The Colombians Rejoice

by Bob Johnson 0

Finals day at the 2012 European Women's Championships brought the talents of many of the continent's female talents well to the fore.

Final presentation party

Denmark's Mai Ginge Jensen was on fire with her two four-game blocks of the quarterfinals, shooting 931 and 914 over the eight games to emerge number one seed for the best of three game semi-finals.

Jensen had tournament debutante Birgit Poeppler from Germany in her opening match and the other semi was to be contested between defending champion Clara Guerrero of Colombia against Sweden's Rebecka Larsen.

Jensen came out of the traps to settle the issue over just two games, 249-174 and 204-186, but on adjacent lanes it went the distance as although Guerrero won the first game, 221-181, she struggled in the second as Larsen came back with a 259-167 rout in the second. The third game went pin for pin and Guerrero had to double in the tenth frame if she had a chance to defend her title. she did just that, clinching her place 200-196.

The final also went the distance. Jensen hit 221 but that was 20 pins short of Guerrero's 241. Colombia 1 Denmark 0. Guerrero faltered in the second game with 170 - 212 in favor of Jensen. Colombia 1 Denmark 1. Then a battle royal for honors as Jensen had to face Guerrero's five-bagger and had to face defeat, 220-176.

Certainly an exciting and enthralling finale to the only international tournament dedicated to women in Europe.

Guerrero has successfully defended her women's Masters title. Now she travels to Paris to see if she can continue on her successes as she attempts to defend her 2011 Brunswick Euro Challenge triumph.

Many thanks to the BowlingCat on yet another successful promotion. They are outstanding with the three main tournaments each year, the Ciutat de Barcelona in July and Catalonia Open in October, as well as this European Masters. Even more, they usually set  another event when they get the chance. Fantastic.

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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