Sweden defends Doubles title at 4th Women's European Championships


    2012 WEC

    Fourth seeded Joline Persson-Planefors and Ida Andersson win first gold medal of the championships; England takes silver medal, Finland and Sweden share bronze; Finland's Krista PöllÀnen leads in All Events after 12/24 games with 232.42 average

    2012WECJolinePerssonPlaneforsIdaAndersson2.jpgIda Andersson and Joline Persson-Planefors (pictured left, r-l) captured the first gold medal of the 4th Women's European Championships Sunday at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands by successfully defending the Doubles title for Sweden.

    2012WECRebeckaLarsenSandraAndersson.jpgThe duo finished the preliminaries in fourth place with 5131 and an average of 213.79 for 12 games and met their compatriots Sandra Andersson and Rebecka Larsen (right, r-l) in the semifinals. Andersson, Larsen led the record 75 doubles from 27 with 5223 (217.63) to earn the No. 1 seed.

    While the top seeded team struggled and posted their lowest game of the competition, Andersson (185) and Persson-Planefors (205) had solid games to advance to the finals, 388-349.

    2012WECMarjoPontinenKristaPollanen.jpgIn the other semifinal match, Finland's Krista PöllÀnen and Marjo Pöntinen) (left, r-l) met Autum Chamberlain and Hayley Rumkee of England. The Finns led the preliminaries after the first six-game block on medium oil and finished second after the second block on long oil with 5205 (216.88).

    The English women, who took the No. 3 seed with 5169 (215.38), both rolled games over 200 (Chamberlain 226 and Rumkee 208) to win the semifinal match by 45 pins, 434-389, en route to advance to the gold medal match.

    In the title match, Andersson and Rumkee struggled and managed only 151 and 155, respectively. Chamberlain's 206 gave England a 361 total but it was Persson-Planefors, who made the difference. The 2011 European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader fired a huge 246 game to wrap up the title with 397 and to give Sweden its third consecutive gold medal in Doubles at Women's European Championships.

    Nina Flack and Helen Johnsson have won the titles in 2010 (Riga, Latvia) and 2008 (Odense, Denmark).

    With 12 of 24 games in the books, Krista PöllÀnen leads the field of 153 women in All Events with 2789 total and an average of 232.42. The World Games and European Champions Cup winner has an 81-pin cushion over Rebecka Larsen in second place with 2708 (225.67). Joline Persson-Planefors is another 60 pins behind third place with 2648 (220.67).

    The Women's European Championships continues with the Trios event on Monday and Tuesday. All trios will be divided into three squads to bowl six games preliminaries - three games on medium oil on Monday and three games on long oil on Tuesday. The top four trios advance to the semifinals and finals starting Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. CEST.

    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 Women's European Championships - Doubles Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Sweden (Ida Andersson, Joline Persson-Planefors)
    2. England (Autum Chamberlain, Hayley Rumkee)
    3. Sweden (Sandra Andersson, Rebecka Larsen) and Finland (Krista PöllÀnen, Marjo Pöntinen)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #4 Sweden (Andersson 183, Persson-Planefors 205) def.
    #1 Sweden (Andersson 184, Larsen 165), 388-349
    Semifinal Match 2: #3 England (Chamberlain 226, Rumkee 208) def.
    #2 Finland (PöllÀnen 196, Pöntinen 193), 434-389
    Championship: #4 Sweden (Andersson 151, Persson-Planefors 246) def.
    #3 England (Chamberlain 206, Rumkee 155), 397-361.


    2012 WEC Doubles - Standings after Preliminaries

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


    Make-up Players


    2012 WEC All Events - Standings after 12/24 games