European Bowling News Overview

EBT News

06/18/09

6th Oltremare Championships, an EBT Major, has been cancelled

2009EBTLogo_small.jpgStefano Coppa, organizer of the Oltremare Championships in Naples, Italy has informed European Bowling Tour director Kim Thorsgaard Jensen that the 2009 edition of the event has been cancelled. The 6th Oltremare Championships, an EBT Major, was scheduled for November 14-22, 2009 as the 16th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour. The 2009 European Bowling Tour now consists of 15 tournaments - 11 Majors and 4 Challengers. The next stop is the 5th Storm San Marino Open from July 4-12, 2009.

Switzerland

06/17/09

Vontobel, Chollet crowned 2009 Swiss National Champions

2009SwissNCSabineCholletLarryVontobel_small.jpgLarry Vontobel and Sabine Chollet won the men's and women's finals of the 2009 Swiss National Championships. The top 10 men and top 10 women after 24 games preliminaries determined the champions in nine games round robin match play with the pinfall from the preliminaries carried forward. Both Vontobel and Chollet led the top 10 into the finals, but while Chollet coasted to victory in the women's division, the men's division was decided in the 10th frame of 33rd and final game.

Cyprus

06/16/09

Tenpin Bowling Head Coach wanted

An exciting position has arisen for a Head Coach in a leading Bowling Academy based in Cyprus. This is a unique opportunity for a professional Bowling Coach to bring their knowledge and experience to this new Academy, helping to develop the Academy at the same time. The ideal candidate will have B.T.B.C.A. Phase IV Coaching qualification or similar and will have relevant experience. The package offered includes salary, car and accommodation.


EBT News

06/15/09

Ankara Open status changes from Premier to Major due to reduced prize money

2009EBTLogo_small.jpgAs a consequence of the global financial crisis, the organizer of Ankara Open, the 13th stop of the 2009 European Bowling Tour, has announced that the prize fund of the 2009 tournament will be reduced to 70.000 Euro. In agreement with the European Tenpin Bowling Federation Presidium the Ankara Open changes loses its "Premier" status and changes to EBT "Major". The Ankara Open will be conducted September 5-13, 2009 at Rollhouse Bowling Center Bilkent.

2009 MEC

06/13/09

Men's European Championships end today with the Masters competition

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

2009MECMastersTop2_small.jpgIn a title match between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, Dominic Barrett (right) from England defeated All Events champion Petter Hansen (left), Norway, two-games-to-one to end the 2009 Men's European Championships with victory in the Masters competition. Barrett, a two-time World Youth champion, lost the first game in best-of-three format, 174-153 but rebounded with two straight wins, 204-187 and 269-185, to wrap up the title. Hansen earned silver and Finns Petteri Salonen and Joonas Jähi shared the bronze.

2009 MEC

06/13/09

Finland beats defending champion Sweden to win Team title in Men's European Championships

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

2009MECLogo_small.jpg Finland became first country to win multiple gold medals in the 2009 Men's European Championships in Aalborg, Denmark, when Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen, Jussi Turtiainen, Petteri Salonen, Osku Palermaa defeated defending champion Sweden in the title match, 993-953. Dennis Eklund, Mathias Årup, Robert Andersson, Erik Andersin and Martin Larsen, the No. 3 seed, had to settle for the silver medal. England and Germany shared the bronze medal.

2009 MEC

06/13/09

Finns shoot huge final game to claim the top seed in Team event

Norwegian Hansen captures gold in All Events

2009MECLogo_small.jpg 2009MECAllEventsPetterHansen_small.jpgFinland's Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen and Jussi Turtiainen finished the second 3-game block on long oil with a huge 1173 game (234.60 average) to claim the No. 1 seed for the Team finals in the 2009 Men's European Championships. The Finns will meet No. 4 Germany in the semifinals, while second-seeded England takes on defending champion Sweden, seeded third. Norwegian Petter Hansen (pictured right) captured the gold medal in All Events averaging 219.21 for 24 games.

2009 MEC

06/12/09

England takes commanding lead in Team event at halfway mark

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

2009MECLogo_small.jpg Matt Chamberlain, Mike Quarry, John Wells, Dominic Barrett and Stuart Williams from England rolled games of 1034, 1124 and the field-best 1205 en route to lead the Team event at the Men's European Championships in Denmark after the first block on short oil with 3364 pinfall total and an average of 224.27. Defending champion Sweden sits in second place after 3 of 6 games with 3238. Trailing Sweden by 81 pins to sit in third place was Finland with 3157. The team from the host country Denmark was fourth with 3086.

