Sweden atop the leaderboard as WEC Trios event reaches halfway mark


    2012 WEC

    Latvia, Germany and Denmark round out the top 4 after three games on medium oil

    2012WECPerssonPlaneforsAnderssonLarsen.jpgJoline Persson-Planefors, Sandra Andersson and Rebecka Larsen of Sweden (pictured left, l-r) averaged 227.89 over three games on the medium oil pattern to lead the field of 48 trios from 26 countries as the Trios event at the 4th Women's European Championships has reached the halfway point.

    Persson-Planefors, who won the gold medal in Doubles with Ida Andersson yesterday, led the team with 706 series and was followed by doubles bronze medalists Andersson and Larsen with 679 and 666, respectively. With 2051 three-game total, Sweden holds a 44-pin lead over Latvia in second place with 2007 (223.00).

    2012WECLuotoPopplerGabel.jpgDiana Zavjalova, who won the 2012 Intercollegiate Team Championships with the Webber International women's bowling team, led the way for the Latvians with 721 (240.33), the highest individual series of the day. Jelena Celiseva had 656 and Marija Tkachenko contributed 630.

    Third place belonged to Germany's Patricia Luoto, Birgit Pöppler and Janine Gabel (right, l-r), who finished 64 pins behind the Latvian with 1943 (215.89). Pöppler had the second-best 712 series and was followed by Luoto (619) and Gabel (612).

    2012WECBrondstedBrogaardChristensenGingeJensen.jpgBritt BrĂžndsted, Randi Brogaard Christensen and Anja Ginge Jensen of Denmark (left, l-r) beat out their compatriots Stine NĂžrgaard Johansen, Charlotte Bach Madsen and Randi Kryger Pedersen for fourth place by four pins, 1925 (213.89) to 1921 (213.44).

    5th placed Johansen (228), Madsen (247) and Pedersen (270) finisher their set with a huge 745 game to miss the 11-year-old WEC Trios record for one game by mere three pins (748 - England in 2001).

    Sixth place belonged to Finland with Mari Nurmilo, Marjo Pöntinen and Krista PöllÀnen, who toppled 1861 pins (206.78). PöllÀnen posted a 702 series, an average of 234, to widen her lead in All Events (combined individual scores in Doubles, Trios and Teams) to 117 pins with 3491 and an average of 232.73 for 15 games.

    Rebecka Larsen and Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden remained in second and third place with 3373 (224.93) and 3354 (223.60), respectively. Birgit Pöppler of Germany jumped from ninth to fourth place with 3268 (217.87).

    All 48 trios will return Tuesday to bowl another three-game block on long oil. The top four teams will advance the single-game playoffs starting at 7.30 p.m. CEST. The No. 1 seed will bowl the No. 4 and the No. 2 seed takes on No. 3 in the semifinals. 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 Trios - Standings after the first block on medium oil


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    2012 WEC All Events - Standings after 15/24 games