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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.

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.

Czech Republic

07/18/08

It's Gross again; wins second international title within 8 days in Czech Open

Bowland in Olomouc, Czech Republic (July 7-13, 2008)

2008CzechOpenLogo_small.jpg 2008CzechOpenThomasGross_small.jpg Thomas Gross (r.) from Austria won his second international title and his second 2.500 Euro top prize within eight day when he claimed the title in the 6th Czech Open 2008 at Bowland in Olomouc, Czech Republic, on Sunday July 13. Gross defeated Radek Pospisil from Slovakia in the title match over two games total pinfall, 430 to 372. Pospisil had to settle for second place with Jan Spacil, Czech Republic, in third.

EPBA Senior Tour #10

07/15/08

Wimmer wins 2nd Austria Senior Open 2008

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (July10-13, 2008)

2008ASOHermannWimmer2_small.jpg Hermann Wimmer (l.) from Germany emerged as the winner of the 2nd Austria Senior Open 2008 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Wimmer, who was third after qualifying overtook the lead in the Round of 32 and never looked back. He finished with 2754 12-game total including handicap and was able to weather a strong challenge by Austrian Walter Rieger and Jürgen Preuss, Germany, who came up strong in the final two games in the Round of 8. Wimmer pocketed 2.000 Euro for first place, Rieger received 1.000€ for second and Preuss garnered 700 Euro for third place.

Slovakia

07/13/08

Gross cruises to victory in the 7th Slovakia Open

Brunswick Bowling Aupark in Bratislava, Slovakia (July 3-6, 2008)

2008SLKOpenThomasGross_small.jpg Thomas Gross (pictured) from Austria won the title in the 7th Slovakia Open at Brunswick Bowling Aupark in Bratislava, Slovakia and the 2.500 Euro top prize. The European champion in Doubles averaged 238-plus in round robin to hold a 150-pin lead before the final position round. Though he fell to #2 Miroslav Cifra, Czech Republic, 248-201, and #3 Peter Smits, Netherlands, posted a huge 276 game, Gross (center) cruised to victory with 2028 pinfall total.

Israel

07/05/08

Mizrachi and Aviram repeat as Israeli National Champions

2008ISRNCOrAviramSaritMizrachi_small.jpg Sarit Mizrachi and Or Aviram won the titles in the 2008 Israeli Individual National Championship Friday at "Superbowling Sport", a 20-laner in Petach Tikva, Israel. 44 players participated in the championship. After 20 games on short and long oil the top 8 men and top women determined the champions in best-of-three single-elimination finals. The champions will represent Israel in the European Champions Cup in Duisburg, Germany, later this year. Aviram won the ECC title in 2006.

2008 ESBC

07/02/08

Almost 800 bowlers participate in 17th European Senior Bowling Championships

Bowl Center - Saint Herblain; EuroBowl - St Sébastien; Petit Port - Nantes, France (June 21-27, 2008)

2008ESBCLogo_small.jpg A total of 792 seniors (507 men and 285 women) from 18 countries - Austria, Belgium, Catalonia (an Autonomous Community of the Kingdom of Spain, ETBF member federation), Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland - participated in the 17th European Senior Bowling Championships in three bowling centers in or near Nantes, France. The event was organized by Francoise Augustin, ESBC Presidium member. Paul Douw, Netherlands, was elected ESBC president for three years.

Malta

06/25/08

Wiekeraad, Moor come from behind to win the titles in Malta Open

ETBF might take action against organizer for reducing the prize fund by 30 per cent

2008MOPaulMoor_small.jpg 2008MOBiancaWiekeraad_small.jpg Bianca Wiekeraad (l.), Netherlands, and Paul Moor (r.) defeated top-seeded Kirsten Penny and Dominic Barrett to claim the titles in the women's and men's division in the 17th Malta Open Championships at Eden SuperBowl in St. Julians. Opposite to the 4.400 and 3.000 Euro top prizes announced by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF), Moor and Wiekeraad earned 3.080 Euro and 2.100 Euro, respectively, for winning the titles.

Switzerland

06/09/08

Germans dominate Grand Prix Zurich 2008

Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland (May 25-1 June, 2008)

2008GPZurichTopChristianBirlingerHansNietsch_small.jpg The 31st Grand Prix Zurich at Bowling Center BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland was dominated by bowlers from Germany as all four players in the stepladder final came from the Swiss neighbor. In the title match, Hans Nietsch (r.), the No. 1 seed defeated former national team member Frank Börner, 217-207, to secure the title.  The youth tournament saw almost the same outcome. The top three players came from Germany with Christian Birlinger (l.) capturing the title.

Austria

05/22/08

World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament"

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

2008WSFLogo_small.jpg The World Sports Festival 2008 "More Than Just A Tournament" will be staged from July 4-6, 2008 in Vösendorf, Lower Austria, Austria. More than 3,000 enthusiastic young people from 17 countries participated in the event in 2007. The World Sports Festival 2008 offers eight sports - Baseball , Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling - with a unique Olympic-like atmosphere and big fun potential, yet with enough time for personal and intercultural encounters on and off the fields (lanes, pools, courts, etc.).

Norway

05/13/08

Jakobsen, Olsen become Norwegian National Champions

Haugen, Sandbækken to represent Norway in QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

2008NORNCRenateJakobsenSveinRogerOlsen_small.jpg Renate Jakobsen (l.) of bowling club Stavanger and Svein Roger Olsen (r.), Solli BK, took different routes to win the women's and men's individual titles in the 2008 Norwegian National Championships at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo. Record 71 ladies and 221 men started the championships on Thursday and Friday with the doubles event. Ingunn Øien teamed with Cathrine Bjercke to win the women's title while Olsen and Thomas Fagerstrøm captured the men's title. 

