The inaugural Weber Cup took place in 2000 has gone from strength to strength annually ever since. Using the concept of golf’s Ryder Cup, the Weber Cup pits two four-person teams representing the United States and Europe against each other over three days in a series of team, singles and doubles matches.
Always innovative, Matchroom Sport has pioneered a revolutionary approach to the televising of this fantastic event. Rather than a traditional bowling centre venue, the Weber Cup now takes place on a single lane surrounded on by up to 600 spectators lining each side of the lane specially installed at the Metrodome leisure center in England’s north-eastern town of Barnsley, running this year Friday October 11 to Sunday October 13.
This year the American quartet remains unchanged, featuring world and PBA champion Chris Barnes captain over Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan and Bill O’Neill. They sit on the crest of a wave, having won the matches over the past two years and are confident of making it three years in succession. The first team to achieve 17 points take the honors.
The Europeans who can put a stop to that dream are this year captained by Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi who takes over that office from fellow countryman Osku Palermaa who is not on the current roster. Mika is being backed up by two Englishmen, Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett and Martin Larsen, captain of the famed Pergamon team in Sweden who was on the European team four years ago.
There will be five sessions, commencing on Friday at 19:00 (CET) and at 13:00 and 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Matchroom Sport televise all matches for later transmission by networks worldwide.
All matches will be covered live on www.bowlersjournal.com.
13th Weber Cup
AFTER A DRAMATIC 17-15 win at last year’s Weber Cup, the Americans will be fielding an unchanged team as the 13th annual transatlantic tenpin tussle takes place from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th October at the Barnsley Metrodomein north-east England.
Last October, Europe held the lead over the first two days of the competition but Team USA mounted a stirring comeback over the final day to pip Europe and claim their seventh Weber Cup title.