Barcelona – Final Qualifying Squads

July 16th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

It is all now to the nitty-gritty as we go into the final qualifying day and only 27 places are up for grabs. The 15 squad winners all automatically go through to the finals and they will be joined by leaders 1 – 27. Making up the total to 48 for the stage one of the finals will be six women who have not made the cut, a unique facet in Catalonia.

Currently, the number one on the leader board is Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi, knocking Malaysia’s Zulmazran Zulkifli off his perch on last night’s final squad by a mere three pins. Some consolation for the Asians is that Zandra Aziela on the Malaysian team is the leading lady, holding ‘lucky’ 13th place for the time being.

After heavily dominating the San Marino Open last week in Serravalle, the Malaysians now have only five players in the top 25 and have not mastered this typical Catalonian lane condition anywhere near the expected level.  However, second-placed Zulmazran Zulkifli, ‘Zul’ to all, says that he loves bowling in Europe because the lanes are much easier than the drier conditions found out in Asia. It is his ambition to spend a season bowling on the European tour. Any sponsors?

Johan Hellden

It is seldom that results are seen without a Team Pergamon player, the elite Swedish team, at or near the top of the standings, so no surprise that Johan Hellden from Falkenberg emerged as leader of the opening squad on Saturday morning, posting 1340 to clinch the top score by 15 points from Frenchwoman Lauriane Celie.

“It was tough going across the lanes today and I switched bowling balls a couple of times,” the lithe Swede commented. “So I am pleased that I now have a place in the final tomorrow so can rest up now.”

Hellden is having quite a good year. He was runner-up to Osku Palermaa in the Dream Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany and placed high in a Super Six event back home in Sweden.

SQUAD 13: Alas, alack and cor blimey mate! It came to the end of this squad and England’s Dominic Barrett just needed a good tenth frame to bring him into the 1400 club. His first ball left the 6-10. His second chopped the six and so he finished with 1383 but, most important, won the squad with a clear margin over local hero and Catalonian coach Marcial Ovide’s 1350.

Dominic Barrett

Just recently married Rikke Holm Agerbo, nee Rasmussen, wife of Jesper Agerbo, the copenhagen pro shop proprietor, managed to be over 1300 on a nother low scoring squad, coming home with 1317 including her eight pins per game bonus.

Barrett was his usual forthcoming self when the time came for the post-match interview. Now fully recovered from his injuries sustained during his quad bike adventures in Saudi Arabia where he broke his left shoulder and a couple of ribs, he told us: “This wass my fourth squad, so I’ve got a good idea of how the lanes are playing. With these long formats you can play your way into a tournament. Yesterday I felt confident that I could get something going. I’m not going to get that every time, but today things worked out.

“With the scores being carried over, you need every pin in qualifying and Mika’s 1433 was what I was going after today, so missing that tenth frame spare was a disappointment.

“There were so many women bowling on the squad that the lanes got really tight with so much carry-down as they all don’t have the rev rate that the guys do, so there wasn’t much friction. Towards the end I shuddered a little as I couldn’t get my ball to hook down the lane as I would like but I was happy with my score and I’m not too far behind Mika tomorrow for the final.

“I know all too well how the finals work here and have had some good results so I hope to do that again tomorrow.”

SQUAD 14:
Team Pergamon players from Sweden are quite accustomed to ruling the roost and, in fact, are well known for that fact. However, they do have the occasional hiccup like being beaten in the Swedish Championships, but not today.

Martin Larsen

On this morning’s opening squad team member Johan Hellden took the honors. Not to be outdone, team captain Martin Larsen shone through to win the penultimate qualifying squad with a humble 1368 and thereby joins the club to compete in tomorrow’s finals. “But I’m sure an earlier score would have seen me qualify anyway,” he said.

Defending champion Gery Verbruggen from Belgium, joining us after his recent marriage to Muriel, is finding things a bit of a struggle this year and his 1282 saw him third on the squad but that seems to be a lot too short to make the cut. The same fate befell suchamous names as clara Guerrero, Jean Marc Lebon, Nina flack and Kim Bolleby, to name just a few.

“I love it when my team-mates are doing well,” said Larsen, commenting on Hellden’s win earlier in the day. “Actually I started out today on the frsh oil with a different ball, one with a very different surface, so I think I will use that in the finals tomorrow. I always enjoy Barcelona, I come here every year and I love the place. ”

SQUAD 15:Last chance saloon! The 15th and final qualifying squad and once again a full squad with a l-o-n-g waiting list. “I have never known such a long list for the final squad and only been able to move up three players,” said genial tournament host Clara

Roosa Lunden

Roca, the person who amazingly keeps the wheels of this prestigious event turning so smoothly. “I expected a lot of cancellations but there were only three.”

Once again there was a heavy female entry, 11 of the players on the distaff side, and it was a fair lady who emerged the squad champion and that was the fair diminutive figure of Roosa Lunden, daughter of the well-known international Reija Lunden.

