Germany and England to bowl for the Team title at 4th Women's European Championships


    2012 WEC

    Rebecka Larsen claims third gold medal for Sweden in All Events

    2012WECTeamEngland.jpg2012WECTeamGermany.jpgEngland (pictured left) and Germany (right) will bowl for the coveted Team title of the 4th Women's European Championships in an arena-style finale Saturday morning, June 16th, at Efteling Theater in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    The top four teams after six games preliminaries - three games on medium and three games on long oil - determined the finalists in the semifinals on Thursday evening at Dolfijn Bowling.

    2012WECTEamSweden.jpg2012WECTeamDenmark.jpgEngland's Lisa John, Autum Chamberlain, Hayley Rumkee, Jenny Billingham, who replaced Katrina Maciver after the first block, and Hayley White, who finished the six-game preliminaries in fourth place, stunned top seeded Sweden (left) with Elin Adolfsson, Sandra Andersson, Nina Flack, who replaced Ida Andersson for the semifinal, Rebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors, in a high-scoring match, 1146-1114.

    Meanwhile, third-seeded Germany with Birgit Pöppler, Patricia Luoto, Janine Gabel, Vanessa Timter, Janin Ribguth edged No. 2 seeded Denmark (right) with Britt BrÞndsted, Anja Ginge Jensen, Randi Kryger Pedersen, Randi Brogaard Christensen, Stine NÞrgaard Johansen, by nine pins, 1030-1021. Sweden and Denmark both receive a bronze medal.

    2012WECAllEventsTop3.jpgSweden's Rebecka Larsen (center) used a 684 series (227, 258, 199) to secure the gold medal in All Events (combined scores in Doubles, Trios and Team) with 5422 total and an average of 225.92 for 24 games. Krista PöllÀnen (left) of Finland was 81 pins behind to earn the silver medal with 5341 (222.54).

    Joline Persson-Planefors (right) of Sweden took the bronze medal with 5322 (221.75). Birgit Pöppler of Germany was a distant fourth with 5206 (216.92).

    The gold and silver medalist in the Team event will be decided on Saturday, June 16th, at a unique location.

    The Netherlands Bowling Federation (NBF), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, in cooperation with Uniglobe Special Travel has booked the Efteling Theater to stage the championship match of the five-player Team finals as well as the semifinals and final of the Masters competition in an arena-style format.

    The two countries, who advanced from the semifinals on Thursday evening, will bowl for the Team title Saturday at 10 a.m. CEST. Masters match play will commence with the semifinal matches at 1 and 2.45 p.m., respectively.

    The winners of the semifinal matches will bowl for the Masters crown in the title match starting at 4.30 p.m., which will conclude the 4th Women's European Championships in Tilburg, Netherlands.

    Competition at Dolfijn Bowling will continue on Friday, June 15th, with the first round of Masters match play (best-of-three format) featuring the top 24 in All Events. The top 8 players will receive one bye. Cut for top 8 was Hayley White of England with 5056 (210.67), while Olena Mishchenko of Ukraine took the 24th and last spot to advance with 4872 and an average of 203.00.

    Nine out of 27 countries will be represented in the Masters competition. Sweden has five out of six players in the race for the last gold medal. England, Germany and the host country Netherlands have four players, Denmark and Ukraine two and Finland, Latvia and Poland one player each.

    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 consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles (12 games), Teams (6), Singles (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 - Team Finals

    Championship Round:
    3. Sweden (Elin Adolfsson, Sandra Andersson, Nina Flack, Rebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors) and Denmark (Britt BrĂžndsted, Anja Ginge Jensen, Randi Kryger Pedersen, Randi Brogaard Christensen, Stine NĂžrgaard Johansen)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #4 England (Lisa John 256, Autum Chamberlain 206, Hayley Rumkee 236, Jenny Billingham 258, Hayley White 190) def. #1 Sweden (Elin Adolfsson 227, Sandra Andersson 204, Nina Flack 235, Rebecka Larsen 204, Joline Persson-Planefors 244), 1146-1114

    Semifinal Match 2: #3 Germany (Birgit Pöppler 201, Patricia Luoto 225, Janine Gabel 166, Vanessa Timter 225, Janin Ribguth 212) def. #2 Denmark (Britt BrÞndsted 235, Anja Ginge Jensen 181, Randi Kryger Pedersen 179, Randi Brogaard Christensen 222, Stine NÞrgaard Johansen 204), 1030-1021

    Championship: #3 Germany vs. #4 England (Saturday, June 16th, at 10 a.m. CEST).


    2012 WEC Team event - 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 - Final Standings after 24 games

    Combined results in Doubles (12 games) Trios (6 games) and Team (6 games). The top 24 advance to Masters match play. The top eight receive one bye.