European Bowling News Overview

Coaching

12/13/08

13 coaches earn Bronze certification at Dublin conference

2008InninsDublin3_small.jpg Thanks to the hard work of USBC International coach and instructor Steve Ininns, England (front row, third from the left), 13 new names recently were added to the list of USBC Bronze coaches. The addition came as a result of the highly-successful Bronze conference Ininns conducted at the A-L-S-A-A Bowling Complex in Dublin, Ireland, Dec. 6-7. Like all USBC Coaching conferences, this event featured both classroom instruction and on-the-lanes, practical activities, providing participants with a well-rounded experience that enhanced all facets of their collective coaching skill sets.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

12/08/08

Palermaa successfully defends men's European Rankings title

Flack targets to become the first Swedish ranking champion

2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg With his 9th place finish in the men's ranking in the Ebonite English Open in Nuneaton, England, last weekend, Osku Palermaaa (l.) from Finland secured his second consecutive men's European ranking title. Palermaa finished one spot ahead of his nearest competitor, Tore Torgersen, Norway, to maintain a 65 point lead heading into the season-ending event, the 8th Qatar International Open, which offers max. 50 ranking points. In the women's division, Nina Flack (r.), Sweden has a 41-point buffer over defending champion Kirsten Penny, England.

2008 European Bowling Tour #17

12/08/08

Penny beats Flack in all-women affair to claim the title in Ebonite English Open

Palermaa successfully defends EBT men's ranking title

2008EBT17KirstenPenny_small.jpg The championship match of the Ebonite English Open was an all-women affair with current EBT ranking leaders Nina Flack, Sweden, and Kirsten Penny (pictured), England, facing off. Second seeded Flack won the high-scoring first game of the best-of-three games match, 234-232. 12th seeded Penny, who started this morning at 8 a.m. in Final Round One, ended the day 13 and a half hours and 21 games later, with back-to-back victories, to secure the title and the 5.000 British Pounds top prize. With his 9th place finish in the men's ranking in Nuneaton (15th overall), Osku Palermaa, Finland, has successfully defended the men's EBT ranking title.

Bulgaria

12/05/08

Barrett wins Sofia International Open 2008

Mega Xtreme Bowling Center in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 24-30, 2008)

2008SofiaOpenTop3_small.jpg Dominic Barrett, England, defeated Giannis Statatos, Greece, 214-201, in the title match of the Sofia International Open 2008 en route to win the title and the 6.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Barrett eliminated Jouni Helminen, Finland, 244-159, while Statatos sidelined Yahav Rabin, Israel, 189-166. Statatos received 4.5000 Euro for second place, Helminen took 3.500 for third and Rabin 2.500 for fourth place. The top 28 of the 56 finalists, who cashed in the 40.000 Euro tournament, advanced to the single-elimination finals.


EBT News

12/01/08

Another change in the 2009 European Bowling Tour schedule

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, ETBF Vice President and Director of the European Bowling Tour, has changed the schedule of the 2009 European Bowling Tour several times in the past month as tournaments have been cancelled and added. On December 1st, Thorsgaard Jensen has announced yet another change in the roster as the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open, which was added to the schedule jus three weeks ago, was moved from its original spot in May to October. The tournament is slated for Oct. 20-25, 2009 at X-Treme Bowling & Billard in Foetz, Luxembourg as the 13th out of 16 events on the 2009 EBT.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

11/25/08

Flack overtakes lead in EBT women's rankings after 15/17 events

Torgersen narrows gap to men's leader Palermaa

2008WECNinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT15ToreTorgersen_small.jpg For the third time this season Nina Flack (l.) won the women's rankings in a European Bowling Tour tournament. The Swedish national team member, who defeated Norwegian Tore Torgersen (r.) in the title match of the 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open, received 100 ranking points to overtake the lead in the women's standings with 644 points. Torgersen moved up one spot to second place in the men's rankings with 593 points narrowing the gap to leader Osku Palermaa from Finland to 64 points.

2008 European Bowling Tour #16

11/24/08

Flack wins 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open and takes over lead in EBT women rankings

Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy (Nov. 15-23, 2008)

2008EBT15NinaFlack_small.jpg 2008EBT15ToreTorgersen_small.jpg Nina Flack (left) from Sweden defeated Tore Torgersen, Norway, 234-216, to win the 5th Oltremare Columbia 300 Open in Naples, Italy, and to overtake the lead in the EBT women's rankings. Flack didn't need her eight pins handicap to become the second woman this season to win an EBT open title. Flack pocketed 10.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat. In an all-Norwegian semifinal, Torgersen topped Mads Sandbækken by a whisker, 280-279. Sandbækken eliminated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, in the opening match, 202-191.

