European Bowling News Overview

2008 ECC

10/23/08

Lebon widens his lead after second block on long oil in Men's European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCJeanMarcLebon_small.jpg 2008ECCSamiKonsteri_small.jpg Squad 1 leader Jean-Marc Lebon (l.), Belgium, led the 42-player field Thursday on long oil to widen his lead and to practically secure a spot for the top-8 finals in the the Men's European Champions Cup. Lebon felled 3699 pins over 16 games, an average of 231.19, to lead his nearest competitor, Sami Konsteri (r.), by 104 pins and to hold a huge 352 pin buffer to 9th place. All players will return on Friday for the final block before the cut to the top 8. 

2008 ECC

10/23/08

Lebon sets the pace in Block One at Men's European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCJeanMarcLebon_small.jpg Jean-Marc Lebon (l.), Belgium, led the 42-player field in the Men's European Champions Cup after eight games on short oil with 1868 or an average of 233.50. Lebon used seven games over 200 including a 290 in game #7 and a 194 low game to hold a 79-pin cushion over England's Dominic Barrett, who sits in second place with 1789. The two-time World Youth champion started Wednesday afternoon at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany, with a disappointing 125 game but rebounded with seven games between 203 and 264. All players - men and women - will return Thursday for the second block on long oil.

2008 ECC

10/22/08

De Jong leads Women's European Champions Cup after the first block

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCMariekeDeJong_small.jpg Marieke de Jong from the Netherlands averaged 224.63 on the short oil pattern en route to overtake the lead in the Women's European Champions Cup after Block One on Wednesday morning at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany. De Jong used high games of 246 and 248 to lead the field of 39 women from 39 European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations after the first of three blocks with 1797 pinfall total. Zara Glover, England was close behind to finish in second place with 1785. Isabelle Sacco, France was the third player, who reached the 1700-mark, with 1701.The 39 women will return on Thursday for the second block on long oil. 

Starting Wednesday

10/22/08

Live Coverage from the 31st European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCLogo_small.jpg 2008ECCTreffBowlingLogo_small.jpg The 31st European Champions Cup will be held at Achim Grabowski's Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany, Oct. 20-26, 2008. Real action starts on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd with the men's and women's finals scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 and 2.15 pm, respectively. 41 countries have announced to participate. Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Treff Bowling in Duisburg commencing Wednesday Oct. 22.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/20/08

Palermaa widens his lead in the Men's European ranking

Flack narrows gap to women's ranking leader Penny

2008EBT15OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT15NinaFlack2_small.jpg Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland, won his second European Bowling Tour title this season and the seventh of his career since 2005 Sunday in the Ebonite Lahti Open in Finland. Palermaa targets to win his second consecutive EBT ranking title as he widened his lead to his nearest competitor, Dominic Barrett, England, to 69 points. Nina Flack (right), Sweden, second in the women's rankings in Lahti, and third-placed Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, narrowed the gap to ranking leader and 2008 winner Kirsten Penny, England.

ETBF News

10/20/08

ETBF announces 2009 tournaments and championships with Kegel lane maintenance

KegelLogo_small.jpg 2009ETBFLogo_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has announced the European Bowling Tour tournaments and ETBF championships where the lane maintenance will be handled by Florida-based Kegel Company. Kegel is the Official Lane Maintenance Partner for the ETBF and offers its lane maintenance to the organizers of EBT Majors and Premiers. The provisional list includes 9 European Bowling Tour stops and four ETBF Championships.

2008 European Bowling Tour #15

10/20/08

Palermaa beats Salonen to win Ebonite Lahti Open; widens lead in EBT Ranking

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 12-19, 2008)

2008EBT15Top4_small.jpg Osku Palermaa from Finland defeated his compatriot and fellow Finnish national team member Petteri Salonen, 235-227, en route to win the title and the 8.000 Euro top prize in the inaugural Ebonite Lahti Open at Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland. With the victory, Palermaa widened his lead in the European Bowling Tour ranking,. Salonen pocketed 4.000 Euro for second place, while Petri Mannonen, Finland, and Patricia Luoto, Germany, received 2.000 Euro each for finishing third and fourth.

