European Bowling News Overview

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Loos cracks the 1300-bar in Squad 2 in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14GyorgyBodis_small.jpg 2008EBT14MichaelLoos_small.jpg Michael Loos, Austria, became the first player, who cracked the 1300-bar in the second qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.  Loos (l.) started with a 253 game to shoot into the qualifying lead with 1346 six-game total and an average of 226.66. After a slow start (187, 177) György Bodis from Hungary used a high game of 258 and three more 200s to end up in second place with 1247. Bodis (r.) moved into third place in the overall qualifying standings, just seven pins behind Squad 1 leader Walter Rieger, Austria, who fell to second with 1254.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

10/01/08

Austrians set the pace in 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

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

2008EBT14WalterRieger_small.jpg 2008EBT14GeryFuchs_small.jpg Walter Rieger from Austria led the first qualifying squad of the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open Tuesday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with 1254 six-game total and an average of 209.00. Rieger (left) came out of the gates quickly with a 256 game, then suffered two-sub-par games before he closed out the series with 239, 201 and 222 to take the early lead. As the squad leader Rieger is automatically qualified for the finals on Sunday. Gery Fuchs (right) had games between 180 and 226 to land in second place with 1222.Qualifying continues totay with two more squads.

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/30/08

6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open gets underway with 9-pin No-Tap Tournament

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

2008VONoTapWinners_small.jpg A 9-pin No-Top tournament kicked off the five-day qualifying portion of the sixth annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open Monday evening at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Players were divided in four different average groups (all less than 200 average) and a total of 13 players received free entries into the main event. The Vienna Open, the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Major", will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling. 

2008 European Bowling Tour #14

09/29/08

Live Coverage from the 6th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

Bowlingdigital to test Live Streaming

2008ViennaOpenLogo_small.jpg The 6th annual Columbia 300 Vienna Open is the 14th stop of the 2008 European Bowling Tour and one of the Tour's "Majors". The tournament will be held from Sep. 30 - Oct. 5, 2008 at 32-laner Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Open offers a total prize fund of 65.630 Euro - 55.400 € for Singles and 10.230 € for the Doubles event. The singles champion will receive the 6.000 € top prize while the doubles winners will split 1.600 €. After the online registration was closed, 293 players - 242 men and 51 women from 28 countries were registered for the event. Bowlingdigital.com and Bowl.com will report live from Vienna.

Turkey

09/24/08

Kjeldsen, Palermaa triumph in inaugural EBT Masters

Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 22-24, 2008)

2008EBTMastersLogo_small_0.jpgKamilla Kjeldsen from Denmark and Finland's two-hander Osku Palermaa won the women's and men's titles in the inaugural European Bowling Tour Masters Wednesday at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey. Kjeldsen, who led the very-first EBT ranking season in the year 2000 and also in 2003, defeated fellow countrywoman Britt Brøndsted, EBT ranking champion 2004-2006, in an all-Danish affair, two-games-to-none. In an all-Finnish men's final, 2007 men's ranking champion Palermaa capped off the 2007 EBT season more than nine month after the last tournament with a 2-1 victory over compatriot Pasi Uotila.


2008 European Bowling Tour #13

09/22/08

Barrett defeats Uotila to win first EBT Premier event in Ankara

Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Sep. 13-21, 2008)

2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg Dominic Barrett from England, the No. 2 seed, flew past Pasi Uotila, Finland, seeded fourth, in the title match of the Ankara Open, 490-413 over two games total pinfall, to win the title and the 15-000 Euro top prize. Barrett took a 66-pin lead after the first game (269-202) and never looked back. Uotila was consoled with 10.000 Euro. Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Alexey Parshukov, Russia, who fell to Uotila and Barrett in the semis, received 6.000 Euro each. 9th place finisher Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, won the women's rankings plus a 1.500 Euro bonus.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

09/22/08

Palermaa, Penny continue to lead European rankings after Ankara

2008ALSAAKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2008EBT08OskuPalermaa_small.jpg Osku Palermaa (l.) from Finland and Kirsten Penny (r.), England, held on to the lead in the European rankings after the conclusion of the Ankara Open Sunday, Sep. 21, with 544 and 523 ranking point total, resp. With the help of 150 points from Ankara - the first-ever EBT "Premier" event offered triple ranking points, women's ranking winner, Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, and tournament winner and men's ranking winner, Dominic Barrett, England, jumped into 5th and second place, respectively.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

