Lober­man broth­ers skit­tle Mac­cabi ri­vals

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

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.”

Mike Lober­man

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