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It’s down to four men and women at European Champions Cup


2016ECCCajsaWegner32016ECCMariaBulanova3Cajsa Wegner of Sweden and Jaroslav Lorenc from the host country Czech Republic earned the No. 1 seed for the women’s and men’s finals of the 39th European Champions Cup Sunday at Bowland Bowling Center in Olomouc.

Wegner (left) had an 891 series in the women’s Round of 8 on Sunday morning to beat out defending champion and qualifying leader Maria Bulanova (right) of Russia for the top spot by a single pin.

Wegner averaged 226.39 over 28 games and totaled 6339 pins to lead the top 4 women into the finals in best-of-three games format. Bulanova, who had a modest 855 series, finished in second place with 6338 (226.36).

2016ECCNicoleSanders32016ECCNadineGeisslerBulanova will take on Nicole Sanders (left) of the Netherlands in the semi-final round. Sanders was further 38 pins behind the Russian and maintained the third position with 6300 (225.00).

Nadine Geißler (right) of Germany overtook Solene Goron of France in the first game this morning (245-187) and added games of 244, 220 and 224 for the highest 933 series (233.25) and maintained a slim five-pin lead to edge Goron for the fourth and last place to advance, 6015 to 6010.

As the No. 4 seed, Geißler will bowl top-seeded Wegner in the semi-finals.

2016ECCJaroslavLorenc32016ECCJamesGruffmanOn the men’s side, qualifying leader Lorenc (left) rolled a solid 917 four-game block, an average of 229.25, to cruise to the No. 1 seed with 6693 total and an average of 239.04 for 24 games.

James Gruffman (right) of Sweden toppled 960 pins in the Round of 8 to narrow the gap to 67 pins and to stay in second place with 6626 (236.64). Antonino Fiorentino of Italy and Hadley Morgan of England posted the highest series in this block to secure their spots in the finals and to shut out defending champion Joonas Jähi of Finland.

2016ECCAntoninoFiorentino22016ECCHadleyMorganFiorentino (left) finished with 269 and 277 for 986 to earn the No. 3 seed with 6554 (234.07). Morgan (right) topped Fiorentino by six games with 992, including games of 238, 219, 258 and 277, to take fourth place with 6511 (232.54). Jähi (974) had to settle for fifth place with 6415.

The men’s and women’s semi-finals (No. 1 vs. No. 4 and No. 2 vs. No. 3) will start at 11.30 a.m., followed by the women’s final at 1 p.m. and the men’s final at 2.30 p.m.

2016ECCLogoThe 39th European Champions Cup will take place from October 24-31 at 18-lane Bowland Bowling Center in Olomouc, Czech Republic featuring the men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

Men and women compete in separate divisions. All players, including defending ECC champions, Maria Bulanova of Russia and Joonas Jähi of Finland, will roll two eight-game blocks of qualifying Wednesday through Friday on a 42 feet lane conditioning pattern.

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 47 and 48). For more details on the 39th ECC 2016 read the Bulletin.

Photos Max Bulanov.

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