European News



Team USA comes back from a 3-0 deficit to tie Europe after Day One in Weber Cup, 3-3

Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England (Oct. 19-21, 2007)

2007WCDougKent_small.jpg The first session of the 2007 Weber Cup ended tied up at three matches each after an entertaining evening at the Barnsley Metrodome. The Europeans had shot into an unexpected 3-0 lead following excellent wins from Paul Moor, Mika Koivuniemi and Osku Palermaa before big gun Doug Kent (pictured left) turned things around for the Americans with a hard fought victory over Tore Torgersen. Then Tommy Jones blasted a stunning 300 game to narrow the deficit before the Americans took the final Baker game to level things up.



Van Baest win Prince de Liege handicap tournament

Bowling Le Strike in Crisnée, Belgium (October 1-7, 2007)

2007EBT08GeertJanVanBaest_small.jpg Though former Dutch national team member Geert-Jan van Baest (pictured left) did not receive any handicap in the Prince de Liege tournament he walked away the winner at Sunday Oct. 7 at Bowling Le Strike in Crisnée, Belgium. Van Baest, gold medalist at the 1995 World Championships in Reno with the Dutch 5-player team, posted a 1395 six-game series, an average of 232.50, en route to claim the 2.500 Euro top prize.



Krause/Bhongbhibhat win 7th International Strangers Doubles Tournament

2007StrangersBhongbhibhatKrause_small.jpg Alex Krause and Tim Bhongbhibhat (r-l) from Stuttgart, Germany came back from a 1-0 deficit against Swiss Sandro Ancarani and Bigi Manico to win the 7th International Strangers Doubles Tournament, two-games-to-one. The local favorites easily won the first game, 398-337, but the Germans rebounded with a 457-403 win in game two to level the match. In a high-scoring final game Krause (266) led his teammate Bhongbhibhat (204) to a 470-447 victory.



Froggatt cruises to victory in inaugural Maribor Strike Open

Now online: Videos of all three Stepladder Matches

2007MONickFroggatt3_small.jpg Tournament leader Nick Froggatt, England, defeated Tony Fransson, Sweden, in the title match of the inaugural Maribor Open Strike Tournament, 227-207, en route to win the title and the 8.000 Euro top prize. Fransson, the No. 4 seed, ousted two compatriots on his way to the title match. In the opening match, Franssen defeated Martin Larsen, 217-205, then eliminated No. 2 seeded Erik Andersin in the semi-final, 228-223.  The 2nd Maribor Open is on the schedule for the 2008 European Bowling Tour and will be held September 6-14, 2008. 



Froggatt, Andersin, Larsen and Fransson to bowl for the title in Maribor Open

Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 8-16, 2007)

2007MOErikAndersin_small.jpg 2007MOMartinLarsen_small.jpg England's Nick Froggatt earned the No. 1 seed for the Live TV Finals in the 1st Maribor Open Strike Tournament at Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia. Three Swedes, Erik Andersin (r.), qualifying winner Martin Larsen (l.) and Tony Fransson will battle it out for he right to bowl Froggatt for the title. The four-player stepladder finals will be broadcasted live on Slovenian television in a two-hour show airing at 6 p.m. local time.



Froggatt moves to the top in Final Round Four in Maribor

Osella shoots second perfecto the tournament

2007MONickFroggatt4_small.jpg Nick Froggatt (l.) from England overtook the lead in the 1st Maribor Open Strike Tournament after Final Round Four at Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia. The lefty averaged 241.17 over the last six games and felled 1447 pins. Luca Osella started the round with the tournament's second 300 game but missed the cut by 29 pins. The top 8 players advanced to the next round and will bowl another three games to cut to the top 4 for the Live TV stepladder finals starting at 6 p.m.



