European News



Helen Johnsson elected Swedish Bowler of the Year

By Hans Karlsson

Helen_Johnsson_5594.jpg Helen Johnsson was elected female Bowler of the Year 2005 by the Swedish Bowling Federation. The 29-year old international had another outstanding year with many strong performances. She won her third Swedish National Championship in style and she did extremely well on the European Bowling Tour.



ETBF changes format of European Championships and Champions Cup

ETBF_1966.jpg The European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) has announced changes in the tournament format of the European Championships - adult and youth - and the European Champions Cup (ECC). 35 out of 46 member federations took part in an email ballot deciding on proposals made by the ETBF Presidium.



Kai Virtanen elected Helsinki's Athlete of the Year 2005

Kai_Virtanen_5296.jpgKai Virtanen was elected "Athlete of the Year 2005" in his home town Helsinki, Finland. The 36-year-old World Games and World Cup champion is the first bowler to earn the award voted on by the members of the Helsinki Sport Reporter Assosiation. "This is a great honor for bowling in a country of motor sport and winter sport" Kai said.



Ramonde and Fernandez win Spanish National Championships

2005SPANCTop2_small.jpg Better late than never, as they say. The 2005 Spanish National Championships were recently held in Madrid. Dulce Fernandez (pictured) cruised to victory in the women's division as she was the only woman to average over 200 (204,94), outaveraging her nearest competitor by more than 13 pins. Juan C. Ramonde claimed the men's title averaging 228,83 for 18 games.



Two in a row for the Ladies in Super Six

Super Six Bowling Tour Västeras

Nina_Flack_5738.jpg After Malin Glendert made history when she became the first woman to win a tournament on the Swedish Super Six Bowling Tour, Nina Flack made it two in a row when she flew past World Champion Anders Öhman, 274-161, to win the tour stop in Västeras. The Swedish international pocketed 40.000 Swedish Kronor for her efforts, approx. 4244 Euro or 5059 Dollar. Glendert lost in the semis against Öhman and finished fourth.



Asa Larsson appointed coach of the Swedish women's national team

By Hans Karlsson

Asa_Larsson_5714.jpg Asa Larsson is back in the international spotlight of the sport of bowling, but not as a player. The 43-year-old former Swedish international has been appointed coach of the Swedish women's national team. Sten-Ake Nilsson, chairman of the Swedish Bowling Federation's elite committee, said he is happy with the Larsson signing.



Christine van Boom wins DVA Open One-Ball Tournament

Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg

DVAOpen.jpg Christine van Boom of Belgium won the DVA Open One Ball Tournament with the Columbia Scout as she defeated Johnny Spil in the semifinal, 223-207, and then cruised to a 222-206 victory in the title match over former Dutch international Erwin Groen.



Germans beat Italians to win Strangers Doubles Tournament

Bowling-Halle BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur

Krause-Bhongbhibhat_5718.jpg Alexander Krause and Timm Bhongbhibhat from Germany defeated Italians Giacomo Giacomelli and Maurizio Celli, 432-426, to win the Strangers Doubles Tournament in Switzerland. The winners, who had a high game of 554, posted their lowest score in the championship match. Krause managed only 209 but his partner contributed 223 to weather a strong challenge by Giacomelli (211) and Celli (215).



Europe wins third consecutive Weber Cup, defeats USA 18-16

By Luke Riches

Team Europe with Tomas Leandersson, Lasse Lintilä, Jens Nickel, Stuart Williams and Paul Moor came back from being down 16-14 to defeat Team USA, 18-16, en route to win the third consecutive Weber Cup. Team captain Leandersson (pictured) sealed the victory with a 258-218 win over Tony Manna Jr. to give his side the vital 18th point to secure the trophy.



12-year-old German rolls perfect game

City Bowling in Reutlingen

2005TimFarenski300_small.jpg Tim Farenski bowled a perfect game November 9 at City Bowling in Reutlingen, Germany, at age of 12 years and two months and seven days to become one of the youngest - if not the youngest - German to bowl a 300-game. "I wasn't really that nervous until the final frame", said the right-hander, who was using a 14-pound ball and playing the third arrow.



Malin Glendert writes history in Super Six Bowling Tour

Super Six Bowling Tour Nyköping

Malin_Glendert_5535.jpg Malin Glendert made history in the Swedish Super Six Bowling Tour when she defeated Rebecka Larsen to win the 5th tour stop in Nyköping. The Swedish internationals were the first female bowlers ever to advance to a Super Six championship match.



