Jensen Wins the Final Squad

by Bob Johnson 0

 

The dust of battle has settled over the 14 pristine lanes of Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona and the 24 qualifiers for Sunday’s final rounds of the 2012 European Women’s Masters have been decided.

Germany’s Birgit Poeppler from Dusseldorf is the top qualifier as her record-breaking 1465, which included the tournament’s only perfect game so far, was way out of reach of the field.

Winner of the final qualifying squad was Mai Ginge Jensen of Aarhus, Denmark, rolling 1405 to clinch third place in the overall standings. She had a high game of 265 to help her on her way to the finals and commented: “I struggled over the first two squads and I couldn’t decide whether to play inside or outside and then I played deeper than most of the ladies here. For the finals tomorrow there’s a lot of good girls playing here, so it will be tough and anything can happen.

Defending champion Clara Guerrero of Colombia is still very much in the hunt. She has the enviable task of defending her title here in Barcelona this week and then travelling to Paris to defend her Brunswick Euro Challenge title next week. “That is a huge task but I am looking forward to it,” she told us.

The remaining competitors face two rounds of four games, starting at 9am on Sunday morning, carrying forward 50 per cent of their qualifying pinfall. At the end of those eight games, four will advance to the semi-finals consisting of best of three game matches. Then the two finalists will fight for the trophy and €3,500 prize, again as best of three games.

QUALIFIERS FOR FINALS:

VIII EUROPEAN WOMEN'S MASTERS

PRESIDENT SAMARANCH TROPHY

PROVISIONAL QUALIFICATION

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins
1 Birgit Poeppler Germany 189 251 242 215 268 300 1465
2 Janine Gabel Germany 207 259 226 236 234 257 1419
3 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 226 215 259 237 265 203 1405
4 Rebecka Larsen Sweden 203 243 227 236 235 259 1403
5 Clara Guerrero Colombia 180 225 247 257 245 230 1384
6 Nicole Sanders The Netherlands 290 229 253 220 170 214 1376
7 Elin Adolfsson Sweden 210 236 248 203 269 202 1368
8 Joline-persson Planefors Sweden 228 178 232 269 249 211 1367
9 Nina Flack Sweden 225 175 237 249 182 269 1337
10 Wendy Kok The Netherlands 205 230 226 224 207 244 1336
11 Bianca Poeppler Germany 233 206 232 185 267 204 1327
12 Jenny Wegner Sweden 223 257 212 190 239 203 1324
13 Ida Andersson Sweden 216 193 204 204 247 256 1320
14 Heidi Thorstensen Norway 249 228 198 257 216 165 1313
15 Sarit Mizrahi Israel 279 212 235 235 192 160 1313
16 Vanessa Timter Germany 242 195 277 193 216 189 1312
17 Victoria Johansson Sweden 210 224 152 234 225 247 1292
18 Mimmi Persson Sweden 182 235 225 256 190 198 1286
19 Bianca Wiekeraad The Netherlands 226 235 160 224 211 222 1278
20 Ghislaine Vander Tol The Netherlands 234 203 213 235 213 180 1278
21 Nicki Ainge England 237 245 190 198 237 170 1277
22 Nadine Giebler Germany 248 206 211 202 217 192 1276
23 Roosa Lunden Finland 230 190 184 170 243 256 1273
24 Daria Kovalova Ukraine 182 194 230 212 268 175 1261

 

 

 

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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