In a title match between two bowlers from the host country United Arab Emirates, Mahmood Al Attar
defeated top-seeded Shaker Al Hassan
twice to wrap up the 14th Gulf Cooperation Council Men’s Bowling Championships with victory in masters.
It was the third gold medal for Al Attar after winning the titles in doubles and trios and the fourth gold medal for the UAE.
The 14th GCC Championships concluded on Thursday at the International Bowling Center in Dubai with the Masters finals featuring the top 12 players in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event).
Five bowlers from Qatar, three from the host country UAE, two from Kuwait and one each from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia bowled 11 games of round robin match play plus one game position round. Players received 10 pins bonus for each win and 5 pins bonus for a tie.
Al-Hassan (pictured left, receiving the high series award (1391) from Mohamed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, President of the Emirates Bowling Federation) averaged 210.83 and won 10 of his 12 matches to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round with 2630 total. Hazeem Al Muraikhi of team gold medalist Qatar started match play with eight consecutive wins but closed with four losses to finish 51 pins behind in second place with 2579.
Heading into the position round match, Al Attar was sitting in fourth place, just four pins behind Ghanim Aboujasoom of Qatar. The Emirati won the match, 228-222, to beat the Qatari for the third and last place to advance by 12 pins, 2566 to 2554.
The top three players with the highest pinfall total including bonus pins advanced to the medal round (one game matches). The No. 2 and No. 3 seed met in the semifinal match. Al Attar flew past Al Muraikhi, 259-200, to bowl for the title.
Al Hassan, who had to be defeated twice to win the title, lost the first game, 215-182, and struggled in the deciding game to hand the gold medal to Al Attar (pictured right, with UAE head coach, Mika Koivuniemi, and Mohamed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, President of the Emirates Bowling Federation) on a silver plate, 199-142.
The Host country UAE emerged as overall champions winning nine out of 18 medals, including four gold, two silver and three bronze.
Overall Champion UAE – from left, back row, Mahmood Al Attar, Nayef Oqab Jaber, Hussain Al Suwaidi and head coach Mika Koivuniemi; front row, Khamis Al Shamsi, Sultan Al Qubaisi, Mohamed Khalifa Al Qubaisi, President of the Emirates Bowling Federation, Shaker Al Hassan and team manager Ahmed Khamis Al Ali.
2016 GCC Men’s Bowling Championship – Medal Tally
The 14th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Men’s Bowling Championship was held from September 2-9 at the International Bowling Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The Championship drew 36 players, six players each from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the host country United Arab Emirates, who competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in six disciplines, singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters.
The GCC Championships were televised live on Dubai Sport Channel 3.
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14th GCC Bowling Championships – Masters Finals
1. Mahmood Al Attar, United Arab Emirates, 673 (3 games)
2. Shaker Al Hassan, United Arab Emirates, 324 (2 games)
3. Hazeem Al Muraikhi, Qatar, 200 (1 game)
Semi-final Match: No. 3 Al Attar def. No. 2 Al Muraikhi, 259-200
Championship: Al Attar def. No. 1. Al Hassan, 215-182
and in the deciding game, Al Attar def. Al Hassan, 199-142.
14th GCC Bowling Championships – Masters Match Play
Players with position, country and 12-game total, including bonus pins (10 pins bonus for each win and 5 pins bonus for a tie); top 3 advance to the medal round