Finland beats England to win Team gold at Men's European Championships


    2012 MEC Austria

    Joonas Jehkinen (FIN), Michael Loos (AUT), Jesper Agerbo (DEN) earn the medals in All Events; the top 24 in All Events advance to Masters match play



    2012 Men's European Championships - Team Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Finland (Joonas Jehkinen, Joonas Jähi, Petteri Salonen, Perttu Jussila, Osku Palermaa)
    2. England (Mike Quarry, John Wells, Matt Miller, Ray Teece, Stuart Williams) 3. Sweden (Martin Paulsson, Dennis Eklund, Karl Wahlgren, Robert Andersson, Martin Larsen) and
    Norway (Svein Roger Olsen, Svein Ake Ek, Mads Sandbækken, Björn Einar Rudshagen, Tore Torgersen)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 1 Finland (Jehkinen 193, Jähi 193, Salonen 208, Jussila 215, Palermaa 195) def.
    No. 4 Sweden (Paulsson 181, Eklund 199, Wahlgren 165, Anderson 233, Larsen 214), 1068-992
    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 2 England (Quarry 170, Wells 214, Miller 232, Teece 232, Williams 220) def.
    No. 3 Norway (Roger Olsen 184, Ake Ek 244, Sandbækken 179, Rudshagen 188, Torgersen 169), 1068-964
    Finland (Jehkinen 177, Jähi 197, Salonen 249, Palermaa 237, Jussila 242) def.
    England (Quarry 198, Wells 192, Miller 248, Teece 227, Williams 155), 1102-1020.



    Men's European Championships - Team Champions

    2012 Finland (Joonas Jehkinen, Joonas Jähi, Petteri Salonen, Perttu Jussila, Osku Palermaa)
    2011 Denmark (Thomas Larsen, Anders Lousdal, Jimmy Mortensen, Mik Stampe, Jesper Agerbo, Frederik Øhrgaard)
    2009 Finland (Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen, Jussi Turtiainen)
    2007 Sweden (Peter Ljung, Dennis Eklund, Tobias Karlsson, Robert Andersson, Martin Larsen, Magnus Andersson)
    2005 Finland (Kimmo Lehtonen, Kai Virtanen, Petteri Salonen, Petri Mannonen, Lasse Lintilä)



    2012 MEC Team Preliminaries after six games

    Games 1-3 on the medium pattern (38'), games 4-6 on the long pattern (44'). The top 4 advance to the medal round.



    2012 MEC Team event - Squad B results (three games on long oil (44')



    2012 MEC Team event - Squad A results (three games on long oil (44')



    2012 MEC All Events - Final Standings

    The top 24 players advance to Masters match play



    Men's European Championships - All Events Champions

    2012 Joonas Jehkinen, Finland
    2011 Mads Sandbækken, Norway
    2009 Petter Hansen, Norway
    2007 Osku Palermaa, Finland
    2005 Petteri Salonen, Finland



    2012MECLogo2.jpg 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 will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.

    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 were single-game matches.

    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. The championships features two oil conditioning pattern, number 1 is the medium pattern (38') and number two is the long pattern (44').
    Kegel LaneMap™ Guide Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria - Aug. 15, 2012 (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

    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.


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