Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

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Carol Rio
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Four-time Team of the Week winner Expendabowls. (AN photos)
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Gil Catral and Vic Gonzales, both with plaques, in a group photo with the OFBC members.
Updated 20 April 2017

Expendabowls hit fourth Team of the Week plum at OFBC Afternoon League

JEDDAH: The Expendabowls became the first to have the most number of Team of the Week victories at four by winning the coveted award during the 12th session in the OFBC Friday Afternoon League Season 6 here.
Expendabowls came up with the top tally of 20 points in a low-scoring battles on the unyieldy lanes at the Iceland Bowling Center, after a 10-10 draw against
Al-Tayyer United Contracting on total pinfalls of 2,139-2,116 and rank points of 10 and 9.
As it turned out, the sides were locked in a close fight for Team of the Week award, and it was only the rank points that eventually decided the outcome.
It was the third time in the last four weeks that Expendabowls enjoyed the limelight. They won the first of their four accolades during the third week of the four-man team league event organized by Overseas Filipino Bowlers Club.
Joel Nidoy’s Al-Tayyer ended the day on 19 points in a tie with Velocity Strikers who ended a four-week losing streak with a 12-8 victory over whipping team SGH Bowling Group on total pinfalls of 2,010-1,987 and rank points of 7-5.
Shadow Bowlers and Toshi likewise tied on 18 points after contrasting results against respective opponents Arci-5 10-10 (2,064-1,979 and 8-6) and Nilobabes 12-8 (2,000-1,985 and 6-4).
The match between RTJ Transient House and Youngsters also ended in a 10-10 draw on total pinfalls of 1,671 and 1,883 and rank points of 1-2.
Jon Belo made it a double for Expendabowls when he took the men’s Bowler of the Week award on 630 on scratch games of 222, 140 and 196 while Carol Rio of Youngsters had her first taste of the individual award when she shot 553 to become the ladies’ Bowler of the Week.
Danny Atubang tallied 525 and Marlyn Mangunay had 503 to back up Belo at Expendabowls. Gil Catral at 477 was the fourth player to count in the team.
Al-Tayyer had Alex Duma crossing 600 on 605 while his wife Carmen provided support with her 530 to go with the 507 by Jojo Esperanzate and 474 by Jack Jarin.
Gizelle Virtudazo and Toto Lim carded 521 and 509 at the helm of Velocity that also got 499 from Rhyan Tasic and 481 from Jaime “Paco” Flores.
Over at Shadow Bowlers the trio of Jhun Ejanda, Hadi Pacheo and Rosalie Due Agustin rolled 549, 528 and 522 with Hercie Bosito on 465.
Rudy “RJ” Jamon, who led the OFBC family during the masalama for team captains Gil Catral of Expendabowls and Vic Gonzales of Youngters, took charge at Transient House on 457.
Catral and Gonzales, who have since both left the Kingdom on exit-only visa, were given plaques of appreciation by the OFBC.
Toshi’s big win against league-leading Nilobabes was chiefly the work of Cesar Sacramed 536 and Cesar Pagtalunan 523 with help from Vivian Sacramed 487 and Rico Bulalayao 184.
Team standings after the 12th week:
1. Nilobabes 259.0 2. Toshi 240.5 3. RTJ Transient House 231.0 4. Al-Tayyer Contracting 207.0 5. The Expandabowls 183.0 6. Shadow Bowlers 169.0 7. Velocity Strikers 164.5 8. Arci-5 158.0 9. Saudi German Hospital 121.5 10. Youngsters 110.5

Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

Updated 18 January 2019

Maria Sharapova looks back to her best as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal show no signs of slowing down

  • Sharapova dumps out defending champion Caroline Wozniacki.
  • Rafa and Roger brush aside young guns in straight sets victories.

LONDON: It is coming up to the end of the first week of the Australian Open, so we thought we would take a look and see how some of the big names fared on day five of the year’s first Grand Slam.


Maria Sharapova warned she is in the sort of form to win the Australian Open after she dumped Carolina Wozniacki out with an impressive 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win. It was the Russian’s best win since her return from a drugs ban and she looked like a winner-in-waiting.
“I thought the level was quite high. I knew I’d get a tough match — she (Wozniacki) is the defending champion,” the five-time Slam champion said.
“I haven’t played many matches in the last year against top players so it was really rewarding to win that last set. These are the kinds of matches I train for.”


Ageless Roger Federer marked his 100th Rod Laver Arena match Friday by storming past Taylor Fritz, then looked forward to a “high quality” last-16 clash against another young gun, Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion continued his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 third-round demolition of 21-year-old American Fritz in just 88 minutes of flawless tennis.
Next up is 14th seed Tsitsipas. And the 37-year-old Federer is looking forward to taking on the fiery young Greek, who is 17 years his junior.
Federer played him in the recent mixed teams Hopman Cup, winning a closely contested singles 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), and said he was impressed.
“I think he played really well there. I actually did too. I thought it was really high quality tennis,” Federer said.
“This is obviously a different type of match, it being best of five, it being a fourth round of a Slam.”


Rafael Nadal declared “everything is a step forward” after brutally brushing aside Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open Friday in just the Spaniard’s third match since the US Open.
The world No. 2 was in ominous form as he continued his quest for an 18th Grand Slam by punishing the Australian teenager in a third-round tennis masterclass 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
“In general terms, everything is a step forward. So that’s positive news for me,” said the man who won the Aussie Open in 2009.
“I’m very happy for the victory against someone who had won seven matches in a row, winning a tournament.”
On his fitness Nadal added: “Probably 10 years ago it would have been difficult not playing much tennis in the build-up but now I have been in this situation many times with the injuries I have had.
“I have to deal with the ups and downs of my body but I try to enjoy any moment on the court.”


The former US Open champions was made to work for his place in the last 16 as he struggled to beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. Verdasco showed glimpses of the form that once made him a top-10 player and had a match point, one he frittered away with a double fault.
I was just slightly luckier in those crucial moments,” the sixth-seeded Cilic said.
“(It is) unbelievable. Emotions were up and down,” Cilic said.
“When I was down two sets to none, it was a big hill to climb.”
It’s the seventh time in Cilic’s career that he has emerged to win a match after dropping the opening two sets.


Second seed Kerber received a gift ride into the Australian Open fourth round for her 31st birthday when she overpowered local wildcard Kimberly Birrell 6-1, 6-0.
The Wimbledon champion swept world No. 240 Birrell aside in just 58 minutes to set up a last-16 clash with unseeded American Danielle Collins.
Kerber, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2016, said she was used to celebrating her birthday on the road at the season-opening Grand Slam.
“I think it’s the 12th time in a row,” she said. “I’m getting older but I have the best time here and I’ll never forget my birthdays here in Australia.”
Kerber reached the semifinals last year but lost to Simona Halep in a tight three-setter.