Sharp­stone strikes it lucky

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

Jake Sharp­stone was the star of the third an­nual Mac­cabi GB ten­pin bowl­ing tour­na­ment in Dun­sta­ble.

The 14-year-old son of 2005 Mac­cabiah bowler Tony, bowled a ca­reer best 256 and walked away with the Fred­die Lober­man Me­mo­rial Tro­phy and the award for the high­est hand­i­cap score. Sharp­stone nar­rowly lost out on yet an­other tro­phy, even­tu­ally los­ing to Michael Lober­man in the knock­out tour­na­ment’s 3rd/4th place play off.

The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tured bowlers turn­ing out in their num­bers to hon­our the­mem­o­ry­ofFred­dieLober­man,aMac­cabi bowl­ing stal­wart, who sadly passed away last year. The stan­dard of bowl­ing was ex­cep­tional with four bowlers record­ing av­er­ages of well over 200.

Matthew Plax, the com­mit­tee’s chair­man, had noth­ing but praise for the young­ster. “Jake’s per­for­mance was truly ex­cep­tional. He was com­pet­ing against the best Jewish bowlers in the coun­try and he showed abil­ity and ma­tu­rity well be­yond his years. If he con­tin­ues to dis­play the com­mit­ment and pas­sion which he showed, his fu­ture is very bright in­deed.”

Jake was re­cently se­lected to rep­re­sent Bed­ford­shire at Un­der 18 level and whilst he is too young to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain at next year’s Mac­cabiah, he is hope­ful of mak­ing the 2013 event. Sharp­stone’s per­for­mance was al­most eclipsed by a near-per­fect game from even­tual tour­na­ment cham­pion Paul Lober­man. In the fi­nal against fel­low Mac­cabiah hope­ful Ricky Co­hen, Lober­man rolled 11 con­sec­u­tive strikes whilst a crowd of spectators gath­ered in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a rare 300. But the ten pin was left stand­ing on the penul­ti­mate ball and he fin­ished with an im­pres­sive 289.

That game was pre­ceded by a score of 247, mean­ing Lober­man lifted his sec­ond cham­pi­onship in three years.

Lober­man paid trib­ute to his fa­ther. “I haven’t bowled much since my fa­ther passed away, so to play well and beat three Euro­pean Mac­cabi Games medal win­ners in the knock­out stages felt in­cred­i­ble on such an emo­tional day for my fam­ily. I’d like to ded­i­cate this vic­tory to my dad to whom I will al­ways be grate­ful for get­ting me started in this sport.”

In the ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion, Ruth Daich took first place, fol­lowed by Linda Isaacs in sec­ond and Fran Dee in third.

Tri­als are now un­der way for the men’s Mac­cabiah squad and Mac­cabi GB are hope­ful that a ladies team will also travel to Is­rael for the first time since 1993. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact one of the com­mit­tee mem­bers at http://www.mac­cabi­bowl­ or ap­ply on­line at http://www.mac­

King­pins: Jake Sharp­stone stole the show and fi­nal­ists Ricky Co­hen, Paul Lober­man and Michael Lober­man

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