Penultimate Day

October 9th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

Just another happy dozen on the opening squad of the penultimate day. The roster calls for three squads today, 09:00, 13:00 and 17:00, then the top 24 will advance to tomorrow’s final rounds.

Just to jog memories, the current number one is the ubiquitous Kamilla Kjeldsen from Denmark on 1333 and ten pins back is fellow Scandinavian Rebecka Larsen Jr. from Sweden. These are the only two to break 1300 so far, but with three squad scores yet to be posted maybe a 1400 could creep into the action.

Helen Johnsson

No sooner said than done…..

Helen Johnsson, now from Helsingborg in Sweden after moving from Lund, put together a superb series of 1413 on this opening squad to take over the top position on the leaderboard.

After a lowly 178 in the third game, Johnsson put together an impressive 779 over her last three games and settle for that coveted 1400 series. Previous leader Kjeldsen had to let fellow countrywoman Mai Ginge Jensen take over the runner-up spot with 1391 and therefore dropped to third place in the overall standings.

“It is fun to bowl here,” stated the new tournament leader. “I had a slow start for early in the morning but my last three games were very good. I arrived last night, so this is my first squad. In the past my work has not allowed me to compete in as many tournaments as I would like, but maybe in the future I will be able to do so and prepare for the 2011 Women’s World Championships.”

Currently, the cut for the top 24 to go into tomorrow’s finals sits at 1148, a 191 average, and that spot is held by Rikke Holm Rasmussen from Denmark. fingers crossed that she makes it into the finals but if she doesn’t make it to the semi-finals and final she will be punished by having to be co-commentator for the TV and web stream show on Sunday afternoon.

High games to date are a brace of 279s, one each from Johnsson and Nicole Sanders.

Now the pace is really hotting up and both remaining squads will be full of players well focused on getting to the top.

And that focus certainly worked for vibrant Dane Kamilla Kjeldsen. Yesterday she topped the standings with 1333 but today

Kamilla Kjeldsen

she went 90 pins better to take over as numero uno with 1424, even bettering the 1413 set by Helen Johnsson on the early squad.

A pair of 256s were Kjeldsen’s high games but with every ball slap in the ‘pocket’ she cruised to the top of the leaderboard with six great 200-plus games.

Asked jokingly what she had for breakfast this morning to produce such good scoring, she replied: “Just some fruit and some nice eggs. That’s my secret. There are differences between the pairs of lanes, but after yesterday I had a game plan that worked really well for me. I knew exactly what to do when the lanes were changing so I was sure of what to do when the lanes were tougher. so it was easier for me today than yesterday. I did try a different ball than yesterday for the first game but I changed back quickly as I was sure that was better. It is easier for me to score well when I am sure of what I am doing.

“I really like this tournament, the only one on the calendar strictly for ladies. I like it that way. I’d like to see more up and coming players in the field so I will try to bring more from Denmark next year. This is really good experience for the younger girls.”

So now Denmark and Sweden share the top four places but the final squad of 24 will take to the lanes and that squad features tournament favorite Clara Guerrero, determined to advance from her current ninth position in the standings.

Clara Guerrero

A really good lane pattern for the girls has paid off with those in the top 24 all over a 200 average. The girls like it  and not a single complaint has been heard.

We have been saying since the start of the tournament that Colombia’s Clara guerrero is our favorite for the title and in this final squad she showed her true mettle, rolling the third 1400-plus for this qualifying day.

“After learning the lanes during yesterday’s squad I made a lot of adjustments today and used different bowling balls, and that worked fine,” said Guerrero. “Yesterday the corner pins were tough to carry but the changes I made today brought better scores.”

The top 24 progress to tomorrow’s final rounds, opening with two blocks of four games with 50 per cent of qualifying pinfall carried forward. Surprises for two well-known players not making the cut were sue abela of Malta and Sweden’s Eva Jonsson.  Jonsson missed out in 25th place by just two pins.

