Sara Aviram, Lior Koren win 2012 Israeli National Championships



    Sarit Mizrahi, Or Aviram will represent Israel at the 2012 European Champions Cup

     Sara Aviram and Lior Koren won the women's and men's titles in the 2012 Israeli National Individual Championships which were held at Nesher bowling center near Haifa.

    41 players participated in the 23rd running of the event. All bowled 20 games of qualifying over three days on two different lane conditions to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women for the single-elimination finals.

    L-R Nati Volpart & Shahaf Antin (2nd place); champions Sara Aviram/Harlap & Lior Koren; and third place Tali Itzhak & Or Aviram. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    The qualifying leaders - defending women's champion Tali Itzhak and Or Aviram - were seeded into the championship match, while second seeded Ben Slutzki and Shahaf Antin were seeded into the semifinals.

    The quarterfinals and semifinals were contested in best-of-five format on long and medium lane conditions. The championship match featured three games on dual lane condition with the total pinfall to determine the winner.

    Joining Itzhak and Antin in the women's championship match was Sara Aviram. The mother of men's top seed Or Aviram started her three-game series with a huge 254 game and never looked back. She added 201 and 149 to wrap up the title with 604 total. Antin finished second with 551 and Itzhak settled for the bronze medal with 546.

    Playoff Results (pdf file)

    Koren took the eighth and last place for the men's finals. He came back from 2:0 deficit to defeat Ben Fishler, three-games-to-two, and advanced directly to the championship match as his opponent in the semifinal, Ben Slutzki withdrew due to illness.

    Joining Aviram and Koren in the men's finale was Nati Volpart, who eliminated defending champion Aviv Alfital, in the semifinal, 3-2. The men's championship match was a low-scoring encounter as all three players suffered lots of splits during the three-game sets.

    Koren emerged as the winner with 530 total as Volpart and Aviram managed only 497 and 291, respectively.

     In a change for 2012, the Israeli Bowling Federation (IBF) has decided, to send the male and female point ranking leader - Or Aviram and Sarit Mizrahi - to the European Champions Cup, Oct. 15-22 at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague. That decision was made in order to have a better chance to win one of the eight European spots for the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

    L-R 2012 ECC Reps Or Aviram and Sarit Mizrahi. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Top 4 men with ranking points:
    1. Or Aviram, 1900 points
    2. Nati Volpart, 1820 point
    3. Lior Koren, 1396 points
    4. Aviv Alfital, 1150 points

    Top 4 women with ranking points:
    1. Sarit Mizrachi, 2080 points
    2. Sara Aviram, 2020 points
    3. Sahaf Antin, 1794 points
    4. Tali Itzhak, 1089 points