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AFTER A DRAMATIC 17-15 win at last year’s Weber Cup, the Americans will be fielding an unchanged team as the 13th annual transatlantic tenpin tussle takes place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October at the Barnsley Metrodomein north-east England.
Last October, Europe held the lead over the first two days of the competition but Team USA mounted a stirring comeback over the final day to pip Europe and claim their seventh Weber Cup title.
Chris Barnes will once again captain the side that will consist of Mike Fagan, Bill O’Neill and Tommy Jones.
For the eighth consecutive year, all the action will be taking place at the Barnsley Metrodome within the specially constructed 500-seat arena. The Weber Cup is the tenpin bowling version of golf’s Ryder Cup as two four-man teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker-team format matches.
For the Europeans, who trail 5-7 overall in Weber Cup matches, there is one change as Englishman Stuart Williams comes in for Paul Moor. Once again the captain will be Finland’s Osku Palermaa and he will be joined by countryman Mika Koivuniemi and England’s Dominic Barrett.
The Weber Cup will be staged over five sessions – 7.00pm Friday and 1.00pm and 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Saludos amigos! Greetings from the magnificent city of Barcelona where the 34th Ciutat de Barcelona will take place, running Tuesday July 17 thru July 22 at the delightful 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes, located in the heart of the city and in the shadow of arguably the finest soccer stadium in the world, Barcelona FC’s Camp Nou.
There is a handsome first place prize of €12,000 awaiting the ultimate champion who will have earned his or her bounty by ousting all competition in the stepladder final, due to be screened on Eurosport 2.
Around 150 competitors are expected on the entry list with a field featuring such international stars as Osku Palermaa, Dominic Barrett, Stuart Williams and Brian Voss, all with PBA titles and aiming for a good slice of the 60,000 euro prize fund.
Full tournament details on www.fcbb.cat and live coverage throughout the event on www.bowlersjournal.com. The final will be web streamed live at 18:15 CET on Sunday, July 22 through www.fcbb.cat. Check the website for updated information. It will also be shown live on satellite channel Eurosport 2.
The 2012 Brunswick Italia Challenge is now underway at the Red & Black Bowling Center in the idyllic city of Asti in the north-west of Italy. This is the second running of the tournament, an event so successful last year that it has signed up with the European Bowling Tour from this year and offers a first place prize of €9,000 for the ultimate champion when he or her stands atop the podium next Sunday, July 1.
Last year’s champion, Ronnie Russell of the United States, was earlier reported as not being able to make the trip into the Piedmont country this year but Russell has thankfully changed his mind.
The Red & Black center was a design award winner in the Bowlers Journal Design Awards a couple of years ago. It features 24 Brunswick-equipped lanes, a large vido game area, a superb restaurant, a casino and a large stage area which last year featured the regional finals of the official Miss Italia competition. This year a Miss Brunswick Italia Challenge will be staged on Tuesday evening. Hopefully recorded highlights will be part of our web stream.
Full tournament details and up-to-date results on: www.brunswickitaliachallenge.com.
All systems go and sure that the organization is perfect for the European Youth Championships, all under the expert guidance of Kim Thorsgaard Jensen at the fabulous Lovvang Bowling Center on the outskirts of Aalborg, Denmark, running March 31 – April 9.
There are 29 teams on the roster, representing Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.
A field 60-plus strong will be featured in the European Women’s Masters, once again hosted by Bowling Pedralbes in the fantastic city of Barcelona.
This popular event, the only international tournament dedicated to a women’s field, and includes the President Samaranch Trophy for the competitors under the age of 20, runs March 15-18, 2012 under the direction of the very talented and dedicated Catalan Bowling Federation (FCBB).
Defending champion Clara Guerrero from Colombia, but now living in Texas, is once again on the roster and so is Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden, who is looking for revenge after losing to Guerrero in last year’s best of three game final.
As usual, the tournament format calls for six qualifying games with unlimited re-entries and the top 24 advancing to the final rounds on the Sunday morning.
A prize of €3,600 (euro) awaits the champion and there is also €1,000 for the winner of the Samaranch Trophy. Prizes are paid down to 24th place (€300).
Live coverage of all squads will be available on this website from March 15 and live web-streaming of the final by CatTV will be available from approx 16.30 CET (15:30 GMT) on the tournament website, www.fcbb.cat which also carries full details of the event.
