Finals Day

July 19th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Finals Day

The start of the final day encompassed the top 42 from the earlier qualifying rounds plus six of the women who did not make the cut, the latter a feature of the two major Catalonian tournaments. Those placed 25 – 48 opened the proceedings with four games and from this group the top twelve were […]


Third Strike for Sweden

July 17th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Third Strike for Sweden

Swedish international Joline Persson-Planefors made it the third squad winner in as row for her country by leading Squad 15, the final qualifying squad of the 32nd Ciutat de Barcelona on Saturday night. Bowling a 239 in her third game went a long way in helping her compile 1398 over her six games, including eight […]


Swedish Encore

July 17th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Swedish Encore

An international conflict between Sweden, Italy and the United States in Squad 14 saw the Scandinavian the victor with Martin Paulsson, 39, from Malmo, Sweden taking the honours from Federico Rossi and Brian Voss. Posting 1358, the tall Swede made it to the top with a good tenth frame finish, just needing four pins to […]


Sweden Supreme

July 17th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Sweden Supreme

Squad 13 done and dusted and this time it is Martin Larsen of Sweden, 31, the tall lithe star from Gothenburg sitting in first place on the squad with 1381. Getting his place in tomorrow’s finals was one of the benefits of topping the squads, the other was that he outpointed PBA star Pete Weber […]


Left is Now Right

July 17th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Left is Now Right

It was back in February of this year that Gery Verbruggen of Belgium stood on the lanes of Bowling Pedralbes to be inducted into the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame. Now he stands on lanes 5 and 6 as leader of Squad 13 and gets his pass into tomorrows finals. Rolling 1370 over the […]


Legnani Hits the Right Notes

July 17th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Legnani Hits the Right Notes

Lucas Legnani, the famous Argentinian DJ and ‘music man’ from Buenos Airies, won this Ciutat de Barcelona, more popularly known as the Barcelona Open, back in 2007 and has never had the chance to defend his title. But what goes around, comes around, and last night (Friday) he won the final squad of the day […]


Williams Hits the Jackpot

July 16th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Williams Hits the Jackpot

Burly Stuart Williams, the English star who is a rookie on the American Pro Bowlers Tour and had a successful 2009-2010 foray into the United States, pushed others aside and took the Squad 10 honours on Friday evening, so earning his place in Sunday’s final rounds. Holding off a strong challenge from Sweden’s Marcus Berndt, […]


Girl on Top

July 16th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Girl on Top

Nicki Ainge, from Leeds, England, struck a loud chord for the distaff side of bowling by taking Squad 9 by the bootstraps and hitting 1440, including bonus, to bound into third place in the overall standings. “I’m using Columbia balls and after a 216 start I switched to a second ball and went well from […]


Denmark Rules the Roost

July 16th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Denmark Rules the Roost

Now, after Squad 8 bowlers complete their stint, we have the first Danish qualifier for Sunday’s finals. Fredrik Ohrgaard from Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, or Kobenhavn as the locals like to call it, hit 1369 to be top of the squad tree on Friday morning. “I started badly with a 182,” he told us. “Then I […]


Wells in the Frame

July 16th, 2010 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Wells in the Frame

Squad 7 was an all-English affair after the six-game block. John Wells of Tolworth, near London, came up one pin short of the 1400-barrier and Dominic Barrett, now from Colchester after moving house from Frinton-on-Sea, slipped into second place with 1364. Maybe Barrett’s bride-to-be, Cassie Staudinger from Australia, topped the women on this squad, shooting […]



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