Gibraltar's Adam Shrubb stuns 16-time champion Paul Moor; wins Gibraltar Open 2015

    03/08/15

    2015 European Bowling Tour #5

    Swedes Peter Nordensen, Pontus Andersson, Gibraltar's Adam Shrubb and 16-time EBT champion Paul Moor, England, to bowl for the title; Norway's Heidi Thorstensen wins women's ranking

    2015EBT05AdamShrubb.jpg 2014EBT16PaulMoor2.jpgLocal favorite Adam Shrubb (pictured left) stunned England's Paul Moor (right) in the title match over two games total pins, 436-417, to win the inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015 and the 3.500 British Pounds top prize or 4.850 Euro Sunday at King's Bowl in Gibraltar.

    It was the first European Bowling Tour title for Shrubb. Moor, who owns record 16 EBT titles, had to settle for second place, worth £2.000.

    Only 37 players, 29 men and eight women, from eight countries participated in the event that offered total prize of 25.000 British Pounds (34.650 Euro to date), the highest prize fund of all nine European Bowling Tour 'Satellite' tournaments this season.

    All 37 players advanced to the finals on Sunday, March 8. The top 10 qualifiers earned two bye, while qualifiers 11-20 got one. Three four-game rounds starting from scratch trimmed the field to 28, 18 and then four players, who determined the champion in head-to-head matches with the two-game total to determine the winner.

    Moor, who entered the finals in Round 2 after finishing qualifying in ninth place, rolled games of 258, 237, 225 and a near-perfect 299, the highest game of the tournament, to lead the round with 1019 and an average of 254.75.

    2015EBT05PeterNordensen.jpg2015EBT04PontusAndersson2.jpgThe lefty rolled an 898 series in Round 3 to take the fourth and last spot for the playoffs. Swedes Peter Nordensen (left) and qualifying winner Pontus Andersson (right) dominated the round with 995 and 975, respectively. Shrubb, who was ninth in qualifying, posted games of 232, 268, 181 and 246 to earn the No. 3 seed with 927.

    The top-seeded Swedes in the semi-finals as Moor defeated Nordensen in both games for a 439-403 win, while Shrubb made up an eight-pin deficit in the second game (195-171) to slip past Andersson, 357-341.

    In the title match, Shrubb took a 21-pin lead after winning the first game, 202.181. Moor, who was looking for his 17th career EBT title and the second this season, rebounded with 236, but Shrubb almost equaled Moor's score with 234 to win the match, the title, the top prize and 50 ranking points, 436-417.

    2014BWCHeidiThorstensen.jpg2014EBT17IdaAndersson.jpgMoor had to settle for second place worth £2.000, while Nordensen and Andersson received £1.250 each for third and fourth place. Moor, who led the European Bowling Tour point ranking in the years 2004-06, received 40 points in Gibraltar to widen his lead in the 2015 men's ranking to 60 points.

    Heidi Thorstensen (left) of Norway was the best woman in the tournament finishing in seventh place to win the women's ranking in an EBT tournament for the third time in her career. 10th placed Ida Andersson (right) of Sweden moved into second place in the 2015 EBT women's ranking just 35 points behind leader Shayna Ng of Singapore.

    2015GibraltarOpenLogo_small.jpg The inaugural Gibraltar Open 2015 was the fifth stop of the 2015 European Bowling Tour and the third of nine EBT "Satellite" events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories. The GO was held from March 5-8 at King's Bowl, a 14-laner within the King's Bastion Leisure Center in Gibraltar.

    Participants competed for total prize money of 25.000 British Pounds with £3.500 going to the winner, £2.000 to the runner-up and £1.250 to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash was 38th place worth £400.

    Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) ran from Thursday through Saturday. Women received 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

    All 37 players (originally the top 34 players from the overall qualifying standings plus the top four of the Desperado Squad), advanced to the finals on Sunday, March 8. The top 10 qualifiers received two byes, while qualifiers 11-20 earned a first-round bye. The remaining 18 finalists advanced to the first round.

    In three four-game rounds starting from scratch, the field was trimmed to 28, 18 and then four players, who determined the champion in head-to-head matches.

    The No. 1 seed met the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed took on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowled for the title and the $3,500 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match.

    2015EBTLogo_small.jpg The 2015 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 18 tournaments in 14 countries featuring three "Platinum" events, three "Gold", three "Silver" and nine "Satellite" events. All 18 tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 900.000 Euro (approx. 1.024 million U.S. Dollar).

    The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 12 men and top 12 women, who will compete in the 9th EBT Masters July 25, 2016 at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino following the San Marino Open.

    The European Bowling Tour moves to Munich, Germany, next week for the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which will be held March 14-22 at Dream Bowl Palace.

     


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    Gibraltar Open 2015


    King's Bowl within the King's Bastion Leisure Center in Gibraltar (March 5-8, 2015)

    2015EBT05Top4.jpg Championship Round:
    1. Adam Shrubb, Gibraltar, 793 (4 games), £3.500
    2. Paul Moor, England, 856 (4 games), £2.000
    3. Peter Nordensen, Sweden, 403 (2 games), £1.250
    4. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 341 (2 games), £1.250

    L-R Andersson, Nordensen, Moor and Shrubb.

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match 1: No. 4 Moor (237, 202) def. No. 1 Nordensen (215, 188), 439-403
    Semi-final Match 2: No. 3 Shrubb (162, 195) def. No. 2 Andersson (170, 171), 357-341
    Championship: Shrubb (202, 234) def. Moor (181, 236), 436-417.

     


    Gibraltar Open 2015 - Places 5-37 (cashers)


    5. Hadley Morgan, England, £900
    6. Lee Cocker, England, £800
    7. Heidi Thorstensen, Norway, £700
    8. Matthew Miller, England, £600
    9. Bjørn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, £550
    10. Ida Andersson, Sweden, £550
    11. Svein Åke Ek, Norway, £550
    12. Richard Teece, England, £550
    13. Miles Corney, England, £550
    14. Julius Emil Hopka, Norway, £550
    15. Timmy Fridriksson, Sweden, £550
    16. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, £550
    17. Michael Wood, Gibraltar, £550
    18. Loic Berthonneau, France, £550
    19. Paco Rodriguez, Spain, £450
    20. Julian Petrov, Bulgaria, £450
    21. Darren Cundy, England, £450
    22. Vanessa Garicia, Spain, £450
    23. Nicholas Osborg, Norway, £450
    24. Ruben Orche, Spain, £450
    25. Mathieu Verge, France, £450
    26. Mariana Meteksinova, Bulgaria, £450
    27. Rob Mudge, Spain, £450
    28. Aiden Byrne, Ireland, £450
    29. Ruben Hansen Sælen, Norway, £400
    30. Marina Stefanova, Bulgaria, £400
    31. Teresa Barriopedro, Spain, £400
    32. David Cooper, England, £400
    33. Daniel Alonso, Spain, £400
    34. Graham Coles, Gibraltar, £400
    35. Monica Jimenez, Spain, £400
    36. Stuart Sarter, England, £400
    37. Line Søhagen, Norway, £400

     


    Gibraltar Open 2015 - Round Three Results


    Top 4 advance to the playoffs

     


    Gibraltar Open 2015 - Round Two Results


    Top 8 advance to the third round

     


    Gibraltar Open 2015 - Round One Results


    Top 8 advance to the second round