Alessandra Morra, Christer Danielsson capture Böblingen Senior Open titles


    2013 ISBT #6


    Alessandra Morra of Italy and Swede Christer Danielsson (pictured l-r, with tournament manager Christiane Kühn, center) captured the women's and men's title of the Böblingen Senior Open, the sixth stop on the 2013 International Seniors Bowling Tour, which was contested at Dream Bowl in Böblingen, on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany.

    The format for the Böblingen Senior Open was a single eight game qualifying block with unlimited re-entries allowed. For those not able to qualify through the main leaderboard, qualification was also possible through Turbo games.

    Age bonus started at age 51 (1 pin per game), then increased a pin for every additional year of age with no limit. As with all ISBT events, there was a separate division for ladies.

    The early squads were largely filled with German bowlers, with Wolfgang Emmerich (1845 with bonus) and tournament manager Christiane Kühn (1507) winning the men's and ladies section of the first squad. The second squad didn't run, and the third was won by Domenico Righi of San Marino with 1754.

    The fourth squad saw another country at the top of the list, with Brian Wilkins of England totaling 1778 to lead the squad. In the ladies section, Sabine Leutwiler of Switzerland led with 1571.

    The fifth squad early on Friday morning also didn't run, but the sixth saw the arrival of the Swedish team in force. There were a total of 16 in this squad, including many who would be playing in the World Seniors Championships in Las Vegas in August.

    They clearly are in good form, taking the top four men's places and top three women's places in the squad, with Leif Sjöberg (1837) and Christel Carlsson (1640) leading the way.

    The last squad on Friday saw Chris Vandamme's arrival and the Belgian found the conditions much to his liking. His fifth game saw the first 10 strikes, but the eleventh shot was a little wide and left the 2-8 for a 288 game.

    Overall Vandamme stormed into the lead with a total of 1949. In the ladies section, Germany's Gisela Insinger went into the overall qualification lead with 1667.

    The first squad on Saturday saw Finn Pekka Tiironkoski take top honors with 1755, however, the overall squad winner was Martina Beckel of Germany with 1758, which comfortably put her at the top of the ladies leaderboard.

    The last but one squad on Saturday lunchtime saw another two Swedish players at the top of the squad list, this time it was Christer Danielsson on 1928 and Christina Dahlgren on 1607.

    It was obvious that qualification for the finals was going to be tight, so the final squad was almost full with players looking to make the final stages.

    Once again there would be a Swedish player winning the squad, this time it was Stefan Yngström with 1816. In the ladies section, England's Angie Brown took top place in the squad with 1663 to improve slightly and ensure her qualifying position.

    The final qualification standings showed that no-one could pass Vandamme, although he was closely followed by the Swedish duo of Danielsson and Olle Svensson. The top ten players would gain a bye into the second final round, and tenth place fell to Yngström thanks to his final qualifying effort.

    The cut for the top 30 who would progress was André Geelan of Belgium on 1726. The 30 qualifiers would be joined by only two Turbo players, these being Miroslav Chylo and Jürgen Preuss of Germany.

    In the ladies section, Beckel was almost 100 pins ahead of the rest of the field, with Insinger and Brown in second and third places. The seventh place cut was Susanne Olsson of Sweden on 1628, a mere 39 pins behind second place. The turbo qualifier was Liliane Vintens of Belgium.

    The final round started with the men placed 11 to 30 plus the Turbo qualifiers playing four games starting from scratch. Top of the squad was Righi with 970, followed by Carlo Greulich of Germany on 947.

    Only the top 12 from this squad would stay in the tournament. Berny Stöckl of Germany took the last spot with 847, a single pin ahead of Geelan.

    These 12 were then joined by the top 10 qualifiers for a further four games. Immediately, qualifying leader Vandamme found himself in trouble with a 155 opening game. Despite being over 200 in the remaining three games he could not recover, and one of the favorites had failed to make the next round.

