Champions Cup

2015 ECC

10/25/15

Joonas Jähi, Maria Bulanova shoot big games to win 38th European Champions Cup

2015ECCJoonasJahiMariaBulanova_small.jpgJoonas Jähi (l.) of Finland and Russia's Maria Bulanova (r.) shot some big games on their way to men's and women's title in the 38th European Champions Cup, which concluded Sunday afternoon in San Marino. Top-seeded Jähi defeated second-seeded Tom van der Vliet, Netherlands, two-games-to-one, to deny the Dutch his second consecutive title. Bulanova, seeded second, swept No. 1 Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden in the women's finale, 2-0.

2015 ECC

10/25/15

Joonas Jähi, Joline Persson Planefors earn No. 1 seeds for European Champions Cup finals

Top 4 men and women determine the champions in match play finals in best-of-three games format; Magnus Johnson Jr. (SWE) rolls the third 300 game of the Championships

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpg It's down to the top four men and women in the 38th European Champions Cup at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Finland's Joonas Jähi and Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors led the Rounds of 8 Sunday morning to earn the No. 1 seeds for the single-elimination match play finals in best of-three games format. The semi-finals will start at 11.30 a.m. The winners bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal.

2015 ECC

10/24/15

No changes atop the men's leaderboard at 38th European Champions Cup

Top 8 remain unchanged; Finn Joonas Jähi leads the top 8 into Sunday's four-game round before the cut to the top 4 for best-of-three games finals; Leo Grundschober (AUT) achieves perfection

2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpgThere were no changes in the top 8 at the 38th European Champions Cup after the conclusion of the third eight-game block Saturday afternoon at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Joonas Jähi (pictured) of Finland led the top 8 players into the next round on Sunday. Jähi fell behind Leo Grundschober early in the round of 16 as the Austrian posted the second perfecto of the Championships and the first by a man in game two, but regained the lead in the penultimate game en route to finish with 5548 total (231.17 avg).

2015 ECC

10/24/15

Joline Persson Planefors maintains 180-pin lead in Women's Round of 16

Swede leads the top 8 players into Sunday's four-game Round of 8 before the cut to the top 4 for best-of-three games finals

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpgJoline Persson Planefors (pictured) averaged 224.50 in the Round of 16 at the European Champions Cup in San Marino to maintain a 180-pin lead as the women's field was trimmed to the top 8. The Swede, who has averaged over 245 in both qualifying rounds, rolled a 1796 series today to lead the field with 5755 total and an overall average of 239.75 for 24 games. With just four games to go before the final cut to the top 4, Persson Planefors is already 550 pins ahead of fifth place and has practically secured her spot in the finals.

2016 ECC

10/23/15

Joonas Jähi overtakes the lead as men's field is cut to top 16 at European Champions Cup

Finn shoots first 1900-series by a man to win the qualifying in San Marino averaging 232.75 for 16 games

2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpgJoonas Jähi (pictured) of Finland posted the first 1900-series in the men's division of the 38th European Champions Cup to leap three spots en route to win the qualifying Friday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Jähi, who had games of 247, 255, 254, 224, 258, 209, 215 and 241 in B Squad, added 1903 pins to his 1821 first-block series to lead the top 16 players into the next round with 3724 total and an average of 232.75. He has a 47-pin cushion on first-block leader Leo Grundschober of Austria with 3677.

2015 ECC

10/23/15

Joline Persson Planefors averages over 247; dominates qualifying at European Champions Cup

Swede averages 248.38 in the final qualifying block to lead the top 16 women into Saturday's Round 1

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCMariaBulanova_small.jpgFirst block leader Joline Persson Planefors (l.) continued to play in her own league as the Swede improved on a 1972 series in the second and last eight-game block to win the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup by 192 pins over Maria Bulanova (r.) of Russia. Persson Planefors posted a 1987 series in A Squad  Thursday qualifying first for Saturday's Round of 16 with 3959 total and an average of 247.44 for 16 games.

2015 ECC

10/22/15

Leo Grundschober averages over 233 to take the pole position in Men's European Champions Cup

Austrian holds a 25-pin lead after the first of two eight-game blocks before the cut to the top 16

2015ECCLeoGrundschober2_small.jpgLeopold Grundschober (pictured) of Austria took the pole position in the qualifying of the 38th European Champions Cup after the first eight-game block which concluded Thursday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Grundschober rolled games of 235, 258, 212, 203, 233, 247, 254 and 225 in B Squad to lead the field of 38 players from 37 countries with 1867 pinfall total and an average of 233.38. Heading into the final qualifying block on Friday, Grundschober holds 25-pin lead over Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, who is second with 1842.