South Africa

05/10/08

WTM champion Caminsky forced to postpone the upcoming Durban Cup

2007BWCGuyCaminsky_small.jpg The Durban Cup has built up a wonderful tradition over the years for South African bowlers. Therefore, it was a difficult decision for bowling center proprietor and South Africa No. 1 bowler, Guy Caminsky (pictured), to announce that the Durban Cup 2008, due for the May 17-18, is postponed. "We have had an unfortunate incident at Superbowling Gateway," said Caminsky the 2008 World Tenpin Masters champion. "A customer threw a ball into our ceiling and knocked off the sprinkler head for the fire sprinkler system."

Ireland

05/08/08

Four-time Irish Champion Paul Magee dies

2003WTTCPaulMagee_small.jpg We were informed that long-time Irish national team member Paul Magee has died at the age of only 51 after a long battle with motor neuron disease. Paul was a member of the Irish national team from 1978 until 2001 and a four-time Irish national champion. He played in many World Cups, in World and European Championships before he became Irish team manager until 2003. "Paul was a man who lit up the world of bowling with his personality. His victory banquet sing-alongs were legendary," said Darryl Eagen, a friend and team mate on Team Ireland.

Belgium

05/07/08

Four in a row for Lebon in Belgian Individual Championship

Goossens wins women's title

2008BELNCLebonGoosens_small.jpg Jean-Marc Lebon and Katrien Goossens won the men's and women's title in the 2008 Belgian Individual Championship Sunday May 4th at Bowling Bowlmaster in Brussels. It was the fourth consecutive national title for Lebon and the sixth overall. This season, the Belgian Sport Bowling Federation created a new category called "Top Sport" which was contested on sport conditions. The champions will represent Belgium at the 31st European Champions Cup, October 20-26, 2008 at Treff Bowling in Duisburg, Germany.

England

04/21/08

Caminsky beats Barnes to win 11th World Tenpin Masters

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, England (April 18-20, 2008)

2008WTMChrisBarnes_small.jpg 2008WTMGuyCaminskyChampion_small.jpg Guy Caminsky (left), South Africa defeated reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (right), United States, 526-517 over two games total pinfall en route to win the 11th World Tenpin Masters at Barnsley Metrodome in England and the 30,000 Dollar first prize. Trailing the American by nine pins after a 258-249 defeat in game #1, Caminsky put on a show in game #2 when he defeated the 10-time PBA champion, 277-259, to cruise to victory.

England

04/21/08

Barnes, Moor, Palermaa join Caminsky in semi-final at World Tenpin Masters

2008WTMKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2008WTMOskuPalermaa2_small.jpg In a sensational last quarter-final match Chris Barnes (USA) and England’s Kirsten Penny (left) recorded the highest aggregate match score in the ten year history of the event as Barnes edged his way into his third consecutive semi-final at the PartyCasino.com World Tenpin Masters. Barnes now faces Osku Palermaa, Finland, who eliminated Stuart Williams (right), 467-445. England's Paul Moor defeated countryman Dominic Barrett, 516-473 to set up a semi-match against Guy Caminsky later tonight.

England

04/20/08

Caminsky becomes first player to reach the semi-finals in World Tenpin Masters

Five Brits among the remaining eight players

2008WTMGuyCaminsky_small.jpg In the first quarterfinal match in the 11th World Tenpin Masters, Guy Caminsky (l.) reached the semi-final of a major tournament for the first time in his career. The South African, who has competed in the Masters on six previous occasions, had never advanced past the quarterfinals.However, he ended that record as he gained a 449-428 victory over James Tidd, England. The the last two matches of Round 1, Kirsten Penny became the fifth bowler from England to qualify for the quarterfinals as she defeated Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang 504-480. PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, the 2006 Masters Champion, elimnated Or Aviram, Israel, 449-405.

England

04/20/08

Palermaa shoots big score to win the battle of two former World Cup champions

Barrett and Williams fly English flag

2008WTMOskuPalermaa_small.jpg England's Dominic Barrett and Stuart Williams won their first round matches in the 2008 PartyCasino.com World Tenpin Masters at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday afternoon to keep the hopes for an English winner alive. While Barrett has set up an all-English quarterfinal against Paul Moor, Williams will now meet Osku Palermaa (pictured left), who produced the best performance of the tournament so far in his opening round. In a match between two former World Cup champions, the Finn cruised to a 516-461 victory over Michael Schmidt, Canada.

England

04/19/08

Defending champion Belmonte eliminated in Round 1 in World Tenpin Masters

First round wins for Tidd, Caminsky and Moor

2008WTMJamesTidd_small.jpg The 11th World Tenpin Masters currently underway at Barnsley Metrodome in England lost one of its biggest attractions Friday when debutant James Tidd (left), England, caused the first major upset of the 2008 event as he sent defending champion Jason Belmonte tumbling out of the competition in the opening game. In the other matches on Friday, South African Guy Caminsky sidelined  Dutch Ghislaine van der Tol and England's Paul Moor defeated Alex Liew, Malaysia.

Sweden

04/09/08

Helén Johnsson wins first Super Six title in Sweden

By Hans Karlsson, Swedish Bowling Federation

2008SST02HelenJohnssonChristerEklund_small.jpg Swedish national team member Helén Johnsson won her first career Super Six title in the Swedish Super Six Series when she defeated fellow countryman Christer Eklund in the title match of the Djurgardens Internordiska, 202-199. Johnsson received 40 000 SEK for accomplishing the feat (app. $6,700). "It was nice to win since I have reached the semi-finals twice before. It also give me a strong inspiration for the upcoming Women's European Championships", said the reigning European Masters Champion.

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