2009 MEC

06/11/09

Swedes Eklund, Ă…rup, Andersin win Trios title in Men's European Championships

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

2009MECMathiasArupErikAndersinDennisEklund2_small.jpgThird-seeded Mathias Årup, Erik Andersinand Dennis Eklund (l-r), Sweden, captured the gold medal in the Trios event at the 2009 Men's European Championships in Aalborg, Denmark. In the title match, the Swedes topped tournament leader Norway with Petter Hansen, Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen, 624-563. England's Stuart Williams, Matt Chamberlain and Dominic Barrett and Martin Larsen, Robert Andersson and Martin Paulsson, Sweden, shared the bronze medal.

2009 MEC

06/11/09

Norway comes from behind to take the No. 1 seed for MEC Trios finals

England and both Swedish trios to complete the shootout

2009MECMadsSandbakkenPetterHansenToreTorgersen_small.jpgMads Sandbækken, Petter Hansen and Tore Torgersen (l-r) from Norway rearned the No. 1 seed for the Trios finals in the Men's European Championships. Starting the day in fifth place, the Norwegians posted the second-highest 1937 on long oil to leap four spots with 3812 total and a team average of 211.78. They will meet short oil leader Martin Larsen, Robert Andersson and Martin Paulsson, Sweden, in the semifinals. No.2 Stuart Williams, Matt Chamberlain and Dominic Barrett, England, lwill bowl the second Swedish trio, Erik Andersin, Mathias Årup and Dennis Eklund, in the other semifinal.

2009 MEC

06/10/09

Swedes dominate Trios preliminaries on short oil at Men's European Championships

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

2009MECMartinPaulssonRobertAnderssonMartinLarsen_small.jpgThe two Swedish teams lead the Trios event in the 2009 Men's European Championships  after the first block of three games on the short oil pattern. Martin Larsen/Robert Andersson and Martin Paulsson (r-l) had games of 707, 658 and 618 to overtake their compatriots Mathias Årup, Erik Andersin and Dennis Eklund, who led the first squad with 1981, by two pins with 1983 (220.33). England with Stuart Williams, Matt Chamberlain and Dominic Barrett were third with 1944 and The Netherlands with Remco Verboon, Michael Kok and Johnny Spil, fourth with 1880

2009 MEC

06/09/09

Palermaa, Salonen start the Men's European Championships with victory in Doubles

Win the first title of the championships for Finland

2009MECPetteriSalonenOskuPalermaa_small.jpg2005 and 2007 All Events champions, Petteri Salonen and Osku Palermaa (l-r), Finland teamed to win the gold medal in Doubles in the opening event of the 2009 Men's European Championships in Aalborg, Denmark. In the title match, the top seeded Finns defeated 2006 Doubles World Champions Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson, Sweden, 429-416, to claim the title. The Swedes had to settle for silver for the second consecutive MEC. England and Norway shared the bronze medal.

2009 MEC

06/09/09

Palermaa/Salonen earn the top seed for Doubles finals at Men's European Championships

Finland, England, Sweden and Norway to bowl for the first gold medal

2009MECPetteriSalonenOskuPalermaa_small.jpgOsku Palermaa and Petteri Salonen (r-l) from Finland moved up two spots after 86 doubles from 31 countries have completed their 12-game preliminaries to earn the No. 1 seed for the Doubles finals at the 2009 Men's European Championships. The Finns posted the second-highest 2675 series and averaged 222.92 in the second 6-game block on long oil for 5264 12-game total, an average of 219.33. Salonen leads in All Events after 12 games in doubles with 2684 and an average of 223.67. Palermaa/Salonen will meet No. 4 Petter Hansen and Svein Roger Olsen, Norway,in the semifinals, while No. 2 Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett, England, take on No. 3 Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson, Sweden.

Switzerland

06/08/09

Oliver Blasé cruises to victory in 32nd Grand Prix Zurich

Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon/Winterthur, Switzerland (June 1-7, 2009)

2009GPZurichOliverBlase_small.jpgOliver Blasé, Germany, outaveraged his nearest competitor in the final round of the 32nd Grand Prix Zurich by more than 16 pins to cruise to the title and to earn the 1.080 first place check Sunday at bowling center BeSeCo in Rümikon/Winterthur, Switzerland. Blasé (pictured left) had games of 205, 221, 210, 278, 245, 226, 212 and 191 for 1788 pinfall total and an average of 223.50. He accumulated 117 points to easily win the tournament.


