Gruffman, Andersson win men's and women's title in Swedish National Championship



    2012SWENCJamesGruffman.jpgJames Gruffman (pictured left) and Sandra Andersson captured the men's and women's individual titles at the 2012 Swedish Elite National Championship which concluded at Baltic Bowling Center in Malmö on Easter weekend.

    The championship was played on multiple lane condition. The men bowled on four and the women on three different WTBA championship pattern.

    2012SWENCMenTop3.jpgGruffman, a 24-year-old lefthander, overtook the lead in the second six-game block and never looked back. He widened his lead with a 1495 series on the long pattern (Paris, 47 feet) and led the top 8 into round robin match play averaging 237.16 for 24 games.

    Though Gruffman could not match his vigorous pace in the final eight-game round, but was never really challenged and wrapped up the national title with 7586 pinfall total including bonus pins. Kim Bolleby was 68 pins behind in second place with 7518, followed Hafthor Hardarson, an Icelander who lives in Sweden, in third place with 7503.

    L-R Bolleby, champion Gruffman and Hardarson. All photos courtesy of Hans Karlsson.

    Gruffman, who has already won the Swedish World Cup ranking, will now represent Sweden in two major international events in 2012 - the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (date and venue tba) and the European Champions Cup to held at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague, Netherlands, Oct. 15-22.

    "I think, I am ready for the next step and I will probably compete in some of the European tournaments later this year", Gruffman said.

    2012SWENCSandraAndersson.jpgThe women's finals were dominated by some of the rising stars in women's bowling in Sweden. Sandra Andersson (pictured left), who became the youngest women's national champion ever at the age of 17, won her second national title after 2009 thanks to an outstanding performance on the long pattern (Paris) in round robin match play.

    "I felt confident that I could score on the long pattern. We have learned how to attack these longer patterns, using the ball speed, the choice of balls and making the moves at the right time," said Andersson, who is currently the No. 3 in the European Bowling Tour women's point ranking.

    2012SWENCWomenTop3.jpgShe was the runner-up in the 2011 World Bowling Tour finals, finished third in the 2011 QubicaAMF Bowling World cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has won her first career EBT title (men and women in one division) at the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament in the Netherlands two month ago.

    Andersson totaled 5797 pins including bonus pins and was followed by 19-year-old Isabelle Hultin, who took the silver medal with 5623. Past World and European champion and multiple Swedish national champion, Helén Johnsson, took the bronze medal with 5555.

    L-R Hultin, champion Andersson and Johnsson.


    2012 Men's Swedish National Championship

    Players with position, bowling club, and 32-game total including bonus pins

    1. James Gruffman, Wåxnäs BC, 7586
    2. Kim Bolleby, Team Pergamon, 7518
    3. Hafthor Hardarson, Team Pergamon, 7503
    4. Glenn Morten Pedersen, Full House Engelholm, 7397
    5. Dennis Johansson, Falkenberg, 7375
    6. Karl Wahlgren, Göta, 7343
    7. Magnus Johnson Jr, Sundbyberg, 7214
    8. Lars Lindbäck, Nobel 7077


    2012 Women's Swedish National Championship

    Players with position, bowling club, and 26-game total including bonus pins

    1. Sandra Andersson, Spader Dam, 5797
    2. Isabelle Hultin, Bågen, 5623
    3. Helén Johnsson, Göta, 5555
    4. Anna Mattsson-Baard, Karlskrona BK, 5542
    5. Nina Flack, Team X-Calibur, 5503
    6. Katrin Fahlström, Hammarby, 5458
    7. Rebecka Larsen Jr, Team X-Calibur, 5297
    8. Joline Persson-Planefors, Team X-Calibur, 5261