Finals Day

by Bob Johnson 0

The final day of this excellent European Champions’ Cup has the competition format changed to the best of three

Levikens at the lane draw

games with the left lane conditioned with long oil (44 feet) and the right with short (35 feet).

The high seed determines the starting lane after the official practice and each game is played on the one lane, switching to the other in succeeeding games.

Top men’s seed Arturs Levikins was defeated by Thomas Gross, 2-1, and leading woman Nadine Geisler went the distance against Israel’s Shahaf Antin.

The general consensus of opinion the the televised men’s final will be between Norway and Sweden and England versus Germany for the women, but nobody is rushing to place any bets.



Nadine Geisler (GER) 181 268 234 v Shahaf Antin (ISR) 185 180 198

Kirsten Penny (ENG) 228 236 v Ivonne Gross (AUT) 154 190

Krista Pollanen (FIN) 210 211 v Patcharin Torgersen (NOR) 168 161

Laura Rhoney (SCO) 161 140 v Marija Tkacenko (LAT) 199 181


Arturs Levikins (LAT) 235 220 177 v Thomas Gross (AUT) 204 222 230

Petri Mannonen (FIN) 194 181  v Dennis Eklund (SWE) 225 195

Svein Ake Ek (NOR) 222 179 268 v Marco Reviglio (ITA) 177 203 219

Dimitrios Karetsos (GRE) 189 201 225 v Oleksandr Kalika (UKR) 207 190 177

Semi-Finals (11.45):


Svein Ake Ek 213 216 205 (NOR) v  Thomas Gross (AUT) 247 202 196

Dimitrios Karetsos (GRE)  204 222 v Dennis Eklund (SWE) 247 228


Kirsten Penny (ENG)  190 290 200 v Krista Pollanen (FIN) 200 233 208

Nadine Geisler (GER) 201 196 185 v Marija Tkacenko (LAT) 216 169 198


Krista Pollanen 237 183 v Marija Tkacenko 187 157

Svein Ake Ek 259 152 239 v Dennis Eklund 221 175 202

2010 European Cup Champions


(Photo courtesy Pekka Korpi, Finland)

Champions Svein Ake Ek & Krista Pollanen

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.