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Keira Reay comes from behind to win Singles gold


2016WECSinglesKeiraReay2.jpg2016WECSinglesSandraAndersson.jpgKeira Reay of England, who barely qualified for the Singles finals at the Women’s European Championships, defeated two opponents to win the first gold medal of the Championships Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

L-R Kovalova, Reay, Andersson and Luoto. Photos courtesy of Austrian and German Bowling Federation.

Reay, who took the fourth and last spot for the medal round after finishing the six-game preliminaries with a high three-game set of 700 and 1296 total pins, defeated top-seeded Sandra Andersson of Sweden in the semi-finals, 9-7, in roll-off after a 224-224 tie.

Andersson led the 131 players from 25 countries after the preliminaries with 1346 pins, an average of 224.33, en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round.

2016WECSinglesDariaKovalova.jpg2016WECSinglesPatriciaLuoto.jpgIn the gold medal match, Reay edged defending champion Daria Kovalova of Ukraine by mere three pins, 199-196, to win the biggest title in her career. Reay set one of the highlights in the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas when she rolled the lone 300 game of the event to finish in 9th place.

In the other semi-final match, Kovalova eliminated Patricia Luoto of Germany, 210-202. Kovalova received the silver medal while Andersson and Luoto both got bronze.

Action shifts to the Doubles competition on Sunday and Monday morning, immediately followed by the medal round starting Monday at 1.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2016WECLogo.jpgThe 2016 Women’s European Championships will be held from June 10 to 18 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

25 out of 48 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Austria – participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the nine-day competition.

Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in qualifying. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined results of the Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries) receive the medals in All Events.

The top 24 in All-Events advance to single-elimination Masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.

The 2016 Women’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for female bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.

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2016 WEC Singles – Medal Round

Championship Round:
1. Keira Reay, England, 423 (2 games)
2. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 406 (2 games)
3. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 224 (1 game), and
Patricia Luoto, Germany, 202 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1: No. 4 Reay def. No. 1 Andersson, 9-7 in roll-off after a 224-224 tie
Semi-final Match 2: No. 2 Kovalova def. No. 3 Luoto, 210-202
Championship: Reay def. Kovalova, 199-196.

2016 WEC Singles Preliminaries – Final Standings

Top 4 players advance to the medal round

Squad 1 Results
Squad 2 Results
Squad 3 Results

High Game / High Series
1 Game: 279 – Lisa John, England
3 Games: 700 – Keira Reay, England
6 Games: 1346 – Sandra Andersson, Sweden

Herbert Bickel

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