European Bowling News Overview

2009 European Bowling Tour #10

09/06/09

Turkish bowlers set the early pace in 2009 Ankara Open

Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 5-13, 2009)

2009EBT10AdemGuran_small.jpg2009EBT10HabibDogan_small.jpgThe 2009 Ankara Open got underway on Saturday with the first three of total 28 qualifying squads at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey. Adem GĂĽran (l.), a well-know Turkish veteran and the coach of the Turkish Youth team, set the pace with 1298 and an average of 216.33 over six games. Long-time Turkish national team member, Habib DoÄźan (r.), was second with 1295. Qualifying runs through Saturday, Sep. 12,


Norway

09/06/09

Olsen wins qualifying in Thon Norwegian Open 2009

Norwegian youngsters Hansen and Walstad achieve perfection

2009NOSveinRogerOlsen_small.jpg2009NOAndreaHansenPatrikWalstad_small.jpgSvein Roger Olsen (l.) from Norway won the qualifying in the Thon Norwegian Open 2009 at Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, en route to lead 38 players into the finals on Sunday. Norwegian youngsters Andrea E. Hansen and Patrik Angen Walstad (r.) set the highlights on Saturday afternoon when they rolled the first 300 games of the tournament and the first of their careers.


Norway

09/05/09

Torgersen, Barrett add their names to the leaderboard in Thon Norwegian Open 2009

Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, Norway (Sept. 1-6, 2009)

2009EBT05ToreTorgersen_small.jpg2009NODominicBarrett_small.jpgTore Torgersen (l.) from Norway and Dominic Barrett (r.), England, moved into third and fourth place in Friday's qualifying of the Thon Norwegian Open 2009 with 1376 and 1375 six-game totals. Svein Roger Olsen from Norway and Lars Lindbäck, Sweden, held on to the lead with 1461 and 1439, respectively. Qualifying continues on Saturday, September 5 and ends with the Desperado Squad scheduled for 10.30pm.

Norway

09/04/09

Olsen, Lindbäck book their spots for the finals in Thon Norwegian Open 2009

Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, Norway (Sept. 1-6, 2009)

2009NOLarsLindbackSveinRogerOlsen_small.jpgSvein Roger Olsen from Norway and Lars Lindbäck, Sweden, (r-l) have already secured their spots in the finals of the Thon Norwegian Open 2009 as the tournament's "Early Birds". Olsen led the field after first four squads with 1461 six-game total and an average of 243.50. Lindbäck was second with 143. All players bowl at least one six-game block of qualifying. A total of 38 players including the two "Early Birds" and two from the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Norway

09/03/09

Swede Isabelle Hultin moves to the top in Thon Norwegian Open 2009

Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, Norway (Sept. 1-6, 2009)

2009NOIsabelleHultin_small.jpg2009NOFredrikTjernes_small.jpgIsabelle Hultin (l.) from Sweden posted a 1301 series Wednesday night at Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, en route to take the lead in the qualifying for the Thon Norwegian Open 2009. Hultin had games in the 190s and high games of 232, 226 and 213 for 1253 pinfall total (208.83) and added 48 pins women's handicap to take the lead. Fredrik Tjernes (r.) averaged 216.67 for his six games to land in second place just one pin behind Hultin with 1300.

Norway

09/03/09

Hans Fredrik Gether takes early lead in Thon Norwegian Open 2009

Metro bowling center in Lörenskog, Oslo, Norway (Sept. 1-6, 2009)

2009NOHansFredrikGether_small.jpg2009NOSeanHustveit_small.jpgThe Thon Norwegian Open 2009 is underway at Metro bowling center, an 18-laner in Lörenskog in the outskirts of Norway's capital city of Oslo. The tournament offers total prize fund of 153.000 Norwegian Kronor or approx. 17.750 Euro. Hans Fredrik Gether (l.) used high games of 254 and 256 to take the early lead with 1281 six-game total and an average of 213.50. Sean Michael Hustveit (r.) was second with 1278. Qualifying continues until Saturday, September 5.