It was a tied score of 1268 with Sweden’s Kim Bolleby but Lunden goes through on the high last game rule. Bolleby will rue chopping the 6-pin off the 10 in the ninth frame and then leaving the 6-7-10 split in the tenth, leaving the door open for Lunden who finished with 226 to Bolleby’s 189.

Another Finn, Krista Pollanen, who is currently fifth in the European tour rankings, took third place with 1245. There were four women in the top five on the squad.

Like her mother, Roosa Lunden is a member of the Finnish national team and is heading east to Hong Kong in September to compete in the WTBA Women’s World Championships. Will mother be along for help and guidance. “I’m not sure yet,” said Reija, “as I am very busy at work at this time of the year.”

Full results on www.tbowling.cat. Also web streaming for stepladder final at 18:15 CET on www.tbowling.cat.

Special interviews:

Diana Zavjalova: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOD0PZhAUtg
Gery Verbruggen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sck66EMiiA
Mika Koivuniemi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ki8Qsy_yV7E
Osku Palermaa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80G_Ic-gLEw

QUALIFIERS (25-48 play at 09:00 on Sunday, 1-24 at 12:00):

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Mika Koivuniemi Finland 231 269 228 204 258 243 1433 0 1433
2 Zulkifli Zulmazran Malaysia 208 223 248 225 247 279 1430 0 1430
3 Marcus Berndt Sweden 239 236 244 247 244 214 1424 0 1424
4 Mats Maggi Belgium 211 215 252 212 247 268 1405 0 1405
5 Syafiq Ridhwan Malaysia 219 218 246 228 268 225 1404 0 1404
6 Adrian Ang Malaysia 206 225 235 269 227 225 1387 0 1387
7 Perttu Jussila Finland 239 258 248 232 212 194 1383 0 1383
8 Dominic Barrett England 243 213 278 225 231 193 1383 0 1383
9 Paul Moor England 257 212 190 265 220 233 1377 0 1377
10 Thomas Larsen Denmark 268 207 202 231 226 235 1369 0 1369
11 Martin Larsen Sweden 195 256 244 201 257 215 1368 0 1368
12 Brian Voss USA 236 237 202 233 200 254 1362 0 1362
13 Stuart Williams England 224 182 240 215 247 247 1355 0 1355
14 Christian Racpan Germany 183 257 195 278 217 224 1354 0 1354
15 Zandra Aziela Malaysia 223 200 209 228 256 187 1303 48 1351
16 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 246 241 205 198 204 256 1350 0 1350
17 Amleto Monacelli Venezuela 248 258 181 236 213 214 1350 0 1350
18 Johan Hellden Sweden 244 190 239 233 221 213 1340 0 1340
19 Jean Marc Samain Belgium 225 223 210 221 222 237 1338 0 1338
20 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 243 184 213 198 215 235 1288 48 1336
21 Joline Persson-planefors Sweden 194 258 196 212 195 233 1288 48 1336
22 Mik Stampe Denmark 220 218 195 232 257 214 1336 0 1336
23 Osku Palermaa Finland 269 191 174 230 223 248 1335 0 1335
24 Jesper Agerbo Denmark 211 257 224 200 259 182 1333 0 1333
25 Lauriane Celie France 223 209 193 254 175 223 1277 48 1325
26 Bianca Wiekeraad Netherlands 222 226 201 201 193 233 1276 48 1324
27 Robert Andersson Sweden 179 256 247 224 207 211 1324 0 1324
28 Moi Perez Ibañez Catalonia 178 214 237 244 252 198 1323 0 1323
29 Krista Pöllänen Finland 231 242 197 211 198 191 1270 48 1318
30 Rikke Holm Agerbo Denmark 189 203 226 232 226 193 1269 48 1317
31 Julien Sermand France 166 212 210 221 275 230 1314 0 1314
32 Britt Brondsted Denmark 258 221 186 207 215 177 1264 48 1312
33 Sandra Andersson Sweden 215 187 237 216 214 192 1261 48 1309
34 Esther Cheah Malaysia 240 226 199 223 215 157 1260 48 1308
35 Cassie Staudinger England 224 172 225 192 212 234 1259 48 1307
36 Kasper Walter Denmark 246 208 228 229 183 213 1307 0 1307
37 Jere Oksanen Finland 223 231 236 181 211 223 1305 0 1305
38 Gery Verbruggen Belgium 245 221 213 211 190 224 1304 0 1304
39 Nicole Sanders Netherlands 212 172 186 231 243 210 1254 48 1302
40 Markus Heinonen Finland 186 208 246 234 171 256 1301 0 1301
41 Or Aviram Israel 180 235 194 212 226 254 1301 0 1301
42 Sharon Koh Malaysia 244 178 228 159 217 219 1245 48 1293
43 Siti Shazwani Malaysia 186 205 182 211 214 246 1244 48 1292
44 Wendy Kok Netherlands 206 133 245 181 243 236 1244 48 1292
45 Jenny Johansson Sweden 265 166 224 221 165 202 1243 48 1291
47 Diana Zavjalova Latvia 183 211 166 213 200 265 1238 48 1286
52 Janin Ribguth Germany 216 192 223 191 199 205 1226 48 1274

 

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