European Bowling News Overview

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.


Israel

07/14/09

Aviram and Mizrachi repeat as Israel's National Champions

Both will represent Israel at the 32nd European Championship Cup on Crete, Greece

2009ISRNCOrAviramSaritMizrachi_small.jpgFor the second year in a row, Or Aviram and Sarit Mizrachi (l-r) won the men's and women's individual title at the 2009 Israeli National Championship Friday, July 10th, at the National Bowling Center", a 24-laner in Netaneya. Mizrachi swept Tali Itzhak, two-games-to none (202-159 and 202-194) to retain the title. Aviram wen the distance against Israel Taner, and secured the title in decider, 218-172. Both champions will represent Israel in the 32nd European Championship Cup Sept. 21-28 on Crete, Greece.

2009 European Bowling Tour Rankings

07/13/09

2008 European Ranking champions Flack, Palermaa atop the leaderboard after San Marino

2009KONinaFlack_small.jpg2009KOOskuPalermaa4_small.jpgThe women's and men's 2008 European Bowling Tour ranking champions, Nina Flack (pictured left), Sweden, and Osku Palermaa (right), Finland, have positioned themselves atop the 2009 rankings as the Tour has reached its halfway point in San Marino. The 9th Stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour, the 31st Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona will start on Tuesday July 14 and runs through Sunday July 19 at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/13/09

Moor beats Verbruggen to win 5th Storm San Marino Open

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 4-12, 2009)

2009EBT08PaulMoor2_small.jpg2009EBT08GeryVerbruggen_small.jpgIn a match between two European ranking champions, 3.-time winner Paul Moor (2004-06), left, England, defeated 4-time winner Gery Verbruggen (2000-03), right, Belgium, over two games total pinfall 425-395, to win the 5th Storm San Marino Open and the 10.000 Euro top prize. Verbruggen received 6.000 Euro for second place. Semifinal losers Luca Osella, Italy, and Mads Sandbækken, Norway, received 3.500 for third and fourth place, resp.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/12/09

Paul Moor shoots 1588 to win the qualifying in 5th Storm San Marino Open

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 4-12, 2009)

2009EBT08PaulMoor_small.jpg2009 European Bowling Tour Masters Paul Moor (pictured left), England, won the qualifying in the 5th Storm San Marino Open. The 3-time European ranking champion posted a huge 1588 series, an average of 264.67, in the 22nd out of 24 qualifying squads Saturday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, to lead 48 players into the finals on Sunday. The lefty started his six-game series with 289, 279 followed by 257, 256, 260 and closed out his set with a "low game" of 247 to miss the 1600 by just 12 pins. The top 6 qualifiers will earn two byes, while qualifiers 6-12 will get one.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/11/09

Dennis Eklund shoots his second consecutive perfecto in the 5th Storm San Marino Open

Canadian MacLelland cracks 1500-bar to move into second place

2009EBT08DennisEklund_small.jpg2009EBT08DanMacLelland_small.jpgDennis Eklund (l.), who rolled the tournament's first 300 game in the 16th qualifying squad on Thursday evening, carried the momentum into Squad 17 on Friday morning at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle when he rolled his second perfecto of the 5th San Marion Open. The Swede re-entered in Squad 20 and improved his total to 1440 to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings. Canadian Dan MacLelland (r.) became the second player, who cracked the 1500-bar. MacLelland led Squad 18 with 1515 to leap into second place.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/10/09

International and PBA stars enter 5th Storm San Marino Open

Oil pattern passes USBC Sport Bowling parameters

2009EBT08RobertAnderson_small.jpg2009EBT08DennisEklund_small.jpg Five players averaged better than 233 to crack the 1400-bar and the top 10 in the 5th Storm San Marino Open Thursday at Rose’n Bowl. Luca Osella, Italy, remained unchallenged and held on to the lead with 1542. Robert Andersson (l.), Sweden, led Squad 16 with 1436 pinfall total and an average of 239.33. to leap into fourth place. His ompatriot Dennis Eklund (r.) set a highlight in the penultimate game of the day when he rolled the tournament's first 300 game.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/09/09

Four players add their names to the leaderboard in 5th Storm San Marino Open

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 4-12, 2009)

2009EBT18LucaOsella_small.jpg2009EBT18AmedeoSpada_small.jpgFour players overtook previous leader Markus Jansson, Sweden, Wednesday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino en route to earn an automatic berth into Sunday's finals in the 5th Storm San Marino Open. Luca Osella (l.) from Italy powered his way into the lead with 1542 or an average of 257.00 for six games. Marco Baade, Germany was second with 1472 and Raymond Jansson third with 1457. Rounding out the top 4 players from Squads 6-12, who earned an automatic berth into Sunday's finals was Amedeo Spada (r.), Italy, with 1415 pinfall.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/08/09

Markus Jansson overtakes the qualifying lead 5th Storm San Marino Open

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 4-12, 2009)

2009EBT18MarkusJansson_small.jpg2009EBT18YoanAlix_small.jpgSwede Markus Jansson (left) had games of 212, 213, 280, 254, 238 and 196 in the 8th of 24 qualifying squads Tuesday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino en route to overtake the lead in the qualifying of the 5th Storm San Marino Open. Jansson felled 1393 pins and averaged 232.17 over six games. Previous leader Dante Didon Francesco, Italy, slipped to second place with 1371. Yoan Alix (right), France, led Squad 9 on Tuesday evening with 1330, good for 7th place overall. The cutoff number for 38th place is currently 1218 (203.00).

France

07/07/09

Eurosport Television announces TV dates for 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour broadcasts

Starts July 9 with Chris Paul Celebrity PBA Doubles Invitational

EurosportLogo.jpgAs announced earlier the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will be will be aired in 20 languages to 59 nations on Eurosport Television. The No. 1 Sports Network in Europe has now announced the TV schedule. The return of PBA Bowling on the European TV screens will start on Thursday July 9, 2009 from 22-23.00 CET on Eurosport 2 with the Chris Paul Celebrity PBA Doubles Invitational presented by the brands of Ebonite International and will continue with all 20 stops from the 2008-09 PBA Tour season.

2009 European Bowling Tour #8

07/07/09

Francesco holds on to the lead in San Marino

Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino (July 4-12, 2009)

2009EBT18MauroMontanari_small.jpg2009EBT08DanteDidonFrancesco_small.jpgDante Didon Francesco (pictured left) from Italy held on to the lead in the qualifying of the 5th Storm San Marino Open. Francesco's 1371 six-game total, an average of 228.50, remained unchallenged during squads 6 and 7 Monday at Rose’n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Mauro Montanari (right), Italy, led Squad 7 with 1350 and to move into third place in the overall qualifying standings.

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