     The leader of this block was Peter Knopp of Germany on 957, closely followed by the Swedish pair of Svensson and Jan Nordberg. The cut for eighth place was Loris Masetti of Italy on 930.

    The photo on left side shows the top 8 men. Click on the image to enlarge it.

     The ladies now rejoined the competition, with the eight men and eight women remaining bowling a further four games. The ladies started from scratch, but the men carried through their scores from the previous round.

    The photo on the right side shows the top 8 women. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Again, the Swedish players were to dominate in the men's section with Danielsson starting with a 269. He then showed just how in-form he is by bowling the tournament's only 300 game and then hitting the first 10 strikes of the third game to total 858 over the first three games of the block.

    This catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard, clear of Svensson, Hermann Wimmer of Germany, and Nordberg. These three Swedish players and a single German would progress to the final knockout stage.

    In the ladies section, the qualifying leader also hit trouble, Beckel failed to find the strike line, and a lowly 148 in game two put her out of contention for the final round. Insinger was bowling steadily, and with her 20 pins per game age bonus emerged at the top of the standings.

    Morra took some time to find her line, but a 256 in game three secured her second qualification place. Carlsson and Brown both bowled steadily to make up the final four qualifiers.

    The men's and ladies knockout semi-finals took place at the same time. In the ladies section, Insinger was level with Brown after a few frames, but then a run of four strikes made her the easy winner of her match, 222-176. Morra also had a run of strikes in her match to just squeeze past Carlsson 205-198.

    In the men's section, Danielsson started slowly, then put the strikes together to defeat compatriot Nordberg, 244-217. In the other match, Wimmer was defeated by Svensson, 249-204.

    Onto the final, and in the women's section, it was close for much of the game. In the seventh frame, Insinger slipped during her approach, and took a heavy fall. Although she seemed unhurt, she seemed to have lost a little of her form. She finished first, but opened on both the last two frames.

    For Morra, an open in frame nine had left her needing three strikes in the tenth frame for a draw. Alessandra hit the pocket on each shot to get the strikes she needed for the 203-203 tie. However, under the rules of this tournament, a tie is decided by the highest scratch score, so Alessandra Morra was the tournament winner.

    In the men's final, it was close for the first half on the game, then again Danielsson found his strike line, and defeated Svensson, 254-218, to become the champion.

    The next stop, the Flanders Senior Open, will be held at a new location for the ISBT, Euro Bowling in Deurne, Antwerp, Belgium from July 17-21, 2013. Full details are available at the ISBT website.

    Report by Tony Brown.


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    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Men's Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Christer Danielsson, Sweden
    2. Olle Svensson, Sweden
    3. Jan Nordberg, Sweden
    (tie) Hermann Wimmer, Germany

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Danielsson (8) def. No. 4 Nordberg (3), 244-217
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Svensson (12) def. No. 3 Wimmer (20), 249-204
    Championship: Danielsson (8) def. Svensson (12), 254-218.
    (age bonus in parenthesis)


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Women's Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Alessandra Morra, Italy
    2. Gisela Insinger, Germany
    3. Christel Carlsson, Sweden (tie) Angie Brown, England

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Insinger (20) def. No. 4 Brown (5), 222-181
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Morra (0) def. No. 3 Carlsson (7), 205-198
    Championship: Morra (0) and Insinger (20) tied at 203-203.
    Morra was declared the winner due to the higher scratch total, 203-183.
    (age bonus in parenthesis)


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Men's Round Three

    The top 4 advance to the finals.


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Men's Round Two

    The top 8 advance to the third round.


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Men's Round One

    The top 12 advance to the second round.


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Men's Qualifying

    The top 30 qualifiers plus two turbo qualifiers (Chylo & Preuss) advance to the finals. The top 10 qualifiers receive one bye.


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Women's Round One

    The top 4 advance to the finals.


    2013 Böblingen Senior Open - Women's Qualifying

    The top 7 qualifiers plus the top turbo qualifier (Vintens) advance to the finals.