09/04/08

Palermaa, Penny maintain lead in EBT rankings; Moor and Sanders narrow the gap

Tour continues with its "premier" event, the Ankara Open (Sep. 13-21, 2008)

2008EBT05KirstenPenny2_small.jpg 2008EBT05OskuPalermaa2_small.jpg Kirsten Penny (l.), England and Osku Palermaa (r.), Finland, maintained their lead in the women's and men's European Bowling Tour rankings after the conclusion of the 30th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, Spain, the 11th out of 18 Tour stops this season. Barcelona champion Pete Weber is 53 points off the top 8 in a tied 16th place with 170 points. With the last-minute cancellation of the 12th EBT event, the 2nd Maribor Open Strike Tournament (Sep. 6-14, 2008), the Tour will continue with its sole "premier" tournament, the Ankara Open at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey from Sep. 13-21, 2008.

Switzerland

09/02/08

Krause/Bhongbhibhat defend title in 8th International Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling Beseco in Rümikon, Zurich, Switzerland (Aug. 24-31, 2008)

2008Strangers1stBhongbhibhatKrause_small.jpg Defending champions Timm Bhongbhibhat and Alexander Krause (pictured left, l-r) from Stuttgart defeated Uwe Slama und Ralf Schliengensief, all Germany, 461 to 436, to win the second consecutive title in the 8th International Strangers Doubles Tournament at Bowling Beseco in Rümikon, Zurich, Switzerland. Third place belonged to local favorites, Toni Lai and Hans Schütz, with the best mixed double. Oliver Blasé and Nicole Heberle, Germany, in fourth place. The tournament drew 63 doubles.

2008 European Bowling Tour #12

09/01/08

The Maribor Open, 12th stop of the European Bowling Tour, has been cancelled

Bowling Center Strike in Maribor, Slovenia (Sep. 6-14, 2008)

2008MariborOpenLogo_small.jpgKim Thorsgaard Jensen, Director of the European Bowling Tour, has announced that the organizer of the 2nd Maribor Open Strike Tournament, originally scheduled to be held from September 6-14, 2008 in Maribor, Slovenia, have informed the ETBF on Sunday, August 31, 2008, that they are cancelling the tournament due to the low number of entries. "We have replied to the organizer, the Bowling Centre Strike in Maribor, that we deeply regret their action and that the cancellation will be met by financial claims", wrote Thorsgaard Jensen.

Spain

08/30/08

Bowling making its mark in Spain thanks to USBC Coaching

200808CostasMitsingasClinicSpain_small.jpg USBC Coaching is helping grow the sport of bowling in Spain. USBC Gold coach, instructor and ambassador Costas Mitsingas is seeing to that and has held a successful USBC Bronze coaching certification course recently in Madrid. A total of seven coaches, who were USBC Level I and Dick Ritger Level 2, earned their Bronze certification during the conference, which was held Aug. 1-3 at Bowling Chamartin. The USBC coaches from various parts of Spain expanded their expertise to coach intermediate-level bowlers. The course developed coaching skills in the four essential areas of bowling: the physical game, lane play, equipment and the mental game.

England

08/26/08

Breeschoten makes history at Kegel London International

Airport Bowl in London, England (Aug. 9-25, 2008)

2008LIGrayBreeschotenVanDammeHann_small.jpg Lisanne Breeschoten (pictured), Netherlands, became the first-ever female winner of the Kegel London International, when she went through the stepladder to defeat Matt Hann, silver medalist at the World Youth Championships, Damian Gray, LI champion in 2005, and top seed and favorite Chris van Damme, Belgium. "This is my best and most valuable win ever," commented a delighted but very tired Breeschoten, who pocketed 5.000 British Pounds. "I have won some national (Dutch) events and made some European (EBT) finals, but nothing like this. I am very happy."

Norway

08/10/08

Lund and Thorstensen take different routes to title in Evje Open International

Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway (August 1-10, 2008)

2008EvjeOpenHeidiThorstensenSverreLund_small.jpg Sverre Lund and Heidi Thorstensen, both from bowling club Solli, claimed the men's and women's titles in the Evje Open International Sunday at Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway. Lund, seeded first in the men's five-player stepladder final, topped Norway's shooting star Mads Sandbækken in a high-scoring title match in the deciding match, 299-224, en route to pocket the 30.000 NOK (approx. 3.750 Euro) top prize. In the women's division, third-seeded Thorstensen had to win four matches to win the title. And that was exactly what she did.

