Stureby BC, Team X-Calibur win Swedish Men's and Women's National Team Championships



     Stureby Bowling Club of Stockholm and Team X-Calibur of Gothenburg captured the men's and women's titles in the Swedish eight-player team league finals Sunday, May 6 at Bowling Arena in Jönköping.

    In the men's title match, underdog Stureby (click image to enlarge) defeated No. 1 seed Team Pergamon from Gothenburg, while Team X-Calibur topped Scandinavia BC from Malmö in the women's final.

    The Swedish Team Championship is an eight-player team league. Each team is divided into four doubles. Each of the doubles bowls four games, one each against the four opposing doubles. Each winner receives one point (total 16 points).

    In addition, the total pinfall of all eight players in each of the four rounds are added and the winning team receives one extra point. With a total of 20 points at stake (16 plus 4), a team needs 11 points to win a match.

    Entering the finals as the No 4 seed, Stureby Bowling Club had a long way to go to the title. However, spearheaded by Swedish national team members Dennis Eklund and Erik Andersin and Belgian star Gery Verbruggen, Stureby eliminated Sundbyberg with former three-time World Champion Anders Öhman and Kulladals BS led by reigning European Championships Masters champion Martin Paulsson.

    The preliminaries were dominated by Team Pergamon featuring Swedish top players Tomas Leandersson, Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson, as well as Finland's PBA champion, Storm staffer Osku Palermaa and former PBA exempt player Tore Torgersen of Norway.

    Pergamon won their first National Team Championships title in 2003 followed by another six consecutive wins in the years 2004-2009 including a 37-1 won-lost record. The star-studded team failed to win in 2010 and in 2011 and was hungry for the eighth title.

    In the first game of the title match, Stureby took a stunning 9-1 early lead but Pergamon rebounded for a 10-10 tie. When Pergamon rather easily took the second game, 15-5, they seemed to be in control of the match, but Stureby recovered and won the third game, 12-7, to force a decider.

    In the one-round game, Stureby took the early lead and cruised to the title, 3-2, with the total pinfall determining the winner, 1583 to 1482 in Stureby's favor.

    “We defeated a bunch of world class players. We are not so glamorous, but we are a team that loves to bowl,” said Tommy Wendel, who has played 30 years for Stureby and was instrumental in the upset. He and Dennis Eklund posted games of 238 and 237 in the decider, respectively, and made the difference.

     On the women's side, Team X-Calibur (click image to enlarge) won its first national team title. X-Calibur featured four ladies who will be on the Swedish national team at the Women's European Championships in Tilburg; Netherlands, next month: Nina Flack, Rebecka Larsen Jr., Joline Persson-Planefors and Elin Adolfsson. The team also included English national team player Nicki Ainge.

    Team X-Calibur swept Scandinavia BC in the women's title match, in two games, 12-3 and 11-9. Scandinavia BC defeated former champion Spader Dam (Queen of Spades) in the semifinal. Scandinavia's team included three of Denmark's top ladies, Mai Ginge Jensen, Anja Ginge Jensen and Britt Bröndsted.

    Complete Results: Men and Women

    Courtesy of Hans Karlsson and Thord Lagercrantz.