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Sweden shoots two 1100 series to win the coveted Team gold


2016WECTeamGermany.jpgSweden averaged over 220 in the medal round of the five-player team event to capture the coveted team gold medal at the Women’s European Championships Friday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

In the title match against top-seeded Germany (right), All-Events champion Jenny Wegner, doubles champions Nina Flack, Joline Persson Planefors and Ida Andersson and Sandra Andersson posted their third 1100-plus series of the day for a 1104-1019 victory to win the third gold medal for Sweden in this Championships.

Pictured above: 2016 WEC Team champion Sweden. L-R Back row: Ida Andersson, Nina Flack and Jenny Wegner; front row: Joline Persson Planefors, Sandra Andersson and Filippa Persson. Photos courtesy of Austrian and German Bowling Federation.

2016WECTeamBelgium.jpgIn the semifinals, Germany’s trios champions Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler and Tina Hulsch and their team mates Patricia Luoto and Martina Schütz flew past Belgium (left), seeded fourth, with Bauke Jespers, Katrien Goossens, Melissa Vallons, Véronique Perniaux and Cindy Valckx, 1078-880, to advance to the gold medal match.

2016WECTeamDenmark.jpgThe Swedes, who rolled an 1157 set in the second block of qualifying earlier today en route to earn the No. 2 seed, had some hard work to do before defeating No. 3 Denmark (right) with Britt Brøndsted, Kamilla Kjeldsen, Mai Ginge Jensen, Anja Ginge Jensen and Rikke Holm Agerbo in a high-scoring encounter, 1107-1077.

Germany had to settle for silver, while Denmark and Belgium shared the bronze medal. It was the first medal for Belgium and the second bronze for Denmark after the trios event. Sweden and Germany (1-3-3) have medaled in all five events so far. Sweden leads the medal tally with 3 gold and 2 bronze, while Germany has the most medals (7) including 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze.

After the conclusion of the team preliminaries, Jenny Wegner of Sweden maintained a 58-pin lead to win the gold medal in All-Events. Wegner averaged 218.17 for 24 games to finish atop the 131-player leaderboard with 5326 total, which included series of 1268 (singles), 1307 (doubles), 1347 (trios) and 1314 (team).

Birgit Pöppler of Germany used the highest individual series in the team event (1371) to leap into second place and to earn the silver medal with 5178 (215.75). Her fellow countrywoman Nadine Geißler was further 63 pins behind to take the bronze medal with 5115 (213.13).

Action shifts to Masters match play, which will conclude the championships on Saturday. The top 24 players in All-Events qualified for the event in single-elimination best-of-three games format. Wegner, Pöppler, Geißler and the next five players receive a first round bye.

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

131 players from 25 of the 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.

The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 women teams in Vienna will qualify for the combined World Championships.

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2016 WEC Team event – Medal Round


Championship Round:
Sweden (Jenny Wegner, Nina Flack, Ida Andersson, Sandra Andersson, Joline Persson Planefors, Filippa Persson), 2211 (2 games)
Germany (Birgit Pöppler, Nadine Geißler, Patricia Luoto, Martina Schütz, Tina Hulsch, Laura Beuthner), 2097 (2 games)
3. Denmark (Britt Brøndsted, Kamilla Kjeldsen, Mai Ginge Jensen, Anja Ginge Jensen, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Maria Franciska Stampe), 1077 (1 game) and
Belgium (Bauke Jespers, Katrien Goossens, Melissa Vallons, Véronique Perniaux, Cindy Valckx, Linda van Kerckhove), 880 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1:
No. 1 Germany (Geißler 201, Luoto 205, Hulsch 237, Schütz 183, Pöppler 252) def.
No. 4 Belgium (Jespers 171, Vallons 159, Perniaux 189, Valckx 193, Goossens 168), 1078-880
Semi-final Match 2:
No. 2 Sweden (I. Andersson 195, Flack 197, S. Andersson 224, Persson Planefors 235, Wegner 256) def.
No. 3 Denmark (A. Ginge Jensen 234, Kjeldsen 212, Holm Agerbo 205, Brøndsted 192, M. Ginge Jensen 234), 1107-1077
Sweden (I. Andersson 244, Flack 205, S. Andersson 193, Persson Planefors 225, Wegner 237) def.
Germany (Geißler 215, Luoto 189, Hulsch 223, Schütz 179, Pöppler 213), 1104-1019.

2016 WEC Team Preliminaries – Final Standings

Top 4 players advance to the medal round

Squad 1 Results
Squad 2 Results

Individual High Game / High Series
1 Game: 279 – Nadine Geißler, Germany
3 Games: 734 – Bauke Jespers, Belgium
6 Games: 1347 – Birgit Pöppler, Germany

Team High Game / High Series
1 Game: 1157 – Jenny Wegner / Nina Flack / Ida Andersson / Sandra Andersson / Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden
3 Games: 3266 – Britt Brøndsted / Kamilla Kjeldsen / Mai Ginge Jensen / Anja Ginge Jensen / Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark
6 Games: 6394 – Birgit Pöppler / Nadine Geißler / Patricia Luoto / Martina Schütz / Tina Hulsch / Laura Beuthner, Germany

2016 WEC – All-Events (Final Standings)

Top 3 receive gold, silver and bronze medals; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 receive one bye

Herbert Bickel

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