European Bowling News Overview



Mattias Wetterberg shoots back-to-back 300 to move into second place in Sofia

Mattias Olsson continues to lead qualifying at Sofia Open with 1515 (252.50); Andrii Shovkun (UKR), Bjørn Einar Rudshagen (NOR) also achieve perfection; score to make the cut in 44th place is 1352 (225.33)

2015EBT04MattiasWetterberg2_small.jpgWith the last four qualifying squads to go on Saturday, Swedish bowlers continued to dominate the qualifying of the 6th Sofia International Open 2015 at bowling center Joy Station in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Swedes man the top four places in the 257-player field from 29 countries, 221 men and 36 women. Mattias Olsson held on to the lead with 1515, and was followed by Mattias Wetterberg (pictured), who finished his first entry with back-to-back 300 games to move into second place with 1484.



Swedish bowlers take control of the leaderboard at 6th Sofia International Open

Mattias Olsson, Daniel Fransson, Pontus Andersson lead a field of 165 bowlers after 16 of 28 qualifying squads

2015EBT14MathiasOlsson_small.jpgThree Swedish bowlers sit atop leaderboard of the 6th Sofia International Open 2015 after the conclusion of 16 qualifying squads at bowling center Joy Station (pictured above) in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mattias Olsson (pictured) leads the field of 165 players from 21 countries with 1515 and an average of 252.50 for six games. Olsson started his series with 279 and 278 followed by a low game of 201 before he closed out with 244, 258 and 255. Qualifying continues Thursday, Oct. 29, with Squads 17-20.

2015 ECC


Joonas Jähi, Maria Bulanova shoot big games to win 38th European Champions Cup

2015ECCJoonasJahiMariaBulanova_small.jpgJoonas Jähi (l.) of Finland and Russia's Maria Bulanova (r.) shot some big games on their way to men's and women's title in the 38th European Champions Cup, which concluded Sunday afternoon in San Marino. Top-seeded Jähi defeated second-seeded Tom van der Vliet, Netherlands, two-games-to-one, to deny the Dutch his second consecutive title. Bulanova, seeded second, swept No. 1 Joline Persson Planefors of Sweden in the women's finale, 2-0.

2015 ECC


Joonas Jähi, Joline Persson Planefors earn No. 1 seeds for European Champions Cup finals

Top 4 men and women determine the champions in match play finals in best-of-three games format; Magnus Johnson Jr. (SWE) rolls the third 300 game of the Championships

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpg It's down to the top four men and women in the 38th European Champions Cup at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Finland's Joonas Jähi and Sweden's Joline Persson Planefors led the Rounds of 8 Sunday morning to earn the No. 1 seeds for the single-elimination match play finals in best of-three games format. The semi-finals will start at 11.30 a.m. The winners bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal.

2015 ECC


No changes atop the men's leaderboard at 38th European Champions Cup

Top 8 remain unchanged; Finn Joonas Jähi leads the top 8 into Sunday's four-game round before the cut to the top 4 for best-of-three games finals; Leo Grundschober (AUT) achieves perfection

2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpgThere were no changes in the top 8 at the 38th European Champions Cup after the conclusion of the third eight-game block Saturday afternoon at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Joonas Jähi (pictured) of Finland led the top 8 players into the next round on Sunday. Jähi fell behind Leo Grundschober early in the round of 16 as the Austrian posted the second perfecto of the Championships and the first by a man in game two, but regained the lead in the penultimate game en route to finish with 5548 total (231.17 avg).

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Joline Persson Planefors maintains 180-pin lead in Women's Round of 16

Swede leads the top 8 players into Sunday's four-game Round of 8 before the cut to the top 4 for best-of-three games finals

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpgJoline Persson Planefors (pictured) averaged 224.50 in the Round of 16 at the European Champions Cup in San Marino to maintain a 180-pin lead as the women's field was trimmed to the top 8. The Swede, who has averaged over 245 in both qualifying rounds, rolled a 1796 series today to lead the field with 5755 total and an overall average of 239.75 for 24 games. With just four games to go before the final cut to the top 4, Persson Planefors is already 550 pins ahead of fifth place and has practically secured her spot in the finals.

