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More than 700 players participate in 16th European Senior Bowling Championship

2007ESBCMastersMenTop3_small.jpg 745 players representing 19 European countries participated in the 16th European Senior Bowling Championship at five bowling centers in Sicily, Italy from June 23-29, 2007. Hildegard Kuhn, Italy (left) won the Women's A finals, while Helena Karkkainen, Finland and Sonja Östlund-Carlsson, Sweden earned the gold medal in Categories B and C, resp. The men's Masters champions were (l-r) John de Vries, Netherlands (A), Giovanni la Bianca (B) and Enrico Canevari (C), both Italy.



Mol survives late challenge to win Slovakia Open

Brunswick Bowling Aupark in Bratislava, Slovakia (June 21-24, 2007)

2007SLVRoelMol2_small.jpg Roel Mol (pictured), Netherlands maintained a slim 5-pin lead over Mariusz Musialik, Poland in the position round en route to win the Slovakia Open and the 2.500 top prize. Mol finished with 1908 pinfall total including bonus, while Musialik settled for second place with 1903 and pocketed 1.000 Euro. Third place belonged to Swede Christian Karlsson with 1829, worth 700 Euro. Marek Husár was the top-ranked Slovakian player in fourth place with 1819.



Greek TV channel sacrifices EYC Bowling Show to give political discussion overtime

ERTWorldLogo.jpg 2007EYCLogo_small.jpg Al those, who were waiting for the 30 minute TV special with the highlights of the 2007 European Youth Championships on Greek satellite channel ERT on Monday, experienced a huge disappointment. All they could follow was a live political discussion (in Greek), which did not finish on time but took half an hour longer. 



Nine countries to participate in bowling event at First European Sport Games

Kiev, Ukraine (July 19-25, 2007)

UKRBowlingFederationLogo.jpg 2007ESGLogo_small.jpgAs earlier reported, Igor Kononenko, President of the of All-Ukrainian Sports Tenpin Bowling Federation has announced that Kiev (Kyiv), capital and largest city of the Ukraine, will host the First European Sport Games from July 19 through 25, 2007.  Participating countries in the bowling event are: Belarus, Belgium, England, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova and Ukraine.



Highlights of the 2007 European Youth Championships to be broadcasted on satellite TV

ERTWorldLogo.jpg 2007EYCLogo_small.jpg The Hellenic Bowling Federation has announced that a 30 minute TV special with the highlights of the 2007 European Youth Championships, April 6-15 at Strike Bowling Club in Thessaloniki, Greece, will be aired on Greek satellite channel ERT on Monday June 25 at 21:00 (GMT).



Interview with Ted Thompson of Kegel

Republished courtesy of (June 3, 2007)

Ted, firstly can you explain to use your role in Kegel?
ColumnistTedThompson_small.jpg For the past three years my main role has been supporting the Kegel distribution network throughout Europe. Just recently however Kegel has shifted that responsibility to Kegel Master Technician Don Agent. I have also been the liaison with the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) and their highly successful European Bowling Tour (EBT) which I will continue to do as well as some other sporting responsibilities.



United World Games 2007

Brunswick Bowling Center Hernals in Vienna, Austria (June 28-July 1, 2007)

2007UWGLogo_small.jpg Due to the massive interest and the enormous demand the Organizing Committee of the United World Games has decided to hold the 2007 UWG in two Austrian cities - Klagenfurt and Vienna. With more than 1,500 athletes from the United States having registered already, a record number of participants is almost guaranteed. The bowling event will takes place at the Brunswick Bowling Center Hernals (Posthalle) in Vienna.



Malta Youth Open: Camilleri, Said take Championship titles

Republished courtesy of The Malta Independent (May 16, 2007)

The Eden SuperBowl recently hosted the fourth annual Globalair Travel Youth Open, where a field of Under-24 tenpin bowlers competed in a series of events to decide this year's Champions.
While the event was rather dominated by local athletes, it also attracted competitors from the United Kingdom and also Italy, but it was Maltese pair, Rankin Camilleri and Stephanie Said who were the eventual overall winners of the respective Male and Female divisions.



Øien and Sandbækken become 2007 Norwegian National Champions

Bowling 1 in Heimdal, Norway (May 3-6, 2007)

2007NORNCIngunnOeien_small.jpg 2006ECCMadsSandbaekken_small.jpg Ingunn Øien and Mads Sandbækken won the individual women's and men's titles of the Norwegian National Championships held at Bowling 1 in Heimdal, 15 km south of Trondheim. Øien edged defending champion Heidi Thorstensen, while Sandbækken claimed his second consecutive men's titel in the deciding match against Petter Hansen.



