Norway's Svein Åke Ek, Finland's Krista Pöllänen triumph in 33rd European Champions Cup

    11/01/10

    2010 ECC

    Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey (Oct. 25-31, 2010)

    2010ECCSvenAkeEk.jpg2010ECCKristaPollanen.jpgNorwegian youngster Svein Åke Ek (pictured left) and long-time Finnish national team member Krista Pöllänen (right) captured the men's and women's title in the 33rd European Champions Cup Saturday afternoon at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey.

    Ek went the distance in all three matches. He eliminated 2007 ECC champion Marco Reviglio, Italy, 2-1 in the Round of 8 and went on to defeat 2008 ECC champion Thomas Gross, Austria in the semifinal. Gross, the No. 8 seed, upset top seeded Arturs Levikins, Latvia, in opening round.

     Eklund swept No. 2 Petri Mannonen, Finland and No. 4 Takis Karetsos, Greece on his way to the title match.

    L-R Eklund, ECC champion Ek, Gross and Karetsos. Click on the image to enlarge it.

     Pöllänen swept No. 7 Ivonne Gross, Austria in the Round of 8 and survived a strong charge by defending champion Kirsten Penny, England, in the semifinal. Penny leveled the match with a 290 in game two but lost the decider, 208-200.

    Tkacenko swept No. 4 Laura Rhoney, Scotland and the ousted top seeded Nadine Geißler, Germany, who dominated the tournament during the qualifying,, 2-1, in the semifinal.

    L-R Tkacenko, ECC champion Pöllänen, Geißler and Penny. Click on the image to enlarge it.

     


    Men's Division - Final Standings
    1. Svein Åke Ek, Norway
    2. Dennis Eklund, Sweden
    3. Dimitrios Karetsos, Greece
    4. Thomas Gross, Austria
    5. Arturs Levikins, Latvia
    6. Petri Mannonen, Finland
    7. Oleksandr Kalika, Ukraine
    8. Marco Reviglio, Italy
    9. Ioannis Stathatos, Greece
    10. François Sacco, France
    11. Stephan Unger, Germany
    12. Aviv Alfital, Israel
    13. Jon Ingi Ragnarsson, Iceland
    14. Michael Kok, Netherlands
    15. Mike Quarry, England
    16. Dmitri Chilkine, Belarus
    17. Glenn Vansteenbrugge, Belgium
    18. Larry Vontobel, Switzerland
    19. Costas Kyriakou, Cyprus
    20. Habib Doğan, Turkey
    21. Fatu Valentin, Romania
    22. Neil Sullivan, Malta
    23. Jamie Cunningham, Wales
    24. Ryan Press, Northern Ireland
    25. Benko Tomas, Slovakia
    26. Aureliu Grosu, Moldova
    27. Vojtech Sadlik, Czech Republic
    28. Darragh McLoughlin, Ireland
    29. Ettore Bacciocchi, San Marino
    30. Artur Colomer, Catalonia
    31. Tomas Cibinskas, Lithuania
    32. Tomaz Erzen, Slovenia
    33. Plamen Stanchev, Bulgaria
    34. Adam Blaszczak, Poland
    35. Zoltán Toth, Hungary
    36. Victor Krasavkin, Russia
    37. Nemanja Saric, Serbia
    38. Robert Du Feu, Guernsey
    39. Marco Biondi, Scotland

    Women's Division - Final Standings
    1. Krista Pöllänen, Finland
    2. Marija Tkacenko, Latvia
    3. Nadine Geißler, Germany
    4. Kirsten Penny, England
    5. Laura Rhoney, Scotland
    6. Patcharin Torgersen, Norway
    7. Ivonne Gross, Austria
    8. Shahaf Antin, Israel
    9. Gülhan Aksular, Turkey
    10. Marie Bengtsson, Sweden
    11. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands
    12. Isabelle Sacco, France
    13. Nicki Ainge, England
    14. Katerina Bestova, Czech Republic
    15. Daria Pajak, Poland
    16. Maria Nikolova, Bulgaria
    17. Anastasia Rovithaki, Greece
    18. Valérie Cornuz, Switzerland
    19. Sue Abela, Malta
    20. Niki Schiza, Cyprus
    21. Farkas-Bucin Luminata, Romania
    22. Carolin Witvrouwen, Belgium
    23. Nataliya Shcherbinina, Ukraine
    24. Beatrix Pesek, Hungary
    25. Aimee Kellegher, Ireland
    26. Dagny Thorisdottir, Iceland
    27. Sandra Torrents, Catalonia
    28. Louise Roberts, Wales
    29. Nadezhda Umnyakova, Russia
    30. Daiva Perminiene, Lithuania
    31. Uliana Grosu, Moldova
    32. Joanne Du Feu, Guernsey
    33. Natasa Drajer, Serbia
    34. Henrieta Micurova, Slovakia
    35. Grazia Elena, Italy

    2010ECCLogo.jpgThe ECC features the national champions or ranking leaders - one man and one woman per country - of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations plus the defending champions, Kirsten Penny (England) and Ioannis Stathatos (Greece).

    All players bowled three 8-game blocks (a total of 24 games) preliminaries over three days: Block 1 on short oil, Block 2 on long oil and Block 3 on dual lane condition (left lane long, right lane short).

    The top 8 players after the preliminaries qualified for the single-elimination final in best-of-three games format. In each round the highest seeded player will bowl the lowest seeded player, the 2nd highest vs. the 2nd lowest, etc. based on the standings after the preliminaries. The higher qualifier will have the advantage of selecting the lane conditioning pattern for the first game.

     


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    Men's Division - Championship Round


    Single-elimination, best-of-three games

     

     

    Women's Division - Championship Round


    Single-elimination, best-of-three games