England

09/01/09

Jo Allsebrook wins Kegel London International 2009

Airport Bowl in London, England (Aug. 5-31, 2009)

2009KLIJoAllsebrook_small.jpgJo Allsebrook (pictured left) is the Kegel London International 2009 champion, the second time a female has been first and making it two years in a row after the last year's win by Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands. In the title match of the double-elimination finals over two-games total pinfall, Allsebrook took on Matt Forsyth, who the sole undefeated player coming in from the winners bracket. Allsebrook had to beat him twice to win the title and the 5.000 Euro top prize.


Switzerland

08/31/09

Manico/Börner defeat two-time champions to win 9th Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling Beseco in RĂĽmikon, Zurich, Switzerland (Aug. 23-30, 2009)

2009StrangersFrankBornerBigiManico_small.jpgBigi Manico, Switzerland, and Frank Börner, Germany, teamed to win the 9th Strangers Doubles Tournament Sunday, Aug. 30 at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon, Zurich, Switzerland. In the title match, the two lefties defeated two-time defending champions Alexander Krause and Timm Bhongbhibhat, both Germany, 456 to 403. Oliver Blasé/Nicole Heberle and Christian Birlinger/Frank Weiermüller, all Germany, who went out in the semifinal round with 392 and 333, finished in third and fourth place, resp. 

Coaching

08/26/09

Spots still available for USBC Silver coaching clinic in England

AMF Leeds Bowl in Leeds, England (Sept. 4-6, 2009)

USBCSilverCoachSteveInnins_small.jpg2008USBCRodRoss_small.jpgCoaches wishing to earn their USBC Silver certification should register for one of the few remaining spots at the upcoming USBC Silver clinic hosted by Steve Ininns (l.), which will take place at AMF Leeds Bowl Sept. 4-6, 2009. Ininns, a Silver International Coach and USBC Bronze-level Instructor, will serve as clinic host and be joined by Rod Ross (r.) – lead presenter and Head Coach of the International Training and Research Center, Del Ballard Jr. and Bill Hoffman.


Israel

08/17/09

Aviv Alfital wins 3rd Haifa Open

Nesher Bowling Center in Haifa, Israel (Aug. 15, 2009)

2009HaifaOpenAvivAlfital_small.jpgIsrael national team member Aviv Alfital (pictured with the trophy) won the 3rd Haifa Open 2009 on Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Nesher bowling center in Haifa, Israel. The 2007 European Youth Champion defeated Tali Itzhak in the TV final, 201-195, to claim the title and the 7.000NIS (approx USD2.000) first prize. The 3rd Haifa Open was the largest tournaments held in Israel since the Israel Open was cancelled after the year 2001. The tournament drew 155 bowlers and 340 entries.

Austria

07/28/09

Interview with Team USA Head Coach Jeri Edwards and USBC Silver Coach Thomas Tybl

20090704EdwardsTyblYouthCamp_small.jpgFor the second consecutive year, Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards held some clinics at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, July 4-5, 2009. Edwards was assisted by United States Bowling Congress Silver level coach Thomas Tybl, Austria, who runs the "Bowling Store" Pro Shop at Plus Bowling. Jeri started with a "Youth Camp" on Saturday, after which we had the opportunity to talk with Jeri and Thomas about being a bowling coach.


Norway

07/21/09

Kelly Kulick, Petter Hansen win the titles in Evje Open International

Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway (July 10-19, 2009)

2009EvjeKellyKulickPetterkHansen_small.jpgTwo PBA stars, Kelly Kulick and Rhino Page, were invited to compete against Norway's bowlers in the Evje Open International from July 10-19, 2009. Kulick (left) led the women's division from the qualifying and topped Ann Louise Haugen Andersen in the title match, 214-209, to win the 15.000 NOK (approx. $2,367) top prize. Page also led the qualifying and was seeded second in the stepladder. He fell to eventual winner Petter Hansen in the semis, 229-279, to finish third. Hansen (right) went on to defeat No. 1 seed Mads Sandbækken twice to win the 30.000 NOK top prize.

