European Bowling News Overview

England

04/19/09

Barrett, Belmonte win their opening matches in World Tenpin Masters

Two of the first four matches end in a tie

2009EBT03DominicBarrett_small.jpg2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgThe 12th World Tenpin Masters is back at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England but this year it will be tougher than ever before to win. Only eight players compete, initially in two groups of four on a round robin basis with only the top two players advancing to the semifinals before the two winners meet in the championship match. Dominic Barrett (l.), England, and Jason Belmonte (r.), Australia, won their opening matches, two-games-to-none, while the other two matches ended in a 1-1 tie.

2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/19/09

Csaba, Hagelberg add their names to the leaderboard in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia (April 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT06CsabaRacz_small.jpg2009EBT06KristofferHagelberg_small.jpgCsaba Rácz from Hungary and Kristoffer Hagelberg, Sweden, led squads 10 and 11, respectively, en route to jump into the top 10 in the overall qualifying standings of the 3rd QubicaAMF Open in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Rácz (l.) started Squad 10 with 265 and closed out the six-game series with 259 to move into fifth place with an average of 236.50. Hagelberg (r.) overtook 10th place behind a 1393 series (232.17) including a high game of 279.

ETBF News

04/18/09

ETBF Presidium starts new certification program for Bowling Training Centers

200904ETBFTrainingCenterCertificatePresentationKuortane_small.jpgAs a part of its education and certification programs, the presidium of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation has developed a program to give accreditation to Bowling Training Centers who are helping to develop the sport of Tenpin Bowling and provide high standards of bowling education. Kuortane Bowling Training and Education Center in Finland became the first "ETBF Approved Bowling Training Center" and the certificate was presented during the European Youth Championships 2009 in Malmo to Piritta Kantola (right), who is the director of the Training Center.


2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/18/09

Swedes Eklund, Helldén overtake the lead in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Five players crack the 1400 bar on Friday

2009EBT06DennisEklund_small.jpg2009EBT06JohanHellden_small.jpgDennis Eklund (l.) and Johan Helldén (r.), both from Sweden, rolled 1460 and 1439 series to move to the top of the leaderboard in the qualifying of the 3rd QubicaAMF Open Friday at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Three more players, Hafthor Hardarsson, Iceland, Paul Moor, England, and Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, also cracked the 1400-bar. Qualifying ends today with the final qualifying squad 13 scheduled for 9pm.


2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/17/09

Matej Feguš leaps into fourth place on Day Three Qualifying in Ljubljana

Top 6 earn berth into Sunday's finals

2009EBT06MatejFegus_small.jpgMatej Feguš (pictured left) from Slovenia had five games between 217 and 244 before he finished his six-game qualifying block in the 3rd QubicaAMF Open 2009 Thursday with a 188 game. His 1340 pinfall total and 223.33 average however propelled him into fourth place and secured him a spot for Sunday's finals at Bowling Center Gladiator. Bojan Kovač and Boštjan Rolk, Slovenia, held on to the lead after three squads with 1399 and 1378 six-game total, respectively. Zoltán Skobrics, Hungary, was third with 1344.


2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/16/09

Rolk, Skobrics add their names to the leaderboard in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia (April 14-19, 2009)

2009EBT06BojanKovac_small.jpg2009EBT06BostjanRolk_small.jpgBoštjan Rolk (pictured left) from Slovenia and Zoltán Skobrics, Hungary, rolled 1300-plus series Wednesday at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia to jump into second and third place in the qualifying for the 3rd QubicaAMF Open. Bojan Kovač (right), Slovenia, held on to the lead with 1399 six-game total and an average of 233.17. A total of 52 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, April 19, the top 46 from the overall qualifying standings plus the top 6 from the combined standings of the first three days.

2009 European Bowling Tour #6

04/15/09

Bojan Kovač sets the pace in 3rd QubicaAMF Open

2009EBT06QubicaAMFOpenLogo_small.jpg23 bowlers from Slovenia took on the lanes at Bowling Center Gladiator in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Tuesday for the first squad in the 3rd QubicaAMF Open. Bojan Kovač rolled five games between 211 and 234 and a high game of 279 to set the pace with 1399 six- game total and an average of 233.17. Milan Malek was the second player who cracked the 1300-bar with 1339 including a high game of 269. Qualifying runs through Saturday, April 18 with the final qualifying squad 13 scheduled for 9pm.

