European Bowling News Overview

England

10/05/08

Europe takes a 2-point lead after Session No. 2 in Weber Cup

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

 Team Europe closed out the second session of the 2008 Weber Cup with four wins from the six matches to take an overall 7-5 lead at the Barnsley Metrodome. A stellar performance from skipper Osku Palermaa (pictured) drove his team on and they were full value for their lead. "We're right on pace and another one will be 8-5," he said. For the Americans, skipper Tim Mack commented, "They bowled great after we got one back and you just have to take your hats off to them.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/05/08

Five players crack the 1300-bar in Squad 15 in Vienna

Four add their names to the leaderboard

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte_small.jpgNo changes atop the leaderboard in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 15th qualifying squad on Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Jason Belmonte (left) from Australia held on to the lead in Singles with 1517 six-game total and an average of 252.83. Defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, remained in second place with 1485 and Chris Vandamme, Belgium, is third with 1427. Mikael Larsson started the 15th out of 17 squads with a 777 3-game series (278, 255 and 244) and closed out the series with 214, 201 and 203, to jump into 8th place with 1395 six-game total and an average of 232.50.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Video Interview with Team USA's Lynda Barnes

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

2008EBT14LyndaBarnesInterview_small.jpg The Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Among the nearly 300 players from 28 countries is long-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes. Lynda, a former PWBA champion, AMF World Cup champion and U.S. national Amateur champion, has won two major tournaments in the U.S. this year when she captured the USBC Queens title and triumphed in "Bowling's Clash of Champions" winning 80,000 dollars in just two weeks. Lynda took her time to give us an interview before she will bowl in Squad 15.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Dutch women set the tone in Squad 14 on Saturday morning in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14LisanneBreeschoten_small.jpg 2008EBT14PriscillaMaaswinkel_small.jpg Dutch national team members Lisanne Breeschoten (left) and Priscilla Maaswinkel (right) set the tone in the 14th squad on Saturday morning to start the final day of qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Breeschoten led the squad with 1315 pinfall total including 48 pins handicap to move into 27th place in the overall qualifying standings. Qualifying ends on Saturday with Squads three more squads at noon, 4pm and 8pm and concludes with the ultimate Desperado Squad.  

European News

10/04/08

European Champions Cup 2010 to be held in Mersin, Turkey

ETBF_1966.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced that the ETBF Presidium has decided at a meeting recently held in Ankara, Turkey that the European Champions Cup 2010 will be given to Turkey. The event will be staged at 16-lane Rollhouse Bowling Center in Mersin, a large city and a busy port on the Mediterranean coast of southern Turkey. The center hosted the Mediterranean Challenge Cup in 2007. The ECC 2010 will be held from October 25 through November 1, 2010.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

German youth internationals end penultimate qualifying day in Vienna with a bang

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

2008EBT14WinterheimerTangermann_small.jpg Two members of the German youth national team, Pascal Winterheimer and Lars Tangermann (l-r), ended the penultimate qualifying day in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Friday night with a bang when the duo finished with 2744 pins en route to overtake the lead in the Double event.  Winterheimer, who started his six-game series with 252, 256 and 265, moved into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings. Jason Belmonte held on to the lead with 1517 (252.83) and is followed by defending champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, with 1485 and Chris Vandamme, Belgium, with 1427. Qualifying ends on Saturday with Squads four more squads and the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad.

England

10/04/08

Europe ties United States after Day One in 2008 Weber Cup

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

2008EBT05OskuPalermaa2_small.jpg Team Europe, galvanized by skipper Osku Palermaa, mounted an excellent fight back as they overturned a 3-1 deficit to tie things up at 3-3 after the opening session of the 2008 Weber Cup. The USA took the early 3-1 lead thanks to strong performances from Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones and Jason Couch. Mika Koivuniemi, who had one the second game of the event, was backed up by a high scoring Palermaa and a wide-margined Baker win.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Belmonte strikes back to regain lead after Squad 12 in 6th Columbia 300

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

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (pictured) doesn't like it at all if somebody overtakes him. The Australian lost the qualifying lead in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during Squad 11 but regained the lead just one squad later. The two-hander had three games over 260 including back-to-back 260s at the end of his six-game block to become the first player in this year's event, who cracked the 1500-bar.  "Belmo" leads the field of 249 players with 1517 pinfall total and an average of 252.83. Defendimg champion Dennis Eklund, Sweden, who posted the first 300-game of the tournament in Squad 11, slipped to second place with 1485.

Switzerland

10/04/08

Pirates win International Team Event in Switzerland

2008ITELeman_small.jpg "Les Pirates" from Bowling Club Leman (pictured left) won the inaugural International Team Event (ITE) SWISS at Bowling Center Miami in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the 11th and final Petersen match BC Leman defeated the team from "Team Eagles I" Wittelsheim, France. Both teams were deadlocked after 11 matches with 20 points each. Due to the victory over Wittelsheim, however, Leman was declared the winner and pocketed 6.000 Swiss Franc or about 3.810 Euro. Wittelsheim received 4.800 CHF for second place.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Eklund shoots tournament's first 300 en route to overtake the lead in qualifying in Vienna

