Penultimate Qualifying Day

by Bob Johnson 0

Just two squads taking to the Red & Black Bowling Center lanes on Friday, so only six squads to decide the top 36 to find their way to Sunday's final rounds.

Ten nations had players among the 35 contestants for the 14:00 (CET) squad and among the shining stars came Dominic Barrett from England, the three-time WBW World Bowler of the Year, now looking to have recovered from his broken shoulder in the quad bike accident in Saudi Arabia. Barrett started out 2011 with wins in Sweden, Ireland and Qatar before having the enforced break due to the accident.

"This is my first big tournament back," he told us. "I've played a couple of small events. It's been three months since the accident now and the last two weeks I have been practicing a lot. My body feels good although I do have a few aches but nothing too serious.

"I'm not sure of my stamina for the whole tournament as I have already had a busy week so far in Sweden but I'm looking forward to getting back into bowling and into competition."

Also on the roster were PBA member Stuart Williams and Rob Thurlby, champion of the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge. another Englishman, Paul Moor, who dominated the European rankings for three consecutive years was also a strong contender for a high finish.

Come the tenth frame of the sixth game and Barrett justified his confidence and fended off worries about stamina, slotting neatly into second place in the overall standings with 1473 (high 279) to finish 14 sticks below Ronnie Russell's lead. Marcus Berndt of Sweden was second on the squad with 1422 and third Russia's Alexander Medveditskov, also on 1422 but finishing with a lower final game than the Swede. The English had four in the squad's top seven as Moor took fourth, Williams fifth and Thurlby seventh.

"Obviously, the lanes are high scoring and I think that is down to the pins," stated Barrett in his post squad interview. "The carry down is very fast and if you can use that to your advantage the ball goes through the pins pretty well. If you get the reaction right you end up with a good score."

The final squad of the day came with the 18:00 group which brought much excitement and joy, especially to Stuart Williams of England who opened his account with the tournament's second perfect game, his 51st career 300. Williams followed that with consistent bowling around the 230-mark and finished with a 258 which took him to the top of the standings, four pins ahead of previous leader Ronnie Russell.

Stuart Williams (Photo: Dominic Gall)Ronnie Russell.

The place to be when the dust of the qualifying rounds has settled is within the top eight positions, thereby getting a bye from the first round early on Sunday morning. Currently 1422 is needed to settle in that state but the ante could be raised with four more squads to take to the Red & Black bowling center lanes tomorrow.

Williams is truly pleased with his performance today, bowling on an earlier squad and rolling six clean games and starting out the same way on the final squad, totaling 117 frames before an open frame robbed him of another clean record.

So we currently have six nations represented  in the leading octet, a nice result.


Qualified directly to final step 3 (Position 1 - 8)
1 Williams, Stuart ENG M 1491 258 21 3 R
2 Russell, Ronnie USA M 1487 213 18 2 R
3 Barrett, Dominic GBR M 1473 236 20 1 R
4 Vontobel, Larry SUI M 1455 211 05 2 R
5 Loschetter, Chris USA M 1452 225 21 2 R
6 Brøndsted, Britt DEN F 1431 221 11 1 R
7 Berndt, Marcus SWE M 1422 258 20 2 R
8 Medveditskov, Alexander RUS M 1422 193 20 4 R
Qualified to final step 1 (Position 9 - 36)
9 1 Moor, Paul GBR M 1421 207 20 1 L
10 2 Baravaglio, Luca ITA M 1420 234 02 1 R
11 3 Osella, Luca ITA M 1417 280 02 1 R
12 4 Thurlby, Rob GBR M 1411 219 21 2 R
13 5 Jørgensen, Lars Mulle DEN M 1410 220 15 2 R
14 6 Boccato, Marco ITA M 1406 247 06 2 R
15 7 Mattsson, John SWE M 1399 221 21 1 R
16 8 Spadavecchia, Andrea ITA M 1397 220 02 4 R
17 9 Zucchinelli, Enzo ITA M 1393 269 20 2 R
18 10 Stathatos, Giannis CYP M 1390 212 21 1 R
19 11 Radi, Tommaso ITA M 1382 180 21 1 R
20 12 Andersson, Robert SWE M 1368 233 20 1 R
21 13 Santu, Alessandro ITA M 1365 230 03 1 R
22 14 Nolan, Pat USA M 1360 190 20 1 R
23 15 Mortensen, Jimmy DEN M 1359 255 21 1 R
24 16 Tomatis, Daniele ITA M 1356 250 15 2 R
25 17 Vercellino, Mario ITA M 1353 255 02 3 R


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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