European Bowling News Overview

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.

France

06/02/09

Isabelle Sacco, Anthony Fabre capture the titles in 2009 French National Championships

Bowling Du Languedoc in Montpellier, France (May 30-31, 2009)

2009FRANCIsabelleSaccoAnthonyFabre_small.jpgIsabelle Sacco and Anthony Fabre (pictured left) were crowned women's and men's individual champions in the 2009 French National Championships finals Sunday at Bowling Du Languedoc in Montpellier, France. Sacco, who won her first national title in 1993, averaged 203.40 over 20 games to claim her 14th title in the past 17 years with 4068 pinfall total. Fabre posted a 4141 20-game total, an average of 207.05, to capture his first individual national championship.

Scotland

05/27/09

Tenpin bowlers up in arms after Englishman wins place in Scottish team By Keith McLeod

Republished courtesy of DailyRecord.co.uk (May 26, 2009)

A furious row has split the world of Scottish tenpin bowling - after an Englishman won a place in Scotland's European championship team. Anthony Roots - who lives in London - travelled north of the Border to compete and win ranking points. Now he's edged into the team and will be heading to Aalborg, Denmark, next month. He's been backed by the sport's European chiefs, who say anyone with a UK passport can play for any of the home nations. But critics fear his selection could threaten Scotland's independence.

EBT Masters 2009

05/27/09

Paul Moor wins the title in 2009 European Bowling Tour Masters

Dropping the qualifying pinfall has been a quite controversial topic

2008EBT1PaulMoor_small.jpg 2009SSST03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (l.), England, was crowned men's European Bowling Tour Masters champion after leading the 8-game round robin match play portion with 2023 pinfall total. With the victory, the lefty ended a two-year drought on the European Bowling Tour. The fact that the 18-game qualifying pinfall was dropped before the match play round has been a quite controversial topic in Aalborg. According to our information, the players made their own results PLUS QUALIFYING and the leader after 26 games, second-place finisher Jason Belmonte (r.), Australia, was paid out the top prize of 4.000 Euro by the players.

EBT Masters 2009

05/27/09

Kamilla Kjeldsen wins her second consecutive EBT Masters title

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 25-26, 2009)

2009EBT04KamillaKjeldsen_small.jpgDefending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen (l.), Denmark, won her second consecutive European Bowling Tour Masters title Tuesday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. Kjeldsen,  who led the field after qualifying, outaveraged her nearest competitor, compatriot Rikke Holm Rasmussen, in the 8-game round robin match play portion by more than 9 pins. Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands, finished in third place. The third EBT Masters will be held in Vienna, Austria, from May 3-4, 2010.

EBT Masters 2009

05/26/09

Singaporean, Australian 1, 2 after qualifying in men's EBT Masters

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (May 25-26, 2009)

2008EBT05RemyOng_small.jpg200809PBA19JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgRemy Ong (l.), Singapore, held on to the lead in the men's European Bowling Tour Masters after 18 games of qualifying with 4203 pinfall total and an average of 233.50. PBA Rookie of the Year, Jason Belmonte (r.), led the third block with 1443 (240.50) to jump into second place with 4138. The top 8 players will determine the champion this afternoon in an 8-game round robin match play round on dual lane condition.

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