Swedes pace WEC Doubles as Squad 1 and 2 have completed preliminaries


    2012 WEC

    Squad 3 and 4 will bowl the second block on long oil Sunday

    2012WECJolinePerssonPlaneforsIdaAndersson.jpgSquad 1 and 2 completed the 12-game preliminaries of the Doubles event Saturday in the 2012 Women's European Championships at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands. The 75 teams from 27 countries were divided into four squads to bowl the second six-game block on the long lane conditioning pattern. The top 4 teams with the highest 12-game total will advance to the finals on Sunday, June 10. The scores on long oil were lower than on medium oil.

    Joline Persson-Planefors and Ida Andersson of Sweden (pictured left, l-r), who led Squad 1 after the first block with 2642, totaled 2489 in the second block to pace the field of 37 doubles, who have completed the preliminaries, with 5131 and an average of 213.79.

    2012WECVanessaTimterJanineGabel.jpgPersson-Planefors, who led the European Bowling Tour point ranking in the 2011 season, added 1234 to her huge 1414 series on medium oil to set the pace in all events after 12 of 24 games with 2648 (220.67).

    Vanessa Timter and Janine Gabel (right, l-r) of Germany paced the second squad on Saturday evening with 2486 to move into second place with 4988 total and an average of 207.83. Gabel led the way with 2504 and Timter was close behind with 2484.

    2012WECSophievanderMeerEllenJansen.jpgTrailing Germany by 53 pins to sit in third place were Ellen Jansen and Sophie Van Der Meer (left, r-l) from the host country Netherlands, who checked in with 4935 (205.63). The Dutch duo, which led Squad 2 after the first block with 2510, added 2425 on long oil. Van Der Meer carried the team with 2614, the second-highest All Events total so far, and Jansen managed 2321.

    There's a bigger gap between third and fourth as Katrina Maciver and Jenny Billingham of England finished 181 pins behind the Dutch with 4754. Defending champion Nina Flack of Sweden, who won the title in 2010 with Helen Johnsson, and her team mate Elin Adolfsson also totaled 4754 but were seeded fifth due to the lower last game.

    The teams from Squad 3 and 4 will complete their preliminaries on Sunday morning and afternoon. Led by Marjo Pöntinen and Krista PöllÀnen of Finland, who averaged 226.42 in the first block, the top seven teams of Squad 3 and 4 have averaged 215 and higher over the first six games.

    The top 4 will advance to the one-game semifinals. The No. 1 seed will bowl the No. 4 and the No. 2 seed takes on No. 3. The winners advance to the championship match to bowl for gold and silver, while the losers will share the bronze medal.

    2012WECLogo.jpg The 2012 Women's European Championships will be held from June 6 through 17 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Record 153 players from 27 out of 49 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the host country Netherlands - participate in the event.

    Each team consisted of maximum six players, who competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles (12 games), Trios (6), Teams (6), All Events (24-game total) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games).

    The ETBF Technical Delegate and Kegel, the official lane maintenance partner of ETBF, have decided the two oil patterns which will be used during the 2012 Women European Championships. The medium pattern is 38 feet long while the long pattern has a length of 44 feet.

    For more information please download the 2012 WEC Bulletin (PDF file).


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    2012 WEC Doubles - Standings after preliminaries (Squad 1 and 2 only)

    12 games - first block on medium oil, second block on long oil. The top 4 advance to the finals.