Williams shots 280 to take the lead after Final Round Three in Maribor

Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 8-16, 2007)

2007MONickFroggattStuartWilliams_small.jpg The field is down to 16 in the 1st Maribor Open at Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia. From now on pinfall will be carried forward until the top four players for the Live TV Finals will be determined. World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams (r.), England, finished the third round with 280 to jump to the top of the leaderboard with 723 three-game total and an average of 241. His compatriot Nick Froggatt (l.) is mere two pins behind in second place with 721. 



Thomas Gross sets the pace in Final Round Two in Maribor Open

Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 8-16, 2007)

2007MOMathiasArup2_small.jpg 2007MOThomasGross2_small.jpg Multiple Austrian champion Thomas Gross (left), rolled a 732 three-game series in Final Round Two, the highest series of the day thus far in the finals of the 1st Maribor Open Strike Tournament in Slovenia. Gross had back-to-back 250s and finished with 217 to lead Mathias Årup (right) by one pin. The Swede started with 279-255 and closed out his series with 197 for 731.



Andersin leads Final Round 1 in inaugural Maribor Open Strike Tournament

Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 8-16, 2007)

2007MOErikAndersin_small.jpg 2007MOIvonneGross2_small.jpg Erik Andersin (left); Sweden, posted the highest three-game series in Final Round One in the 1st Maribor Open Strike Tournament with 728 pinfall total, an average of 242.66, to lead the top 14 players into the next round. Local bowler Tamaz Krizaj, 64, delighted his friends when he advanced in second position with 684. Third place belonged to the sole woman in the final, Ivonne Gross (right), Austria, with 683. 



Larsen wins qualifying in Maribor Open; no changes among the top 14 in final squad

Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia (Sept. 8-16, 2007)

2007MOMartinLarsen_small.jpg Martin Larsen from Sweden, who led the field since Squad 17, won the qualifying in the 1st Maribor Open Strike Tournament at Strike Bowling Center in Maribor, Slovenia with 1512 six-game total, an average of 252.00. The two-time World Champion was the onyl player who cracked the 1500-bar in the tournament. Qualifying ends tonight with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad. A total of 56 players will qualify for the finals on Sunday, Sep. 16: The top 52 in the overall qualifying standings and the top 4 Desperados.



Herskovitch and Rabin win Israeli National Individual Championship

2007ISRNCNufarHerskovitchYahavRabin_small.jpg Nufar Herskovitch and Yahav Rabin captured the women's and men's Israeli National Individual Championship with a 2-1 victory in the best-of-three games finals at Bola Bowling in Holon, Israel on August 30th. Usually the champions book their tickets to the European Champions Cup, but not this year. "Israel cannot participate in the Europe Champions Cup in Luxemburg," Arie Fisher, president of the Israel Bowling Federation, stated.



2007 Weber Cup Teams announced

Tomas_Leandersson_5383.jpg2006EBT14TimMack_small.jpgMatchroom Sport has announced the two teams to contest the seventh annual Weber Cup which takes place from October 19-21, 2007 at the Barnsley Metrodome in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. The Europeans are once again skippered by Sweden's Tomas Leandersson (left) while Tim Mack (right) is back as United States' Weber Cup team captain.



Monsen and Hansen win the titles in Evje Open International

Evje Bowling in Evje, Norway (August 1-12, 2007)

2007EOAudunHansen_small.jpg 2007EOJanneMonsen_small.jpg Janne Monsen and Audun Boye Hansen won the women's and men's titles in the 2007 Evje Open International in Norway. Both players entered the five-player stepladder finals as the No. 1 seed, which had to be defeated twice to win the title. Hansen topped Jahn Kåre Haugen in a close match, 228-223, to seal the victory in the men's division worth 30.000 NOK (approx. 3.760 Euro). Monsen won the women's final in the decisive game against Heidi Thorstensen, 190-188, to earn 15.000 NOK. The Mixed Doubles title went to Ingunn Øien and Petter Hansen.