Spain

10/13/08

Sweet revenge: Penny beats Milligan to win 2008 European Women Masters

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Oct. 9-11, 2008)

2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007WWCTennelleMilligan_small.jpg In a re-match of last year's final, Kirsten Penny (left) from England defeated defending champion Tennelle Milligan (right), United States, two-games-to-one to win her second European Women Masters title after 2006 and the 3.500 Euro top prize. Milligan received 2.000 Euro for second place, while Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, and Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, earned 1.000 each for third and fourth place, respectively.

Belgium

10/07/08

Greulich wins Prince de Liège tournament

Bowling Center Le Strike in Crisnée, Liege, Belgium (Sep. 29 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008PdLCarloGreulich_small.jpg Carlo Greulich (pictured) from Germany won the traditional Prince de Liège tournament, the first stop of the Belgian Super 6 series, which took place from September 29th to October 5th, in bowling center Le Strike in Crisnée, Liege, Belgium. The total pinfall of the six games including handicap determined the winner. No finals, no re-entries. Greulich felled 1398 pins (no handicap) to win the 2008 edition and the 2.500 Euro top prize. Trailing Greulich by 46 pins to land in second place was Nicolas Riquet, Belgium, with 1352. Third place went to 15-year-old Kylian Haest with 1348, another member of the growing club of two-handed players.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/07/08

No changes atop the leaderboard in European rankings after Vienna

2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg With four events remaining on the schedule for the 2008 European Bowling Tour, Osku Palermaa (l.) from Finland and Kirsten Penny (r.), England sit in the driver's seat in the men's and women's European rankings.There was only one change each in the men's and women's top 8 after the concluson of the 6th Columbia Vienna Open in Austria.  The European Bowling Tour will continue this week with the Ebonite Lahti Open, an EBT Challenger event, at Jouni Helminen's Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland from Oct. 12-19, 2008.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/06/08

Patricia Luoto becomes first women to win Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

 Former World Games champion and long-time German national team member Patricia Luoto (left) defeated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 224-201, to win the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The wife of former World Champoion Mika Luoto, Finland, became the 10th women to win an European Bowling Tour event and the first who won the title in the Vienna Open. Luoto Pocketed 6.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat and earned 100 points for the European rankings as the Vienna Open is one of the Tour's "majors".

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/06/08

Video from Title Match between Patricia Luoto, Germany and Martin Paulsson, Sweden

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14TitleMatch.jpg The Vienna Open was the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major". The VO was held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, and drew 278 players from 26 countries. 228 men and 50 women competed for total prize money of 65.630 Euro or about 90,000 dollars. The singles champion received the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners split 1.600 €. Enjoy our video of the title match between Patricia Luoto, Germany and Martin Paulsson, Sweden.

England

10/06/08

Americans win the 2008 Weber Cup

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 3-5, 2008)

2008WCTeamUSAWinner_small.jpg The American team has won the 2008 Weber Cup as the side of Tim Mack, Pete Weber, Jason Couch, Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones triumphed in the final Baker to win the trophy for the third successive time by a margin of 17-13. Europe needed to win the Baker to keep the competition alive but folded weakly in the match as each European player failed to register a strike with their first ball. The Americans had wrapped up the victory in the baker match before the start of the eighth frame and knew they could start the celebrations. It's easy to bowl with these guys," said Mack. "But the Europeans bowled unbelievably this weekend."

