Ole, As They Say in These Parts

October 7th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

And with quite good reason, too. and there were plenty of good reasons for those joyous Catalan shouts when squad 3 took to the Bowling Pedralbes lanes on Friday evening and the stars of European women’s bowling gave a masterclass in showcasing our fascinating sport.

Bettina Lund

As usual, the format calls for six qualifying games for the complete field and the 28 on this squad vied for honors. None other than the talented Bettina Lund from the Netherlands shone brightest over the first three games with 695, looking good to knock tournament leader Clara Guerrero of Colombia and other points west off her perch, up until this time leading with 1286.

But would calamity strike our favorite Hollander? She was still leading after five games with a slim buffer over three or four other contenders and in game six it was a squeaker between Lund at home bowler Sandra Torrents. An open frame 9 by torrents opened the door for Lund to mark and hit six to win the squad. This she did to finish with 1259 but a 171 in game four and 187 in the next cost her top place on the leader board.

So, veteran Bettina Lund takes the bull by the horns in Barcelona, sounds good after that ancient sport ceases to exist in this fair city. “I am always inspired to be back here in Barcelona,” Lund told us. “It is my favorite highlight of the year and this year particularly as I had the opportunity to drill up some new Ebonite equipment then come out and bowl like a pro from the old days. I’m here for the seventh time, so maybe the only player who has been invited to all the Masters.

“I have to say that looking at the conditions here today, I think it has been an advantage playing on the other side of the lane as there were only two lefthanders on this squad. I didn’t have very much transition going on and I had a really good start with 695 over the first three games. That really helped me to bowl easy over the last three games.

“I bowled almost all the games with my new Ebonite Mission X. I did try changing to other balls when conditions started to be difficult, but it didn’t really work out, so I ended up with the same ball again.”

The aforementioned ‘two or three other contenders’ included young Roosa Lunden from Finland and Denmark’s ubiquitous Britt Brondsted as well as Sandra Torrents and it was a case of eeny-meeny-miny-mo as to who was eventually going to top the squad and maybe take over the running of the leader board. Fortune favored the brave and Lund’s double in the ninth and tenth frames settled one issue but Guerrero stays the frontrunner.

STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 3:

VII EUROPEAN WOMEN’S MASTERS

PRESIDENT SAMARANCH TROPHY

PROVISIONAL QUALIFICATION

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins
1 Clara Guerrero Colombia 224 201 205 225 232 202 1289
2 Luz Adriana Leal Colombia 179 235 173 278 218 183 1266
3 Bettina Lund Denmark 234 224 237 171 187 206 1259
4 Sandra Torrents Pelaez Catalonia 262 205 185 175 215 204 1246
5 Daria Kovalova Ukraine 208 186 227 223 206 196 1246
6 Laurence Gaillard France 156 248 214 256 191 170 1235
7 Roosa Lunden Finland 192 214 191 202 212 220 1231
8 Britt Brondsted Denmark 190 212 207 214 215 188 1226
9 Eva Jonsson Sweden 220 184 189 201 199 210 1203
10 Krista Pollanen Finland 175 163 211 210 203 235 1197
11 Nina Flack Sweden 190 215 195 190 181 217 1188
12 Kirsten Penny England 184 192 224 187 219 178 1184
13 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 203 203 191 191 158 235 1181
14 Joline-Persson Planefors Sweden 232 178 181 206 200 181 1178
15 Nicki Ainge England 171 192 192 182 202 229 1168
16 Elin Adolfsson Sweden 171 214 221 200 197 165 1168
17 Rosa Mas Puiggros Catalonia 216 202 189 168 204 188 1167
18 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 168 229 218 188 196 166 1165
19 Jenny Wegner Sweden 191 197 186 172 219 196 1161
20 Josefine Linderoth Sweden 222 164 208 174 166 200 1134
21 Sanna Pasanen Finland 185 178 174 167 215 207 1126
22 Anja Ginge Denmark 167 149 162 223 238 183 1122
23 Aude Saint Marc France 181 192 150 243 197 155 1118
24 Ida Andersson Sweden 172 212 201 182 173 176 1116
25 Randi Kryger Denmark 168 188 206 183 192 178 1115
26 Niki Schiza Cyprus 157 166 191 199 212 188 1113
27 Reija Lunden Finland 182 182 193 197 187 172 1113
28 Sue Abela Malta 174 186 199 171 183 183 1096
29 Roser Romero Burgos Catalonia 203 146 181 180 206 143 1059
30 Francisca Nu�ez Hernandez Catalonia 137 209 168 158 166 206 1044
31 Meritxell Sanchez Lloansi Catalonia 181 182 144 159 220 157 1043
32 Lia Mojarro Postigo Catalonia 157 153 158 202 167 184 1021
33 Hakamaki Tiia Finland 171 154 208 166 178 142 1019
34 Anja Svaneberg Denmark 147 185 201 127 204 154 1018
35 Noora Alanko Finland 171 200 138 161 174 168 1012
36 Sandra Oliva Tudela Catalonia 176 155 179 179 163 158 1010
37 Nickie Marie Lund Bogeskov Denmark 138 189 178 158 183 138 984
38 Ingrid Julia Ingles Catalonia 158 184 150 155 188 140 975
39 Irene Molera Teruel Catalonia 129 146 160 228 171 135 969
40 Francisca Melendez Bejar Catalonia 159 164 133 119 192 189 956
41 Merc� Burgues Flamarich Catalonia 149 155 149 147 171 151 922
42 Elisabet Cejudo Justo Catalonia 138 167 144 165 117 157 888
43 Noelia Rastrero Medina Catalonia 161 156 148 129 168 126 888
44 Sandra Barange Villavecchia Catalonia 163 115 146 144 132 140 840

 

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