participate to Barry Brown.

Rocks Jewellers Singles 2017/18 – Event 8 Results

The shortest pattern of the season Kegel Easy Street (38 foot pattern)  proved to be a tough scoring condition for many of the 45 bowlers who contested this event.

Taylor Williams, a 2 handed junior bowler, paced the field in the opening 2 games with 502 (251 Avg) and went on the finish the 5 game block with 1141 (228 Avg) to qualify for the Scratch Division finals in 3rd place. Paul Stott Jnr led Scratch qualifying with 1166 (233 Avg), followed by Fran Puzzuoli on 1143 and Paul Chandler making 4th place 1124.

Mark Moore took the qualifying honours in the Handicap Division with 1153 (207 Avg) followed by Anthony Byrne on 1136, Joe Clancy on 1117 and taking 4th position for the finals Nickey O’ Malley on 1106 after Dave English was unable to play in the finals.

Scratch Semi Finals & Final

Both Semi Finals were cut and dried with Paul Chandler beating Paul Stott Jnr by 238 to 193 and Fran Puzzuoli coming through with a 212  to 174 victory over Taylor.

Over the first 5 frames of the Final there was nothing to separate the players but Paul Chandler took the initiative in the second half to get the victory with the win by 228 to Fran Puzzuoli’s 203.

Handicap Semi Finals & Final 

Anthony Byrne held on to win a close contest 234 to Nickey O’ Malley’s 230 in Semi final 1 and Mark Moore  struck out in the 10th frame for a 203 to 185 win against Joe Clancy.

Mark as never in trouble in the Final posting a 234 to 200 win against Anthony.

Congratulations to Paul Chandler & Mark Moore for their first wins of the season and to Paolo DiTofano who won the Rocks Jewellers sponsored set of earrings.

Full details from Event 8 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

The 2017/18 season comes to an end with the last event of the season on Sunday 29th April  after which the qualifiers for the End of Season Finals (Scratch & Handicap) on May 13th will be known.

Charlestown Easter Singles 2018

Congratulations to all who took park in this Easters Bank Holiday Singles in Leisureplex Charlestown.  The competition saw Paul Stott Junior play Christopher Sloan in the scratch finals.  Chris won in style with a perfect 300 game.  In the Handicap section, the final was between Anthony Byrne and Janis Stepitis, with Anthony taking the prize.

For photographs from the event visit the Charlestown Facebook page.  Results are available on the BowlingForAll Centres Leisureplex page.

Rocks Jewellers Singles 2017/18 – Event 7 Results

3 weeks later than scheduled after the ‘Beast from the East’ snows forced cancellation Event 7 finally got underway on Sunday 25th March with 36 bowlers competing.

The cut for the finals in the Scratch Division was Paddy Dunne (1188) with Alan McDonnell (1195) in 3rd, Alan Bride (1212) in 2nd and Paul Stott Jnr (1247) leading the field with a 249 average.

Jason Byrnes (1213 incl Hcp) led qualifying in the Handicap division with Nickey O’Malley 1205, Paddy Gibbons 1196 and Tom Byrne 1190 took the final position when he rolled a 300 game in the last game of qualifying.

Scratch Semi Finals & Final

In the first Scratch Semi Final Paul Stott Jnr – 206 just edged out Paddy Dunne – 203 while Alan McDonnell struck out for the last 6 balls to beat Alan Bride by 269 to 234 to go thru to the Final.

The Final proved to be a very tight affair with Alan taking an early lead only to be put under pressure to close out the match when Paul struck out for a 235 forcing Alan to mark in the 10th frame and get at least 9 in the fill frame. Alan’s first ball failed to strike leaving the 7 pin which he spared and then rolled a strike to shoot 237 giving him a 2 pin victory.

Handicap Semi Finals & Final

Jason Byrnes took the first Handicap Semi Final with a 228 to 205 win over Tom Byrne. The second Semi Final was closely fought throughout Nickey O’Malley 239 just managing to hold off  a late charge from Paddy Gibbons who doubled in the 10th frame to post a 236.

Jason ran out a comprehensive winner when he struck on 8 of the first 10 frames beating Nickey who never got going in the Final by 273 to 166.

Congratulations to Jason Byrnes on his first win of the season and to  Alan McDonnell who is having a great season in the Rock Jewellers Singles, Alan has qualified for the Finals in 5 of the 7 events so far and now winning his 3rd event he is still the only multiple winner.

Full details from Event 7 are available on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

With only 2 Events remaining there is still plenty of opportunity to qualify for the End of Season Finals in May

The next event is on Sunday 8th April.

World Men’s Championships Wildcard/Exemption Applications

The Team Ireland Sub-Committee would like to inform all members that, in line with the Team Ireland selection and eligibility criteria, they are now accepting applications for Wildcard / Exemption with regard to forming a Panel / Team to compete at the World Men’s Championships 2018. Please contact the Team Ireland Sub-Committee if you wish to be considered. Closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday March 24th.