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The Singapore Law Gazette

Piala Pala Bowling Tournament

After a whirlwind of sporting activities in 2019, the annual Law Society Piala Pala Bowling Tournament was held on 14 December 2019 to close off the year.

Eight teams of bowlers from various law firms gathered at the bowling alley at Chinese Swimming Club on the Saturday morning to vie for the coveted Piala Pala Cup. The Piala Pala Cup is a challenge trophy for the competition that was introduced in 2001 when the tournament first adopted the 9-pin tap game format. The names of the winning team of the tournament each year are engraved on the Cup. To win is therefore to literally make a mark on history.

After three hours of intense competition, Team Drew & Napier LLC emerged victorious, leaving its opponents trailing by more than 400 pins behind. Team RAKE edged out the State Courts Team 1 to clinch second place and State Courts Team 1 settled for third place.

For the first time in Piala Pala history, two bowlers also achieved perfect games of 300 (i.e. 13 strikes in a row). Both bowlers were from Drew & Napier LLC. Needless to say, the atmosphere at the alley was tense and mounting and the participants were beside themselves when both bowlers achieved their perfect games. It was a celebration shared by all.

The overall results of the tournament are as follows:

Team Results

Champion: Drew & Napier Team 1
Meryl Koh
Javier Yeo
Sean Khua
2nd: RAKE
Ron Alvin Soh
Er Ewen
Kenneth Teo
3rd: State Courts Team 1
John Ng
Eddy Tham
Karen Lin
4th : O 18 r 19
Ian Wong
Alvin Tay
Lau Nicole
5th: Scissors Paper Stone
Tan Ying Wee
Teo Keng Siang
Teo Hong Liang Bertinus

Men Singles

Position Bowlers’ Names Team’s Name
Champion Sean Khua Drew & Napier Team 1
2nd Javier Yeo Drew & Napier Team 1
3rd Kenneth Teo RAKE
4th Er Ewen RAKE
5th Ian Wong O 18 r 19

Ladies Singles

Position Bowlers’ Names Team’s Name
Champion Meryl Koh Drew & Napier Team 1
2nd Karen Lin State Courts Team 1
3rd Nicole Lau O 18 r 19
4th Carmen Lee Jia Wen Split Happens
5th Tan Ying Wee Scissors Paper Stone

High Games’ Score

Men High Game Javier Yeo – 300 Drew & Napier Team 1
Ladies High Game Karen Lin – 290 State Courts Team 1

The Guest of Honour, Mdm Chan Lai Foong, Law Society Sports Chairperson, graced the event and presented the trophies to all the winners.

The bowlers also enjoyed a sumptuous lunch which gave them an opportunity to mingle and bond with one another.

The Law Society would like to express its appreciation to Mdm Chan for being the Guest of Honour and to all the participants and supporters for making the event possible.

Bowlers feeling competitive to aim for a perfect score

bowler in action

One of the bowlers trying to bring down all the pins

bowling champions

Drew & Napier Team 1 smiling gloriously as they emerged as the champion of Piala Pala 2019

RAKE, 1st runner-up for this year’s Piala Pala Bowling Tournament

3rd place

O 18 r 19, our Part B students came in 3rd in such an intense competition

group photo

It’s a wrap, till we meet next year for our Piala Pala 2020!

Bowling Convenor
Drew & Napier LLC