EBT News

11/17/08

European Bowling Tour announces two important decisions for 2010

2010EBTLogo_small.jpg According to Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, ETBF Vice President and Director of the European Bowling Tour (EBT), the presidium of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has made two important decisions for the European Bowling Tour effective in 2010. The presidium added a fourth category and changed the names of the three others. With the beginning of the 2010 season the EBT features Platinum (formerly Premier), Gold (Major), Silver (Challenger) and Satellite Tournaments, a new category with minimum 20.000 prize fund plus some other requirements. To read the full press release

European Bowling Tour News

11/12/08

EBT 2009 back to 16 tournaments again

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg European Bowling Tour Director Kim Thorsgaard Jensen has added the Ebonite International Luxembourg Open to the 2009 EBT tournament calendar. Just three days after the cancellation of the Brunswick Belgian Open and the reduction to 15 tournaments, Thorsgaard Jensen has changed the schedule again. The International Luxembourg Open, which has been an EBT Challenger until this year but has withdrawn from the 2009 Tour, will suddenly be back yet on a different spot (May instead of January/February).

European Bowling Tour News

11/09/08

European Bowling Tour 2009 reduced to 15 tournaments

Brunswick Belgian Open 2009 cancelled

2009EBTLogo_small.jpg Kim Thorsgaard Jensen, Director of the European Bowling Tour, has announced today that the 8th stop of the 2009 EBT, the Brunswick Belgian Open, has been cancelled by the organizers. The EBT Major was scheduled for May 23-31, 2009 at Bowling Center De Meibloem in Gent, Belgium. The cancellation brings the number of tournaments down to 15, the lowest number since the 2003 season and a 25 per cent loss from the EBT's record seasons in 2005 and 2006 (20 events each).

Scotland

11/08/08

Tenpin teenager plays one-in-11,000 'perfect game' By Sue Gyford and Mark McLaughlin

Republished courtesy of Edinburgh Evening News - Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Nov. 7, 2008)

20081107PietShaeffer_small.jpg A dream came true for one Lothian teenager who beat huge odds to bowl 12 strikes in a row. Piet Shaeffer, 16, scored a perfect 300 – the highest possible score in one game – while he was taking part in a Monday night league game at Deer Park Golf and Country Club in Livingston. The James Young High School pupil has been bowling for seven years, ever since his potential was spotted during a children's birthday party at Deer Park. He is now a member of the Scottish tenpin bowling youth squad and has already competed in international tournaments in the UK and Finland.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/28/08

Video Interview with Formula One driver Robert Kubica

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

2008EBT14RobertKubicaInterview.jpg Formula One driver Robert Kubica, Poland, came to Austria to compete in the 2008 Columbia 300 Vienna Open. Kubica, who won the Grand Prix du Canada in Montreal and has two second-place finishes and three third-place finishes this year, advanced to the finals eventually finishing in 63rd place. In an interview on Friday morning, the 23-year-old told Bowlingdigital editor Herbert Bickel how he started with bowling, why he prefers to bowl without using his thumb, about comparisons between Formula One and bowling, and why he has little doubt that bowling is a sport.

2008 ECC

10/25/08

Gross beats Olsen to win men's title in 31st European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCSveinRogerOlsen_small.jpg 2008ECCChampionThomasGross_small.jpg Thomas Gross (l.) from Austria improved on a second-place finish from last year when defeated Svein Roger Olsen (r.), Norway, 2-1, to win the men's title in the 31st European Champions Cup. In the semifinals, Olsen upset top seeded Sami Konsteri, Finland, 2-0, while Gross made quick work of Swede Mathias Årup, 2-0. Konsteri and Årup shared the bronze medal. The top 8 countries, Austria, Finland, England, Germany, Belgium, France, Norway and Netherlands qualified for 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

2008 ECC

10/25/08

Glover beats Pöllänen to win women's title in 31st European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCChampionZaraGlover_small.jpg 2008ECCKristaPollanen3_small.jpg No. 1 seeded Zara Glover (left) from England, won the women's title in 31st European Champions Cup at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany, in two straight games against Krista Pöllänen (right), Finland, two-games-to-none. In the semis, Glover went the distance to win against Germany's Patricia Luoto, 2-1, while Pöllänen came back from an opening game loss to beat Ivonne Gross, Austria, 2-0. Luoto and Gross hared the bronze medal.