The timing of the streaming of the final depends on the finish of the best of three game semi-finals, so could be earlier than planned if the semi-finals are both finished over two games.
The Weber Cup features two four-man teams playing in a series of singles and doubles matches over three days of competition. There are also ‘Baker format’ matches which feature all eight players competing in the same match. All matches are over one game with total pin fall determining the winner. There is one point for a win and the first team to reach 17 points are the champions.
The total prize fund is $75,000 and 18 one-hour programs will be produced for transmission world-wide
The European Women’s Masters has a very strong field to its seventh annual tournament, this year moving to the hospitable 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes, sited next to the world-famous Camp Nou soccer stadium.
This popular event, the only official tournament in Europe strictly for women, other than the European Women’s Championships, will take place October 6-9.
Players invited by the tournament organizer 2011: Mai Ginge Jensen (Winner of the EWM 2010 – 5 EBT 2010) Denmark; Kamilla Kjeldsen (1 EBT 2000 – 1 EBT 2003) – Denmark; Bettina Lund (1 EBT 2001- 1 EBT 2002) – Denmark; Britt Bröndsted (1 EBT 2004 – 1 EBT 2005 – 1 EBT 2006 – 4 EBT 2009) – Denmark; Kirsten Penny (1 EBT 2007) – England; Nina Flack (1 EBT 2008 – 1 EBT 2010) – Sweden; Nicki Ainge (1 EBT 2009 – 4 EBT 2010) – England; Joline Persson-Planefors (2 EBT 2010) – Sweden; Krista Pöllänen (3 EBT 2010) – Finland; Rebecka Larsen (6 EBT 2010) – Sweden; Sue Abela (best player history MCC) – Malta; Niki Schiza (MCC 2011. Masters Women Gold medal) – Cyprus.
Special prizes President Samaranch Trophy for the five first ranked players under 20 years, in the first day of the tournament (limit date of birth: 06-10-1991).
BJI international correspondent Keith Hale travels to Hong Kong for the final action-packed moments of the World Women’s Championships and reports on the WTBA and FIQ Congresses.
It is almost a case of putting ‘House Full” notices outside the popular Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona in July as over 160
players from 25 nations have signed up for this prestigious event, a silver-rated tournament on the European Bowling Tour (EBT) running July 12-17.
In the 2010 edition, Gery Verbruggen of Belgium defeated England’s Dominic Barrett in a close fought final. This year, with women’s national teams from Finland, France and Sweden using the tournament as practice for the upcoming Women’s World Championships in Hong Kong, there is added luster for the spectators and tougher opposition for the bowlers. There is also a talented group of Malaysian stars heading into Barcelona after competing in the San Marino Open.
Popular Americans on the entry list are Brian Voss, the 2011 Catalonia Open champion, and Mike Fagan. Tournament newcomer is PBA bowler Amleto Monacelli from Venezuela.
Full details available on: www.tbowling.cat.
The seventh Cockatoos Open hit the lanes of the Cockatoos Bowling Center in the Cypriot two of Paphos, June 24 through July 3, attracting a good home crowd and many of Europe’s top international players looking for a holiday in the sun cobined with a bowling competition in a relaxed environment.
Many of the players came down to Cyprus after the highly enjoyable Brunswick Italia Challenge in Asti, Italy last week to bid for the €3,300 top prize, although prizes are being paid down to 52nd place.
PBA player Stuart Williams from England is the defending champion and arrived on the island on the Monday evening, ready to celebrate his 30th birthday with the many Cypriot friends he made last year.
The latter stages should be live on web-streaming, provided that sufficient line speed is available, please check the URL http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cockatoos-paphos-open.
Well over 250 bowlers have signed up for the inaugural Brunswick Italia Challenge in the picturesque town of Asti in the Piedmont region of northwest Italy, famous for its sparkling white wine, Asti Spumante.
Running June 18 – 26 at the 24-lane, Brunswick-equipped Red & Black Bowling center, the host offers a first place prize of €8,000 (euro) with cash paid down to 48th place.
The final five days of the event will be covered live on bowlersjournal.com and comprehensive web streaming will be carried on talktenpin.net with commentary on the action and many interviews with personalities.
