Barcelona – Finals 1 & 2

July 17th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Not a bad start to the day for Sweden’s Robert Andersson. Bowling on the first squad of 24 which embraced qualifiers 25-42, plus the six women who did not make the cut, the Gothenberg member of the renowned Team Pergamon opened his account with 277,

Robert Andersson

followed that with 187, then put his foot on the throttle to hit 279 before falling back into reality with 218 – 961 over the four games and all done on a slice of toast for breakfast.

The target is to be in the last 24 for stage three of the finals and there should be no doubt that Andersson has accomplished that as his total now with 50 per cent of qualifying pinfall brought forward is 1623, the only player to be above 1500.

There were 16 women on this squad and the leading light turned out to be Denmark’s Britt Brondsted, taking fourth place on the squad with 1526.

Right now it looks as though defending champion Gery Verbruggen of Belgium can say adios to this year’s event, but maybe, just maybe, things can go wrong from the next group to play, those qualifying in positions 1-24.

“I don’t really want to talk about breakfast here as it was just toast in the bowling center,” joked Andersson. “It was a big advantage

Mika Koivuniemi

for me that there were so many women on this squad. I don’t like to have to move so much left (on the approach) and I didn’t have to do that today. We made sure that lanes were good during practice. When there are a lot of guys on the lanes you have to move left but with the carry down from the women it wasn’t the case in this squad. You can get to the pocket a little bit straighter and easier to get the 10-pin out. ”

The second group to take to Bowling Pedralbes lanes, those originally qualifying in positions 1 through 24, presented a true masterclass of bowling with the chief instructor Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi, now having taken American citizenship.

Koivuniemi not only led the squad, he murdered any chance of opposition and finished his four games with 1732, a total which included 50 per cent of his qualifying pinfall. That supreme score was 126 pins better than second placed Stuart Williams of England and third place went to Malaysia’s Zandra Aziela who is looking at being the leading lady of the tournament unless Sweden’s Joline Persson-Planefors gets a mighty boost in the next squad.

“I was pretty happy how I bowled today,” reported Koivuniemi. “I started with an open frame but after that I felt really comfortable and kept making good shots. But I still need to bowl four great games, so we’ll see what I end up with. Actually, I used the same ball, the Ebonite Game Changer through the set. Lanes change every game, every shot, but I gfelt I made the right moved at the right times.”

This group of 24 qualifiers will now play a further four games and only the leading three will survive to contest the stepladder final, a one-game knockout affair to decide the champion. That will be screened live on Eurosport 2 at 18:30 CET and also web streamed on www.tbowling.cat at the same time.

Those intrepid 24 battled bravely, even Zulmazran Zulkifli seeking 15 minutes of fame by rolling a 299 (2-pin), but it was the masteer who shone through to take top seed for the stepladder final. Mika Koivuniemi, the ‘major Finn’ dominated the field to total 2694, way ahead of second placed Robert Andersson (2573) and Martin Larsen (2570), so it will be an all-Team Pergamon semi-final and at least one member up against Koivuniemi.

Despite his herculian efforts, Malaysia’s Zulkifli had the disappointment of finishing in fourth place, being denied a place in the spotlights for the final by 57 points.

TOP 24 STANDINGS:

P Player Federation Qualify Quarter 1 2 3 4 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Mika Koivuniemi Finland 716 1016 228 274 237 223 962 0 2694
2 Robert Andersson Sweden 662 961 209 225 259 257 950 0 2573
3 Martin Larsen Sweden 684 896 253 234 257 246 990 0 2570
4 Zulkifli Zulmazran Malaysia 715 865 233 208 299 194 934 0 2514
5 Zandra Aziela Malaysia 675 950 180 244 215 201 840 32 2497
6 Joline Persson-planefors Sweden 668 949 246 189 210 195 840 32 2489
7 Mats Maggi Belgium 702 916 171 241 189 255 856 0 2474
8 Stuart Williams England 677 949 180 215 239 213 847 0 2473
9 Christian Racpan Germany 677 892 223 175 244 210 852 0 2421
10 Amleto Monacelli Venezuela 675 887 158 248 235 208 849 0 2411
11 Mik Stampe Denmark 668 944 205 188 199 206 798 0 2410
12 Syafiq Ridhwan Malaysia 702 800 234 217 212 236 899 0 2401
13 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 675 877 194 236 203 216 849 0 2401
14 Gery Verbruggen Belgium 652 871 196 198 214 237 845 0 2368
15 Jean Marc Samain Belgium 669 847 195 235 196 224 850 0 2366
16 Julien Sermand France 657 940 170 202 191 205 768 0 2365
17 Dominic Barrett England 691 870 233 208 172 188 801 0 2362
18 Thomas Larsen Denmark 684 838 205 198 244 191 838 0 2360
19 Paul Moor England 688 882 188 216 191 193 788 0 2358
20 Brian Voss USA 681 870 169 185 244 204 802 0 2353
21 Britt Brondsted Denmark 656 870 227 177 192 191 787 32 2345
22 Marcus Berndt Sweden 712 823 223 223 165 198 809 0 2344
23 Adrian Ang Malaysia 693 817 184 198 195 189 766 0 2276
24 Jere Oksanen Finland 652 880 163 189 203 128 683 0 2215

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