Sophie Van Der Meer wins Masters title to end 4th Women's European Championships

    06/17/12

    2012 WEC

    Germany's Birgit Pöppler takes silver; Swedes Rebecka Larsen and Joline Persson-Planefors share the bronze medal

    2012WECSophieVanDerMeer.jpg2012WECBirgitPoppler.jpgSophie Van Der Meer (pictured left) gave the host country Netherlands its lone medal in the 4th Women's European Championships when she defeated Birgit Pöppler (right) of Germany, two-games-to-one, to claim the coveted Masters title Saturday at Efteling Theater in Tilburg.

    Van Der Meer, who was the underdog in the best-of-three-games finals, won the first game 235-181. Pöppler, a former World Youth Champion, who bowled in the Team finals earlier today in the arena-style setting, leveled the match with a 203-194 win in the second game.

    The German struggled in the third and deciding game and Van Der Meer wrapped up the title with a 209-160 win. Pöppler received her third silver medal of the Championships. The others came in Trios and the Team event.

    2012WECJolinePerssonPlaneforsRebeckaLarsen.jpgTwo-time gold medalists Rebecka Larsen and Joline Persson-Planefors (r-l) of Sweden had to settle for the bronze medals. 2011 European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Persson-Planefors fell to Pöppler in the first semifinal match as the German fired games of 258 and 259 to easily win the match, 2-0.

    All Events champion Larsen took a 1-0 lead in the other semifinal match against Van Der Meer thanks to a 257 opening game. The Dutch, however, won the next two games by eight and seven pins to advance, 2-1.

    Both Larsen and Persson-Planefors medaled in each of the five disciplines winning two gold and three bronze medals each.

    Eurosport 2 will air the arena finals on July 5th at 20.30 CEST.

     


    The Netherlands Bowling Federation (NBF), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, in cooperation with Uniglobe Special Travel has booked the Efteling Theater to stage the championship match of the five-player Team finals as well as the semifinals and final of the Masters competition in an arena-style format.

    2012WECLogo.jpg The 2012 Women's European Championships was held from June 6 through 17 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Record 153 players from 27 out of 49 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the host country Netherlands - participated in the event.

    Each team consisted of maximum six players, who competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles (12 games), Trios (6), Teams (6), All Events (24-game total) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games).

    The ETBF Technical Delegate and Kegel, the official lane maintenance partner of ETBF, have decided the two oil patterns which were used during the 2012 Women European Championships. The medium pattern is 38 feet long while the long pattern has a length of 44 feet.

    For more information please download the 2012 WEC Bulletin (PDF file).

     


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    2012 Women's European Championships - Medal Tally


     

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    2012 Women's European Championships - Masters Championship Match


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    2012 Women's European Championships - Masters Semifinals


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    2012 Women's European Championships - Masters Quarterfinals


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    2012 Women's European Championships - Masters Round of 16


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    2012 Women's European Championships - Masters Round of 24


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