Coaching

08/07/08

16 coaches receive USBC Bronze Level Certification in Leeds

20080803InninsSeminarLeeds3_small.jpg USBC Silver Coach Steve Innins, England, has completed his first Bronze Certification Seminar in the UK August 3-4, 2008 in Leeds. Innins has booked a seminar room at the Merrion Centre Hotel which is situated right above AMF Bowl Leeds, a 26-laner where part of the instruction took place. 16 coaches of varying ages and experience from England, Scotland and Germany were in attendance. Some participants were new to coaching and others have several years experience holding coaching qualifications from their home countries national associations.

Austria

08/01/08

World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament"

Brunswick Bowling Hernals in Vienna, Austria (July 4-6, 2008)

2008WSFLogo_small.jpg The World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament" was staged from July 4-6, 2008 in Vösendorf, Lower Austria, Austria. Over 3,500 boys and girls from 21 countries participated in the 3-day event featuring nine sports with unique Olympic-like atmosphere. Besides the sports activities the youth athletes had enough time for personal and intercultural encounters on and off the fields (lanes, pools, courts, etc.). The WSF (formerly United World Games) attracted 100 bowlers who competed in 4-player Mixed Team and Singles at Brunswick Bowling Hernals.

Spain

07/31/08

PABCON Team wins 1st Federation Tenpin Bowling Cup Barcelona 2008

2008FEDCupLogo_small.jpg 2008FEDCupChampionPABCON_small.jpg The 1st Federation Tenpin Bowling Cup 2008 was held July 28-29 in Barcelona, Spain, immediately following the 30 Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona. Each of the three WTBA zones should be represented by four women and four men. The Federation Cup itself was determined in a best-of-three games Baker team shootout. In the championship match, the PABCON team (pictured) made quick work of the ETBF team, two-games-to-none, to win the inaugural Federation Cup.

Coaching

07/29/08

USBC Bronze Coaching course in Leeds, England set for August 3-4

USBCSilverCoachSteveInnins_small.jpg USBC Silver Coach Steve Innins, England, will hold his first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in England on third and fourth August 2008 at the AMF Bowl, Wade Lane in Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NH England. Innins has booked the use of a purpose built conference facility at the Merrion Centre Hotel which is situated right above the 26-laner, where part of the instruction will take place. According to Innins, the first USBC Bronze Coaching Certification seminar in England is an intermediate level of training and certification designed for individuals wanting to increase their coaching skills and professionalism.

2008 European Bowling Tour #11

07/28/08

Weber wins his first EBT title in 30th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 22-27, 2008)

2008EBT1PaulMoor_small.jpg 2007PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgPBA super star Pete Weber (l.) won two matches en route to claim his first career European Bowling Tour title in the 30th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain. The PBA Hall of Famer, who had back-to-back 300 games in qualifying topped No. 3 seeded Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 236-211 in the semifinal and went on to defeat No. 1 seeded Paul Moor (r.), 214-211 in the championship match. Weber earned 12.000 Euro or approx. $18,850 for 1st place and moved up into a tied 16th place in the EBT rankings, Moor received 6.000 Euro for second and Sanders, who won the women's rankings, pocketed 3.000 Euro for third place.


Slovakia

07/24/08

Slovakian bowler rolls three 300 games within eight days

MartinSlavkovsky3x300_small.jpg Martin Slavkovský from Bowling Club 300 Nove Zamky, one of Slovakia's best players, has scored three 300 games within eight days. Slavkovský, who represented his country in the 2007 European Championships in Vienna, Austria and the QubicaAMF Bowling Cup in St. Petersburg in the same year, rolled his first career 300 game on June 29th, 2008, the second one day later,  both in the 'City Cup 2008' in Poprad, and the third just another six days later in the Slovakia Open on July 6th.

2008 European Bowling Tour Rankings

07/21/08

Palermaa, Penny regain lead in EBT rankings

2008EBT10OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2008EBT08KirstenPenny_small.jpg Defending ranking champions Osku Palermaa, Finland and Kirsten Penny, England, regained the lead in the 2008 European Bowling Tour rankings in the 4th Storm San Marino Open, the 10th of 18 ranking events this season. Palermaa finished the tournament, a major on the EBT, in 9th position, while Penny was 15th overall and second in the women's rankings. Palermaa has a total of 391 ranking points and Penny 419.

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