Joline Persson Planefors leads European Champions Cup after Round 1 Qualifying


    2015 ECC

    Swede averages over 246 for the first 8 of 16 qualifying games, including a perfect game, to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries



    2015ECCMariaBulanova.jpgJoline Persson Planefors (pictured above) of Sweden averaged 246.50 for the first of two eight-game blocks to take the lead in the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup Wednesday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

    The European champion and European Bowling Tour point ranking leader fired games of 237, 256, 238, 234, a low game of 181, followed by the first 300 game of the Championships, before she closed out with 279, and 247 to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries with 1972 total pinfall.

    Persson Planefors, who bowled in A Squad, out averaged her nearest competitor, Maria Bulanova (right) of Russia by more than 10 pins. Bulanova, the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title, led B Squad with 1888 including games of 205, 267, 222, 240, 255, 248, 204 and 247, an average of 236.00.

    2015ECCBirgitPoppler.jpg2015ECCNicoleBlase.jpgPlaces three and four belonged to German bowlers. Defending champion Birgit Pöppler (left), who earned her spot in the Championships by winning the 2014 ECC in Reykjavik, Iceland, used high games of 275 and 268 to sit in distant third place with 1794 (224.25).

    Her team mate, Nicole Blasé (right) was 30 pins behind in fourth place with 1764 (220.50), including a pair of 257 games.

    Two-time ECC champion Krista Pöllänen (below left; 2010, 2011) of Finland was just three pins off the pace for the top 4 in fifth place with 1761.

    2015ECCKristaPollanen.jpg2015ECCGiadaDiMartino.jpgAdile Michajlow of Turkey was sixth with 1722 with Giada Di Martino (right) of Italy in seventh place on 1693. Rounding out the top 8, who will survive the second cut, was Sue Abela of Malta with 1679 and an average of 209.88.

    With 8 of 16 qualifying games in the books, Heidi Thorstensen of Norway holds the last place to advance to the next round with 1553 and an average of 194.13.

    The women are done for today. Men Group A will bowl their first block on Wednesday evening, while Men Group B will bowl their first block on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. CEST. Women Group A and B will return to bowl their second block at 1.30 and 6 p.m.

    2015ECCLogo.jpg The 38th European Champions Cup will take place from October 18-25 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino featuring the men's and women's national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations as well as the defending ECC champions.

    All 38 men and 38 women from 37 countries, including defending champions Birgit Pöppler of Germany and Tom van der Vliet, Netherlands, will roll two eight-game blocks of qualifying Wednesday through Friday on a 40 foot oil pattern.

    For more information Rose'n Bowl read the Lane Map Guide.

    The top 16 men and 16 women will carry over their qualifying pins into Round 1. After another eight games the top 8 will advance to Round 2. Pinfall will continue to carry over. Those 8 will bowl four more games to cut to the top 4 who will determine the champion in best-of-three games matches. In the semi-finals, No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 will take on No. 3.

    Full European Champions Cup rules can be found in the ETBF Constitution (Chapter 7; pages 48 and 49). For more details on the 38th ECC 2015 read Bulletin No. 1.

    Photos Max Bulanov.


    2015 European Champions Cup - Women's Qualifying after 8/16 games

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