Second gold medal for Sweden in Trios event at 4th Women's European Championships


    2012 WEC

    Swedes defeat Germany in the title match, 693-588; Latvia and Denmark share the bronze medals



    2012WECLarsenPerssonPlaneforsAndersson.jpgRebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors and Sandra Andersson (pictured left, l-r) of Sweden posted two big games to win the gold medal in the Women's European Championships Trios event Tuesday evening at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    In the title match between the No. 1 and 2 seed, the top seeded Swedes flew past Patricia Luoto, Birgit Pöppler and Janine Gabel of Germany, 693-588, to wrap up the title.

    It was the second gold medal in the second event for Sweden and the second gold medal for Persson-Planefors, who won the gold medal in Doubles with Ida Andersson on Sunday.

    2012WECCelisevaTkachenkoZavjalova.jpgThe Swedes led the 46 trios from 26 countries after six games preliminaries with 3946 total and an average of 219.22. They had the highest first block on medium oil with 2051 and also the highest block on long oil with 1895 to earn the No. 1 seed for the single-game playoffs.

    The Germans were 166 pins behind in second place with 3780 (210.00). Third place belonged to Latvia's Jelena Celiseva, Marija Tkachenko and Diana Zavjalova (pictured right, l-r), with 3741 (207.83) and Stine Nørgaard Johansen, Charlotte Bach Madsen and Randi Kryger Pedersen of Denmark took the fourth and last place to advance to the finals with 3706 (205.89).

    2012WECLuotoPopplerGabel2.jpgAndersson (199), Larsen (228) and Persson-Planefors (243) defeated the Danes in the semifinal match, 670-575, while Pöppler (198), Luoto (239) and Gabel (211) also scored an easy victory over Latvia, 648-555, to advance to the title match.

    While Luoto (192), Pöppler (192) and Gabel (204; pictured left, l-r) could not match their pace from the semis, Andersson (246), Larsen (214) and Persson-Planefors (233) even improved by 23 pins to cruise to victory, 693-588.

    The Women's European Championships continues Wednesday and Thursday with the five-player Team event. All teams will be divided into two squads to bowl six games preliminaries - three games on medium oil on Wednesday and three games on long oil on Thursday. The top four teams advance to the semifinals and finals starting Thursday at 7.30 p.m. CEST.

    2011BWCKristaPollanen2.jpgWith 18 of 24 games in the books, Krista Pöllänen (right) of Finland maintained a 108 pin lead in All Events (combined individual scores in Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 4129 total and an average of 229.30.

    Two-time gold medalist Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden moved into second place with 4021 (223.39) and was followed by team mate Rebecka Larsen in third place with 3993 (221.83). Fourth place Birgit Pöppler of Germany is 96 pins off the pace for the medals with 3897 (216.50).

    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 - Trios Finals

    2012WECPerssonPlaneforsAnderssonLarsenJansson.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sweden (Sandra Andersson, Rebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors)
    2. Germany (Birgit Pöppler, Patricia Luoto, Janine Gabel)
    3. Latvia (Diana Zavjalova, Jelena Celiseva, Marija Tkachenko) and
    Denmark (Randi Kryger Pedersen, Charlotte Bach Madsen, Stine Nørgaard Johansen)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 Sweden (Andersson 199, Larsen 228, Persson-Planefors 243) def.
    #4 Denmark (Pedersen 184, Madsen 205, Johansen 186), 670-575
    Semifinal Match 2: #2 Germany (Pöppler 198, Luoto 239, Gabel 211) def.
    #3 Latvia (Zavjalova 168, Celiseva 197, Tkachenko 190), 648-555
    Championship: #1 Sweden (Andersson 246, Larsen 214, Persson-Planefors 233) def.
    #2 Germany (Pöppler 192, Luoto 192, Gabel 204), 693-588.


    2012 WEC Trios - Standings after Preliminaries

    Games 1-3 on medium oil, games 4-6 on long oil. The top 4 advance to the finals.


    Make-up Players


    2012 WEC All Events - Standings after 18/24 games