2015 ECC

10/21/15

Joline Persson Planefors leads European Champions Cup after Round 1 Qualifying

Swede averages over 246 for the first 8 of 16 qualifying games, including a perfect game, to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCMariaBulanova_small.jpgJoline Persson Planefors averaged 246.50 to take the lead in the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup Wednesday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. The Swede fired games of 237, 256, 238, 234, 181, 300, the first perfecto of the Championships, 279, and 247 to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries with 1972 total pinfall. Persson Planefors out averaged her nearest competitor, Maria Bulanova of Russia by more than 10 pins.

2014 ECC

10/18/14

Birgit Pöppler, Tom van der Vliet claim the titles in 37th European Champions Cup

2014ECCBirgitPopplerTomvanderVliet_small.jpgBirgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Dutchman Tom van der Vliet (r.) remained undefeated in the single-elimination finals in the 37th European Champions Cup to claim the women's and men's titles Saturday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. In the women's title match, Pöppler flew past Andrea Hansen of Norway, 190-139 and 266-169 to seal the victory, 2-0. Van der Vliet won the men's finale against Mattias Wetterberg in the decider, 213-200.

2014 ECC

10/18/14

Jenny Wegner, Mads Sandbækken average over 230 to earn the No. 1 seed for the ECC Finals

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2014ECCJennyWegner_small.jpgMads Sandbækken (l.) of Norway and Jenny Wegner (r.) of Swedenaveraged over 230 in Round Three en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the men's and women's single-elimination finals in the 37th European Champions Cup Friday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sandbækken led the men's field with 5283 total and an overall average of 220.13 for 24 games, while Wegner paced the women with 5360 (223.33).

2014 ECC

10/17/14

Paul Stott wins second consecutive round to widen his lead in European Champions Cup

Birgit Pöppler finishes strong to maintain her lead in the women's division

2014ECCPaulStott_small.jpg2014ECCBirgitPoppler_small.jpgPaul Stott of Ireland (l.) and Birgit Pöppler of Germany (r.) widened their lead in the men's and women's division of the 37th European Champions Cup after the second eight-game block Thursday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Stott won the second consecutive round to widen his lead in the men's division to 162 pins, while Pöppler finished second today to lead the women's field by 113 pins haeding into the last round.

2014 ECC

10/15/14

Birgit Pöppler, Paul Stott claim first round lead in 37th European Champions Cup

2014ECCBirgitPoppler_small.jpg2014ECCPaulStott_small.jpgBirgit Pöppler (pictured left) of Germany and Paul Stott of Ireland claimed the first round lead in the 37th European Champions Cup which got underway on Wednesday with the first of three eight-game blocks at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland. Pöppler had the highest series of both, men and women, with 1858, an average of 232.25. Stott (r.) paced the men's field with 1820 total (227.50).

2013 ECC

10/27/13

Finland's Pasanen, Lehtonen sweep the titles at 36th European Champions Cup

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Sanna Pasanen and Kimmo Lehtonen of Finland defeated their opponents Lisa John and Richard Teece of England to sweep the titles in the 36th European Champions Cup at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. Pasanen swept 2011 ECC John in the best-of-three games format, two-games-to-none (215-201, 237-192), to claim the women's title. Lehtonen capped off the day for Finland with back-to-back 235 games games to overcome a 1-0 deficit and to defeat Teece in the men's title match, 2-1 (181-238, 235-215, 235-224).

2013 ECC

10/27/13

Dennis Eklund regains lead to earn the No. 1 seed for men's ECC finals

Swede averages over 245 in the third qualifying block on dual lane condition to lead the field of 36 players with 5500 (229.17 avg.)

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Dennis Eklund of Sweden averaged 245.63 in the third qualifying block on dual oil to earn the No. 1 seed for men's single-elimination finals at the European Champions Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia. Eklund, who led the 36-player field after the first round on short oil, regained the lead with 5500 total and an average of 229.17 for 24 games. Long-oil leader Mads Sandbækken, Norway, slipped to second place with 5303. Jeffrey van de Wakker, Netherlands, beat out defending champion James Gruffman, Sweden, for the last spot to advance by four pins.