Ohrgaaard/Paulson take the lead in Doubles in Squad 11

2008EBT14DennisEklund300_small.jpg Defending Singles champion Dennis Eklund (pictured left) from Sweden set the first high light in the qualifying for the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open when he rolled the first 300 game of this year's event Friday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Eklund started his six-game series with games of 225, 257, 218 and 278 before he achieved perfection in game 5. He closed out his set with 207 to shoot in the lead in Singles with 1485 and an average of 247.50. Jari Ratia from Finland had two 279 games in the fourth and sixth game to help grab the second place with 1425 (237.50). Previous leader Jason Belmonte, Australia, slipped to third with 1412.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/04/08

Dennis Eklund rolls the first 300 game of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14DennisEklund300_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. On Friday, Oct. 3, during the 11th qualifying squad, defending Singles champion Dennis Eklund (pictured) from Sweden rolled the tournament's first 300 game on lanes 5 and 6.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Ussing shoots yet another 1313 to lead Squad 10 in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBTRasmusUssing_small.jpg For the third time in the last four qualifying squads in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open, the squad leader checked in with a 1313 six-game total, an average of 218,83. Rasmus Ussing (left) accomplished the feat Friday morning in the 10th qualifying squad at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The Dane had a high game of 258 and finished with 223 to move into 11th place in the overall qualifying standings. Australia's Jason Belmonte held on to the lead with 1412, the sole 1400 series in the tournament thus far. Mikael Kanold from Sweden is second with 1385, with Alexander Rauscher, Austria, in third place with 1367.

Column

10/03/08

Formula One driver takes on field in Vienna

By Lucas Wiseman

RobertKubica_small.gif As one of the top Formula One drivers, accuracy and precision is a crucial key to whether or not Robert Kubica has success in each race. In his short career as a bowler, he's finding many of the same factors apply in the sport of bowling. Kubica, who took up bowling for the first time five years ago, recently became more serious about competing in major events. This week, he's trying his luck at the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open, and there's little doubt in his mind bowling is a sport. A native of Krakow, Poland, Kubica, 23, currently sits in third in the Formula One driver standings, and in June, he won the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal.

England

10/03/08

2008 Weber Cup starts today

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

The 9th annual Weber Cup gets underway on Friday evening, October 3rd, as two five-man teams representing the USA and Europe do battle in tenpin bowling's version of the Ryder Cup. The Weber Cup will be staged over five sessions – Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 1.30pm and 6.30pm. All the action will be screened live in the UK and Ireland on Sky Sports Xtra or on Sky Sports Xtra's Interactive Service. The matches will also be produced by Matchroom Sport into 18 one-hour programs, which will be distributed and shown around the world.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Belmonte powers his way into the lead in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14JasonBelmonte4_small.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the two-hander from down under, rolled the first 1400-plus series in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open during the 9th qualifying squad Thursday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Belmonte fired games of 236, 225, 246, 209, 218 and finished with 278 to shoot into the lead with 1412 six-game total and an average of 235.33. Mikael Kanold from Sweden felled 1385 pins including a 279 game to jump into second place in the overall qualifying standings. Previous leader Alexander Rauscher, Austria, fell to third place with 1367. Qualifying continues on Friday with four squads at 9am, 1pm, 5pm and 9pm.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Action shots from Squad 9 in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14Squad9_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. As every year, Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Vienna with results and updates after each round plus the much-anticipated high definition videos all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 5.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Video Impressions from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14Impressions_small.jpg The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, in Vienna, Austria. Almost 300 players will compete for total prize money of 65.630 Euro. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. As every year, Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Vienna with results and updates after each round plus the much-anticipated high definition videos all the way through to the finals on Sunday, October 5. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/03/08

Grabowski leads Squad 8 in Singles and Doubles in Vienna Multiple

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

2006EBT18AchimGrabowski_small.jpg 2008EBT14ThomasGross2_small.jpg Multiple German national champion Achim Grabowski (l.) lead Squad 8 in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open with 1313 six-game pinfall and teamed with multiple Austria national champion Thomas Gross (r.) to lead the squad in Doubles with 2590. Gross added 1277 which helped the duo to leap into second place in the Doubles standings. The bowling center proprietor from Duisburg, who will host the European Champions Cup later this month, had high games of 259 and 245 to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings in Singles.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

Zuber cracks 1300-bar in Squad 7 to move into 5th place in Vienna Open Qualifying

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

2008EBT14MarcusZuber_small.jpg Marcus Zuber (l.) from Germany finished his six-game qualifying block with a 269 game en route to move into fifth place in the Singles qualifying of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria. Zuber led Squad 7 on Thursday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna with 1313 pinfall total to became just the fifth player in this year's event, who cracked the 1300-bar. Alexander Rauscher from Austria leads the field since Squad 3 with 1367 pinfall total and an average of 227.83. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/02/08

No changes among the top 6 during Squad 6 in Vienna

Six players secure a spot for the finals on Sunday

2008EBT14ThomasGross_small.jpg None of the players in Squad 6 on Wednesday evening made it among the top six after two days of qualifying in the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open currently underway at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Austria's No. 1, Thomas Gross, led Squad 6 but missed the top six by three pins. The co-owner of the "The Bowling Store" pro-shop at Plus Bowling had to settle for 7th place in the overall qualifying standings with 1274 pinfall total. Uwe Tscharke, Germany and Michael Mayer, Austria remained in the lead in the Doubles event with 2658 six-game total and an average of 221.50.

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