Santos, Funtilon FEDBG champs for November

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Updated 07 December 2012
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Santos, Funtilon FEDBG champs for November

Archie Santos emerged the men’s champion while Grace Funtilon used a fast start to claim the ladies crown at the end of the November Bowlfest 2012 conducted by the Filipino Expatriate Damayan Bowling Group at the Bowling City here.
Santos, one of the pioneers and avid members of FEDBG, skipped the semis and qualified third direct to finals with well a 15-game series of 3446 including a hig game of 247.
Top qualifier Marcelo Manalo and second place keeper Bobby Baraquel had 3523 and 3456 with respective high games of 261 and 265. Ruel Santoc won the class B overall high game at 268 but missed the cut at 3366.
After a 222, Santos was within striking distance at sixth place behind Manalo 248, Dariel Loquias 237, Tito Cruz 237, Class C top qualifier Rolly Vistal 232 and Baraquel 224.
Hobbled by splits in game 2 Santos dropped to 10th place with 404 to be four marks away from Vistal who grabbed the lead with his 440.
Fresh faces over the borderline were Jowet Carreon, Serge Rivera and Romy Bunagan who respectively pulled through with 431, 430 and 428 along with Loquias on 427.
Santos then transformed the entire Bowling City into real championship arena when he started hitting strikes halfway through the ultimate game where he scored 268 to become the men’s champion on three-game handicap series of 672. Carreon tied with Manalo on 654 but took second place after the tiebreak of rule of consistency at 9-76 was applied. Jun Estefano ranked fourth on 638 and Vistal saved fifth place on 635.
On the ladies division, Funtilon at 205 was on shaky ground at the top after the first game with Letty Mendoza just two pins behind at 203.
Sally Sañosa, Eloisa Fernandez and Mariz Resano followed on 187, 164 and 160. With Mendoza lapsing into splits and errors, Funtilon pulled clear from her nearest pursuer at 390-370 after a second game 185
On the last lane transfer Sañosa broke the jinx and rallied with 206. But this pursuit was good only for second place as Funtilon cemented the top post with 174 to become the ladies division champion on 564.
Sañosa was second on 559, Mendoza third on 548 while Resano and Fernandez placed fourth and fifth.
Nurissa Ramos, Imelda Sayago, Andrie Parena, Ester Santoc, Aisah Silabay and Minda Guevara were the other lady bowlers to participate.


Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

Updated 23 April 2018
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

  • Young Scottish star was very impressive during Liverpool's 5-1 aggregate destruction of Man City in last-eight clash.
  • Robertson refuses to take Roma lightly after their shock victory over Barcelona in the last round.

LIVERPOOL: With a desire stoked in the stands of Parkhead, Andrew Robertson is now fired up to fulfil a childhood dream.
While following the fortunes of Celtic, the defender’s first Champions League final memory was when Zinedine Zidane volleyed Real Madrid to success in 2002 as the contest was staged in Robertson’s home city of Glasgow. He was just eight years old.
While Robertson was deemed too small to play for his boyhood idols, released at 15 with a future uncertain, he has grown to prove his worth on Europe’s biggest club stage with Liverpool.
Now, with a semifinal encounter against AS Roma after beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the last eight, he wants to emulate those Reds heroes who lifted the trophy five times before.
“I was a big Celtic fan growing up and my heroes were Henrik Larsson and Co,” Robertson told Arab News ahead of tonight’s first-leg clash 
at Anfield.
“But these heroes who have won the European Cup and Champions League for Liverpool, you have to look up to them — and we want to emulate them and hopefully get a winner’s medal too.
“The club’s won it five times and the history of the club has always been this, the Champions League, where the fans create a special atmosphere and the club challenges for the trophy. It would be unbelievable to be a part of that history.
“This is the highlight for me so far and an incredible feeling, but it just makes you hungry for more. I don’t want it to end.
“As a kid, you sit back and watch how great it would be to play in this competition, let alone in the final.
“I always used to go to Celtic and we didn’t progress very far in the Champions League, but the occasions at Parkhead were always unbelievable.
“The fans at Celtic are incredible, world renowned, but Anfield was unbelievable against Man City and we have another chance for them to create that same atmosphere and hopefully we can put in another great performance.”
Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s City so convincingly, 5-1 over two gripping games, Liverpool will start favorites against Roma.
That is despite the Italians upsetting Barcelona in the previous round with an epic 3-0 win in the second leg after a 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp.
But Robertson will take nothing for granted against a Roma side who last reached the final in 1984 where they were beaten by Liverpool in a penalty shootout at their Stadio Olimpico home.
“Barca are an unbelievable team,” added the Scotland left-back, 24. “But let’s not kid ourselves. For Roma to score three goals against Barcelona, that’s special.
“They’ve been unbelievable this season too in the Champions League and deserve to be in the semifinals. It will definitely not be an easy game.
“But once you get to the semis, the fear of who you are playing has gone because you know how good the teams are.
“It’s like you look forward to the possibility of playing in the final, that’s what drives you forward. We will have fire in our bellies because we are so close to getting there.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men will no doubt be looking to Mohamed Salah to conjure more magic against the club he left in the summer for £36.9 million ($51.5 million).
But Robertson insisted Liverpool are no one-man team and the Egyptian, crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after scoring 41 goals in an unforgettable campaign, epitomizes a team united and ambitious in their quest for glory.
“He’s just unbelievable,” said Robertson of the frontman.
“In the first half (of the second leg) against Man City we struggled to get him in the game and he wasn’t quite at it. But the second half he was different class and pops up with a goal to help us win it. That’s what he does.
“His goals have been incredible and long may that continue. He’s a great guy, so humble, and for someone who has done so much this season he’s so down to Earth.
“That’s credit to our squad because we don’t let anyone get ahead of themselves.
“Mo is no different, he’s a lovely person and stands for what we are as a team.”

 

HEART OF GOLD

Five years ago Andrew Robertson was playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football with Queen’s Park and earning extra money by selling concert tickets in the corporate offices at Hampden Park.
Last summer he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull City before Liverpool signed him for £10 million ($13.9 million).
In a career fraught with setbacks and hardships, he has been grateful, supporting foodbanks that help those in need.
“It’s all about giving something back to the less fortunate,” said Robertson.
“I’m in a fortunate position where I do a job I love and get paid well and it’s nice to give something back, especially in my hometown. I’ll always do that.
“It’s been a great journey for me in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. But I don’t forget where I came from. Maybe it is rare, but a lot more people are doing it now and I hope even more will.”