Web streaming live from June 22 on http://www.ustream.tv/channel/brunswick-italia-challenge
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Tunisia will participate for the first time in the Mediterranean Challenge Cup this year in Barcelona with a team of four players.
Tunisia is a fairly new federation which was given full membership by the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs in August 2009 at the FIQ Congress held in Las Vegas.
It is a fast growing federation already counts with 12 bowling centres and 110 lanes.
A total of 13 federations have now confirmed their presence in the Mediterranean Challenge Cup which will take place from the 29th of March to the 3rd of April 2011. San Marino, Malta, Italy, Catalonia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Slovenia, Turkey and Tunisia will all be competing in the prestigious Mediterranean event.
March 15-20, 2011 — The 9th Catalonia Open – Galasa takes place at the friendly 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes, Barcelona, March 15-20. This will be the fourth stage of the European Bowling Tour, a silver-rated event, offering a first prize of €6,000 from an impressive €44,700 prize fund, with prize money paid down to 48th place.
The field this year has an incredible total of players representing 25 nations, which must be something very close to a record.Defending champion is Thomas Larsen from Denmark who beat three-time WBW Bowler of the Year Dominic Barrett from England by six pins in the title match, the second successive time that Barrett finished in the runner-up position.
Full information of www.tbowling.com and live coverage on www.bowlersjournal.com. There will be live web streaming of the finals on the Saturday afternoon on www.tbowling.cat and on www.fiqtv.com from 16:30 CET (09:30 US Central).
November 12-14, 2010 — Team Europe will head into the 2010 PartyCasino.com Weber Cup as defending champions following their resounding 17-11 win over their American opponents last year.
That victory, in front of a 500-strong crowd at the Barnsley Metrodome in Yorkshire, England, put paid to a run of three straight victories in the event by the USA, and brought the overall Weber cup tally to 5-4 in favour of the Americans.
The triumphant European side was captained by Finland’s Osku Palermaa and the talented, two-handed Finn returns to the fray to lead his team when the 2010 event gets underway from November 12-14 at the Metrodome once again. “The Weber Cup is one of the most memorable moments of the season. The format is so different and we get to show people what we can do in a little bit more relaxed show atmosphere and on top of that we get to spank the Yanks,” said Palermaa.
“I don’t know anybody who wouldn’t have enjoyed it,” he added.
The format for the 2010 PartyCasino.com Weber Cup has been altered slightly with the teams reduced from five to four players but essentially it is the same series of baker, singles and doubles matches to determine the destination of most prestigious trophy in team bowling..
October 25-31, 2010 — The 2010 European Champions Cup will be held in Ankara, Turkey, from Oct. 25-31, 2010. The 2010 ECC will be staged at 24-lane Rollhouse Bowling Center, which also hosted the Ankara Open earlier this year.
October 15-18, 2010 — The 2010 Malta Senior Open runs from this Thursday, October 15 through until Sunday, October 18, at the well-known Eden Superbowl in St Julians, St George’s Bay, the entertainment capital of this idyllic Meditarranean island. Live coverage daily on www.bowlersjournal.com and live web streaming later in the week on www.talktenpin.net. Tournament details on: www.edenleisure.com/superbowl .
October 15, 2010 — When the QubicaAMF World Cup opens in Toulon on the French Riviera on October 15 it will mark the third time that the sport’s premier international singles event has visited France. The two previous editions certainly had their own distinctive Gallic styles.
The 1967 tournament was staged at Bowling de Paris in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, a 2,000-acre park near the center of Paris that was once the hunting preserve of French kings. The bowling center, situated in the Jardin d’Acclimation amusement park, was unique in many ways, not the least of which was a horse stable that was attached to the main building. The proprietor was fond of early morning canters through the surrounding woods.
The BWC’s next French adventure was held in 1992 in Le Mans, a charming, ancient town populated mostly by some 150,000 car buffs. The fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race has been held there since 1923.
October 7-10, 2010 — Coming to Barcelona for the European Women’s Masters after winning the silver medal in the Masters event of the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships (PABCON) in Las Vegas last weekend, Clara Guerrero of Colombia, now resident in the United States, will be the favorite to take home the champion’s trophy.
