Session 4: Europe 11 – USA 13

October 16th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Session 4 – Sunday 13:00

Paul Moor

The penultimate session once again kicks off with the Baker team, the event which this year has been so

Tommy Jones

successful for the European quartet. Then the event segues into alternating doubles and singles matches.

The final session takes to the specially-installed lane at the Barnsley Metrodome at 18:00 local time.

The first team to amass 17 points will be declared the winners and matches will cease at that point.

It was interesting to get comments on this year’s Weber cup from veteran TV commentator Cass Edwards. “I honestly think that the sides are so equally matched this year that you can’t pick a

Cass Edwards

winner,”he said. “Previously, the teams had the odd weak link, especially on Team USA, but this year it is so tight and it is probably going to go right down to the wire. Europe are so strong, as they have been for the past couple of years, but there are two new guys on the American team and we know their pedigree and how good they are, so it is just a matter of whether they can perform to their highest capability in this environment.

“We are only halfway through this year, but the lane conditions are really up to scratch although we’ve had one or two problems with some corner pins being left as the lanes have changed, so the splits have come. As it goes at the moment this is easily one of the best Weber Cups.”

American team captain Chris Barnes commented “We have to get off to a lot better start so we want to get this thing even and get them feeling not so comfortable with having a lead all the time. If we can get them to where they have to start worrying about losing this thing, rather than maintaining then that changes the mindset quite a bit.

“Paul (Moor) is averaging about 20 pins more than everybody else. If we can beat him that’s a bonus point for us and that is probably where it will swing.”

Baker team line-up:
Europe: Osku Palermaa, Mika Koivuniemi, Dominic Barrett, Paul Moor
USA: Mike Fagan, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Bill O’Neill

Chris Barnes stated earlier that he intended the American team to get off to a good start this afternoon, and they did just that, completely dominating the Baker team opener as the Europeans just could not get to grips with a new lane pattern, the oil being extended to 41 feet, the longest pattern used so far in this year’s Weber Cup.

Three open frames by the Europeans left the door wide open for the visitors who managed a three-bagger and a double to post a lowly 198, but that was enough to take the point with the Europeans fading to 160.

Now the format switches to doubles, played ‘Scotch doubles’ style, with the players alternating shots.

Honors even now that the Americans have taken the two points from the opening two matches, putting their feet firmly on the throttle and forcing the Europeans to attempt a tenth frame strike out to gain the advantage. Palermaa’s opening tenth frame shot looked good for a strike but the 8-pin thought otherwise and the duo failed to match the 234 posted by the American pair.

This is what the Americans were looking for today and this is what they have got.

And now, good folk, start the celebrations as the American quartet take three points from the first three games of this session. It didn’t all go O’Neill’s way as both players started with five good strikes but it was Barrett who cracked first, losing his line in the eighth frame to leave the 2-8-10 split and then follow that with an open frame. All O’Neill had to do was stay clean and he did that with a touch of class, striking out in the tenth frame for a handsome 233.

Osku Palermaa now returns to the lane, this time partnered by fellow countryman Mika Koivuniemi for the second doubles match of the afternoon. They are up against ‘white belt’ Mike Fagan and US captain Chris Barnes. Can the europeans salvage a point and stop the rot? time will tell.

Dancing in the aisles of Barneley’s Metrodome now as the European’s squeeze back a point and level up the series.

Both doubles teams commenced with open frames, brings lots of ‘oohs’ from the packed arena, but four strikes in a row from the European pair put them in commanding position and they maintained that lead through to finish with 239 and a healthy win. Once again, we saw a single pin miss as Fagan bowled wide of the 10-pin in frame six and we had the strange situation of having to wait until the tenth frame before we saw a spare being bowled.

Now a classic, a confrontation of Mika Koivuniemi against Tommy Jones. Strikes galore? We hope so.

Ladies and gentlemen, a striking masterclass from Thomas Jones of south Carolina, US of A. Strikes all the way the first eleven shots for Mr 300, the only man to be credited with thee perfect games here at the Barnsley Metrodome. Unfortunately, his final ball was a little wide and the 10-pin stood laughing at the roars of disappointment of the full house.

Sadly, it was a really bad day for ‘The Moose’, Mika Koivuniemi. He was never in the game and could only sit and admire the skill of Mr Jones.

Five matches out of six for the Americans after Jones and O’Neill wipe the floor with Barrett and Moor in the final doubles match. For a while it looked as though we were going to get another 290-plus game but a 10-pin in the sixth frame spoiled the predictions coming out of the commentary box. The lane pattern set for this session certainly suited the Americans more than the Europeans and the final result may depend on that pattern set for the final session which commences here at 18:00.

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

   BAKER

 7/

 X

X

 X

 9/

 X

X

53

X

 8s1

 

  USA

 20

50

79

99

119

 144

162

 170

186

198

198

   

 7/

 X

 52

 X

 X

6s1

 9/

 X

7s1

9/X

 

  Europe

20

37

 44

70

 87

94

114

132

140

160

160

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

 Jones/  DOUBLES

X

9/

 9/

 X

X

X

6/

X

 X

X9/

 

 Barnes USA

20

39

59

89

115

135

155

185

214

234

234

 Palermaa/  

X

 9/

 X

 X

X

 9/

 X

9/

 X

9/9

 

 Barrett Europe

20

 40

70

99

119

139

159

179

199

218

218

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

 Bill  SINGLES

 X

 X

 X

X

X

 9/

6s2

 X

 9/

XX X

 

 O’Neill USA

30

 60

90

119

139

155

 163

 183

203

233

233

Dominic  

X

 X

 X

X

X

 9/

X

7s2

 72

 X9/

 

 Barrett Europe

30

60

90

119

139

159

178

187

196

 216

 216

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

 Fagan/  DOUBLES

71

 7s2

X

X

 X

 9-

 X

X

 X

9/7

 

 Barnes USA

 8

17

47

76

95

104

134

163

183

200

200

 Palermaa/  

7s1

 X

 X

X

X

 7s2

 X

 X

 X

XX6

 

 Koivuniemi Europe

 8

38

68

95

114

123

153

183

213

239

239

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

 Tommy  SINGLES

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

 X

X

 XX9

 

 Jones USA

30

60

90

120

150

180

210

240

 270

299

299

 Mika  

 9/

 X

 X

 6s3

 X

 7s-

9/

 9/

9/

 7s2

 

 Koivuniemi Europe

20

46

65

74

91

 98

117

136

153

162

162

Name Nat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Total

 Jones/  DOUBLES

X

X

X

X

 X

9/

 9/

8s1

X

XX8

 

 O’Neill USA

30

60

90

119

139

158

176

185

215

243

 243

 Barrett/  

X

 9/

 8s-

9/

X

 X

 X

9/

9/

6s1

 

 Moor Europe

20

38

 46

66

 96

125

145

164

180

187

187

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