Session 1: Europe 4 – USA 2

October 14th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Session 1 – Friday October 14 – 19:00

Baker Team opener and then five singles matches.

Osku Palermaa

Chris Barnes

One point for each win.

Baker team line-ups:

Europe: Osku Palermaa,  Mika Koivuniemi, Dominic Barrett, Paul Moor
USA: Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan.

The fifth singles match will be ‘captains’ pick’ with opposing captains selecting the player.

In the opening Baker team event, the Americans came out of the traps like greyhounds, pounding the lane with the first six strikes whilst the Europeans struggled after Dominic Barrett left the 2-4-10 split. A 7-spare in the seventh frame brought the American strike run to a shuddering halt but they rallied with a double to post 255 to the Europeans 206.

But all is not lost as the Europeans realistically have a rather pathetic record of Baker team events but have still managed to beat those damn Yankees five times.

Next in line is the singles with Palermaa taking on Weber Cup rookie Bill O’Neill.

Back to level pegging as Palermaa wins a singles squeaker over O’Neill, 201-199, but the Finn’s score could have been higher as he didn’t bother to take the final 7-pin spare. The game was a symphony of splits as O’Neill left the 4-10 in his first frame and the 2-4-8-10 in the ninth. Palermaa left the 3-4-6-10 in his third frame but thrilled a packed Metrodome by picking it up.

Depite losing his first singles match, O’Neill was pleased with his performance and is impressed with the format and organization of the Weber Cup. “This is pretty cool and very enjoyable,” he commented.

Next in the spotlight come America’s second Weber Cup rookie Mike Fagan playing against Barnsley’s favorite player, Paul Moor from nearby Hull. Moor is the only left-hander in the field this year.

Paul Moor, quick as a ferret down a drainpipe, shot four straight strikes to place his authority on the second singles match, leaving Fagan vainly trying to play catch-up. He seemed to have fathomed out the line but then ran headlong into a 3-6-7-10 split to put paid to any further ambitions. After his four-bagger, Moor had a string of 9-spares and then a double to seal the match in Europe’s favor.

Newly-crowned USA captain Chris Barnes now takes on fellow PBA member and lofty Finn Mika Koivuniemi.

Normally, Barnes and Koivuniemi travel the PBA tournaments together and are room-mates. Now they face one another for a vital Weber Cup point.

Back to evens as Barnes gets one over and best friend Koivuniemi. The Finn held his mate to a four point lead right up until the ninth frame and then the pendulum swung into a wider arc and the pins fell for Barnes, ending up 246-212.

Next on stage come Dominic Barrett for Europe and Tommy Jones being anchorman for the Americans. Place your bets but we find this one impossible to call other than to say it will be a big win for the victor and a vital point for the team.

Well, Barrett can now stop thinking of Jones as his bogeyman. On the last two occasions that the pair have met, JOnes has been the victor with an outstanding margin, but today the tables were turned. Jones was merrily coasting along and then ran into the 3-4-6-7-9-10 split, which makes one wonder where the heck the ball went. He took four of those and then disaster as his next frame left him facing a 2-8-10. Barrett snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to put Europe back in the lead, 3-2.

Now the final match of the evening, the popular ‘Captains’ Pick” and those into the melee are Mike Fagan for the United States and Europe’s Mika Koivuniemi.

This match really was 10-pin bowling as that damned pin withstood flying messengers, 6-pin taps and flying fives to stand resolute. Koivuniemi had three in a row and was then forced to double in the tenth frame to defeat Fagantaking the score to 4-2 in Europe’s favor at the end of the first session.

We will be back Saturday afternoon at 14:00 local time, (08:00 EST). Join us, this is getting to be exciting stuff.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Baker Team  X  X  X  X  X  X  7/  X  X  9/9
 USA  30 60 90  120  147  167  187  216  236  255  255
 9/  X  7s2  9/  X  X  9/  X  X  9/X
 Europe  20  39  48  68  97  117  137  166  186  206  206
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Bill  8s1  X  X  9/  9/  X  X  X  6s2  X7/
 O’Neill  USA  9  38  58  77  97  127  153  171  179  199  199
 Osku  9/  9/  6s/  X  X  9/  X  X  9/  9-
 Palermaa  Europe  19  35  55  84  104  124  153  173  192  201  201
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Mike  8/  X  9/  9/  9/  X  6s2  X  X  X9/
 Fagan  USA  20  40  59  78  98  116 124  154  183  203  203
 Paul  X  X  X  X  9/  9/  9/  X  X  9/X
 Moor  Europe  30  60  89  109  128  147  167  196  216  236  236
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Chris  X  9/  X  X  X  8/  9/  X  X  XX9
 Barnes  USA  20  40  70  98  118  137  157  187  217  246  246
 Mika  X  X  X  6/  9/  9/  9/  X  9/  X8s1
 Koivuniemi  Europe  30  56  76  95  114  133  153  173  193  212  212
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Tommy  X  9/  9/  9/  X  X  4s4  7s2  X  XXX
 Jones  USA  20  39  58  78  102  120  128  137  167  197  197
 Dominic  8s-  X  X  6s1  X  9/  X  X  X  XX8
 Barrett  Europe  8  34  51  58  78  98  128  158  188  216  216
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Mike  X  X  9/  X  X  9/  X  X  X  9/8
 Fagan  USA  29  49  69  98  118  138  168  197  217  235  235
 Mika  9/  X  X  9/  9/  9/  X  X  X  XX8
 Koivuniemi  Europe  20  49  69  88  107  127  157  187  217  245  245

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