OVERALL QUALIFYING STANDINGS:
(Top 24 advance to final rounds on Sunday)

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins
1 Kamilla Kjeldsen Denmark 246 256 224 240 202 256 1424
2 Helen Jonsson Sweden 218 238 178 242 258 279 1413
3 Clara Guerrero Colombia 231 215 213 223 248 278 1408
4 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 238 266 206 228 228 225 1391
5 Nicki Ainge England 203 237 270 175 228 218 1331
6 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 207 234 205 238 191 248 1323
7 Sanna Pasanen Finland 186 234 213 241 215 213 1302
8 Wendy Kok The Netherlands 259 176 204 237 203 211 1290
9 Nina Flack Sweden 206 268 190 169 225 227 1285
10 Kirsten Penny England 172 201 236 216 246 203 1274
11 Nicole Sanders The Netherlands 197 213 207 179 279 190 1265
12 Britt Bröndsted Denmark 206 204 190 223 247 191 1261
13 Luz Leal Gonzalez Catalonia 166 204 231 223 196 239 1259
14 Laurence Gaillard France 258 216 205 180 191 203 1253
15 Sofia Granda Guatemala 204 204 268 182 179 215 1252
16 Bettina Lund Denmark 213 215 206 237 192 188 1251
17 Rikke Holm Rasmussen Denmark 224 187 210 224 209 193 1247
18 Ghislaine V/d Tol The Netherlands 214 204 215 192 197 223 1245
19 Reija Lunden Finland 185 180 257 190 204 219 1235
20 Marija Tkacenko Latvia 239 184 177 212 207 214 1233
21 Joline Persson Sweden 212 220 209 189 213 187 1230
22 Darya Kovalova Ukraine 203 158 189 252 196 227 1225
23 Alessandra Morra Italy 210 201 158 200 254 201 1224
24 Roosa Lunden Finland 167 184 202 232 202 224 1211
25 Eva Jönsson Sweden 186 210 192 215 191 215 1209
26 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 223 218 183 219 173 190 1206
27 Aseret Zetter Mexico 183 200 194 169 198 247 1191
28 Tiia Hakamaki Finland 192 207 170 176 218 211 1174
29 Daniela Buzzelli Italy 162 204 214 203 168 220 1171
30 Gabriela Urbistazu Mecq Spain 159 203 224 196 188 193 1163
31 Sue Abela Malta 178 170 186 223 179 225 1161
32 Eba Carrera Ramirez Spain 202 202 214 205 136 180 1139
33 Rosa Mas Puiggros Catalonia 170 202 228 175 168 186 1129
34 Stéphanie Dubourg France 155 156 204 194 201 206 1116
35 Roser Romero Burgos Catalonia 194 193 179 165 181 201 1113
36 Pilar Perales Catalonia 227 180 154 178 165 178 1082
37 Sandra Oliva Catalonia 162 163 188 167 186 201 1067
38 Jessica Gonçalves Luxemburg 156 166 175 168 146 245 1056
39 Nora Turci Luxemburg 146 145 202 173 221 141 1028
40 Francisca Nuñez Hernandez Catalonia 161 137 157 205 169 161 990
41 Francisca Melendez Catalonia 147 129 160 223 181 131 971
42 Ingrid Julia Ingles Catalonia 211 153 148 109 189 160 970
43 Sandra Barange Villavecchia Catalonia 152 198 142 160 143 165 960
44 Nuria Muntaner Linares Catalonia 170 169 134 133 167 153 926
45 Nieves Gallego Catalonia 126 168 187 141 165 132 919
46 Julia Lushnitska Catalonia 141 171 165 156 159 127 919
47 Noelia Rastrero Catalonia 123 133 146 154 156 179 891
48 Irene Molera Catalonia 160 147 156 140 142 140 885
49 Lia Mojarro Catalonia 109 112 196 155 154 138 864
50 Alba Gusi Catalonia 162 147 122 146 156 117 850
51 Cristina Hernandez Catalonia 122 137 127 188 113 161 848
52 Meritxell Sanchez Catalonia 136 159 107 159 137 146 844
53 Patricia Grandes Catalonia 108 135 108 134 135 166 786

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