Round Robin Tussles

July 1st, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Round Robin Tussles

If excitement had been on the menu in the Red & Black bowling center on Sunday evening then all would have been dished up with a double helping – nay, maybe three plates full. The ten players in the round robin final were the cream of this second Brunswick Italia Challenge and the display they […]


Fingernail Tension

July 1st, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Fingernail Tension

Fingernails were bitten almost down to the bone for many watching the four games of stage 2 of the 2012 Brunswick Italia Challenge final, the meeting of the top ten qualifiers playing with those fortunate enough to qualify from the four games of stage one. Odds were in favor of leading qualifier Stuart Williams of […]


Fight to the Swiss

July 1st, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Fight to the Swiss

Just to prove that more than great cheese and cuckoo clocks comes out of Switzerland, Mathieu Berges, 26, from Lausanne, bowled out of his skin on Sunday morning to top the field of final, stage 1, of the Brunswick Italia Challenge. A four-game series of 957, with an opening high game of 279, gave the […]


The Russell Saga

June 30th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

The Russell Saga

One of the biggest talking points of this year’s excellent Brunswick Italia Challenge has been the failure of last year’s finalists, Ronnie Russell of the United States and Austria’s Thomas Gross to make the cut, which, at the final qualifying squad, stood at 1319. Just how could that situation arise? Well, both bowled the afternoon […]


Sweden in the Frame

June 30th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Sweden in the Frame

When we saw Peder Grimsen at the top of the squad standings the name seemed to ring a bell. Had he won a Super Sixxx event back in his native Sweden? Maybe a medal in a European or World Championship? It called for a question to be popped. “No,” he laughed, “you know me from […]


Barrett the Invincible

June 30th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Barrett the Invincible

It is seldom that one sees young Dominic Barrett having to struggle to make the cut of an international bowling tournament, so it was surprising that it took the lithe Englishman four squads to make his name and fortune. This he did in the 13:00 squad on Saturday afternoon, roundng out his six-game series with […]


Sicily Rules the Lanes

June 30th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Sicily Rules the Lanes

After a close fought six-game series as the opening squad on Saturday morning it was Sicilian Andrea Palazzotti who emerged the man with the highest score, posting 1325 to slot into 27th place in the overall standings. The 20-year-old resident of Palermo in Sicily bowled in the Brunswick Italia Challenge for the first time and […]


Moor Does It Again

June 29th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Moor Does It Again

There were four players in the hunt for squad leader honors come the final frames of game six in the 16:00 squad Friday afternoon – Paul Moor looking the most likely to be number one, but heavily chased by veteran ex-Finnish national player Teemu Raatikainen from Helsinki, a past double winner of the prestigious British […]


Williams on Pole

June 29th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Williams on Pole

Each early squad has produced a great score and that tradition was maintained Friday when a packed opening squad saw some great scoring, especially from England’s Stuart Williams, a PBA titlist, who put together an impressive 1492, just missing out on posting a 1500 by eight pins. “The lanes were certainly a lot better this […]


Moor the Better

June 28th, 2012 by Keith Hale | Comments Off

Moor the Better

We had the most unusual experience of Thursday’s final squad conflicting with the Italian soccer team playing Germany in the semi-final of Euro 2012, fighting for a place in Sunday’s final. The noise from an estimated crowd exceeding 500 in the nearby stage area of the huge Red & Black bowling center here in Asti […]



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