Rebecka Takes Over

by Bob Johnson 0

It is always good to see a member of the fairer sex take a turn at leading a squad and who could be better than lithe blond Rebecka

Rebecka Larsen

Larsen from Gothenberg, Sweden?

No stranger to the Bowling Pedralbes lanes, having been a finalist here in the annual European Women’s Masters, Larsen enjoyed a Saturday morning jaunt across 12 on the center’s 14 lanes to post 1447 to take second place in the overall standings.

“It all went well for me this morning,” Larsen said, after the squad. “I had no problems moving from pair to pair and my bowling balls held up through the six games.”

Larsen had a high game of 268, the fourth game of her series.

Asked if she bowled for renowned international women’s team Spader Dam, she replied “No, I am with Team X-Calibur, and we beat Spader Dam in the Swedish Championships.”

Beware of a tough competitor in tomorrow’s finals.

Tony Rantaa from Finland was squad runner-up to Larsen, but way back on 1366, having problems negotiating the lanes for his first two games, then getting into his stride to get over 200. He too had his best game in the fourth, posting a 278.

There are just three qualifying squads left and there are waiting lists for each. The top 42 in the standings will make it through to the finals tomorrow morning and that group will be made up to 48 with six women who do not make the cut joining the fray.

There is no desperado squad, so fifty per cent of total qulifying pinfall will be carried forward.

Full tournament information and standings: www.fcbb.cat

TOP TEN STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 12:

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Dominic Barrett England 210 259 222 269 278 246 1484 0 1484
2 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 214 239 216 268 244 218 1399 48 1447
3 Mats Maggi Belgium 234 254 237 205 245 249 1424 0 1424
4 Ildemaro Ruiz Venezuela 228 238 255 219 245 239 1424 0 1424
5 Osku Palermaa Finland 174 255 232 259 247 232 1399 0 1399
6 Eike Kabowski Germany 252 204 222 269 255 195 1397 0 1397
7 Tore Torgersen Sweden 258 259 259 246 192 182 1396 0 1396
8 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 234 235 267 217 202 234 1389 0 1389
9 Paul Moor England 277 214 218 241 229 210 1389 0 1389
10 Dennis Eklund Sweden 233 289 215 216 222 206 1381 0 1381

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.