Australia, Japan, Korea lead at half-way mark of Teams Events at Asian Seniors Championship



    With three more games in Teams to go on Tuesday, Australia's Mick Talevski, Robert Zikman and Lee Hwa Ja (KOR) and Junko Kuji (JPN) lead in men's and women's Senior/Grand Senior All-Events

    2013AsSrCSeniorMenAustralia.jpgAustralia's team of four holds a commanding lead at the completion of Block 1 of the Senior Men's Teams event of the 12th Asian Seniors Bowling Championship currently underway at AMF Rooty Hill RSL Bowl in Sydney's west.

    Led by Victoria's Mick Talevski, who posted a 225.13 average this morning, Mario Cordedda, Bob Whybrow and Paul Terry tallied a three-game pinfall of 2725 or an average of 227.08.

    L-R Terry, Cordedda, Talevski & Whybrow.

    Australia's Steve Lenton, Steven Smith, Martin Muxworthy and Gordon Robinson are currently in second place on 2562. Kim Hong Seung, Jang Seon Myeon, Lee Soo Ho and Ho Hui Jae from Korea are presently third on 2456.

    2013AsSrCGSMenAustralia.jpgIn the Grand Seniors' division, Australians Nick Koumandakis, Rob Zikman, Greg Williams and Gary Bernardin lead at the half-way point, with Zikman's 275 high game of the block elevating his average to 238 for the first three games.

    L-R Zikman, Koumandakis, Bernardin & Williams.

    New Zealand's Fred Housham, Chan Harris, Allan Heald and Alain Cossardeux are 55 pins behind on 2540, with Toshiaki Betchaku, Yukio Kato, Katsumi Kamishita and Yasunori Nishibayashi narrowly behind in third place on 2527.

    2013AsSrCMickTalevski.jpg2013AsSrCRobZikman.jpgGoing into tomorrow's final three games before the cut to top 16 for the Masters rounds, Mick Talevski (left) leads the Men's Seniors division with an All-Events scratch average of 225.1, while fellow Aussie Robert Zikman (right) leads the charge in the Men's Grand Seniors All-Events with a 220.6 average after 15 games.

    In the Senior Women's division, the Korean quartet of Lee Hwa Ja , Kim Gwi Nam, Kim Mi Ja and Kim Myo Seon sprung to an early lead with a 790 in Game 1, but Jill Morris, Robyn Flynn, Heather Robertson and Julie Harrison from Australia overtook Korea after an impressive 828 in Game 2.

    Korea rallied with a stunning 913 in game 3 to regain the lead and Japan's Eiko Toriyabe, Honami Yanagawa, Chieko Hirata and Yuko Miyakura are in second place with a three-game tally of 2307. Australia is currently third, trailing Japan by just 7 pins.

    2013AsSrCLeeHwaJa.jpgThe Grand Seniors Women's event is an all-Japan spectacle following the first block. Buoyed with a near-perfect 279 in game 2 by Junko Kuji, the Singles champion and her team-mates Masako Takamoto, Harumi Chatani and Misako Karatsu hold a strong lead on 2438, ahead of their fellow Japan teams who are currently in second and third place on 2390 and 2300 respectively.

    With just three more games in Teams tomorrow before the Masters cut, Lee Hwa Ja (left) from Korea leads the Women's Seniors division with an All Events scratch average of 221, while Japan's Junko Kuji tops the Grand Seniors rankings with a 220.3 overall scratch average.

    Story and Results courtesy of TBA. Photos Barry Davies.


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