Halling and Pratt earn the titles in Malta Senior Open

Eden SuperBowl in St. Julian's

Torbjorn_Halling_5532.jpg Brenda_Pratt_5531.jpgDefending champion Torbjörn Halling (left), Sweden, and Brenda Pratt, England, earned the men's and women's title in the 2005 Malta Senior Open in St. Julian's.



Svein Roger Olsen mows down the field in Evje

Evje Bowling in Evje

Svein_Roger_Olsen_4698.jpg Svein Roger Olsen won three matches in the championship round of the Evje Open International in Norway en route to win the title and the 30.000 Kronor (approx. 3.850 Euro) top prize. In the championship over two games total pinfall, No. 5 seed Olsen defeated top seeded Robert Andersson of Sweden, 409-365.



Damian Gray turns tides to win The London International

Airport Bowl in London, England

Damian_Gray_4068.jpg When Damian Gray lost his first match against European ranking champion Paul Moor in the title match of the London International, it was all odds against a Gray victory as no player has previously been able to turn the tide. Gray was the only undefeated player in the double-elimination format and had to be defeated twice in the final. In the decider, Gray sealed the victory with two 230-plus games while Moor, who averaged 229,63 in the finals including a 300-game vs. Tore Torgersen, hat "only" two 220s, 476-450.



Two out of three for Andreas Humm in Winterthur Triple

Bowling-Halle BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur

Andreas_Humm_5399.jpg The Winterthur Triple "3-2-1"at Bowling-Halle BeSeCo in Rümikon-Winterthur, Switzerland, features Singles, Doubles and Trios competition. Andreas Humm of Germany took two out of three titles as he used a 267 final game to win the individual title and teamed up with Peter Panas and Markus Bettinger to claim the Trios title. Local legends Luciano Fiorani and Dario Ancarani cruised to victory in the Doubles event.

South Africa


Guy Caminsky emerges victorious at 1st Inertia Open 2005

Kokos Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa

Guy_Caminsky_1454.jpg After five rounds of single elimination, best-of-five-game match play, the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 seed battled it out for the title in the 1st Inertia Open 2005 at Magic Company in Carnival City, South Africa. Guy Caminsky, seeded second, defeated top seeded Garreth Hechter, 209-169, to cruise to the title. Francois Louw Jr., who posted the sole 300-game of the tournament in the quarterfinals, and Dale Cassel finished tied for third place.



Öhman stops Bröndsted's run for Danish Masters title

World Cup Hallen in Rodovre, Denmark

2005EBT09AndersOhman_small.jpg Britt Bröndsted from Denmark came from behind and was just one win away from the Danish Masters title, but Anders Öhman from Sweden held off the run with a big game. The 3-time world champion from 2003, seeded No. 1, defeated the reigning European ranking queen, 275-222.



Costas Kyriakou puts on a show to win 1st Cockatoos Pafos Open

Cockatoos Bowling Center in Pafos

Costas_Kyriakou_5641.jpg Costas Kyriakou became a local hero when he captured the title in the 1st Cockatoos Pafos Open at Cockatoos Bowling Center in Pafos, Cyprus. Kyriakou seeded third after round robin match play had to win three straight matches to earn the title, and that was exactly what he did. In the championship match Kyriakou defeated No. 1 seed Or Aviram, from Israel, 227-206, en route to pocket the 5.000 top prize.

Czech Republic


Thomas Gross wins Prague Summer Cup 2005

Best Bowling in Prague

Thomas_Gross_5378.jpg 181 players participated in the Prague Summer Cup at Best Bowling in Prague, Czech Republic. Thomas Gross from Austria, seeded third in the 8-player stepladder final, rolled a 226-game in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Gross then defeated No. 1 seed, Vladimir Dvorak, Czech Republic, twice to win the title. He started with a 223-212 win to force the decider, then shot another 226 against 189 to cruise to victory.



Thomas Block wins 2005 AMIKI Open; Three 300-games rolled

Amiki Bowling in Lüneburg, Germany

The stepladder final of the 2005 AMIKI Open in Lüneburg, Germany was an all-German affair. Top-seeded Thomas Block, who led the tournament since the qualifying, defeated Wilfried Cornelius, 382-360, over two games total pinfall to win the title. Cornelius, who received 14 pins handicap, sidelined favorite Peter Knopp in the semifinal, 294-268. Dirk Waiblinger of Premnitz, Germany, became the first player in the 5-year-history of the AMIKI Open to shoot a 300-game. Andreas Gripp rolled the second before Waiblinger accomplished the feat again.

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