Anže Grabrijan wins dramatic finale at 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer


    2013 European Bowling Tour #3

    Jesper Svensson makes a foul on the fill ball to lose title match by two pins

    2013EBT03Top3.jpgAnže Grabrijan (center) became the first Slovenian bowler to win a European Bowling Tour title when he defeated young Jesper Svensson (left) of Sweden, 452-450, over two games decided by total pinfall to win the 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer Sunday evening at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The dramatic title match between the two left-handed bowlers was decided with the very last shot. Finishing first, the long-time Slovenian national team member, who was down by 50 pins after losing the first game, 206-256, had a chance to shut out Svensson, who uses both hands to swing and deliver his bowling ball.

    2013EBT03AnzeGrabrijan.jpgNeeding a strike in the ninth frame and a double in the tenth, Grabrijan (pictured right) got the first two strikes but then left a 10-pin, which he spared for 246 and 450 total.

    Svensson (below left) , who became the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title when he claimed the prestigious Brunswick Ballmaster Open on January 13 at the age of 17, needed a double and three pins to claim his second career EBT title and the second this season.

    2013EBT03JesperSvensson.jpgThe gold medalist in Masters at the 2012 European Youth Championships, who celebrated his 18th birthday two days ago, threw a perfect strike on his first ball and got a way with a light pocket hit in the second, which also toppled all ten pins.

    It ain't over till the fat lady sings. The young Swede, who rolled the only 300 game of the tournament in round robin match play en route to earn the No. 1 seed in the stepladder finals, got too excited and when he threw his fill ball straight down lane #10 he made a foul, which handed the title to Grabrijan on a silver plate.

    2013EBT03JennyWegner.jpgThat was the first time in over thirteen years and more than 200 European Bowling Tour events that a title match was decided by a foul. Grabrijan received the 4.250 Euro top prize while Svensson had to settle for second place worth 2.750 Euro.

    Grabrijan, who averaged 232.14 in round robin to take the No. 2 seed, topped fourth-seeded Vagelis Krizinis of Greece, in the semifinal match, 212-187. Krizinis, who received 2.100 Euro for third place flew past No. 3 seed, Falco Gutsche of Germany in the opening match, 211-159. Gutsche pocketed 1.800 Euro for fourth place.

    Jenny Wegner (right) of Sweden was the best of eight women in the EBT "Satellite" tournament, which drew 106 players from 17 countries. Wegner made it to the Round of 8 and finished sixth en route to win the women's ranking in Wroclaw.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a four-week break before heading to Munich, Germany, for the Brunswick Euro Challenge. The EBT "Platinum" tournament is also the seventh stop of the 2013 World Bowling Tour and will award a PBA International title, if won by a PBA member.

    The BEC offers total prize fund of 106.000 Euro with 15.000 Euro going to the winner. BowlingdigitalBanner.gif will provide Live Coverage and Live Streaming commencing Wednesday, March 20, all the way through to the stepladder finals, which will be broadcast live on Bowlingdigital TV on Sunday, March 24, from 18:30 to 19:30 Central European Time (starts at 1.30 a.m. EST or Monday, March 25, at 1.30 a.m. Hong Kong Time).

    The 7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer (IWO) was the third stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the first of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament was held from Monday, Feb. 11 through Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at bowling center Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-laner in Wroclaw, Poland.

    Participants in the IWO competed for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) concluded Saturday, Feb. 16, with Squad 18. Women received 8 pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    As in 2012 the tournament featured a 39-ft. "Kegel Challenge Series - MIDDLE ROAD" lane conditioning pattern with 22.85ml volume oil total.

    The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings advanced to the finals on Sunday Feb. 17 with the qualifying pinfall carried over. The finalists were divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who bowled a four-game game block after which the field will was trimmed to the top 20.

    Those 20 bowled another four games to cut to the top 8 who advanced to round robin match play. The top 4 players after seven match play games (20 pins bonus per win, 10 for a tie, 5 pins bonus for each game between 250 and 300) advanced to the stepladder finals.

    Stepladder matches one and two were decided in one game, while the championship match featured two games decided by total pinfall. The No. 4 seed bowled the No. 3 seed, the winner took on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earned the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title.


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    7th International Wroclaw Open by Hammer

    Galeria Rozrywki Miraz in Wroclaw, Poland (Feb. 11-17, 2013)

    Championship Round:
    1. Anže Grabrijan, Slovenia, 664 (3 games), 4.250 Euro
    2. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 450 (2 games), 2.750 Euro
    3. Vagelis Krizinis, Greece, 398 (2 games), 2.100 Euro
    4. Falco Gutsche, Germany, 159 (1 game), 1.800 Euro

    Playoff Results:
    Match 1: #4 Krizinis def. #3 Gutsche, 211-159
    Match 2: #2 Grabrijan def. Krizinis, 212-187
    Championship: Grabrijan (206+246) def. #1 Svensson (256+194), 452-450.


    Cashers (places 5-40)

    5. Niko Kurppa, Finland, 1.300 Euro
    6. Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    7. Jarmo Ahokas, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    8. Stavros Parasakis, Greece, 1.000 Euro
    9. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 750 Euro
    10. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 750 Euro
    11. Michał Rybicki, Poland, 350 Euro
    12. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 350 Euro
    13. Patrick Backe, Sweden, 350 Euro
    14. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 350 Euro
    15. Olexandr Kondratyev, Ukraine, 350 Euro
    16. Alexandr Panchenko, Kazakhstan, 350 Euro
    17. Linas Sasnauskas, Lithuania, 350 Euro
    18. Javier Moreno, Spain, 350 Euro
    19. Egon Sørensen, Denmark, 350 Euro
    20. Jacek Skorupa, Poland, 350 Euro
    21. Sami Päiväniemi, Finland, 300 Euro
    22. Dmitrijs Cebotarjovs, Latvia, 300 Euro
    23. Antero Manninen, Finland, 300 Euro
    24. Emil Polanisz, Poland, 300 Euro
    25. Pachoulis Vretos, Greece, 300 Euro
    26. Matilda Hultgren, Sweden, 300 Euro
    27. Vladimir Sverchkov, Russia, 300 Euro
    28. Janusz Pietraszek, Poland, 300 Euro
    29. Kasper Faarbæk, Denmark, 300 Euro
    30. Joakim Wahlgren, Sweden, 300 Euro
    31. Aleksander Stępień, Poland, 250 Euro
    32. Denis Cakar, Finland, 250 Euro
    33. Rasmus Bering, Denmark, 250 Euro
    34. Yurii Grynyk, Ukraine, 250 Euro
    35. Blanka Hanusíková, Czech Republic, 250 Euro
    36. Jarosław Krzepkowski, Poland, 250 Euro
    37. Andis Darzinsh, Latvia, 250 Euro
    38. Matej Fotko, Czech Republic, 250 Euro
    39. Patryk Preus, Poland, 250 Euro
    40. Adam Błaszczak, Poland, 250 Euro


    Final Round Three (Round Robin Match Play)

    The top 4 advance to the Stepladder Final.


    Final Round Two

    The top 8 advance to Round Robin Match Play.


    Final Round One

    The top 20 advance to the second round.