2013 Weber Cup

by Bob Johnson 0

The inaugural Weber Cup took place in 2000 has gone from strength to strength annually ever since. Using the concept of golf’s Ryder Cup, the Weber Cup pits two four-person teams representing the United States and Europe against each other over three days in a series of team, singles and doubles matches.

2012 Champions
Team USA 2012 champions

Always innovative, Matchroom Sport has pioneered a revolutionary approach to the televising of this fantastic event. Rather than a traditional bowling centre venue, the Weber Cup now takes place on a single lane surrounded on by up to 600 spectators lining each side of the lane specially installed at the Metrodome leisure center in England’s north-eastern town of Barnsley, running this year Friday October 11 to Sunday October 13.

This year the American quartet remains unchanged, featuring world and PBA champion Chris Barnes captain over Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan and Bill O’Neill. They sit on the crest of a wave, having won the matches over the past two years and are confident of making it three years in succession. The first team to achieve 17 points take the honors.

Team Europe
2012 Team Europe

The Europeans who can put a stop to that dream are this year captained by Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi who takes over that office from fellow countryman Osku Palermaa who is not on the current roster. Mika is being backed up by two Englishmen, Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett and Martin Larsen, captain of the famed Pergamon team in Sweden who was on the European team four years ago.

There will be five sessions, commencing on Friday at 19:00 (CET) and at 13:00 and 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Matchroom Sport televise all matches for later transmission by networks worldwide.

All matches will be covered live on www.bowlersjournal.com.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.