European Bowling Tour News


European Bowling Tour announces rule changes for 2017 EBT season

2017EBTLogo_small.jpg At a meeting prior to the European Champions Cup in San Marino, the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) presidium has decided several changes to the European Bowling Tour rules effective for the Tour's 2017 season. The presidium has added a "Bronze" category to its existing four categories (lowest to highest category: Satellite, Silver, Gold and Platinum), adjusted the ranking point system accordingly and made several changes to the requirements within the respective categories.

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Joonas Jähi overtakes the lead as men's field is cut to top 16 at European Champions Cup

Finn shoots first 1900-series by a man to win the qualifying in San Marino averaging 232.75 for 16 games

2015ECCJoonasJahi_small.jpgJoonas Jähi (pictured) of Finland posted the first 1900-series in the men's division of the 38th European Champions Cup to leap three spots en route to win the qualifying Friday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Jähi, who had games of 247, 255, 254, 224, 258, 209, 215 and 241 in B Squad, added 1903 pins to his 1821 first-block series to lead the top 16 players into the next round with 3724 total and an average of 232.75. He has a 47-pin cushion on first-block leader Leo Grundschober of Austria with 3677.

2015 ECC


Joline Persson Planefors averages over 247; dominates qualifying at European Champions Cup

Swede averages 248.38 in the final qualifying block to lead the top 16 women into Saturday's Round 1

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCMariaBulanova_small.jpgFirst block leader Joline Persson Planefors (l.) continued to play in her own league as the Swede improved on a 1972 series in the second and last eight-game block to win the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup by 192 pins over Maria Bulanova (r.) of Russia. Persson Planefors posted a 1987 series in A Squad  Thursday qualifying first for Saturday's Round of 16 with 3959 total and an average of 247.44 for 16 games.

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Leo Grundschober averages over 233 to take the pole position in Men's European Champions Cup

Austrian holds a 25-pin lead after the first of two eight-game blocks before the cut to the top 16

2015ECCLeoGrundschober2_small.jpgLeopold Grundschober (pictured) of Austria took the pole position in the qualifying of the 38th European Champions Cup after the first eight-game block which concluded Thursday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. Grundschober rolled games of 235, 258, 212, 203, 233, 247, 254 and 225 in B Squad to lead the field of 38 players from 37 countries with 1867 pinfall total and an average of 233.38. Heading into the final qualifying block on Friday, Grundschober holds 25-pin lead over Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, who is second with 1842.



Europe takes Weber Cup XVI in a rout

2015WeberCupTeamEurope_small.jpgEurope (l-r - Dom Barrett, Osku Palermaa, Martin Larsen and Stuart Williams) are the 2015 Dafabet Weber Cup champions as Williams put Team America out of their misery with a win over Wes Malott in the first singles match of the final session. It gave Europe their third consecutive Weber win and tied the 16 event series up at eight championships each. It was also Europe's biggest ever winning margin and surely makes amends for the hiding they suffered in 2012.

2015 ECC


Joline Persson Planefors leads European Champions Cup after Round 1 Qualifying

Swede averages over 246 for the first 8 of 16 qualifying games, including a perfect game, to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries

2015ECCJolinePerssonPlanefors_small.jpg2015ECCMariaBulanova_small.jpgJoline Persson Planefors averaged 246.50 to take the lead in the qualifying at the 38th European Champions Cup Wednesday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino. The Swede fired games of 237, 256, 238, 234, 181, 300, the first perfecto of the Championships, 279, and 247 to lead the 38 women's champions from 37 countries with 1972 total pinfall. Persson Planefors out averaged her nearest competitor, Maria Bulanova of Russia by more than 10 pins.

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Hillevi Huhta, Carlo Greulich conclude 2015 ISBT with victory in French Senior Open

2015ISBT10HilleviHuhtaCarloGreulich_small.jpgHillevi Huhta of Finland and Germany's Carlo Greulich (l-r) concluded the 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour with victory in the French Senior Open at Planet Bowling in Lomme. It was the first ISBT title for Huhta, while Greulich became the only multiple men's champion this season. There is always a strong entry for this tournament, and as the ISBT Masters event was being held at the same time, the numbers were even higher than normal, with 92 men and 25 ladies taking part.

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2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour features 10 events in 5 countries

2015 season concludes with the ISBT Masters in Lomme, France

ISBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 International Seniors Bowling Tour featured 10 tournaments in five countries, three each in France and Germany, two in Belgium, and one each in Italy and the Netherlands. Men and women age 50 and over bowled in separate divisions. The final stop this season was the French Senior Open, which was held at Planet Bowling in Lomme, France. The tournament ran from September 30 to October 4 and also included the ISBT Masters tournament for the 2014 season.