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/21/09

Koivuniemi shoots big game to win 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT09MikaKoivumiemi_small.jpg2009EBT09JoshBlanchard_small.jpgPBA super star walked away the winner in the Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. 8-time PBA champion and 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi (left), Finland, seeded second, flew past No. 1 seeded Josh Blanchard (right), United States, 289-197, to win the 31st edition and the 12.000 Euro top prize. Blanchard finished second, worth 6.000 Euro. Stuart Williams, England, pocketed 3.000 Euro for third place. Latest News: Barcelona semi and final Monday night, July 20 at 8.30pm BST on Eurosport 2.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

07/20/09

No changes atop the leaderboard in EBT rankings after Barcelona

2009EBT05OskuPalermaa_small.jpg2009EBT04NinaFlack_small.jpgDefending European Bowling Tour ranking champions Osku Palermaa (left)(, Finland, and Nina Flack (right), Sweden, held on to the lead in the 2009 men's and women's rankings though they did not compete in the 9th stop, the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, Spain. There were no changes among the top 10 men and women in the rankings though some players changed positions. The EBT takes a seven-week break before heading to the Ankara Open (Sept. 5-13, 2009).

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/19/09

Josh Blanchard achieves perfection en route to win qualifying in Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT09JoshBlanchard_small.jpgJosh Blanchard (pictured left), United States, waited until the 15th and last qualifying squad before he rolled the sole 1500-plus series to win the qualifying of the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona Saturday night at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. Blanchard posted the third 300 game of this year's event in game #4 en route to lead 48 players into the finals on Sunday with 1517 six-game total and an average of 252.83. The winner of the EBT "Major" will receive the 12.000 Euro top prize. 

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/18/09

Kabowski, Lantto, Ruiz, Andersin qualify for the finals in Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT09LisaKabowski_small.jpg2009EBT09VeronicaLantto_small.jpgTwo women (Lisa Kabowski, left, and Veronica Lantto, right) and two men (Ildemaro Ruiz and Erik Andersin) added their names to the list of squad leaders in the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, who are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday at Bowling Pedralbes. PBA super star Mika Koivuniemi from Finland remained in the lead with 1484 and an average of 247.33 for six games. Qualifying ends on Saturday with four more squads.

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/17/09

Mika Koivuniemi powers his way into the lead in 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

Montfort, Alix roll the first 300 games in Squad 7

2009EBT09MikaKoivumiemi_small.jpgPBA super star Mika Koivuniemi (pictured) from Finland fired games of 246, 243, 275, 238, 268 and 214 in Thursday's Squad 5 to shoot into the lead in the qualifying of the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona. The 8-time PBA champion and 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year felled 1484 pins and averaged 247.33 over six games to overtake previous leader Dan MacLelland, Canada, by 64 pins. MacLelland slipped to second place with 1420. Qualifying continues until Saturday, July 18th.

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/16/09

MacLelland, Ovide lead Squad 2 and 3 in 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT09DanMacLelland_small.jpg2009EBT09MarcialOvide_small.jpgDan MacLelland (l.) from Canada rolled a 1420 series in the second squad in the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona and overtook the qualifying lead Wednesday at Bowling Pedralbes. MacLelland started his six-game block with four games between 206 and 237 and finished with 259 and 268 to shoot into the lead. MacLelland as well as Squad 1 leader Paul Stott Jr., Ireland, and Marcial Ovide (r.), who led Squad 3 with 1342, are automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday.

Austria

07/16/09

More than 4.000 youth athletes including 176 bowlers invade Vienna for the World Sports Festival 2009

2009WSFLogo_small.jpgFor the second consecutive year, the World Sports Festival was held in Vienna, Austria. More than 4.000 youth athletes from all over the world including 176 bowlers participated in this year's event and invaded Vienna. Due to the record number of players and to guarantee that all players could attend the Opening Ceremonies on Friday and the Players' Party on Saturday, Tournament Director Wolfgang Lohschmid had to adjust schedule and format. The Bowling Championships at the World Sports Festival 2009 finally featured two events: 3-player Mixed Teams and Singles, both on a handicap basis.

2009 European Bowling Tour #9

07/15/09

Paul Stott off to a fast start in 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

Squad 1 leader automatically qualified for the finals

2009EBT09PaulStott_small.jpgIreland's Paul Stott Jr. (pictured left) came out of the gates quickly in the first qualifying squad of the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona Monday at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. Stott posted six games between 210 and 247 (247, 234, 247, 225, 210 and 215) to win the squad with 1378 pinfall total and an average of 229.67. As the squad leader, Stott earned an automatic berth into the finals on Sunday. The 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona is the 9th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The tournament will be held at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain from July 14-19, 2009.


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