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Israeli National Team Trials determine teams for MWC and WEC

2010TeamIsraelMen_small.jpgThe Israeli men's and women's national team trials were contested over the past four weeks and ended last weekend with the fifth and last event. 29 men and 6 women bowled a total of 40 games (five 8-game series) on mixed lane condition (one lane dressed with short oil, the other lane with long oil) to determine six men and three women who will represent Israel in the 2010 Men's World Championships and 2010 Women's European Championships.



ETBF to conduct first International Level One Clinic at Kuortane Bowling Training Center

2009ETBFLogo_small.jpgEuropean Tenpin Bowling Federation presidium member and chairman of the ETBF Education Committee, Onder Gurkan from Turkey, has announced that the ETBF will conduct its first International Coaching Clinic for Level One Coaches May 7-12, 2010. According to Gurkan the ETBF coaching programs are updated with the latest information of modern bowling sport and they are supported by ETBF partners Kuortane Bowling Training Center, USBC, Kegel Training Center and Ebonite.



Dominic Barrett wins his second Irish Open Championships

Stillorgan Leisureplex in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 22-24, 2010)

2009EBT14DominicBarrett_small.jpg2008 Irish Open champion and last year's runner-up, Dominic Barrett (l.), England, captured his second Irish Open Championships Sunday at Stillorgan Leisureplex in Dublin, Ireland. Barrett overtook the lead in the third round of the finals to lead the top 8 players into the final match play portion. He started his match against Ireland's Alan Gibbons with the tournament's second 300 game and never looked back. He finished with 4567 pinfall total and an average of 235.11 for 19 games to earn the 3.000 Euro top prize.



HaukĂĄs, Kellegher claim Open Division titles in 11th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open

Alsaa Bowl in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 2-23, 2010)

2007EBT17KennethHaukas_small.jpg2007AOAimeeKellegher_small.jpgKenneth HaukĂĄs (l.) from Norway and Aimee Kellegher (r.), Ireland, finished the 11th Hammer ALSAA Re-Entry Open at ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland, atop the leaderboard in the men's and women's Open Division. HaukĂĄs became the 6th Norwegian champion with a 1309 series and an average of 261,80 for five games. Kellegher became the first Irish women's champion with 1122 (224.40 avg.). HaukĂĄs pocketed the 800 Euro top prize while Kellegher received 400 Euro.



Ancarani, Schliengensief win Zurich Singles Championships 2010

Bowling Center BeSeCo in RĂĽmikon-Winterthur, Switzerland (Jan. 17, 2010)

2010ZurichSCSchlingensiefAncarani_small.jpgSandro Ancarani (right) of Winterthur, Switzerland, and Manuela Schliengensief (left), Germany, won the men's and women's titles in the Zurich Singles Championships 2010 Sunday at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland. The Championships drew 65 men (Divisions A-C) and 22 women (Divisions A and B). Joel Lienhard of Ettenhofen and Dora Perlmutter of Stäfa won the title in Division B while Fritz Jeker of Winkel b. Bülach finished first in Men's Division C.



Leandersson finally wins AIK Tournament in Stockholm

Eklund, Glendert win Super Six Tour 2009 finals

2010AIKTomasLeandersson_small.jpgTomas Leandersson (l.), Sweden, estimates that he has participated about 25 times in the AIK Tournament at Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm, Sweden. This year, the popular tournament celebrated its 30th anniversary with the finals being held on Jan. 6. For the first time in his illustrious career, Leandersson walked away with the winner's trophy after defeating his arch rival, Tore Torgersen, Norway, in the title match, 215-193. Dennis Eklund and Malin Glendert won the Super Six Tour 2009 finals,



The Year 2009 in Review

Watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifThe Tenpin Bowling Year 2009 was filled with action, record-breaking performances, great comebacks as well as stunningly surprising or long-overdue breakthroughs. The PBA pros went globe-trotting and Asians, Americans and Europeans tested their skills in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. Spearheaded by Philippine legend Paeng Nepomuceno, the international USBC silver coaches have certified numerous bronze coaches all over the world. To watch Bowlingdigital's slideshow with the highlights of the year 2009 click here



Dream-Bowl Palace, host of the 2010 Men's World Championships, celebrates Grand Opening

Updated with a short video from lane 1 to 52

20091214DBPExteriorView_small.jpgJust 175 days after the ground-breaking ceremony, Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany, celebrated its Grand Opening on Monday evening, Dec. 14, 2009 with a couple of hundred guests from politics, business, media and the world of bowling  The 52-laner equipped with Brunswick Anvilane Pro Lane with Vector plus scoring system is the largest bowling center in Europe with all 52 lanes on a single floor with no supporting pillars.



Bowling on the rise in Italy under Tenpin Association President Sattanino


Italy has not fared well at international bowling competitions in recent years, but that is about to change under the leadership of Italy's new Tenpin Bowling Association President, Alessandro Sattanino . Sattanino, a university professor and an avid bowler himself, recently invited USBC Director of International Relations Bill Hoffman, USBC Gold coach Frank Buffa, and PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. to exchange ideas on how to grow the sport of bowling in Italy.



Helén Johnsson selected as Swedish Bowler of the Year 2009 By Hans Karlsson

2009SWEBotYHelenJohnsson_small.jpgThe Swedish Bowling Federation has selected Helén Johnsson as Swedish Bowler of the Year 2009. The 33 year-old multiple World Championship medalist had another outstanding year, highlighted by a silver medal in All Events in the Women's World Championships in Las Vegas in August. On several occasions Johnsson has shown that she has the ability to challenge the top male bowlers, sometimes even without using the much-debated 8 pins handicap generally given to the women.



