Or Aviram, Tali Itzhak to represent Israel at 49th Bowling World Cup in Krasnoyarsk

    07/15/13

    Israel

    2013ISRBWCQOrAviramTaliItzhak.jpg Or Aviram of bowling club Nesher and Tali Itzhak of Super Strike club (pictured left, l-r) emerged as the men's and women's winner in the qualifying tournament for 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and will represent Israel from Nov. 15-24, 2013 at Sibiryak Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia.

    33 players participated in the 24th running of the Israeli World Cup Qualifier at Petach-Tikva bowling center. All players bowled 20 games of qualifying over five days to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women for the single-elimination finals on Friday, July 12.

    The qualifying leaders, Sarit Mizrahi, the 2013 women's national champion, and Aviram, were seeded into the championship match, while second seeded Itzhak and Ben Slutzki, the reigning Israeli men's champion, advanced to the semifinals.

    The quarterfinals and semifinals were contested in best-of-five format. The winners advanced and the losers were eliminated. The two semifinal winners bowled the top seed for the title with the three-game total determining the winner. All best-of-five matches in the women's finals were decided in the three games. Sara Aviram/Harlap, Or Aviram's mother, and Itzhak eliminated three Israeli Youth national team members, Shir Azulay, Lin Fishler and Edva Eliav, for the right to bowl Mizrahi for the title.

    Itzhak and Aviram/Harlap battled it out for the title while Mizrahi could not match her pace from the qualifying. Itzhak used the two highest game of the round (226, 219) to beat Aviram/Harlap by 20 pins, 636-616, and to qualify for the World Cup for the second consecutive year.

    Opposite to the women's finals, four of the five match play games in the men's division went the distance. Young Ido Sharet of Ramat Gan club eliminated last year's BWC representative, Nati Volpert, in the quarterfinal, 3-2, and came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Slutzki in the semifinal.

    In the other semifinal match Omer Nehushtan of Super Strike club fired a big 278 game in the decider to eliminate Aviv Alfital, 3-2.

     Sharet (443) led after two of three games in the championship match, but Nehushtan (416) and Aviram (411) countered in the last game with a strike fest. When the dust had settled, Aviram's 266 game was enough to overtake Nehushtan despite a 255 game by six pins to win the qualifier, 677-671. Sharet finished third with 605.

    It will mark the fifth time after 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2010 that Aviram will represent Israel at the World Cup. His best finish was a second place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2005, where he lost to Canadian Michael Schmidt in the deciding third game of the title match by two pins, 216-214.

    L-R Omer Nehushtan & Sara Aviram/Harlap (2nd), champions Or Aviram & Tali Itzhak, and Ido Sharet & Sarit Mizrahi (3rd). Click image for larger view. Photos Ishay Shimon.

     


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