A field of over 50 women bowling stars will descend on Baix Bowling in the suburbs of Barcelona, October 7 – 10, led by defending champion Nicole Sanders from Holland. Joining Clara Guerrero from the other side of the Atlantic will be Sofia Grande from Guatemala and Mexico’s Aseret Zetter to do battle with the talented Europeans.
For competitors under the age of 21, the President Samaranch Trophy will be presented to the highest finisher in addition to the cash prize.
Further details and tournament web streaming on: www.tbowling.cat.
August 12 – 21, 2010 — The 2010 World Men’s Championship 2010 will take to the unique 52 lanes of the Dream Bowl Palace in Unterfohring, near Munich, Germany, running through August 12th to 21st. The total number of paricipating nations has dropped slightly to what is still a record 68 as Egypt has withdrawn. There are now just under 400 participants to contest Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team and coveted places in the Masters.
There will be play-offs for medal positions in the first four disciplines, resulting in gold, silver and two bronze medals for each.
Tremendous interest in these championships has resulted in all spectator tickets being sold weeks before action. Full championships details are supplied on: www.bowling.wm.de. Daily reports, photographs and interviews will be posted here.
JUNE 13 – 18, 2010 — The 32nd annual Ciutat de Barcelona tournament, more commonly known world-wide as the Barcelona Open, takes to the 14 lanes of the friendly Bowling Pedralbes on the outskirts of Barcelona, July 13 – 18.
One of the oldest annual tournament on the European Bowling tour, the Barcelona Open has this year attracted so far an entry of 162 players representing 20 nations with several American pro bowlers, including 2008 champion Pete Weber and last week’s San Marino Open winner Chris Loschetter. Also, 2007 champion Lucas Legnani from Buenos Aires, Argentina is scheduled to return.
A total of €60,000 prize fund will have €12,000 for the ultimate champion and prizes are paid down to 48th place. A special prize fund of €4,000 will be extra for the top eight women. All women receive eight pins bonus per game.
There are a total of 15 qualifying squads from tuesday evening until Saturday night, then the finals run through Sunday. These finals will be taped for later transmission on Eurosport, the European satellite sports’ channel and also web-streamed by CatTV on www.tbowling.cat.
The complete event is run efficiently by the Catalan Bowling Federation, also organizers of the Catalonia Open, the Federation Cup and the European Women’s Masters.
JUNE 12 – 14, 2010 — The 2nd Federation Cup takes to the lanes of the delightful Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, July 12-14.
Hosted by the Catalan Bowling Federation, the Fedeeration Cup features representative teams of four men and four women from the three WTBA zones of Asia, America and Europe playing Singales, Doubles and Five-person team, Baker style.
Unfortunately, the Asian Bowling Federation is not participating this year, so the 2010 event will be just between the Americas and Europe.
The Singles and Doubles will each be over six games, then the top five players from the 12 games will represent their zone in a five-person team final.
The final be be screen on local TV and web-streamed on www.tbowling.cat.
Live coverage throughout on www.bowlersjournal.com.
JUNE 27 – JULY 4, 2010 — The inaugural Track Dream Bowl Palace Open is running June 27 to July 4 at the impressive 52-lane Dream Bowl Palace at Unterfohring, near Munich, Germany, the site of the upcoming WTBA World Men’s Championships.
The first place prize is €10,000 and cash is awarded down to 48th place with €400. An additional €250 is available for the leading three women who do not make the cut to the final rounds. There is also €250 for the highest youth not making the cut.
Full tournament details on: www.dreambowlpalaceopen.de.
Tournament web streaming: www.bambuser.com/channel/timotv.
Situated in the vibrant St Julian’s entertainment area, the tournament promises plenty of fun as well top-class bowling with abundant sunshine and warm seas.
The format calls for 12 qualifying games in two blocks of six. One block may be bettered with a re-entry (or two). The top 26 after the qualifying rounds advance to the finals on the Sunday.
Full details on: www.edenleisure.com/superbowl.
JUNE 1-2, 2010 — The format of the European Bowling Tour Masters 2010 is, for each division, men and women, to play 18 qualifying games as follows: Squad 1 over 6 games on pattern 1, Squad 2 – 6 games on pattern 2 and squad 3 – six games on the combined dual lane condition, using patterns 1 and 2.