Helén Johnsson becomes first woman to win twice on the Swedish Super Six Tour

2009SSSTMalmoTop4_small.jpg Swedish international Helén Johnsson made history when she defeated Norwegian standout Tore Torgersen, 255-204, in the title match of the Swedish Super Six Tour event at the Baltic Bowling Center in Malmö. It was the second Super Six victory for Johnsson making her the first woman to win twice on the Swedish Super Six Tour. Her first victory came in Vårby in April 2008. "I consider this one of my biggest wins, especially considering the tough lane condition in the tournament", Johnsson said.



Paeng Nepomuceno to bowl in "Diplomats' Bowling Tournament" in Turkey

Diplomats aim to raise funds for the victims of recent series of typhoons and floods

2009BWCPaengNepomuceno_small.jpgDiplomats and Filipinos in Ankara, Turkey's capital city, are now eagerly awaiting the visit of six-time World Bowling Champion Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno (pictured) next Wednesday. Paeng is due to arrive in Istanbul on December 2 with his wife, the former Pinky Puyat. The Champion will play exhibition games and participate in the Philippine Embassy-organized "Diplomats' Bowling Tournament" scheduled in Ankara on Saturday, December 5, at the "Play Planet" bowling center at Ankara's modern Panora Shopping Mall.



Kostas Liratzis shoots big game to win Sofia International Open

Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 23-29, 2009)

2009SIOKostasLiratzis_small.jpgKostas Liratzis from Greece defeated Mathias Olsson, Sweden, 259-225, to win the Sofia International Open at Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the 6.000 Euro top prize. In the semifinals, Olsson eliminated his compatriot Peter Nordenson, 226-210 to set up the title match against Liratzis, who won a low-scoring encounter against Andrea Fedeli, Italy, 178-168. The Sofia International Open drew 150 players from 21 countries offering a total prize fund of 40.000 Euro.



Paul Moor wins qualifying in Sofia International Open

Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria (Nov. 23-29, 2009)

2009EBT08PaulMoor2_small.jpg3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (l.), England, fired games of 226, 267, 248, 299, 237, 277 and 1554, an average of 259.00, en route to win the qualifying in the Sofia International Open at Mega Xtreme Bowling in Sofia, Bulgaria. Moor led a total 56 players into the finals on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009. The top 8 qualifiers will bypass the first round of the finals. The top 27 players cracked the 1400-bar, a 233.33 avg. The Sofia International Open offers total prize fund of 40.000 Euro with 6.000 going to the winner.



Brunswick to conduct a series of seminars all over Europe in November

Seminars combine lane maintenance and ball dynamics

2009BrunswickSeminarsBanner_small.jpgThe biggest area of confusion in the modern game of bowling is ball selection and matching up to different lane conditions. Brunswick has recognized this and put together a series of seminars held all over Europe this month to address this knowledge area. "It is a unique opportunity to get a ball dynamics expert and a lane pattern expert in the same room running a seminar," said Brunswick staffer Zara Giles (nee Glover), a multiple World and European champion.



Sean Rash caps off Germany Tour with perfect game in Bundesliga

20091015SeanRashDuisburg_small.jpgAfter a week-long promotion tour in Germany that brought him to five cities, 4-time PBA champion Sean Rash capped off a week featuring kids clinics, adult coaching and show bowling with an official 300 game in the "Bundesliga", the national five-player league in Germany. The 2007 USBC Masters champion and Brunswick Pro Staff member joined German national team members Achim Grabowski and Michael Krämer and their team from 1st Bowling Club Duisburg in the second stop of the Bundesliga in Böblingen.



100 years of bowling in Sweden celebrated with centennial gala

SwenskBowliing100Logo_small.jpg100 years ago on October 10, 1909, Sweden's first bowling center opened its doors in downtown Stockholm. Consequently, Swedish bowling celebrated the centennial with a gala held on October 10, 2009. Almost 400 people, the Who-is-who of Swedish bowling and their relatives and friends gathered at the renowned Berns Salonger, a restaurant and entertainment venue in Berzelii Park in central Stockholm, which is just a few blocks away from where the first bowling balls were thrown exactly a century ago. During the festivities awards were given in eight different categories.



Sanders wins 5th European Women Masters 2009 from top seed

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpgTop seeded Nicole Sanders (pictured left), Netherlands, swept No. 3 seeded Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, in the championship match of the 5th European Women Masters 2009 at Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, en route to win the title and the 3.500 top prize. In the semifinals, In the best-of-three games finals, Sanders took a 1-0 lead with a 191-169 win in game #1 and wrapped up the title with a 205-173 in game #2. Larsen pocketed 2.000 Euro for second place.



Nicole Sanders leads top 4 players into match play finals in Barcelona

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpg2009VOBrittBrondsted_small.jpgDutch Nicole Sanders (l.), who led the Round of 24 after the first block including a 300 game, held on to the lead in the second block en route to lead the top 4 players into the match play finals of the 5th European Women Masters 2009. Joining Sanders in the semis in best-of-three games format. are Sue Abela, Malta, Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, and Britt Brøndsted (r.), Denmark. The winner will receive the 3.500 Euro top prize.



Nicole Sanders rolls 300 to lead Round of 24 at halfway point in Barcelona

Baix Bowling in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain (Oct. 8-10, 2009)

2009EBT04NicoleSanders_small.jpg2007BWCSueAbela5_small.jpgDutch Nicole Sanders (pictured left), Netherlands, one of nine invitees in the 5th European Women Masters 2009, finished the first block of six games with a 300 game en route to take the lead as the Round of 24 has reached the halfway point. Malta's Sue Abela (right) was second with 1376, with Joline Persson.Planefors, Sweden, third (1356) and defending champion Kirsten Penny, England, fourth (1348). The top 4 after another 6-game block will advance to the semis.

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