Joline Persson Planefors maintains 180-pin lead in Women's Round of 16


    2015 ECC

    Swede leads the top 8 players into Sunday's four-game Round of 8 before the cut to the top 4 for best-of-three games finals


    Joline Persson Planefors (pictured left) averaged 224.50 in the Round of 16 at the European Champions Cup in San Marino to maintain a 180-pin lead as the women's field was trimmed to the top 8.

    The Swede, who has averaged over 245 in both qualifying rounds, had a high game of 267, six games between 212 and 237 and a low game of 204 for 1796 to lead the field with 5755 total and an overall average of 239.75 for 24 games.

    With just four games to go before the final cut to the top 4, Persson Planefors is already 550 pins ahead of fifth place and has practically secured her spot in the finals.

    2015ECCKristaPollanen.jpg2015ECCEllenJansen.jpg17-year old Maria Bulanova (above right) of Russia posted the highest eight-game block Saturday morning at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle with 1808 (226 average) and 5575 total (232.29) to narrow the gap to Persson Planefors by 12 pins and to widen her lead to third place to 311 pins.

    Two-time ECC champion Krista Pöllänen (left) of Finland used a 1785 series (223.13) to leap from fifth to third place with 5264 (219.33). Ellen Jansen (right), Netherlands, matched Pöllänen's leapfrog and moving from sixth to fourth place with 1773 and 5242 (218.42).

    2015ECCBirgitPoppler.jpg2015ECCNicoleBlase.jpgPöllänen's and Jansen's feat came at the expense of Germany's Birgit Pöppler (left) and Nicole Blase (right), who fell out of the top 4. Defending champion Pöppler had 1701 today and is 37 pins off the pace for the top 4 in fifth place with 5205 (216.88).

    Blase fell from third to sixth place with 5147 (214.46) after managing 1613. Giada Di Martino (below left) of Italy toppled 1756 pins (219.50) to leap from 10th to 7th place with 5095 (212.29).

    Adile Michajlow (below right) of Turkey, who started the day in seventh place was in danger to miss the cut to the top 8 due to 151 and 164 in games 6 and 7, but secured eighth place with a 220 final game and 5031 total, an average of 209.63.

    2015ECCGiadaDiMartino.jpg2015ECCAdileMichajlow.jpgThe top 16 men will bowl their third eight-game block at 1.30 p.m. CEST. The top 8 men and women will return on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. CET to bowl further four games before the cut to the top 4 for single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format.

    The semi-finals will be held simultaneously starting at 11.30 a.m. The winners bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. The women's final is set for 1 p.m. with the men to follow at 2.30 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.


    Related Articles

    Joonas Jähi overtakes the lead as men's field is cut to top 16
    Joline Persson Planefors averages over 247; dominates qualifying in San Marino
    Leo Grundschober averages over 233 to take the pole position in Men's Qualifying
    Joline Persson Planefors leads European Champions Cup after Round 1 Qualifying


    2015 ECC Women's Division - Round of 16 Results

    Top 8 advance to Round 2.