The field is then reduced to eight players, continuing with the pinfall from the 18 games qualification carried forward into a seven-game round robin final, played on combined dual lane conditions, to decide the two Masters of 2010 over a 23-games total, including bonuses from the seven final matches.
The 32 qualified for the EBT Masters 2010 are:
Nicki Ainge, England; Nicole Sanders, Netherlands; Nina Flack, Sweden; Britt Bröndsted, Denmark; Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia; Kirsten Penny, England; Patricia Luoto, Germany; Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands; Veronica Lantto, Sweden; Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark; Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands; Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark; Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands; Krista Pöllänen, Finland; Anja Ginge Jensen, Denmark.
Osku Palermaa, Finland; Dominic Barrett, England; Paul Moor, England; Martin Larsen, Sweden; Mads Sandbäkken, Norway; Stuart Williams, England; Dennis Eklund, Sweden; Robert Andersson, Sweden; Tore Torgersen, Norway; Tobias Karlsson, Sweden; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Jesper Agerbo, Denmark; Mathias Aarup, Sweden; Peter Ljung, Sweden; Pasi Uotila, Finland; Gery Verbruggen, Belgium.
Competition commences at noon on Monday, May 31 with the qualifying rounds and will be complete in the evening of Tuesday, June 1 at the Lovvang Bowling Center, Aalborg, Denmark.
A prize pool of €18,000 is available for each division with €4,000 for the winners, €3,000 for second, €2,000 for third and €1,00 for fourth. Prizes are paid down to €300 for 16th place. In addition, each squad winner, men and women, will receive €400 and the same amount will be paid to the top qualifier after the 18 games.
MARCH 5-MARCH 14, 2010 — The 2010 Bowltech Aalborg International, the eighth stage of the 2010 European Bowling Tour, hosted by the friendly Lovvang Bowling Center in Norresundby, a suburb of Denmark’s fourth largest city, over the week of May 24 – 30. Over 150 players will be competing for the €10,000 first prize with cash paid down to 48th place after the six-game qualifying rounds. Martin Larsen of Sweden is the defending champion and is looking to make the double, especially as his Team Pergamon were trounced by Sundyberg in the recent Swedish team championships. As long as flights are not further disrupted by volcanic ash, BJI international editor Keith Hale will be covering the tournament on this website from Tuesday, May 25.
Further details on the tournament website: http://www.bai2010.dk
MARCH 5-MARCH 14, 2010 — The prestigious Brunswick Euro Challenge, hosted again at the Plaza Bowling, St. Maximin near Paris, France, has set new entry records with 471 competitors from 37 nations already registered.
Competition commenced on Friday, March 5 and qualifying runs through to Saturday night on March 13. All final rounds will be held on Sunday, March 14,
The high tournament prize fund has attracted many famous international players from around the world, including several Professional Bowlers Association members from the United States, including Doug Kent and Parker Bohn III. Finland’s Osku Palermaa and England’s Stuart Williams, also currently competing in America, will be rushing back across the Atlantic early next week.
Further details on the tournament website: www.brunswickeurochallenge.com.
FEBRUARY 23-28, 2010 — The fourth stop on the ever-increasingly successful European Bowling Tour is beautiful Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. This time, it’s not just about fine food, breathtaking wine and eye-popping architectural achievements. No, this time it’s about determining the best players on the international circuit. Last year, Dominic Barrett emerged as a true contender for the world crown and he’s continued his competitive play as of late. But with two-handed superstars like Osku Palermaa and experienced European professionals like Martin Larsen, will the baby-faced Brit hold up?
The weather was cold like the Norse wind, but Dominic Barrett got off to a hot start. The likes of PBA champions Michael Fagan and Mika Koivuniemi kept pace, however, pressuring the young Englishman. Who will win the first-ever Platinum-rated event overseas in this Clash of the Titans?
JANUARY 2-6, 2010 — Tomas Leandersson is no stranger to winning, especially in his home country of Sweden. Will the lithe Team Pergamon member triumph again in Stockholm? We’d wager on that, even amid the heavy European competition up north…
NOVEMBER 14-20, 2009 — We head to Melaka, Malaysia for the annual showdown between the world’s foremost international competitors. Will the heavily favored Americans prove their mettle in Southeast Asia, or will unheralded newcomers claim the tournament’s highest honors?