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Sweden’s Filippa Persson, Mattias Wetterberg emerge as ECC champions


Filippa Persson and Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden emerged as women’s and men’s champion in the 40th European Champions Cup defeating their opponents in the best-of-three games finals, two-games-to-one.

Persson, seeded second in the women’s division, defeated top seeded Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 255-201, in the deciding third game to secure the gold medal. She followed in the footprints of her team mate Cajsa Wegner, who win the women’s title in 2016, and missed the cut to the top 4 to finish in place sixth place.

In the opening semi-final round, Sanders and Persson swept their opponents, 2-0, to advance to the title match. Sanders flew past no. 4 seed, Solene Goron of France, 233-183 and 245-171, and Persson eliminated 1999 ECC champion Sue Abela of Malta 244-188 and 223-192.

Sanders, who improved on third place finish last year, received the silver medal and Abela and Goron shared the bronze medal.

Wetterberg went wire-to-wire in the men’s division capturing the title with a 246-196 win in the decider against Antonino Fiorentino of Italy. Wetterberg gave Sweden the first gold medal sweep in the 39-year history of the event.

Fiorentino, who lost in last year’s semi-final round to Sweden’s James Gruffman to finish third, got the silver medal. Gruffman missed the gold medal sweep as he fell to Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, in the 2016 title match. The defending champion missed the cut to the top 8, finishing in 12th place.

In the semi-final round, Wetterberg ousted fourth seeded Xander van Mazijk, Netherlands, 2-0. The Swede won the first game by a whisker, 246-245, before he sealed the victory with 243-201.

Fiorentino, the no. 3 seed, tied Gaetan Mouveroux of France after two games, 225-190 and 169-182, and advanced to the finals with a 264-203 in the decider. Van Mazijk and Mouveroux both got bronze.

The 40th European Champions Cup 2017 took place from October 23-29 at 32-lane Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, featuring men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

The ECC drew 43 men from 42 countries and 39 women from 38 countries, including defending ECC champions Cajsa Wegner of Sweden and Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Lorenc.

Men and women competed in separate divisions. All players rolled two eight-game blocks of qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday before the cut to the top 16 men and 16 women.

The Round of 16 consisted of an additional eight games to determine the top 8 players who bowled four more games to cut to the top 4 who advanced to the match play finals in best-of-three games format. In the semi-finals, No. 1 met No. 4 and No. 2 took on No. 3. The winners of the semi-final matches bowled for gold and silver, while the losers each got bronze.

For more information on the 40th European Champions Cup, click here.

Photos: Georg Gemeinböck.

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From left: Nicole Sanders, Filippa Persson, Sue Abela and Solene Goron.

40th European Champions Cup 2017 – Women’s Finals

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Oct. 23-29, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Filippa Persson, Sweden
2. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands
3. Sue Abela, Malta, and Solene Goron, France

Playoff Results (best-of-three game matches):
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 Sanders def. No. 4 Goron, 2-0
(233-183, 245-171)
Semi-final Match 2: No. 2 Persson def. No. 3 Abela, 2-0
(244-188, 223-192)
Championship: Persson def. Sanders, 2-1
(200-191, 207-210, 255-201).

From left: Antonino Fiorentino, Mattias Wetterberg, Gaetan Mouveroux and Xander van Mazijk.

40th European Champions Cup 2017 – Men’s Finals

Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (Oct. 23-29, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden
2. Antonino Fiorentino, Italy
3. Gaetan Mouveroux, France and Xander van Mazijk, Netherlands

Playoff Results (best-of-three game matches):
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 Wetterberg def. No. 4 van Mazijk, 2-0
(246-245, 243-201)
Semi-final Match 2: No. 3 Fiorentino def. No. 2 Mouveroux, 2-1
(225-190, 169-182, 264-203)
Championship: Wetterberg def. Fiorentino, 2-1
(214-199, 225-268, 246-196).

2017 ECC – Women’s Division after 28 games

Top 4 advance to the semi-finals

2017 ECC – Men’s Division after 28 games

Top 4 advance to the semi-finals

Herbert Bickel

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