Joline Persson Planefors averages over 247; dominates qualifying at European Champions Cup


    2015 ECC

    Swede averages 248.38 in the final qualifying block to lead the top 16 women into Saturday's Round 1

    2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpg2015ECCMariaBulanova.jpgFirst block leader Joline Persson Planefors (pictured left) continued to play in her own league as the Swede improved on a 1972 series in the second and last eight-game block to win the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup by 192 pins over Maria Bulanova (right) of Russia.

    The multiple European Champion and two-time European Bowling Tour point ranking leader (2011, 2013) posted a 1987 series in A Squad Thursday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino, qualifying first for Saturday's Round of 16 with 3959 total and an average of 247.44 for 16 games.

    2015ECCNicoleBlase.jpg2015ECCBirgitPoppler.jpgAfter averaging 246.50 in the first block, including the tournament's lone 300 game so far, Persson Planefors averaged 248.38 in the second block, including games of 216, 245, 247, 263, 266, 235, 275 and 240. All pinfall carries over until the cut to the top 4 for the single-elimination match play finals.

    Bulanova, who led B Squad in both blocks with 1888 and 1879, maintained second place with 3767 and an average of 235.44. The youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title (2013 Russian Open at the tender age of 14) had a hefty 233-pin cushion on Nicole Blasé (left) of Germany, who was distant third with 3534 (220.88).

    2015ECCKristaPollanen.jpg2015ECCEllenJansen.jpgHer fellow countrywoman and defending champion Birgit Pöppler (above right) slipped one spot to fourth place with 3504 (219.00). Persson Planefors has 480-pin cushion over two-time European Champions Cup champion Krista Pöllänen (left) of Finland (2010, 2011), who was fifth with 3479 (217.44).

    Ellen Jansen (right), Netherlands, used the third-best 1793 series (224.13) to leap from 9th to 6th place with 3469. Adile Michajlow (below left) of Turkey was seventh with 3438 and was followed by Sue Abela (below right) of Malta with 3389.

    2015ECCAdileMichajlow.jpg2015ECCSueAbela.jpgIsabelle Sacco of France took the 16th and last spot to advance to the next round with 3135 or an average of 195.94.

    Men Group A and B will bowl their second block on Friday starting at 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. CEST, respectively. The top 16 women return on Saturday morning 9 a.m. for another eight-game block before the cut to the top 8.

    The men will follow at 1.30 p.m. Rounds of 8 and single-elimination finals will be contested on Sunday with the medal ceremony expected to start at 4 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.


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