Habagat sweeps to Team of Week honors in Sarawat Thursday League

Updated 15 May 2013

Habagat sweeps to Team of Week honors in Sarawat Thursday League

Habagat, toppling pins like they were being swept away by the wind it was named after, claimed Team of the Week honors in the Sarawat Thursday Bowling League 9th Season at the Sultanah Center’s Bowling City here.
Habagat went 2-1 in the first two games and this hot start cushioned its march to the coveted award on 28 points.
Kabayan Food, the first game winner, returned the second-best tally of 26 points to cement its grip on the top spot in the five-man team tournament with third game topnotcher Boleros three points adrift on 23.
OFBC tallied 18 points to be in fourth place on the night with D’ Barkads on 16. Bowling City, Escalera and Thumbs-up filled the last three spots.
To Eidris Mangoda of Kabayan Food went the Bowler of the Week award after he shot the high series of 609 on lines of 245, 181 and 180.
The handicap-rich Habagat got a lift from one of its heavy lineup of Class C players, Ver Jasa, who fired the team’s top score of 604 on games of 183, 214 and 162.
George Mangalindan and Richard Antonio, who also are both Class C, supported Jasa with rounds of 599 and 598 to go with the 179-174 from Jimmy Aragones, 165-177 from Ruel Santoc and 193-161 from Manny Tibay. Along with Hadi Pacheco Aragones and Santoc are the only rated Class B on the team.
Kabayan sustained its solid form from the previous week and this time it was Mangoda that showed the way. The trio of Rolly Vistal, Igna Salgado and Rene Martinez all played full games at 583, 575 and 566 in that order. Mohammed Al Amri contributed two games of 168-178 while Joel Alegre had 166.
Over at Boleros the triumvirate of Jack Jarin, Ruben Grino and Jess Cerbito were the main scorers at 586, 584 and 570, while Nanding Siasoco added 161-162 and Elo Manalo 174.
For OFBC Ding Dela Rosa on 562 was the leading scorer followed by Toto Lim 550, Jerry Carrredo 537 and Jun Estefano 535. Sharing the remaining three games were Robert Stone 201-190 and skipper Joel Nidoy 236.
D’Barkads received 540 from Romy Bunagan, 535s from Bing Amolo and James Galvan, 204-241, a pair of valuable 192s from Rey Beltran and 204-241 from Nap Patayan.
Team standings
1. Kabayan Food 188.5 points 2. Boleros 182.0 3. D’ Barkads 178.0 4. Thumbs-up Reload 166.5 5. Habagat 157.0 6. Bowling City 155.5 7. Overseas Filipino Bowlers Club (OFBC) 151.0 8. Escalera V 117.5

What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

Updated 19 April 2018

What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?

  • Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
  • Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.

Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.



Finished: Champions

Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.

Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.

Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League



Finished: Second

Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.

Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.

Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.


Finished: Third

Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.

Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.

Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into  the 2019 AFC Champions League.



Finished: Ninth

Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.

Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.

Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.