Swedish Team Championship playoffs to be broadcasted on Web TV

SwedishFlag.jpg The Swedish Team Championship playoffs will be held Friday through Sunday, May 11-13 in the city of Sundsvall about 400 kilometers north of Stockholm. According to Hans Karlsson, press officer of the Swedish Bowling Federation, the finals featuring four teams, Pergamon, Falkenberg, Sundbyberg and Avance, will be taped for Web TV.



Manico comes from behind to win 30th Grand Prix Zurich

Bowling Center Beseco in Rümikon, Switzerland (April 28 - May 6, 2007)

2007GPZurichBigiManico_small.jpg The top 14 players after qualifying and semifinal - 12 men and two women - advanced to the knock-out finals in the 30th Grand Prix Zurich. When the dust had settled, the two women, multiple Swiss champion Bigi Manico (pictured) and multiple German champion Tanya Petty, reached the title match in best-of-three games format. Petty easily won the first game, 263-199, but the Swiss lefty rebounded with back-to-back victories 212-193 and 222-213 to win the match and the title, 2-1.



Belmonte shoots 300 en route to win 2007 World Tenpin Masters

Barnsley Metrodome, England (April 20-22, 2007)

2007WTMJasonBelmonte_small.jpg Australia’s Jason Belmonte won his first World Tenpin Masters title in the third attempt as he posted the second 300 game in the history of the event to help him go past England’s Paul Moor by 566-524 at Metrodome Center in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. Belmonte received $30,000, while Moor received the $10,000 runner-up check for the third consecutive year.



Manico and Pari win 2007 Swiss National Championships

Bowling Miami in Echandens, Switzerland

2007CHChampionsLouisPari_BigiManico_small.jpg Bigi Manico and Louis Pari walked away the winners in the 2007 Swiss National Championships at Bowling Miami in Echandens, Switzerland, on April 1st. Both champions will represent Switzerland in the European Champions Cup (ECC) from September 17-23 at X-treme Bowling Center in Foetz, Luxembourg.



Kiss becomes first under-18 player in Hungary to shoot 300

2007ZsoltKiss300_small.jpg Matyas Sallai from the Hungarian Bowling Federation reports that Zsolt Kiss, a member of the Hungarian Junior National Team has rolled the fourth perfecto in Hungary in Budapest on Thursday. Kiss, who will participate in the European Youth Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece, next month, accomplished the feat during the qualifying tournament for the European Gold Cup 2007.



Duisburg and Regensburg take different routes to win men's and women's titles in German Bundesliga

2007GERBLPodium_small.jpg The women from Lucky Striker Regensburg the men from 1. BC Duisburg took different routes to win the titles in the 2006/07 German Bundesliga, the annual four- (women) and five-player (men) team championships.



Laine cracks 1700-bar over six games

2007ToniLaine_small.jpg Unfortunately the sport of tenpin bowling doesn't know such things like world records. However, Toni Laine (pictured left) from Turku, Finland, has accomplished a feat which could be considered a world record as we have never heard of anything close to it. Laine established a new Finnish record when he bowled a 1707 six-game series in the final of the "Musta Pörssi" tournament on Friday evening, March 9th.



Joris and Lebon win 2007 Belgian National Championships

Finals at Bowling Stones in Oudenaarde, Belgium (Feb. 17, 2007)

2007BELNCJorisLebon_small.jpg Inge Joris and Jean-Marc Lebon won the women's and men's titles in the 2007 Belgian National Championships. The top 8 men and 8 women after two qualification rounds and the semi-final on dual lane condition met at "The Bowlingstones" in Oudenaarde for the single-elimination best-of-three games finals on February 17.



Barnes to start World Tenpin Masters against Glover

Draw and matches announced for World Tenpin Masters

2006ChrisBarnesRolltoRiches_small.jpg 2006EBT18ZaraGlover_small.jpg Reigning World Tenpin Masters Champion Chris Barnes (l.), United States, will begin the defense of his title against England's Zara Glover (r.). The 10th World Tenpin Masters will be held at Barnsley Metrodome, England from April 20-22, 2007.



Froggatt and Dykes take different routes to Irish Open title

Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 25-28, 2007)

2007IONickFroggattKerenaDykes_small.jpg No. 1 seeded Nick Froggatt, England and Kerena Dykes, Ireland, the No. 4 seed, won the men's and women's titles in the 19th Irish Open Championships at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin. In an All-English affair, Froggatt cruised to a 226-165 victory over team mate Stuart Williams. Dykes won three consecutive matches including a 258-216 victory over top seeded Kisten Penny, England.



McLaughlin and Penny win 8th Ebonite ALSAA Open

ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland (Jan. 3-28, 2007)

2007AOEoinMcLoughlinKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007 Irish 'Under 19' Champion Eoin McLaughlin and Kirsten Penny, England (pictured with tournament manager Mark Delany, center), won the titles in the men's and women's Open Division at the 8th Ebonite ALSAA Open at ALSAA Bowl in Dublin, Ireland. McLaughlin and Penny win 8th Ebonite ALSAA Open

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