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Gaëtan Mouveroux cracks top 8 at Norwegian Open by Brunswick

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Gaëtan Mouveroux of France averaged 235 Tuesday evening at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo, Norway, to lead squad 13 with 1410 pinfall total and to move into sixth place in the overall qualifying standings of the Norwegian Open by Brunswick 2018, a European Bowling Tour bronze level event.

Mouveroux (featured photo), who won his first EBT title in the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 in April, had games of 224, 268, 193, 233, 233 and 259 to crack the top 8, who would bypass the semi-finals and the first three rounds of the finals.

Mouveroux’ feat came at the expense of Tor Inge Jansen (left) of Norway, who led squad 12 with 1388, including a high game of 289, to move into eighth place in the standings. Jansen slipped to ninth and leads the group of eight players who would be seeded in round 3.

Swedes James Blomgren (right, 1385) and Jens Sjöbohm (1351) moved into the top 20 Tuesday as qualifying surpassed the halfway point.

Mattias Wetterberg (left) of Sweden, who also owns one EBT title, continued to lead the 122-player field, 100 men and 22 women, with 1514 total and an average of 252.33.

His fellow countrymen Eric Sjøberg, who had the only 300 game in the tournament so far, and Mikael Roos (right) sit in second and third place with 1497 and 1444, respectively.

The three Swedes are followed by Iceland’s Arnar Davíð Jónsson (left, 1426) and Alfred Berggren of Sweden (1422). Mouveroux became the sixth player, who cracked the 1400-bar. Christoffer Wetterberg, Mattias’ brother, slipped to seventh place with 1394.

Rounding out the top 8 is the best Norwegian bowler in the field, Audun Boye Hansen (right), with 1383.

Loke Johansson Molander of Norway holds the 42nd and last place to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1274 and an average of 212.33 scratch. For the record, the cut in 2017 was 1317 (219.50 average).

Qualifying continues on Thursday, Oct. 11, with squads 14, 15 & 16 scheduled to start at 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

The Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick is the 12th and final stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second EBT “Bronze” tournament this season. The tournament, which will be contested Oct. 5-14 at 26-lane Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Norway’s capital city of Oslo, will decide the outcome of the 2018 EBT men’s and women’s point rankings.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage from Lucky Bowl Veitvet featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 11, all the way through to the finals, which will be completed Sunday, October 14, in the late afternoon.

The lanes will be conditioned with a Brunswick sport pattern with medium difficulty and 22.00 ml volume oil total.

The NO 2018 offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 28.900 Euro) with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.730 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 210 Euro for 60th place.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23 scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (CEST).

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top 3 women after qualifying will receive 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.

Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14. The top 8 qualifiers will be seeded in Round 4, qualifiers 9-16 go to Round 3, qualifiers 17-24 start in Round 2 and qualifiers 25-28 begin in Round 1.

The other 32 finalists advance to Saturday’s semifinal round which begins at 9 p.m. CEST. All players bowl six games from scratch with the top 12 advancing to Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl one last three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

The player with the highest six-game total will win the title, the 45.000 NOK top prize and 100 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

For more information on the Norwegian Open by Brunswick and a list of the previous winners, please read our Tournament Preview.

The 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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Total 60 players, including the top 42 qualifiers, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14


300 games (1) – Eric Sjøberg.

Herbert Bickel

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