2009 EYC

04/13/09

Jansson, Haandrikman end 22nd European Youth Championships with victory in Masters

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

2009EYCMattiasJanssonCarmenHandrickmann_small.jpgMattias Jansson from Sweden and Dutch Carmen Haandrikman won the gold medal in the Boys and Girls Masters competition to end the 22nd European Youth Championships Easter Sunday at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. In the best-of-three games boys finale, Jansson followed in the footprints of his father Raymond Jansson (1984 EYC champion) when he made quick work of Singles champion and All Events silver medalist, Arturs Levikins, Latvia, 225-189 and 200-153. Haandrikman swept Jansson's team mate All Events champion Elin Adolfsson, 238-204 and 222-174 to wrap up the girls title.

2009 EYC

04/12/09

Top seeded Levikins, Persson cruise to the Boys and Girls Singles title in Malmo

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

 The title matches of the Girls and Boys Singles competition at the 22nd European Youth Championships in Malmo, Sweden, featured the No. 1 seed vs. the No. 2 seed, and both top seeds cruised to the title with big games. In the Girls finale, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, flew past Chantal Jacobs, Netherlands, 255-203, to easily win the gold medal. Arturs Levikins, Latvia, fired a 279 in the semis, then edged equally tough Mik Stampe, Denmark, in the boys title match, 266-254.

2009 EYC

04/12/09

Swedish girls continue to dominate in 22nd European Youth Championships

Persson earns top seed for Singles finals, Adolfsson wins gold in All Events

Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, earned the No. 1 seed for the Girls Singles finals by winning the six-game preliminaries with 1314 pinfall total and an average of 219.00. Her team mate Elin Adolfsson grabbed the fourth and final spot with 1279 en route to win the gold medal in All Events. The Swedes will meet in the semifinals while No. 2 seed, Chantal Jacobs (1299), Netherlands, takes on Polina Kosyakova (1292), Russia.

2009 EYC

04/11/09

Arturs Levikins earns the No. 1 seed for the Boys Singles finals in Malmo

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

2009EYCMikStampe_small.jpgLatvian Arturs Levikins had games of 205, 236, 219, 201, 276 and 246 to lead the 108-player field in the Boys Singles event in the 22nd European Youth Championships in Malmo, Sweden with 1383 pinfall total and an average of 230.50. Joining Levikins in the finals on Saturday are Mik Stampe, Denmark, Johan Helldén, Sweden, and Perttu Jussila, Finland. Stampe (pictured) won the gold medal in All Events, Levikins took the silver medal and Dennis Vrabac, Sweden,received bronze.


2009 EYC

04/10/09

Finnish girls and Greek boys come from behind to win team gold European Youth Championships

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

2009EYCFinlandGirls_small.jpg2009EYCGreeceBoys_small.jpgBoth No. 4 qualifiers, the Finnish girls and the Greek boys, cruised to the title in the 4-player team event in the 22nd European Youth Championships Thursday evening at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. Finland (l.) defeated No. 3 Israel in the girls' final, 790-759, to win the gold medal. On the boys side, Greece (r.) topped the Swedish boys, seeded second, 800-775.


2009 EYC

04/10/09

Denmark earns the top seed for Boys Team finals at 22nd European Youth Championships

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

Overnight leader Denmark with Anders Lousdal, Mik Stampe, Carsten W. Hansen and Mads Hedegaard held on to the lead in the second 3-game block of the Boys Team event en route to grab the No. 1 seed for today's finals. The Danes added 2508 to the 2561 from yesterday to win the preliminaries with 5069 pinfall total and an average of 211.21. Sweden jumped from fifth to second in the last game, with Latvia in third and Greece in fourth place.