2008 ECC

10/25/08

Konsteri leads top 8 men into single-elimination finals in European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCSamiKonsteri_small.jpg 2008WYCDominicBarrett_small.jpg Sami Konsteri (l.), Finland, finished the 24-game preliminaries in the Men's European Champions Cup in Duisburg, Germany, with a 269 game to lead the top 8 men into the single-elimination best-of-three game finals on Saturday. Konsteri felled 1808 pins in the third and final 8-game block on dual lane condition (one lane with short, the other with long oil) and a 5403 24-game total, an average of 225.13, to beat out Dominic Barrett (r.), England for the No. 1 seed by mere four pins.

2008 ECC

10/25/08

Glover leads top 8 women into the finals at 31st European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCZaraGlover_small.jpg Overnight leader Zara Glover (left) posted the second-highest 8-game block on the mixed lane condition (left lane with short oil, right lane with long oil) on the third and final day of the preliminaries en route to lead the top 8 women into the finals of the 31st European Champions Cup at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany. Glover averaged 217.38 on Friday and felled 1739 pins to win the qualifying with 5334 and an overall average of 222.25. The top 8 players after the preliminaries qualified for the single-elimination final in best-of-three games format.Glover will meet No. 8 Olga Tarasove, Ukraine in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning.

Belgium

10/24/08

Yves Van Eyken wins GP Tragel Sport

Bowling Center Tragel in Aalst, Belgium (Oct. 13-19, 2008)

2008GPTRagelIvesvanEyken_small.jpg Yves Van Eyken from Belgium won the 13th edition of the GP Tragel Sport, the second stop of the Belgian Super 6 series, which took place from October 13th to October 19th, in bowling center Tragel in Aalst, Belgium. The former Belgian international led Category A (over 190 average) in qualifying and semifinal. In the title match in best-of-three game format, Van Eyken flew past Jean-Marie Demoutiez in game #1, 257-145, but the challenger rebounded with a 218-190 win in game #2 to force a deciding game. Van Eyken won the game and the match, 233-215.

2008 ECC

10/24/08

Glover overtakes lead in Women's European Champions Cup after Day Two Qualifying

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCZaraGlover_small.jpg 2008ECCKristaPollanen3_small.jpg Zara Glover (l.), England, averaged 226.25 on day two qualifying in the Women's European Champions Cup to overtake the lead after 16 out of 24 qualifying games with 3595 pinfall total and an average of 224.95. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, (r.) fired the highest 8-game block of the day - both men and women - with 1875 (234.38 average) to leap from fourth to second place with 3571. Short oil leader Marieke de Jong, Netherlands, slipped to third place with 3505. All 39 women retun on Friday morning for the final 8-game block before the cut to the top 8.

2008 ECC

10/23/08

Lebon widens his lead after second block on long oil in Men's European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCJeanMarcLebon_small.jpg 2008ECCSamiKonsteri_small.jpg Squad 1 leader Jean-Marc Lebon (l.), Belgium, led the 42-player field Thursday on long oil to widen his lead and to practically secure a spot for the top-8 finals in the the Men's European Champions Cup. Lebon felled 3699 pins over 16 games, an average of 231.19, to lead his nearest competitor, Sami Konsteri (r.), by 104 pins and to hold a huge 352 pin buffer to 9th place. All players will return on Friday for the final block before the cut to the top 8. 

2008 ECC

10/23/08

Lebon sets the pace in Block One at Men's European Champions Cup

Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany (Oct. 20-26, 2006)

2008ECCJeanMarcLebon_small.jpg Jean-Marc Lebon (l.), Belgium, led the 42-player field in the Men's European Champions Cup after eight games on short oil with 1868 or an average of 233.50. Lebon used seven games over 200 including a 290 in game #7 and a 194 low game to hold a 79-pin cushion over England's Dominic Barrett, who sits in second place with 1789. The two-time World Youth champion started Wednesday afternoon at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany, with a disappointing 125 game but rebounded with seven games between 203 and 264. All players - men and women - will return Thursday for the second block on long oil.

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