European Bowling News Overview

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.

2008 ECC

10/22/08

De Jong leads Women's European Champions Cup after the first block

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

2008ECCMariekeDeJong_small.jpg Marieke de Jong from the Netherlands averaged 224.63 on the short oil pattern en route to overtake the lead in the Women's European Champions Cup after Block One on Wednesday morning at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany. De Jong used high games of 246 and 248 to lead the field of 39 women from 39 European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations after the first of three blocks with 1797 pinfall total. Zara Glover, England was close behind to finish in second place with 1785. Isabelle Sacco, France was the third player, who reached the 1700-mark, with 1701.The 39 women will return on Thursday for the second block on long oil. 

Starting Wednesday

10/22/08

Live Coverage from the 31st European Champions Cup

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

2008ECCLogo_small.jpg 2008ECCTreffBowlingLogo_small.jpg The 31st European Champions Cup will be held at Achim Grabowski's Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany, Oct. 20-26, 2008. Real action starts on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd with the men's and women's finals scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 and 2.15 pm, respectively. 41 countries have announced to participate. Bowlingdigital will cover the event live from Treff Bowling in Duisburg commencing Wednesday Oct. 22.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/20/08

Palermaa widens his lead in the Men's European ranking

Flack narrows gap to women's ranking leader Penny

2008EBT15OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT15NinaFlack2_small.jpg Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland, won his second European Bowling Tour title this season and the seventh of his career since 2005 Sunday in the Ebonite Lahti Open in Finland. Palermaa targets to win his second consecutive EBT ranking title as he widened his lead to his nearest competitor, Dominic Barrett, England, to 69 points. Nina Flack (right), Sweden, second in the women's rankings in Lahti, and third-placed Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, narrowed the gap to ranking leader and 2008 winner Kirsten Penny, England.

ETBF News

10/20/08

ETBF announces 2009 tournaments and championships with Kegel lane maintenance

KegelLogo_small.jpg 2009ETBFLogo_small.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has announced the European Bowling Tour tournaments and ETBF championships where the lane maintenance will be handled by Florida-based Kegel Company. Kegel is the Official Lane Maintenance Partner for the ETBF and offers its lane maintenance to the organizers of EBT Majors and Premiers. The provisional list includes 9 European Bowling Tour stops and four ETBF Championships.

2008 European Bowling Tour #15

10/20/08

Palermaa beats Salonen to win Ebonite Lahti Open; widens lead in EBT Ranking

Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland (Oct. 12-19, 2008)

2008EBT15Top4_small.jpg Osku Palermaa from Finland defeated his compatriot and fellow Finnish national team member Petteri Salonen, 235-227, en route to win the title and the 8.000 Euro top prize in the inaugural Ebonite Lahti Open at Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland. With the victory, Palermaa widened his lead in the European Bowling Tour ranking,. Salonen pocketed 4.000 Euro for second place, while Petri Mannonen, Finland, and Patricia Luoto, Germany, received 2.000 Euro each for finishing third and fourth.

Spain

10/13/08

Sweet revenge: Penny beats Milligan to win 2008 European Women Masters

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (Oct. 9-11, 2008)

2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007WWCTennelleMilligan_small.jpg In a re-match of last year's final, Kirsten Penny (left) from England defeated defending champion Tennelle Milligan (right), United States, two-games-to-one to win her second European Women Masters title after 2006 and the 3.500 Euro top prize. Milligan received 2.000 Euro for second place, while Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, and Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, earned 1.000 each for third and fourth place, respectively.

Belgium

10/07/08

Greulich wins Prince de Liège tournament

Bowling Center Le Strike in Crisnée, Liege, Belgium (Sep. 29 - Oct. 5, 2008)

2008PdLCarloGreulich_small.jpg Carlo Greulich (pictured) from Germany won the traditional Prince de Liège tournament, the first stop of the Belgian Super 6 series, which took place from September 29th to October 5th, in bowling center Le Strike in Crisnée, Liege, Belgium. The total pinfall of the six games including handicap determined the winner. No finals, no re-entries. Greulich felled 1398 pins (no handicap) to win the 2008 edition and the 2.500 Euro top prize. Trailing Greulich by 46 pins to land in second place was Nicolas Riquet, Belgium, with 1352. Third place went to 15-year-old Kylian Haest with 1348, another member of the growing club of two-handed players.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

10/07/08

No changes atop the leaderboard in European rankings after Vienna

2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT14KirstenPenny_small.jpg With four events remaining on the schedule for the 2008 European Bowling Tour, Osku Palermaa (l.) from Finland and Kirsten Penny (r.), England sit in the driver's seat in the men's and women's European rankings.There was only one change each in the men's and women's top 8 after the concluson of the 6th Columbia Vienna Open in Austria.  The European Bowling Tour will continue this week with the Ebonite Lahti Open, an EBT Challenger event, at Jouni Helminen's Lahti Bowl in Lahti, Finland from Oct. 12-19, 2008.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/06/08

Patricia Luoto becomes first women to win Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

 Former World Games champion and long-time German national team member Patricia Luoto (left) defeated Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 224-201, to win the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Sunday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The wife of former World Champoion Mika Luoto, Finland, became the 10th women to win an European Bowling Tour event and the first who won the title in the Vienna Open. Luoto Pocketed 6.000 Euro for accomplishing the feat and earned 100 points for the European rankings as the Vienna Open is one of the Tour's "majors".

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