It's down to four players in Masters at 4th Women's European Championships

    06/16/12

    2012 WEC

    Larsen, Persson-Planefors, Pöppler and Van Der Meer to bowl for the Masters title in Saturday's arena finals at Efteling Theater

     Rebecka Larsen and Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden, Birgit Pöppler of Germany and Sophie Van Der Meer of the host country Netherlands remained undefeated in Friday's single-elimination Masters match play and will bowl for the title in Saturday's arena finals at Efteling Theater in Tilburg.

    L-R Pöppler, Van Der Meer, Persson-Planefors and Larsen. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Larsen and Persson-Planefors are targeting for their third gold medal of the championships. Top seeded Larsen, who won the gold medal in All Events and Trios, will take on No. 6 Van Der Meer in the semifinals while Doubles and Trios gold medalist Persson-Planefors, seeded third, bowls No. 4 Pöppler.

    The top 24 players in All Events (combined individual scores in Doubles, Trios and Teams) advanced to the Masters finals in best-of-three games format. By virtue of finishing in the top eight Larsen, Persson-Planefors, Pöppler and Van Der Meer bypassed the Round of 24.

    The Swedes brought another three players in the Round of 16 in which Larsen defeated her team mate Ida Andersson, two-games-to-one while Persson-Planefors swept team mate Nina Flack, the 2008 WEC Masters champ, 2-0.

    In other Round of 16 matches, Pöppler swept Latvian Diana Zavjalova and Van Der Meer eliminated Pöppler's team mate Patricia Luoto, 223-205, in the decider. Daria Pajak of Poland, seeded 16th, came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat defending Masters champion Krista Pöllänen, 2-1 (187-185 in the third game).

    In the quarterfinals, Larsen fired games of 245 and 241 to make quick work of Pajak, while Persson-Planefors eliminated Dutch Wendy Kok in two games. Pöppler became the first non-Swedish bowler to win a match against a Swede, defeating Sandra Andersson, 2-0.

    Van Der Meer lost her first game against past European champion and former World Ranking Masters winner, Britt Brøndsted of Denmark, but rebounded with back-to-back victories to advance, 2-1.

    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.

    Germany and England will bowl for the Team title Saturday at 10 a.m. CEST. Masters match play will resume 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.

     


    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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