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Israel leads as A squad has completed Team preliminaries

The countries in 23rd to 36th place after the first block of three games completed the Team preliminaries at the Men’s European Championships Saturday morning at Bowling Stones bowling center in Brussels, Belgium.

Or Aviram, Meni Mizrahi, Ben Fishler, Oron Cohen, Oren Hayoun and Ron Alhazov of Israel led A squad with 6084 total and an average of 202.80.

The Israelis (pictured) used games of 966, 1075 and 1071 for 3112 series, an average of 207.47 for the second block.

Lithuania was second with 6063, with Turkey in third place with 6007 and Scotland in fourth place with 5965.

The top 22 countries from yesterday’s first block twill take to the lanes at 1.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The top 4 advance to the medal round which will get underway with the semi-finals at 7 p.m.

The team competition will also decide the medals in all-events and the top 24 players for the masters competition, which will conclude the Championships on Sunday.

2016MECLogo2The 2016 Men’s European Championships will be held from August 17-28 at Bowling Stones, a 36-lane QubicaAMF-equipped bowling center in Brussels, Belgium. The nine-day competition started on Saturday, August 20, and culminates with the masters finals on Sunday, August 28.

Record 218 athletes from 37 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Belgium – participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.

Singles, doubles, trios and team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in the prelims. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined scores in the singles, doubles and team preliminaries) receive the medals in all-events.

The top 24 in all-events advance to single-elimination masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.

The 2016 Men’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for male bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.

The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 men’s teams in Brussels will qualify for the combined World Championships.

Photos courtesy of Fred Makukatin.

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2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go

2016 MEC All-Events – Current Standings

After preliminaries in singles, doubles, trios and team (total 24 games), top 3 earn the medals; top 24 advance to Masters match play; top 8 receive one bye

Current Standings

2016 MEC Team Preliminaries – Squad A after 6 games

Top 4 advance to the medal round

Author: Herbert Bickel
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