Fight to the Finnish

by Bob Johnson 0

Krista Pollanen of Finland fared best on the long oil pattern at Roll House bowling centre on the outskirts of

Krista Pollanen

Ankara this afternoon, shining a bright light with an eight-game total of 1819, an average of 227.38.

The standard of the women’s play today was exceptional and there were many exciting moments for the president of the Turkish National Assembly to witness during his prolonged visit.

Whilst Nadine Geisler of Germany has still pole position of the leader board over two stints, her lead is being whittled away by Finland’s Krista Pollanen and defending champion Kirsten Penny of England, so things will be very tight come the dust settling after the eight games on the combined condition on Friday, then the cut to the top eight for the finals.

“I like the long oil pattern much better than the short,” commented Pollanen after the squad. “I didn’t have to change very much as I went through the eight games, just my speed. I guess this was my lucky day.”

It was more than luck that put all ten pins in the pit so many times for our Finnish friend. She even beat all the men’s scores today and even Nadine Geisler topped Svein Ake Ek’s score by one pin.
Kirsten Penny took third place on the squad, falling to a 195 in her eighth game but placing second in the overall standings with some superb bowling, maintaining a 216 average over the 16 games played so far.

OVERALL TOP 20 AFTER 16 OF 24 GAMES:

P PLAYER NAT Pin Total
Short
Average Pin Total
Long
Average Pin Total Average Pin Total Average Cut to top 8
1 Nadine Geißler GER 1772 221,50 1794 224,25 3.566 222,88 443
2 Krista Pöllänen FIN 1.658 207,25 1.819 227,38 3.477 217,31 354
3 Kirsten Penny ENG 1.683 210,38 1.773 221,63 3.456 216,00 333
4 Patcharin Torgersen NOR 1.565 195,63 1.633 204,13 3.198 199,88 75
5 Laura Rhoney SCO 1.573 196,63 1.623 202,88 3.196 199,75 73
6 Ivonne Gross AUT 1.544 193,00 1.64 205,00 3.184 199,00 61
7 Marija Tkacenko LAT 1.482 185,25 1.657 207,13 3.139 196,19 16
8 Katerina Bestova CZE 1.457 182,13 1.666 208,25 3.123 195,19 0
9 Marie Bengtsson SWE 1.531 191,38 1.588 198,50 3.119 194,94 -4
10 Gülhan Aksular TUR 1.528 191,00 1.575 196,88 3.103 193,94 -20
11 Shahaf Antin ISR 1.433 179,13 1.659 207,38 3.092 193,25 -31
12 Daria Pajak POL 1.48 185,00 1.597 199,63 3.077 192,31 -46
13 Nicole Sanders NED 1.431 178,88 1.645 205,63 3.076 192,25 -47
14 Nataliya Shcherbinina UKR 1.564 195,50 1.512 189,00 3.076 192,25 -47
15 Anastasia Rovithaki GRE 1.471 183,88 1.601 200,13 3.072 192,00 -51
16 Valérie Cornuz SUI 1.513 189,13 1.511 188,88 3.024 189,00 -99
17 Sue Abela MLT 1.503 187,88 1.519 189,88 3.022 188,88 -101
18 Niki Schiza CYP 1.456 182,00 1.535 191,88 2.991 186,94 -132
19 Maria Nikolova BUL 1.468 183,50 1.517 189,63 2.985 186,56 -138
20 Nicki Ainge ENG 1.562 195,25 1.423 177,88 2.985 186,56 -138

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.