Czech Republic


Thomas Gross repeats at Prague Summer Cup

Best Bowling in Prague, Czech Republic (Aug. 1-5, 2007)

2007PragueSCTop3_small.jpg Multiple Austrian national champion Thomas Gross (pictured) averaged 254.00 in round robin match play en route to win the 2007 Prague Summer Cup at Best Bowling in Prague, Czech Republic. It was the second victory for the European Champion in Doubles (with Thomas Tybl) after 2005. Gross started the 8-player round robin with 289 and rolled a perfect game in game #4 en route to a 2242 seven-game total including 210 bonus. 



Bowlers from Netherlands Antilles surprise in Masters competition at Kingdom Games

Bowlingcentrum Wijndaelerduin in The Hague, Netherlands (July 21-27, 2007)

2007KingdomGamesLogo.jpg Chantal Statia and Tarik Samandar, Netherlands Antilles, are the surprising gold medalists in the girls and boys Masters in the Kingdom Games 2007 at Bowlingcentrum Wijndaelerduin in The Hague, Netherlands. In the best-of-five title match, Jacobs swept her opponent, Dutch Chantal Jacobs, 3-0, while Samandar came back from being down 1-0 against Nigel Maduro, Aruba, to win 3-1.



Ukraine, England, Malta win the medals in First European Sport Games bowling competition

‘5 Element' bowling center in Kiev, Ukraine (July 19-25, 2007)

2007ESGLogo_small.jpg Jenny Billingham, England, and Andriy Vazhentsev, Ukraine, won the gold medals in the women's and men's bowling competition at the First European Sport Games in the Ukraine. Kiev (Kyiv), capital and largest city of the Ukraine, hosts the FESG from July 19 through 25, 2007 with fifteen non-Olympic sports including Tenpin Bowling are included into the Games. The bowling tournament was held at ‘5 Element' bowling center featuring one man and one woman from nine European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations.

European News


ETBF Presidium decides on 2008 ECC and EBT Masters

ETBF_1966.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) Presidium has decided the dates and venues for the 2008 European Champions Cup (ECC) and the inaugural European Bowling Tour (EBT) Masters. The 31st ECC will be held at Bowling Treff in Duisburg, Germany, from October 20-26, 2008. The 1st EBT Masters 2008 featuring the top 16 women and the top 16 men of the 2007 European Bowling Tour rankings will be staged at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey, September 22-24, 2008.

2007 EBPA Senior Tour #6


Bellini wins EBPA Senior title in 1st Austria Senior Open

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (July 11-15, 2007)

2007ASODanielssonlBelliniHorne_small.jpg The inaugural Austria Senior Open, the sixth event 2007 EBPA Seniors Tour, was held at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Italian Sergio Bellini (center) earned the title and the 2.000 top prize with a 219.92 scratch average over his 12 games. Christer Danielsson (left), Sweden, beat out American Barry Horne (right) for second place by one pin. Austrian Rene Bauer finished fourth.

Czech Republic


Malaysians dominate 5th Czech Open

Bowland in Olomouc, Czech Republic (July 11-15, 2007)

2007CzechOpenAmirahAziela.jpg Malaysia's rising stars Zandra Aziela (right) and Siti Safiyah Amirah (left) battled it out for the title in the 5th Czech Open in a best-of-three game final. Aziela, the No. 2 seed, fired two huge games (226 and 246) to defeat top seeded Amirah, 2-0, en route to earn the title and the 2.000 Euro top prize. Most of the 178 participants from 15 countries must have been very surprised when they found out that the entire Malaysian national squad - men and women - participated in a tournament that offers less than 6.500 Euro total prize fund (approx. $8,740).



ETBF Congress in Vienna

ETBF_1966.jpg The ordinary Congress of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation was held in conjunction with the Men's European Championships in Vienna, Austria, and took place at the Ibis Hotel Mariahilf on July the 7th. Major decisions made by the Congress include the reduction from six to four players per gender in the European Youth Championships, the termination of the European Gold Cup, the permission for PBA members to compete in European Championships, the limitation of ball checks at championships, and the reduction of the ETBF presidium members to six.

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