Friday Frolics

October 8th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

Just two squads take to the lanes of Baix Bowling in the suburbs of Barcelona today, the smaller group of 12 at 16:00 and then a full squad of 24 at 20:00.

Defending champion Nicole Sanders of the Netherlands takes her first shot at a double title in the earlier squad, along with fellow countrywomen Ghislaine van der Tol, Wendy Kok and  Bettina Lund, Danish national team members Kamilla Kjeldsen and Rikke Holm Rasmussen. Finland has a small family with Reija Lunden and daughter Roosa, Tiia Hakamaki and Sanna Pasanen. Lone Frenchwoman Laurence Gaillard will try to uphold the triumphs of the tricolor.

Past champions: 2005 Zara (Glover) Giles, England; 2006 Kirsten Penny, England; 2007 Tennelle Milligan, United States; 2008 Kirsten Penny, England; 2009 Nicole Sanders, Netherlands.

Plenty of international talent to watch in the later squad as several stars of the lanes join the fray. Malta’s Sue Abela, record medalist in the Mediterranean Challenge Cup; Denmark’s World Ranking Masters and Brunswick euro Challenge champ Britt Brondsted; current top EBT ranked player Nina Flack from Sweden; Sofia Granda from Guatemala: Eva Jonsson from Sweden; double European Women’s Master champion Kirsten Penny fom England and Mexico’s Aserat Zetter, A to Z, were on parade.

It was Danish delight when the scores of the second squad of the tournament were announced and Kamilla Kjeldsen was named as the tournament leader. Her 1333 hit the headlines despite a lowly 178 in the fifth game, but a final 255 made up for that. Second place goes to defending champion Nicole Sanders on 1265 and third to Ghislaine van der Tol.

“This is my third time in the European Women’s Masters,” Kjeldsen told us. “I think my best finish was fourth or fifth back in 2007. I just love coming to the Barcelona tournaments. This year I used the same ball through all six games, but I had to change my line a lot. There was quite a difference between lanes 3/4 and 7/8. I will bowl again tomorrow on the 13:00 squad.”

Now the 20:00 squad take over and they now know the target to beat.

Rebecka Larsen Jr.

It was Nina Flack from Sweden who led the field over the first three games with 660 but she didn’t maintain that pace, moving pairs of lanes after each game and it was Rebecka Larsen Jr of gothenburg, Sweden who topped the squad with 1323 and slotted into second place in the overall standings, ten pins aback of Kamilla Kjeldsen.

“This is my second time that I have played this event,” stated Larsen Jr. “I was runner-up to Nicole Sanders here last year. I hope to do better this time.”

Is it true that you use the Junior after your name because you bowl with Rebecka Larsen at home? “Yes, Rebecka is the sister of Martin Larsen and we bowl on the same team so I use junior after my name so that we don’t get confused.”

The next squad plays at 9:00 am on Saturday morning and will be followed by squads at 13:00 and 17:00. Then the top 24 will qualify for the final rounds.

STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 3:

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins
1 Kamilla Kjeldsen Denmark 221 223 210 246 178 255 1333
2 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 207 234 205 238 191 248 1323
3 Nicole Sanders The Netherlands 197 213 207 179 279 190 1265
4 Britt Bröndsted Denmark 206 204 190 223 247 191 1261
5 Nina Flack Sweden 205 234 225 203 215 178 1260
6 Clara Guerrero Colombia 226 256 184 182 202 209 1259
7 Kirsten Penny England 189 192 211 209 243 202 1246
8 Ghislaine v/d Tool The Netherlands 214 204 215 192 197 223 1245
9 Luz Leal Gonzalez Catalonia 187 227 181 222 224 203 1244
10 Marija Tkacenko Latvia 239 184 177 212 207 214 1233
11 Roosa Lunden Finland 167 184 202 232 202 224 1211
12 Darya Kovalova Ukraine 190 149 236 190 164 278 1207
13 Alessandra Morra Italy 202 218 213 206 171 189 1199
14 Wendy Kok The Netherlands 204 187 245 177 189 191 1193
15 Reija Lunden Finland 172 210 192 181 224 201 1180
16 Tiia Hakamaki Finland 192 207 170 176 218 211 1174
17 Bettina Lund Denmark 199 179 211 191 172 212 1164
18 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 178 170 174 227 235 179 1163
19 Laurence Gaillard France 190 178 203 206 203 178 1158
20 Joline Persson Sweden 174 236 173 205 177 186 1151
21 Rikke Holm Rasmussen Denmark 210 160 203 201 159 215 1148
22 Sue Abela Malta 173 182 158 243 181 205 1142
23 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 185 201 168 179 224 185 1142
24 Rosa Mas Puiggros Catalonia 179 184 171 225 174 192 1125
25 Roser Romero Burgos Catalonia 194 193 179 165 181 201 1113
26 Nicki Ainge England 155 157 225 184 225 163 1109
27 Aseret Zetter Mexico 141 177 180 203 203 186 1090
28 Eba Carrera Ramirez Spain 168 180 207 188 161 180 1084
29 Pilar Perales Catalonia 227 180 154 178 165 178 1082
30 Sanna Pasanen Finland 157 163 184 175 181 215 1075
31 Sofia Granda Guatemala 123 156 215 167 191 222 1074
32 Sandra Oliva Catalonia 162 163 188 167 186 201 1067
33 Gabriela Urbistazu Mecq Spain 204 140 169 181 157 190 1041
34 Nora Turci Luxemburg 146 145 202 173 221 141 1028
35 Daniela Buzzelli Italy 153 194 152 191 125 185 1000
36 Francisca Nuñez Hernandez Catalonia 161 137 157 205 169 161 990
37 Jessica Gonçalves Luxemburg 165 152 137 177 188 168 987
38 Francisca Melendez Catalonia 147 129 160 223 181 131 971
39 Nieves Gallego Catalonia 126 168 187 141 165 132 919
40 Julia Lushnitska Catalonia 141 171 165 156 159 127 919
41 Irene Molera Catalonia 160 147 156 140 142 140 885
42 Sandra Barange Villavecchia Catalonia 151 132 155 190 125 118 871

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