England

10/06/08

USA three points away from retaining the Weber Cup

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 3-5, 2008)

2008WCTeamUSA_small.jpg Team USA (left) enjoyed another excellent afternoon as they won four of the six games, leaving their European opponents with it all to do in the final session on Sunday evening at the Weber Cup. Leading 10-8 at the start of the session, they thrilled a 600-strong Barnsley Metrodome crowd with some impressive performances to close the session with a 14-10 lead in the race to 16 point competition. America opened the proceedings with a great win after an incredible doubles match. The duo of Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones claimed a 289-286 victory over Dominic Barrett and Osku Palermaa in the first encounter of the fourth session.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Gabel leads top 24 into the Single-Elimination finals in Vienna

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14JaninaGabel2_small.jpg Janine Gabel from Germany had games between 194 and 266 Sunday morning at Plus Bowling in Vienna en route to lead the top 24 players from Final Round One into the single-elimination match play portion of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. As the top 8 qualifiers were seeded 1-8 into the Round of 32, Gabel took the No. 9 seed with 1425 six-game total including 48 pins women's handicap. She will meet No. 24 Lars Tangermann, Germany, in best-of-three games format. Adam Scott, England, took the 24th and final qualifying post with 1243 pinfall total and an average of 207.17. Seeded 32nd Scott will bowl qualifying leader Jason Belmonte from Australia.

EBT News

10/05/08

ETBF changes European Bowling Tour Masters format for 2009

Duration, number of games, prize fund reduced

ETBF_1966.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has announced that the format for the 2nd EBT Masters to be held in Aalborg, Denmark, in 2009 will be changed. In 2009 the tournament will be shortened to two days as the preliminaries will be reduced to three 6-game series with a round robin match play final (of the top 8 men and the top 8 women to determine the champions. The total prize fund of the EBT Masters will be reduced by 4.000 Euro to 36.000 Euro - 18.000 Euro each for men and women.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Manico, Petty wait until the final squad to win the Doubles in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Formula One star Robert Kubica shoots 218 to qualify for the finals through Desperado Squad

2008EBT14TanyaPettyBigiManico_small.jpg Bigi Manico (right) and Tanya Petty (left) saved the best for the 17th and last qualifying squad in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Petty had high games of 279, 259, and 247 and low games of 213, 215, and 216 to rocket into third place in the Singles qualifying standings with 1477 six-game total including 48 pins handicap, an average of 238.20 scratch. Manico added 1301 to qualify for the main event on Sunday and to secure the first place in the Doubles competition with 2778 total (223.50 scratch). Jason Belmonte, Australia, won the Singles qualifying with 1517 (252.83). F1 BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica took the sixth and final spot for tomorrow's final (8am) with a 218 game in the Desperado squad.

England

10/05/08

America regains 10-8 lead after Session No. 3

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 3-5, 2008)

 Team USA turned the 2008 Weber Cup around with a string of powerful performances that saw them win five of the six Saturday evening matches to regain the lead at 10-8. With the momentum with the Europeans following a highly successful afternoon session, the Americans needed something special and 2005 US Open champion Tommy Jones (pictured) delivered the goods with only the third 300 game in the nine year history of the event. It was Jones’ second perfect 300 game in the Weber Cup and Jones, who had been under par in the last Baker match of the afternoon session by missing the head pin twice, rediscovered his form in dramatic fashion.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Video: Players recorded in Super Slow Motion

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14LyndaBarnesAction_small.jpg 2008EBT14RobertKubicaAction_small.jpg During the qualifying of the 6th Columbia Vienna Open we have recorded numerous players at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. It is always interesting to watch the many different styles and the ball reaction the players have. For this video, Swiss camera man Falvio Cuva has used a special camera to record the players in super slow motion. Among those who can be studied are USBC Queens champion Lynda Barnes (left), United States, 3-time World Champion Martin Larsen, Sweden, USBC Silver level coach Thomas Tybl, Austria, and Formula One driver Robert Kubica from Poland.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Williams moves into top 8 in penultimate qualifying squad in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008EBT14StuartWilliams3_small.jpg Stuart Williams (left) from England rolled a 1418 series in the 16th squad to move into the top 8 in the qualifying of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open. The 2006 World Ranking Masters champion, who had two perfect games in last year's event and won the Doubles competition, had games of 279 and 260 on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Another eight players reached the 1300-plateau and brought the cutoff number for 52nd place to 1283 or an average of 213.83 for six games. Qualifying concludes with Squad 17 at 8pm and the ultimate Desperado Squad. The cut to the tp 52 is currently 1283 (213.83).

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