34 countries to participate in the fifth Men's European Championships in Austria


    2012 MEC Austria

    204 players to bowl for medals in Doubles, Trios, Team, All Events and Masters at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria from Aug. 16-26; the top 15 countries by points qualify for the 2013 Combined World Championships;



    The 5th Men's European Championships will be held from Aug. 16-26, 2012 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 204 players from 34 countries are expected to bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters.

    Those 34 countries are Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Austria.

    This marks the second time after 2007 that the Austrian Bowling Federation has been awarded the MEC. Other hosts were Unterföhring, Germany (2011), Aalborg, Denmark (2009) and Moscow, Russia (2005).

    The MEC also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev. in suburban Las Vegas, United States.

    Each country receives ranking points in each discipline according to a system decided by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation Congress in 2011. The top 15 countries qualify for the 2013 Combined World Championships.

    According to the ETBF Constitution (Article 5.5.8,) no substitutes will be send in case of withdrawals.

    Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles (12 games), Trios (6), Team (6), All Events (24-game total) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games).

    The 2012 MEC will be contested on two oil conditioning pattern. Details will be announced by the Technical Delegate, Pini Hershkovitz of Israel, at the Team Managers' Meeting on Friday morning, Aug. 17.

    For the complete information on the 2012 MEC please download
    Bulletin No. 1 (MS doc)
    Bulletin No. 2 (PDF file)

    Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and the five-player Team event six games with the top 4 teams advancing to the playoffs. No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    Defending Champions:
    Doubles: Sweden (Karl Wahlgren, Dennis Eklund)
    Trios: Norway (Svein Ake Ek, Glenn Morten Pedersen and Björn Einar Rudshagen)
    Team: Denmark (Thomas Larsen, Anders Lousdal, Jimmy Mortensen, Mik Stampe, Jesper Agerbo, Frederik Øhrgaard)
    All Events: Mads Sandbækken, Norway
    Masters: Martin Paulsson, Sweden

    Real action begins on Aug. 18 with the Doubles event with the first champions crowned on Aug 20. The Trios event will be held Aug. 21-22 and is followed by the Team event Aug. 23-24. The top 24 players in All Events will advance to the Masters finals in best-of-three games single-elimination match play which will conclude the championships on Saturday, Aug. 25.


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    2009 MEC in Aalborg, Denmark
    2007 MEC in Vienna, Austria
    2005 MEC in Moscow, Russia


    2012 MEC - Schedule of Events

    Thursday, August 16, 2012
    Last day of arrival

    Friday, August 17, 2012
    9.00 Team Managers Meeting
    10.30 Practice - Squad 1
    13.00 Practice - Squad 2
    15.30 Practice - Squad 3
    18.00 Opening Ceremonies

    Saturday, August 18, 2012
    9.00 Doubles Squad 1 (oil pattern 1)
    13.30 Doubles Squad 2 (oil pattern 1)
    18.00 Doubles Squad 3 (oil pattern 1)

    Sunday, August 19, 2012
    9.00 Doubles Squad 4 (oil pattern 1)
    13.30 Doubles Squad 1 (oil pattern 2)
    18.00 Doubles Squad 2 (oil pattern 2)

    Monday, August 20, 2012
    9.00 Doubles Squad 3 (oil pattern 2)
    13.30 Doubles Squad 4 (oil pattern 2)
    18.00 Doubles Semifinals & Finals
    19.30 Doubles Medal Ceremony

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    9.00 Trios Squad 1 (oil pattern 1)
    12.45 Trios Squad 2 (oil pattern 1)
    16.30 Trios Squad 3 (oil pattern 1)

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012
    9.00 Trios Squad 2 (oil pattern 2)
    12.45 Trios Squad 3 (oil pattern 2)
    16.30 Trios Squad 1 (oil pattern 2)
    20.00 Trios Semifinals & Finals

    Thursday, August 23, 2012
    9.00 Team Squad 1 (oil pattern 1)
    13.30 Trios Medal Ceremony
    15.00 Team Squad 2 (oil pattern 1)

    Friday, August 24, 2012
    8.00 Team Squad A (oil pattern 2)
    13.30 Team Squad B (oil pattern 2)
    19.00 Team Semifinals & Finals

    Saturday, August 25, 2012
    8.00 Masters Round 1 (All Events 9-24)
    9.30 Masters Round 2 (All Events 1-8 and winners Round 1)
    11.00 Team & All Events Medal Ceremonies
    12.30 Masters Quarterfinals
    14.00 Masters Semifinals
    15.30 Masters Finale
    17.00 Masters Medal Ceremony, Closing Ceremony
    20.00 Banquet

    Sunday, August 26, 2012