Final Session

by Bob Johnson 0

The last session of the 2010 Weber Cup opens with one Baker team match followed by five

Tim Mack in action

singles matches, should they be needed.

The Europeans need just three points to clinch victory, the Americans seven, so for the cup to return to American shores the session will need to go into overtime, bringing back memories of the 2008 event which ran into the small hours of Monday morning.

(Photo courtesy Paul Natzyl)

The Europeans certainly took their time to stumble over the winnng line, but once again it was local guy and sole left-hander Paul Moor who clinched that vital point, proudly against Pete Weber, son of Dick, in memory of who the annual tournament is dedicated.

When Europe won the opening match of the evening, the Baker team, it looked as though they were back on a roll and that the Americans were going to take an early bath, but Chris Barnes put that thought of of minds by

Champions Europe

beating Mika Koivuniemi in the first singles match, 227-221.

Then the agony was dispelled when Paul Moor came into the limelight by beating Pete Weber, 230-210, to bring the points total up to 16, leaving just one more hurdle to cross. That hurdle was made a smidgen higher the next match when Tommy Jones kept the ball rolling with a 238-181 win over Dominic Barrett.

A re-match for Koivuniemi against Barnes saw an exciting match with both players enjoying strings of strikes, but it ended in the Americans favor once again with Barnes shooting 267 to Koivuniemi's 256.

Just how much longer could the Americans hold off the Europeans? Well, as it turned out no longer. The issue was settled with Moor ousting Weber in very convinving style, 265-190.

That means that the Americans now have an overall lead of 6-5 over the eleven years.

Highly pleased with his team's victory, Osku Palermaa commented: ""This is certainly a good feeling. I didn't do what I was supposed to do all week, but we got there and it turned out to be a good show. Tonight I didn't want to go on the lanes any more after the Baker, I felt it was ours."
Tim Mack was more forthcoming: "We did the best we could. Paul Moor was great in that last match but you can't give a team a seven-point advantage at any time in any event, with the class of the Europeans you just can't do it. It is a credit to just how good our guys are, they battled back. Osku and I sat back and let the teams battle with one another. We didn't play any (singles) matches and I felt that if we could get by the Paul Moor/Pete Weber match and then I took on Osku, we really could have made it interesting.

"I knew the guys were going to fight to the last ball and I'm so proud of how they bowled. However, in the end it was too many unforced errors collectively as a team. I don't think we've missed that many spares in the past five Weber Cups. I think that was our doing where we just made too many mistakes as a team."

Was it a good tournament? Oh yea! Arguably the best in the eleven year history of the event. It started out on Friday evening with a fantastic opening session that was thought to be the cream of the event, but it turned out that each session topped the last and the packed audience at the Brnsley Metrodome was treated to a genuine masterclass of tenpin bowling of such magnitude that may never be repeated, it was just that good.

Congratulations to both teams, to Matchroom Sport for a superb production and for all concerned with the organization and production.

The whole 30 matches will be screened by Sky Sports world-wide through the new year, so please, please watch your schedules and enjoy the best bowling for TV you could possibly wish for.

(Photo courtesy of Dominic Gall,






Match 1: Baker team

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
X X X X 9/ X X X X XXX
Europe 30 60 89 109 129 159 189 219 249 279 279
X X 8/ X X X 8s- X 7/ X8s/
USA 28 48 68 98 126 144 152 172 192 212 212

Match 2: Singles

Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
Mika X X X X X 6s2 9/ X 9/ 9/X
Koivuniemi Europe 30 60 90 116 134 142 162 182 201 221 221
Chris X 7/ X 9- 9/ X X X X X9/
Barnes USA 20 40 59 68 88 118 148 178 207 227 227

Match 3: Singles

Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
Paul 8/ X X X X X X 9/ 5s3 9/8
Moor Europe 20 50 80 110 140 169 189 204 212 230 230
Pete X X X X 9- 9/ 7/ X X 8s1
Weber USA 30 60 89 108 117 134 154 182 201 210 210

Match 4: Singles

Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
Dominic X 8s1 X X 4s3 9/ X X 8/ 8/9
Barrett Europe 19 28 52 69 76 96 124 144 162 181 181
Tommy 9/ X X X 9/ X X X X 9/-
Jones USA 20 50 79 99 119 149 179 208 228 238 238

Match 5: Singles

Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
Mika X X X X X 7/ X X 9/ XXX
Koivuniemi Europe 30 60 90 117 137 157 186 206 226 256 256
Chris X 9/ X X X X X X X X7/
Barnes USA 20 40 70 100 130 160 190 220 247 267 267

Match 6: Singles

Name Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TOTAL
Paul X X X 8/ 9/ X X X X XX8
Moor Europe 30 58 78 97 117 147 177 207 237 265 265
Pete 9/ X X X X 81 X 8s1 X 8s-
Weber USA 20 50 80 108 127 136 155 164 182 190 190

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.

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