De Guzman, Lourdes FEDBG Bowlers of 2012

Updated 19 December 2012
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De Guzman, Lourdes FEDBG Bowlers of 2012

Robert de Guzman protected his lead and won a battle for survival to secure the men’s division title while May Lourdes recovered well after a slow start to seal the ladies crown with three outstanding sets as they emerged Bowlers of 2012 at the conclusion of a grueling year-round quest for the most prestigious accolade of the Filipino Expatriate Damayan Bowling Group at the Bowling City here.
De Guzman was actually among those at the bottom during the crunch match wherein Marcelo Manalo and Melvin Lising qualified for finals on 936 and 852 among the monthly champions and Ronnie de Castro on 861 from the class periodic winners. But a long awaited opportunity for a shot at the title caused an adrenaline rush for De Guzman that saw him finish the semifinals at the top on 887, well in front of Jay Bengco and Abdulfatta Mogawan with 878 and 845 respectively. Richard Antonio missed the cut on 828.
Bowling along with the seeded finalists, Ge Guzman stayed in contention while keeping first place on 220 with Mogawan and Lising trailing on 199 and 191.
With the finalists rolling at average de Guzman upheld the lead at 399 as Mogawan close behind on 393 and top favorite Manalo within striking distance at 370.
But then de Guzman widened the gap at 612 after a 213 with Mogawan the closest pursuer on 562, and the eventual winner kept his nerve in light of a Lising rally and consistent display from veteran Mogawan.
After briefly succumbing to pressure De Guzman managed to stay afloat with 175 to save the most coveted men’s Bowler of the Year title on 4-game series with handicap of 787. Mogawan finished second on 758, Lising with a 206 blitz ranked third on 753 while Manalo, Bengco and de Castro claimed the last three prizes on 737, 728 and 722 in that order.
On the ladies division, Lourdes started slow with 166 to be behind early leader Malou Gime (180). Mariz Resano, Grace Funtilon and Aileen Miralbuna took off on 161, 158, 152. Lourdes hit 210 in the next game to seize top spot on 376 with Gime sliding to second on 367.
Lourdes never looked back hitting 221 and 202 in her last two games to earn the ladies Bowler of the Year cron with a total of 799.
Funtilon beat Gime by one pin for second place 714-713 while Miralbuna and Resano claimed fourth and fifth places.
This FEDBG Bowler of the Year quest was supported by L’ Occitane through Eva Garcia.


Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

Updated 25 June 2018
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Ramadel Falcao, Juan Cuadrado and Yerry Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

  • The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament
  • The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal

KAZAN: Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.
In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.
The disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.
“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.
“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.
“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”
The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.
Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.
And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.
Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.
After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.
Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.
The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defense to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.
Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.
Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.
A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.
Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.
Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equalizer when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.
Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.
Colombia, however, were not to be denied.
When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defense apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.
Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.