Annie Thorell, Petter Hansen shoot big games to lead Final Round 2 in Oslo


    2013 European Bowling Tour #16

    Britt Br√łndsted fires 277 in the last game to jump from 14th to sixth place


    2013EBT16PetterHansen.jpgAnnie Thorell (pictured left) of Sweden posted a 742 series in the second round of the Norwegian Open finals currently underway at Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo en route to lead the top eight players into the third round.

    Thorell, who made it through two semifinal rounds yesterday and the first two rounds today, had games of 234, 246 and 238 for 718 scratch, an average of 239.33, and added 24 pins handicap for 742.

    2013EBT16PalSelvnes.jpg2013EBT16JamesGruffman.jpgVeitvet bowling center co-owner Petter Hansen (above right) had the highest average of the 16 competitors with 243.33 to make the cut in second place with 730. The long-time Norwegian team captain, who has resigned from Team Norway and hasn't bowled in a tournament for the past 30 months, had games of 279, 203 and 248.

    Norwegian Under-21 national team member, Pål Selvnes (left) missed the 700-mark by two pins to sit in third place with 698 including three games between 227 and 237.

    2013EBT16ChristelCarlsson2.jpg2013EBt16BrittBrondsted3.jpgFourth and fifth place belonged to Swedish bowler. James Gruffman (above right), who led both semifinal rounds yesterday and tied for the lead in Round 1, toppled 667 pins with Christel Carlsson (left) one pin behind on 666.

    Heading into the last game, three-time European Bowling Tour women's point ranking leader Britt Br√łndsted (right), Denmark, was in danger to miss the cut sitting in 14th place with 380, 66 pins off the pace for the top 8.

    Br√łndsted started with the front eight before she left an 8-pin standing on a light pocket hit, spared, doubled and finished with an 8-count for 277 to jump into sixth place with 665.

    2013EBT16ArvidEspen.jpg2013EBT16KonstatinMatvienko.jpg In the Norwegian Open 2012 Br√łndsted rolled 300 in the last game of Final Round 4 to make the last cut and eventually finish the tournament in second place.

    Arvid Espen (left) of Norway, who led the previous round, finished in seventh place with 659 while Konstantin Matvienko (right) of Russia hit the cutoff number with 633 or an average of 211.

    The top eight meet qualifiers 9-16 in Final Round Three.

    2013NorwegianOpenLogo.jpg The Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick is the 16th stop of the 2013 European Bowling Tour and the fifth out of seven EBT "Satellite" events this season. The tournament will be held from Oct. 4-13, 2013 at 26-lane Veitvet Bowling Center in Oslo, Norway.

    As a result of a sponsorship agreement with Brunswick, the NO 2013 has increased the total prize fund to 224.000 NOK (currently 27.625 Euro). The winner will receive 35.000 NOK (4.315 Euro) and the runner-up gets 20.000 NOK (2.465 Euro).

    Qualifying ran from Friday, Oct. 4 through Saturday, Oct. 12. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game, a standard on the European Bowling Tour. In a change for 2013 the last qualifying squad on Saturday evening was replaced by two semifinal rounds and the top 60 instead of the top 40 players will cash.

    A total of 60 players advanced to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13. The top 8 qualifiers are qualified for Round 4, places 9-16 go to Round 3, places 17-24 start in Round 2 and places 25-28 begin in Round 1. The other 32 finalists advanced to Saturday's Semifinal Round 1 which began at 10 p.m. CEST.

    The top 24 players after three game scratch advanced to the Semifinal Round 2 to bowl another three games with the pinfall carried over. The top 12 qualified for Final Round 1 on Sunday morning.

    The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds. The field will be trimmed from 40 to 32, 24, 16, and then eight who will bowl a final three-game block with the pinfall from Round 4 carried forward.

    The player with the highest six-game total will earn the EBT title, 50 ranking points and the 35.000 NOK top prize.

    2013EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2013 European Bowling Tour consists of 19 stops in 13 countries including two Platinum, six Gold, four Silver and seven Satellite tournaments.

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. The winner of a Platinum tournament receives 250 ranking points, the winner of a Gold tournament gets 150, the winner of a Silver tournament earns 100, and the winner of a Satellite tournament such as the Norwegian Open 2013 by Brunswick gets 50 ranking points.

    The top 12 men and the top 12 women at the end of the 2013 season qualify for the seventh EBT Masters to be held March 3, 2014 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2014.


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    2013 Norwegian Open - Final Round 2

    The top 8 players advance to third round.