Loberman brothers skittle Maccabi rivals
TEN PIN BOWLING Maccabiah brothers Michael and Paul Loberman won the respective handicap and scratch sections at the 4th annual Maccabi GB tournament in Dunstable.
A field of 21 bowlers, the lowest turnout for a Maccabi tournament, competed in a five-game handicap set with the top 16 qualifying for the scratch knockout finals.
It was younger brother Michael who stole the show, destroying the record book and posting a world-class average of 246 across five games. Scores of 234, 236, 235, 256 and 259 secured the Freddie Loberman Memorial Trophy, dedicated in honour of his late father. First cousin Jamie Loberman scooped second position with older brother Paul finishing in third spot.
The knockout finals pitted the top eight seeds against the bottom eight in a best of three game format.
Michael Loberman continued his sparkling form, seeing off former Maccabiah bowlers Matthew Plax, Ricky Cohen and Tony Sharpstone in succession to make it through to the grand final. In the bottom half of the draw, it was Paul who began to pick up the pace, comfortably knocking out Barry Bluston, Linda Isaacs and cousin Jamie to set up a grand final meeting with his brother.
The final did not disappoint and will go down as one of the most impressive head-to-head contests of all time. The scores were closely matched after five frames of each game, but Paul’s consistency in hitting the pocket saw him rack up a number of consecutive strikes. His precision game saw him home comfortably with scores of 258 and 259 respectively against Michael’s 207 and 204.
Paul finished with an average of 232 and Michael with 228 on the day.
Matthew Plax, Maccabi’s Ten Pin Bowling Committee President and tournament organiser, was delighted with the quality of bowling. “This was without doubt the best display of bowling seen at a Maccabi event.”