French Women's Team announced for 2015 QubicaAMF BPC Tour Team Challenge TV Show

6th edition of the made-for-TV event features eight TV finals, four men and four women, in four cities in France (Nov. 2-7, 2015)

2015QBPCStMalo_small.jpg Bruno Bidone, tournament manager of the 2015 QubicaAMF Bowling Promotion Cup Tour, has announced the names of the French women's team which will compete in the Team Challenge TV show. The sixth edition of the made-for-TV Tour will be contested from Nov. 2-7 in four cities in France, Bowling Skittle in Chateaubriant, Silverbowl in Angers, Bowling Le Belem in Dinan and Extra Bowl in Ballainvilliers. Each of the eight shows will air on French television networks and on the internet free of charge.



Martin Paulsson shoots big game to win 6th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open

Swede defeats top-seeded Thomas Larsen (DEN) in the title match, 255-237

2015BucharestOpenMartinPaulsson_small.jpgIn the title match between two world champions, second-seeded Martin Paulsson (pictured) of Sweden fired a big game to defeat tournament leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 255-237, to win the 6th IDM Bucharest International Bowling Open Sunday at IDM bowling center in Bucharest, Romania. Paulsson, world champion in Doubles in 2010, received 3.500 Euro for the victory, while Larsen, reigning world champion in Trios, pocketed 2.500 for second place.

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Jimmy Mortensen finally gets the monkey off his back; wins his first EBT title in Oslo

Danish national team member averages over 260 to seal the victory in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick

2015EBT15JimmyMortensen6_small.jpgCompeting on the European Bowling Tour since the year 2000, Jimmy Mortensen (pictured) of Denmark finally got the monkey off his back and won his first EBT title in the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Sunday at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway. The right-hander averaged 261.50 for the last two six-game rounds to cruise to victory and to win the 40.000 Norwegian Kronor top prize (roughly 4.350 Euro). Lefties Roger Öberg and James Gruffman of Sweden finished in second and third place with 1491 and 1385, resp.

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Mortensen achieves perfection; leads top 8 into final round at Norwegian Open

Dane shoots 781 and takes a 27-pin cushion into the last three games; Ida Andersson (SWE) is the lone woman in the fifth round; wins women's ranking in Oslo to break a tie for the lead in the EBT ranking

2015EBT15JimmyMortensen5_small.jpgJimmy Mortensen (pictured) of Denmark, rolled the fourth 300 game of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick Sunday afternoon at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway, to lead the remaining eight players into the fifth and final round. Mortensen, who is looking to win his first career European Bowling Tour title, had games of 245, 236 and 300 and 781 (260.33 average). As the pinfall total will carry over, he has a 21-pin cushion over second-place Roger Öberg of Sweden, who toppled 754 pins.

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Roger Öberg, Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg shoot 792 series to lead Round 3

Swedish-Norwegian duo averages 264 as field is down to 16 players in Round 4; Öberg missed the fourth 300 game by one pin; average to make the cut to the fourth round is 231.67

2015EBT15RogerOberg3_small.jpg2015EBT15ThorKristianOstlieSolberg_small.jpgSwede Roger Öberg and Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg of Norway, both lefties, tied for the highest three-game series in the finals of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick so far as the duo averaged 264 to lead Round 3 with 792. Öberg (l.), who had games of 299, 246 and 247, earned the bragging rights as the leader of this round while Solberg (r.) took second place with 255, 279 and 258. He was the lone Norwegian bowler who survived the round.

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Thomas Fredrik Fagerstrøm averages over 240 to lead Round 2 in Oslo

Norwegian shoots 721 series to lead compatriot Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg by four pins; half of the 16-player field including three women advance to the third round

2015EBT15ThomasFredrikFagerstrom4_small.jpgThomas Fredrik Fagerstrøm (pictured) of Norway averaged 240.33 for three games to finish Round 2 atop the 16-player leaderboard and to lead the upper half of the field into the third round of the Norwegian Open 2015 by Brunswick. Fagerstrøm rolled three consistently high games for a 721 series to finish four pins ahead of compatriot Thor Kristian Østlie Solberg, who closed out his set with a huge 279 game to jump into second place with 717 and an average of 239.00.

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