Bram Van Meerbergen, Mats Maggi and Koen Pellegroms of Belgium
overtook Squad 1 leader Italy
by just six pins to take over the lead in the trios preliminaries at the Men’s European Championships in Brussels, Belgium, with two of three squads having completed the first three-game block.
The Belgians came out of the gates commandingly. Maggi fired the fourth 300 game of the Championships and Van Meerbergen and Pellegroms added games of 237 and 234, respectively, to shoot into the lead with 771 (257 average).
The trio followed with 666 and 630 to move to the top of the leaderboard with 2067 and an average of 229.67. Maggi (right) led the way with 693, with Pellegroms (691) and Van Meerbergen (683) close behind.
Above from left: Bram van Meerbergen, Koen Pellegroms, and Mats Maggi.
Marco Boccato, Tommaso Radi and Antonino Fiorentino of Italy slipped to second place with 2061 (229.00).
Trailing Belgium by mere seven pins in squad 2 were Jan Macek, Michal Janovsky and Marek Talpa, who sit just one pin behind Italy in third place with 2060 (228.89). The bowlers from the Czech Republic had three consistent games of 686, 693 and 681.
Macek (right) followed a 279 opening game with the fifth perfecto of the Championships and closed out with 180 for 759, the highest series in this event so far.
From left, Michal Janovsky, Marek Talpa, and Jan Macek.
Glenn Morten Pedersen, Oyvin Kulseng and Tore Torgersen of Norway fell from second to fourth place with 2042 (226.89).
Squad 3 bowlers will take to the lanes to bowl their first three-game block at 4.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET). The 218 bowlers from 36 countries will return on Thursday for the second block before the cut to the top 4 trios for the medal round.
The 2016 Men’s European Championships will be held from August 17-28 at Bowling Stones, a 36-lane QubicaAMF-equipped bowling center in Brussels, Belgium. The nine-day competition started on Saturday, August 20, and culminates with the masters finals on Sunday, August 28.
Record 218 athletes from 37 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Belgium – participate in the event.
Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.
Singles, doubles, trios and team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in the prelims. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.
The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined scores in the singles, doubles and team preliminaries) receive the medals in all-events.
The top 24 in all-events advance to single-elimination masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.
In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.
The 2016 Men’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for male bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.
The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 men’s teams in Brussels will qualify for the combined World Championships.
Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.
Italy sets the tone in Squad 1 Trios after three games
Jähi, Palermaa cruise to the Doubles title
Finland, Denmark, Germany (2) to bowl for MEC Doubles title
Finns Palermaa, Jähi shoot into Doubles lead
Agerbo, Mortensen continue to lead Doubles preliminaries
Agerbo, Mortensen lead MEC Doubles prelims after Squad1/4
Jesper Agerbo shoots big games to win Singles gold
Jesper Agerbo leads Singles preliminaries after squad 2/4
2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go
2016 MEC Trios Preliminaries – Standings after Squad 2/3 Block 1/2
Top 4 advance to the medal round
300 games (2) – Mats Maggi, Belgium; Jan Macek. Czech Republic.