Finals Day

October 10th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

The top 24 from the previous qualifying rounds are now in session with two blocks of four games, bringing forward fifty per cent of their qualifying pinfall.

In the first block, it was Nicole Sanders of the Netherlands, the defending champion, who lit her lantern with the first eight strikes in the first game to lead the parade with 269 but followed that with 197. Close behind at the first stage and then taking over the lead after two games, Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark culled 266 and 217 to hold the lead with 1178, including pinfall brought forward.

Mai Ginge Jensen

The top six were over 1100 from the first two games.

A vintage computer scoring system that did not bring forward total pinfall after each game brought difficulties in keeping up with the pace of play. However, a print after three games proved Jensen still to be leading after three of the eight game stint with 1406, 15 sticks better than second-placed Helen Johnsson of Sweden and fellow Swede Rebecka Larsen Jr third with 1382.

It was still Danish Delight come the halfway stage with the first four games done and dusted. Mai ginge Jensen from Aarhus in Denmark ruled the roost with 1620, including pinfall brought forward, and Helen Johnsson from Sweden, also over 1600, was runner-up on 1602.

A nice halfway finish for Luz Adriana Leal, formerly from Colombia but now living in Barcelona and adopting Catalonian citizenship, she holds fourth place after a fourth game 277.

“I had a good feeling today, so started well with a 266,” Jensen told us. “There are a couple of pairs of lanes that are different. You’ve got to roll the ball here because there is a lot of oil and a lot of the girls are doing that, so we are getting good carry from the corner pins. It makes a huge difference by having the lanes set up just for women. For some girls it is positive and negative for others, but I like it.”

There was an hour delay in getting the second four-game block into action due to a score computer malfunction. The block started with players using paper scoresheets but the computer came back online for the next game and that showed Jensen still holding the lead over Johnsson, but with Rebecka Larsen and Wendy Kok taking over third and fourth positions.

Six games down the ‘pike’ and Jensen has Larsen on her tail, Johnsson dropping down to fourth and Kok up to third. Jensen just rolled her low game of 208 in the quarters and now holds just 19 points over Larsen who, incidentally was runner-up here last year.

A high game of 259 consolidated Jensen’s position at the top of the leaderboard with a total score of 2314 after seven games, 62 pins ahead of second-placed Rebecka Larsen. Clara Guerrero, perhaps the tournament favorite moved into third place after a 257 and Helen Johnsson stays in the leading quartet in fourth place on 2233.

Qualifying for the semi-finals came to a disappointing end for defending champion Nicole Sanders, finishing well down the standings in 14th place. But numero uno was our projected favorite Clara Guerrero who finished with a 267 to outpoint Jensen in the home straight. Rebecka Larsen took third place and Kamilla Kjeldsen fourth, so the semi-finals, over best of three games, will be Colombia versus Denmark and Sweden versus Denmark.

The timing has gone a little late, so the semi-finals are due to take place at 15.15 and will be over the best of three games. The televised final will take place immediately afterwards. Unofruntately, the local internet will not support web streaming so the final will be recorded by CatTV and shown on the federation website, www.tbowling.cat, early in the week.

First game wins for Kjeldsen and Jensen in the semi-finals, both seeking for an all-Danish final. Kjeldsen defeated favourite Guerrero, 204-196, and Jensen had a wider margin over Larsen, 215-192.

2010 Champion Mai Ginge Jensen

Both semi-final matches were concluded over two games. The decider for Kjeldsen came with a 217-203 victory over Guerrero and Jensen booked her place in the tile match by taking out Larsen 226-208.

17:00 local time will be the time set for the final to begin, again the best of three games.

The final was maybe a sstrikefest and a wonderful climax to a women’s bowling tournament. In no way were the lanes easy, especially with the TV lights on the even lane.

Honors to Mai Ginge Jensen for taking the first game, 214-197, but Kamilla Kjeldsen fought back to take the match into overtime by clinching the second game, 258-249.

The title game was as good as bowling gets with Jensen hitting the first nine strikes and a packed concourse willing a perfect game to close what is probably the only international tournament dedicated to women outside of the United States. To the disappointment of the crowd the 4-pin stood its ground and Jensen won the championship two games to one and a final game score of 279-243.

It was a most enjoyable final for the crowd of supporters, but did the two Danes enjoy it? “It was great,” commented Kjeldsen. “It was great to bowl well against another good bowler. What more could you wish for in the final?”

Jensen added: “Yes, the same words. It was a good final and we had fun. I was disappointed not to bowl a 300 in the last game. I think it was deja vu from earlier in qualification when I did the same for a 279. I was planning on doing it, but it was not to be.”

Plaudits too for Marija Tkacenko of Riga, Latvia. As the top finisher under the age of 20 she was presented with the President Samaranch Cup, a prestigious trophy sponsored by the late IOC president, who used to come along to the finals to make the presentation himself. He is greatly missed.

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STANDINGS AFTER BLOCK 2 (8 GAMES):
Top 4 qualify for semi-finals

P Player Federation Qualify 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pins TOTAL
1 Clara Guerrero Colombia 704 220 197 204 211 235 223 257 267 1814 2518
2 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 695 266 217 228 214 227 208 259 199 1818 2513
3 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 661 250 213 258 196 224 234 216 188 1779 2440
4 Kamilla Kjeldsen Denmark 712 224 190 210 205 236 196 226 235 1722 2434
5 Wendy Kok Netherlands 645 236 215 219 248 236 211 216 204 1785 2430
6 Luz Leal Gonzalez Catalonia 629 205 246 219 277 213 208 178 221 1767 2396
7 Helen Jonsson Sweden 706 212 214 259 214 205 191 232 160 1687 2393
8 Nicki Ainge England 665 183 224 225 183 244 194 268 200 1721 2386
9 Marija Tkacenko Latvia 616 235 208 207 246 242 211 195 221 1765 2381
10 Darya Kovalova Ukraine 612 227 224 193 187 201 265 221 237 1755 2367
11 Sofia Granda Guatemala 626 215 191 214 192 191 254 221 258 1736 2362
12 Kirsten Penny England 637 195 192 255 153 237 213 259 217 1721 2358
13 Ghislaine V/d Tol Netherlands 622 206 249 211 225 212 196 217 204 1720 2342
14 Nicole Sanders Netherlands 632 269 197 173 181 247 223 184 218 1692 2324
15 Joline Persson Sweden 615 279 212 179 237 181 188 208 222 1706 2321
16 Reija Lunden Finland 617 213 245 198 205 228 226 212 160 1687 2304
17 Alessandra Morra Italy 612 258 199 214 191 224 205 202 189 1682 2294
18 Britt Bröndsted Denmark 630 232 192 223 157 216 203 207 212 1642 2272
19 Bettina Lund Denmark 625 201 241 185 151 221 204 216 202 1621 2246
20 Roosa Lunden Finland 605 175 227 223 192 189 244 216 175 1641 2246
21 Nina Flack Sweden 642 204 178 192 193 210 193 231 199 1600 2242
22 Laurence Gaillard France 626 226 150 214 247 162 182 187 224 1592 2218
23 Rikke Holm Rasmussen Denmark 623 180 235 150 174 229 157 220 186 1531 2154
24 Sanna Pasanen Finland 651 205 152 216 176 145 183 210 209 1496 2147

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