2009 EYC

04/09/09

Swedish girls target for second gold medal at 22nd European Youth Championships

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

The girls from the host country Sweden target for the second gold medal in as many events in the 4-player team event in the 22nd European Youth Championships. Starting the second 3-game block in second place, Elin Adolfsson, Isabell Hultin, Joline Persson Planefors and Sandra Andersson were the only team which averaged over 200 en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the finals later today. The Swedes, who won gold and bronze in Doubles on Tuesday, sled the field of 14 countries with 4868 pinfall total and an average of 202.83. The No. 1 seed Sweden meets the No. 4 qualifier Finland and the No. 2 seed England takes on No. 3 Israel.

2009 EYC

04/09/09

Danish boys in familiar position after three games in EYC team event

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

2009EYCLogo_small.jpgAnders Lousdal and Mik Stampe from Denmark, who had to settle for the bronze medal after leading the Doubles preliminaries with record performance, teamed with Carsten W. Hansen and Mads Hedegaard to take the lead in the Boys 4-player team event at the 22nd European Youth Championships after 3 of 6 games. The Danes had games of 862, 790 and 909 to lead the field of 24 countries with 2561 pinfall total and an average of 213.42. The Latvian team was second with 2505, with Sweden in third 2498 and Greece in fourth 2430. Evangelos Krizinis, Greece, rolled the field-best 721 series.


2009 EYC

04/09/09

English girls lead Team event at halfway point in 22nd European Youth Championships

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

14 girls teams took on the lanes at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden, on Wednesday morning for the first three of six games in the 4-player Team event in the 22nd European Youth Championships. England's Danielle Hopcroft, Katrina MacIver, Laura Ellis and Nikki Beard rolled games of 885, 796 and 786 to take the lead with 2467 pinfall total and an average of 205.58. Hopcroft led the team with the field-best 675 series, or an average of 225.00. The top four teams after tomorrow's second block will battle it out for the medals on Thursday evening.

2009 EYC

04/08/09

Swedish girls and English boys start 22nd European Youth Championships with victory in Doubles

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

2009EYCIsabelleHultinElinAdolfsson_small.jpg2009EYCMatthewBlytheStevenMiller_small.jpgIsabell Hultin and Elin Adolfsson, Sweden and Matthew Blythe and Steven Miller, England, started the 22nd European Youth Championships with victory in girls and boys Doubles on Tuesday afternoon at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. The top seeded Swedish girls defeated Israel's Mor Dayan and Liat Vizenfeld, seeded 3rd, in the title match, 474-400. The English boys, the No. 2 seeds, secured the title with a 462-434 win over 4th seeded Marcel Obst and Steven Wiersema from Germany.

2009 EYC

04/08/09

Swedish girls 1,2 after Doubles preliminaries in 22nd European Youth Championships

Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden (April 4-13 2009)

The girls from the host country Sweden, Elin Adolfsson/Isabell Hultin and Joline Persson Planefors/Sandra Andersson finished the six-game preliminaries in the Doubles competition of the 22nd European Youth Championships in first and second place. They will Joining the Swedes in the semifinals are No. 3 Liat Vizenfeld/Mor Dayan from Israel and No. 4 Daria Pająk/Magda Stępien from Poland.

2009 EYC

04/07/09

Danish boys earn No. 1 seed for Doubles finals in 22nd European Youth Championships

Dane Mads Hedegaard rolls first perfecto of the championships

2009EYCAndersLousdalMikStampe_small.jpgThe boys from Denmark set the highlights on the first day of competition in the 22nd European Youth Championships 2009 at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. Bowling in the third and last squad, Anders Lousda and Mik Stampe (pictured left, l-r) combined for 2671 six-game total en route to earn the No. 1 seed for Tuesday's finals, while team mate Mads Hedegaard posted the first 300 game of the championships.Joining the Danes in the finals are doubles from England, Sweden and Germany.


2009 MEC

04/06/09

35 countries to participate in the Men's European Championships in June

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (June 4-14, 2009)

2009MECLogo_small.jpgThe European Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced that record-tying 35 ETBF member federations have registered up to six players for the 2009 Men's European Championships to be held at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, from June 4 through 14, 2009. 30 federations will send a full team of 6 players. The total number of participating players, 194, is the second-best in the history of the championships, 13 lower than the record 207 players in the 2007 MEC in Vienna, Austria.


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