2009 MEC

06/07/09

Scandinavians set the pace in Doubles in the Men's European Championships

2009MECPetterHansenSveinRogerOlsen_small.jpgThe 2009 Men's European Championships started on Saturday with the Doubles event. The 86 doubles from 31 countries were split into four squads to bowl six games on short oil and six games on long oil. Norwegians Petter Hansen and Svein Roger Olsen (l-r) led Squad 2 with 2640 6-game total, an average of 220.00, and remained atop the leaderboard after the competition has reached its halfway point. Hansen had the field-best 1366 pinfall total (227.67) and is tied with Petteri Salonen, Finland, for the lead in All-Events (combined results in Doubles, Trios and Team) after 6 of 24 games. Olsen contributed 1271.

Switzerland

06/07/09

Karsten Aust wins qualifying in 32nd Grand Prix Zurich

Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon/Winterthur, Switzerland (June 1-7, 2009)

2009GPZurichKarstenAust_small.jpgKarsten Aust (pictured left), Germany led the 125-player field in the 32nd Grand Prix Zurich after qualifying with 1766 8-game total and an average of 220.75 Saturday at Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in Rümikon/Winterthur, Switzerland. Second place belonged to Swiss Luciano Fiorani with 1719. Jean-Louis Grolhier, Switzerland, beat out Alexander Bauer, Germany, for the 36th and final spot to advance by one pin, 1585 to 1584. Joining the top 36 in the finals on Sunday, June 7, are the top six players from the Desperado Squad. 

2009 MEC

06/05/09

Men's European Championships gets underway in Aalborg

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

2009MECLogo_small.jpg The 2009 Men's European Championships will be held from June 4 through 14 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. The Championships get underway Friday with the official practice and the Opening Ceremonies scheduled for 8 p.m. The host country Denmark will be joined by 30 other countries in the quest to win medals in the Doubles, Trios, 5-Player Team, All Events and Masters. The 8-day competition starts on Saturday, June 6 with the Doubles competition followed by Trios and Team and ends with the Masters on Saturday, June 13.

Malta

06/04/09

Abela, Arpa capture the titles in 2009 Malta National Championships

Eden SuperBowl in St. Julian's, Malta (May 31 - June 3, 2009)

2009MLTNCSueAbela_small.jpg2009MLTNCKennethArpa_small.jpgSue Abela (l.) and Kenneth Arpa (r.) were crowned women's and men's National Champions for 2009 after the final block of 8 games on dual lane conditions Wednesday evening at the Eden SuperBowl in St. Julian's, Malta. It was the 15th national title and 5th consecutive for Abela, while Arpa captured his third individual National Championship. Bother players will represent Malta in the European Champions Cup later this year in Chania, Crete, Greece.

Sweden

06/04/09

Martin Larsen, Sandra Andersson win their first National Championship

Big payday for Mats Lunderquist in "100-year tournament"

2009SWENCSandraAnderssonMartinLarsen_small.jpgMultiple World Champion Martin Larsen and 17-year-old rising star Sandra Andersson claimed the gold medals in the men's and women's division of the Swedish National Championship. In some European countries, it's harder to win the national championship than to earn medals with the national team. Sweden and Finland are atop of that list. And Larsen was one of the players, who could tell the story. In the men's title match, Larsen swept Mikael Kanold, 2-0, to finally claim his first individual national championship.

Switzerland

06/02/09

Tanya Petty paces opening day in 32nd Grand Prix Zurich

Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon/Winterthur, Switzerland (June 1-7, 2009)

2009GPZurichTanyaPetty_small.jpg27 Swiss bowlers and one German started the 32nd Grand Prix Zurich Monday at Bowlinghalle BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon/Winterthur, Switzerland. Multiple German Player of the Year, Tanya Petty (pictured) had games between 188 and 240 to overtake the qualifying lead after the first of six squads with 1707 8-game total and an average of 213.25. Multiple Swiss champion Bigi Manico was second with 1656 including one pin handicap each game. Qualifying continues on Friday and Saturday. All players bowl 8 games of qualifying with handicap based on 60 per cent of 200.

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