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Sweden’s Persson Planefors, Flack cruise to Doubles gold


2016WECDoublesJolinePerssonPlaneforsNinaFlack2.jpgTop-seeded Joline Persson Planefors and Nina Flack of Sweden averaged 226 in the medal round to cruise to the gold medal in Doubles at the Women’s European Championships in Vienna, Austria.

L-R Doubles champions Joline Persson Planefors and Nina Flack. Photos courtesy of Austrian and German Bowling Federation.

2016WECDoublesLauraBeuthnerMartinaSchutz2.jpgThe multiple European champions (pictured left) who toppled 2645 pins, an average of 220.42, to lead the preliminaries and to earn the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 2 seed, Martina Schütz and Laura Beuthner (right, r-l) of Germany, in the title match, 432-376, to claim the first gold medal for Sweden in this Championships.

2016WECDoublesIvonneGrossTamaraAdler2.jpgIn the their semi-final match against Tamara Adler and Ivonne Gross (left, r-l) from the host country Austria, Persson Planefors fired a 259 game and Flack added 213 to fly past the Austrians with 472-348.

2016WECDoublesBirgitPopplerNadineGeissler.jpgThe other semi-final match was an all-German affair with Schütz and Beuthner and their team mates Nadine Geißler and Birgit Pöppler (right, r-l) squaring off. Schütz made the difference as she posted a 280 game, the highest game of the Championships so far, to lead Beuthner (181) into the gold medal match, 461-427.

Schütz and Beuthner received the silver medal. Adler / Gross and Geißler / Pöppler shared the bronze medal.

Former World Champion Flack used the field-best 1387 series, an average of 231.66, to leap 16 places into the lead in All-Events (combined results of the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) after 12 of 24 games with 2632 and an overall average of 219.33.

Beuthner, who had 1331 in the prelims, matched Flack’s leapfrog to move from 18th to second place with 2575. Flack’s fellow countrywomen Jenny Wegner and Sandra Andersson sit in third and fourth place. Wegner is tied with Beuthner at 2575, while Andersson, who led after the Singles event with 1346, slipped three spots with 2555.

Action shifts to the Trios competition on Tuesday (first block of three games) and Wednesday (second block), followed by medal round scheduled for Wednesday at 4.30 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.

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 Doubles – Medal Round


Championship Round:
1. Sweden (Joline Persson Planefors & Nina Flack), 904 (2 games)
2. Germany (Martina Schütz & Laura Beuthner), 837 (2 games)
3. Germany (Nadine Geißler & Birgit Pöppler), 427 (1 game) and
Austria (Tamara Adler & Ivonne Gross), 348 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 Sweden (Persson Planefors 259/ Flack 213) def.
No. 4 Austria (Adler 183/ Gross 165), 472-348
Semi-final Match 2: No. 2 Germany (Schütz 280/ Beuthner 181) def.
No. 3 Germany (Geißler 216/ Pöppler 211), 461-427
Championship: Sweden (Persson Planefors 196/ Flack 236) def.
Germany (Schütz 182/ Beuthner 194), 432-376.

2016 WEC Doubles Preliminaries – Final Standings

Top 4 players advance to the medal round

Squad 1 Results
Squad 2 Results
Squad 3 Results

Individual High Game / High Series
1 Game: 278 – Nina Flack, Sweden
3 Games: 727 – Hayley Russell, England
6 Games: 1387 – Nina Flack, Sweden

Doubles High Game / High Series
1 Game: 484 – Daria Kovalova / Olena Roshchenko, Ukraine
3 Games: 1336 – Joline Persson Planefors / Nina Flack, Sweden
6 Games: 2645 – Joline Persson Planefors / Nina Flack, Sweden

2016 WEC Doubles – All-Events after 12/24 games)

Top 24 will advance to Masters match play; top 8 will receive one bye

Herbert Bickel

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