Yifat Tal, Oron Cohen will repeat at 51st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    07/13/15

    Israel

    Tal and Cohen win the 26th Israeli Bowling World Cup Qualifier to represent their country in Las Vegas

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    Yifat Tal of Petach-Tikva club and Oron Cohen of Haifa club (pictured, l-r) won the women's and men's division of the 26th Israeli national qualifying tournament at 20-lane Hutzot bowling center in Haifa and will represent their country at the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    Both players will repeat at the World Cup. Tal participated in the 41st edition in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2005 and will target to improve on a 37th place finish. Cohen booked his second consecutive ticket to the World Cup. He finished in eighth place in last year's 50th anniversary edition in Wroclaw, Poland, averaging 225 over 36 games.

    The qualifying tournament drew just 25 players, including five women, who each bowled 20 games of qualifying after which the top 8 men and all women advanced to round robin match play.

    Players carried their qualifying total forward. The men bowled seven match play games and the women four. The top two players bowled for the title and the ticket to Las Vegas in best-of-three games format.

    The top three of last year's qualifier, Cohen, 2013 World Cup champion Or Aviram, Haifa, and Omer Nehushtan, Superstrike, battled it out for the two spots in the men's finale.

    Aviram and Cohen out averaged Nehushtan, who led after qualifying with an average of 212.15, by 18 pins in match play to help grab first and second place.

    In women's match play, last year's winner Sarit Mizrahi, Haifa, needed to defeat Tal in the last match to earn the No. 1 seed. Tal managed to tie Mizrahi, 193-193, to maintain a slim four pin lead over Shir Azulay, Holon, and to eliminate Mizrahi who finished further eight pins behind Azulay in third place.

     The men's championship match went the distance. Aviram flew past his opponent in the first game, 257-212, to take a 1-0 lead, but Cohen rebounded with back-to-back wins, 237-197 and 223-202.

    Aviram leveled the match with a 236-174 win in game four, but had to finish in second place for the second consecutive year after Cohen wrapped up the title with a 204-186 win in game five.

     L-R Or Aviram (2nd), winner Oron Cohan and Omer Nehushtan (3rd). Click to enlarge.

    Tal took a 2-0 lead in the women's final, defeating her opponent by just 12 and two pins, 202-190 and 171-169. Azulay narrowed the gap with a 192-162 win in game three but Tal put the match away with a 214-196 win in game four.

    L-R Shir Azulay (2), winner Yifat Tal and Sarit Mizrachi (2nd). Click to enlarge.

    The 51st Bowling World Cup will be held November 13-20, 2015, at Sam's Town bowling center inside Sam's Town Hotel and Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The BWC started in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland, as a men's tournament. Since 1974 in Caracas, Venezuela, one man and one women per country or region are eligible to bowl in one of the prestigious events in the sport.

    Photos by Yishay Shimon.

     


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