2013 ECC

10/26/13

Isabell Hultin leads top 8 women into single-elimination finals in best-of-three format

Swede paces the 35-player field with an average of 223.94 for 24 games; Dutch Nicole Sanders rolls the first 300 game of the event to lead the third qualifying block on dual lane condition with 1820 (227.50)

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Isabelle Hultin of Sweden finished fourth in the third block on dual oil en route to win the women's qualifying at the 36th European Champions Cup with 5359 (223.94 average) en route to lead the top 8 players into Sunday's single-elimination finals in best-of-three games format. Lisa John, England, and defending champion Daria Kovalova, Ukraine finished in second and third place with distant 5220 and 5205, resp. Dutch Nicole Sanders rolled the first 300 game to lead the third block with 1820 (227.50) and to leap into fifth place overall.

2013 ECC

10/25/13

Mads Sandbaekken takes over lead in ECC men's division after 16 of 24 qualifying games

Norwegian shoots 1775 on the long oil pattern to lead short oil leader Dennis Eklund, Sweden, by 59 pins heading into the last block on dual lane condition

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Mads Sandbækken of Norway averaged 221.88 on the long oil pattern to leap two spots into the lead in the men's division of the 36th European Champions Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia, after 16 of 24 games of qualifying. Sandbaekken totaled 3594 to overtake short-oil leader Dennis Eklund (3535) of Sweden by 59 pins. Despite a 133 last game, Emil Polanisz of Poland moved from eighth to third place with 3504 followed by defending champion James Gruffman, Sweden, in fourth with 3479. Qualifying concludes with eight games on dual oil condition.

2013 ECC

10/25/13

Sweden's Isabelle Hultin widens her lead in ECC women's division to 155 pins in Block 2

Defending champion Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, leads the women's field on long oil to move into fourth place heading into the last block on dual lane condition

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Isabelle Hultin of Sweden widened her lead in the women's division of the 36th European Champions Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the second block on the 43 ft. long oil pattern. Hultin was second to defending champion Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, with 1716 to lead the field of 35 women with 3612 total (225.75 average). Lisa John of England and Sanna Pasanen of Finland remained in second and third place with distant 3457 and 3443, resp. Kovalova, who had 1762 on the long, moved into fourth place with 3435.

2013 ECC

10/24/13

Sweden's Eklund, Hultin take the lead in European Champions Cup on short oil

2013ECCLogo_small.jpg Dennis Eklund and Isabelle Hultin of Sweden took the early lead in the 36th European Champions Cup after the first block on short oil at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia. Eklund leads the men's field with 1850 (231.25 average) and is followed by Kanstantsin Karazeyeu (1821), Belarus, and Mads Sandbækken (1819), Norway. Hultin (1896/237 avg.) has a 134-pin lead over Lisa John (1762), England, with Sanna Pasanen (1745), Finland, in third place. Qualifying continues with eight games on long oil.

2012 ECC

10/22/12

James Gruffman cruises to men's title at the 35th European Champions Cup

Swede leads all rounds of the preliminaries and sweeps all three opponents in the best-of-three finals to seal the victory; the top eight countries in a combined point ranking qualify for the 2013 World Games

2012ECCMenTop4_small.jpgJames Gruffman capped off an outstanding performance at the 35th European Champions Cup in Zoetermeer, Netherlands, by defeating Yoan Alix of France, two-games-to-none, to claim men's title. The Swede, who decided to start on long oil, easily won the game, 265-184, and sealed the victory with a 194-189 win on the short pattern. Raymond Teece, England, and Habib Gogan, Turkey, finished third and fourth, resp. The top eight countries qualified for the 2013 World Games.

2012 ECC

10/21/12

Daria Kovalava beats Birgit Pöppler to win women's title at European Champions Cup

2012ECCWomenTop4_small.jpgDaria Kovalova of Ukraine came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Birgit Pöppler of Germany, two-games-to-one, en route to capture the women's title at the 35th European Champions Cup. Qualifying leader Pöppler took a 1-0 lead with a 231-188 win on the short pattern. The Ukrainian, seeded third, rebounded with a 226-199 win on long oil and defeated Pöppler in the decider, 216-211. Alena Korobkova of Russia and Carmen Haandrikman, Netherlands, finished in third and fourth place, resp.

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