Osku Palermaa wins his 13th career EBT title in 34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona


    2012 European Bowling Tour #12

    Top seeded Finn defeats fellow PBA champion Dominic Barrett in the title match, 227-207; Barrett takes over lead in men's point ranking; Rebecka Larsen finishes sixth to win the women's ranking in Barcelona


    2012EBT12DominicBarrett.jpgIn a match between two PBA champions from Europe, three-time titlist Osku Palermaa of Finland (pictured left) defeated one-time titlist Dominic Barrett of England (right) to win the 34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona and the 12.000 Euro top prize Sunday at Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain.

    The stepladder finals were broadcasted live on Eurosport 2. It was the 13th victory on the European Bowling Tour for the four-time EBT point ranking champion (2007-09, 2011), who is the all-time title leader in the 13-year history of the Tour.

    2012EBT04GeryVerbruggen.jpg2012EBT04TomHessPaulMoor2.jpgGery Verbruggen of Belgium (left), who led the tour ranking in the first four years (2000-03), and Paul Moor of England (right), who led the ranking in the following three years (2004-06), are tied for second place with 11 titles. Barrett, who has six EBT titles under his belt, is the only other ranking winner (2010).

    Palermaa, who overtook Barrett in the final game of the Round of 24, bowled a clean game in the title match. The two-hander struck seven times and converted four single-pin spares, while Barrett suffered two open frames after starting with a spare and a four-bagger.

    2012EBT04MikeFagan.jpg2012EBT12IldemaroRuiz2.jpgWith the second place finish, worth 6.000 Euro, the Englishman, who finished fourth in San Marino last week, overtook the lead in the European Bowling Tour men's point ranking. Previous leader Mike Fagan (left), United States, slipped to second place with defending ranking champion Palermaa in third, Fagan and Palermaa are the only multiple EBT champions this season, while Barrett is seeking for his first EBT title in 2012.

    In the opening match of the stepladder finals, Barrett closed out with six consecutive strikes to defeat Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela (right), 235-202. Ruiz, who mad three TV shows during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling, received 3.000 Euro for third place.

    2012EBT12RebeckaLarsen.jpgTwo-time European champion Rebecka Larsen of Sweden (left) was the sole woman, who made the cut to the top 24. The Swede finished in sixth place to win the women's ranking in Barcelona.

    The 34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona drew only 126 players, almost 25 per cent less than last year (167).Despite offering a wealth of advantages for women (besides eight pins handicap each game, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour, six women below the cut line earned automatic spots in the finals and the top 8 female qualifiers received an additional prize money of total 5.000 Euro), only 24 women participated, 36 less than last year.

    The European Bowling Tour takes a six-week break in part due to the Men's European Championships, which will be held from August 16-26 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The 13th event of the 2012 EBT, the BNC Open, will be held at BNC Bowling Center in Bratislava, Slovakia from Sept. 3-9. The BNC Open is the sixth out of eight EBT "silver" events and offers total prize fund of 42.000 Euro with 6.000 going to the winner. Dominic Barrett is the defending champion.

    2012EBT12BarcelonaLogo_small.jpg The 34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona was the 12th stop of the 2012 European Bowling Tour and the third out of four EBT "Gold" tournaments this season.

    The tournament was held July 17-22 at 14-lane Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain and offered total prize fund of 60.000 Euro with 12.000 Euro going to the winner, 6.000 to the runner-up and 3.000 to the third place finisher.

    The tournament featured a 41 feet Kegel lane conditioning pattern with 25.85ml volume oil total.

    The qualifying in Barcelona (six-game series, unlimited re-entries) ran from Tuesday July 17 through Saturday, July 21. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game throughout the entire tournament, a standard for women on the European Bowling Tour.

    A total of 48 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, July 22 - the top 42 qualifiers including all squad leaders and an additional six women.

    Those 48 players, who carried forward 50 per cent of their qualifying total, bowled four games to cut to the top 24, The top 3 players after another four-game block in Round Two qualified for the stepladder finals.

    The No. 3 seed bowled No. 2 and the winner took on No. 1 to determine the champion in one-game matches. The stepladder finals were broadcasted live on Eurosport 2 on Sunday, July 22 at 6.15 p.m. CEST.

    2012EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2012 European Bowling Tour is made up of 21 events in 16 countries including two Platinum, four Gold, eight Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event earn ranking points based on how they finish in the event. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament such as the 34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament gets 50 ranking points.

    Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 16 men and top 16 women who will compete in the sixth EBT Masters in Bratislava, Slovakia in Sept. 2013.


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    34th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona

    Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona, Spain (July 17-22, 2012)

     Championship Round:
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 227 (1 game), 12.000 Euro
    2. Dominic Barrett, England, 442 (2 games), 6.000 Euro
    3. Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 202 (1 game), 3.000 Euro

    L-R Barrett, champion Palermaa and Ruiz. Click on the image to rnlarge it.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match: #2 Barrett def. #3 Ruiz, 235-202
    Championship: #1 Palermaa def. Barrett, 227-207.


    Places 4-48 (Cashers)

    4. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2.500 Euro
    5. Sami Lampo, Finland, 2.000 Euro
    6. Rebecka Larsen, Sweden, 1.800 Euro
    7. Chris Klerk, United States, 1.700 Euro
    8. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1.600 Euro
    9. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1.500 Euro
    10. Stuart Williams, England, 1.400 Euro
    11. Marcial Ovide Marron, Catalonia, 1.300 Euro
    12. Kim Ojala, Sweden, 1.200 Euro
    13. Tony Ranta, Finland, 1.100 Euro
    14. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1.000 Euro
    15. Gery Verbruggen, Belgium, 800 Euro
    16. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 800 Euro
    17. Paul Moor, England, 800 Euro
    18. Erik Gulbrandson, United States, 800 Euro
    19. Markus Heinonen, Finland, 600 Euro
    20. Eike Kabowski, Germany, 600 Euro
    21. Frederik √ėhrgaard, Denmark, 600 Euro
    22. Perttu Jussila, Finland, 600 Euro
    23. Mats Maggi, Belgium, 600 Euro
    24. Alexander Medveditskov, Russia, 600 Euro
    25. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 400 Euro
    26. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 400 Euro
    27. Moises Perez Iba√Īez, Catalonia, 400 Euro
    28. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 400 Euro
    29. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 400 Euro
    30. Josefine Linderoth, Sweden, 400 Euro
    31. Miquel Lopez, United States, 400 Euro
    32. Catalin Gheorghe, Romania, 400 Euro
    33. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 400 Euro
    34. Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 400 Euro
    35. Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden, 400 Euro
    36. Cristina Sanz Moreno, Catalonia, 400 Euro
    37. Adam Ishman, United States, 300 Euro
    38. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 300 Euro
    39. Nina Flack, Sweden, 300 Euro
    40. Peter Ljung, Sweden, 300 Euro
    41. Cassie Staudinger, Australia, 300 Euro
    42. Luz Adriana Leal, Colombia, 300 Euro
    43. Julien Sermand, France, 300 Euro
    44. Romeo Gagenoiu, Romania, 300 Euro
    45. Daniel Vezis, England, 300 Euro
    46. Aude Saint Marc, France, 300 Euro
    47. Christian Racpan, Germany, 300 Euro
    48. Vincent Cayez, France, 300 Euro


    Semifinal Results

    The top 3 advance to the Stepladder Finals.


    Quarterfinal Results

    The top 24 advance to the semifinals.