Finland defeats Sweden to win the gold medal in Trios at Europeans Championships


    2015 MEC

    Israel and Germany share the bronze medal; Dane Frederik Øhrgaard continues to lead in All-Events after 18 of 24 games



    Kimmo Lehtonen, Joonas Jehkinen and Osku Palermaa (pictured above, l-r) of Finland defeated Sweden's Daniel Fransson, Magnus Johnson Jr. and Jesper Svensson, 636-555, in the championship match of the Trios event to win the first gold medal for Finland at the 2015 Men's European Championships in Aalborg.

    The Finns led the 60 trios after six games preliminaries with 3889 pinfall total, an average of 216.06, to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. Two-hander Palermaa led the way with 1364 and lefties Lehtonen and Jehkinen added 1264 and 1261.

    2015MECAndreasGrippMarcoBaadeTobiasBording.jpgThe Finns met Andreas Gripp, Marco Baade and Tobias Börding (left, l-.r) of Germany in the semifinals, who finished the preliminaries with a big 681 game to help grab the No. 4 seed with 3768 (209.33).

    Baade (234), Gripp (233) and Börding (227) improved by 13 pins in a high-scoring semifinal match, yet fell to Palermaa (246), Lehtonen (238) and Jehkinen (214) by four pins, 698-694.

    2015MECOmerNechushtanAvivAlfitalOrAviram.jpgThe semifinal match between Sweden and Israel's Omer Nechushtan, Aviv Alfital and Or Aviram (right, l-r) was similar closer as Johnson (234), Fransson (223) and two-handed European Bowling Tour point ranking leader Svensson (185) prevailed by five pins against Nechushtan (242), Alfital (201) and Aviram (194), 642-637.

    2015MECDanielFranssonMagnusJohnsonJesperSvensson.jpgThe gold medal match was in sharp contrast to the nail-biting semifinal contest. Lehtonen (244) led the experienced Finnish trio with a big 244 game while Jehkinen and Palermaa contributed 2014 and 188, respectively, to cruise to the title their young opponents from Sweden had games between 192 and 171.

    Sweden (L-R Fransson, Johnson and Svensson) earned silver while Germany and Israel shared the bronze medal.

    2015SinaiOpenFrederikOhrgaard2.jpgWith 18 of 24 games of preliminaries completed, Doubles gold medalist Frederik Øhrgaard (right) of Denmark widened his lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) to 77 pins with 3996 total and an overall average of 222.00.

    2015MECThomasLarsen3.jpgBörding remained in second place with 3919 (217.72). Singles champion Thomas Larsen (left) of Denmark leaped from 15th to third place with 3900 (216.67) and is followed by Lehtonen and Palermaa in fourth and fifth place with 3871 and 3870, respectively.

    Actions shifts to the five-player Team event on Thursday and Friday, June 11 & 12, which also will decided the medals in All-Events and the 24 players who will advance to the Masters finals.

    The 185-player field will be split into two squads who roll the first three games of preliminaries Thursday starting at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The highest positioned teams from will be seeded in Squad B starting at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, while the rest of the teams and all players from the countries who haven't sent a full team will be seeded in Squad A slated for 8 a.m. The top 4 teams will advance to the playoffs starting Friday at 7 p.m.

    2015MECLogo.jpg The 6th Men's European Championships will be held from June 3-14, 2015, at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark. 185 players from 32 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters.

    Competition got underway Friday, June 5, with the Singles preliminaries and concludes on Saturday, June 13, with the Masters finals.

    For the complete information on the 2015 MEC please download the Bulletin (MS doc).

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

    The 2015 MEC will be played on a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 28.5 mL volume oil total. View also the Kegel LaneMap™ Guide about Lovvang Bowling Center.

    Real action began on June 5 & 6 with the Singles preliminaries, semi-finals and final. The Doubles event will be held June 7 & 8, the Trios event takes place June 9 & 10 and is followed by the Team event June 11 & 12.

    Medals will also be given in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams preliminaries). The top 24 players in All-Events will advance to the Masters finals in best-of-three games single-elimination match play format, which will conclude the championships on Saturday, June 13.

    Photos courtesy of DBU.


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    2015 Men's European Championships - Trios Playoffs

    2015MECKimmoLehtonenJoonasJehkinenOskuPalermaa.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Finland (Joonas Jehkinen, Osku Palermaa, Kimmo Lehtonen), 1334 (2 games)
    2. Sweden (Daniel Fransson, Magnus Johnson Jr., Jesper Svensson), 1197 (2 games)
    3. Israel (Or Aviram, Omer Nechushtan, Aviv Alfital), 637 (1 game), and
    Germany (Tobias Börding, Andreas Gripp, Marco Baade), 694 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Palermaa (246), Jehkinen (214), Lehtonen (238) def.
    No. 4 Baade (234), Börding (227), Gripp (233), 698-694
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Svensson (185), Fransson (223), Johnson (234) def.
    No. 3 Aviram (194), Alfital (201), Nechushtan (242), 642-637
    Championship Match: Palermaa (188), Jehkinen (204), Lehtonen (244) def.
    Svensson (192), Fransson (192), Johnson (171), 636-555.


    2015 Men's European Championships - Trios Preliminaries

    Top 4 advance to the playoffs.


    2015 Men's European Championships - All-Events Standings after 3/4 events

    Top 3 after 24 games (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Teams preliminaries) will receive the medals in All-Events; top 24 will advance to Masters match play.