Denmark starts Women's European Championships with Gold and Silver in Doubles event


    2006 WEC

    Dream-Bowl in Böblingen, Germany (Aug. 24 - Sept. 3, 2006)

    2006WECDoublesJensenSisters.jpg The Doubles final at the Women's European Championships was an all-Danish affair with sisters Mai and Anja Ginge Jensen (pictured) defeating Britt Bröndsted and Kamilla Kjeldsen, 421-407, to win the gold medal.

    For the first time in the history of the European Championships, the medals in the Doubles event were decided in a shootout final of the top 4 teams. The Jensen sisters posted a 5205 12-game total (six games each on short and long oil) to earn the No. 1 seed for the finals with an average 216,88.

    They defeated fourth-seeded Katie Jowsey/Fiona Banks, England, in the opening match, 383-365. In the other semi-final Reija Lunden/Piritta Kantola, Finland, seeded second, fell victim to the European ranking champions Bröndsted (2004, 2005) and Kjeldsen (2000, 2003), 453-380.

    Bröndsted/Kjeldsen received the silver medal, while Lunden/Kantola and Jowsey/Banks shared the Bronze medal. Former World Games champion Patricia Schwarz rolled the first 300 game of the championships in the third game of Squad 2, but had to settle for 13th place with current World Doubles Champion Tanya Petty.

    Picture courtesy of Eric Hayton.

    2006 Women's European Championships - Doubles event

    Championship Round:
    1. Mai Ginge Jensen/Anja Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 804 (2 games)
    2. Britt Bröndsted/Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 860 (2 games)
    3. Reija Lunden/Piritta Kantola, Finland, 380 (1 game)
    (tie) Katie Jowsey/Fiona Banks, England, 365 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match 1: #1 Jensen/Jensen def. #4 Jowsey/Banks, 383-365
    Semi-final Match 2: #3 Bröndsted/Kjeldsen def. #2 Lunden/Kantola, 453-380
    Championship Match: #1 Jensen/Jensen def. #3 Bröndsted/Kjeldsen, 421-407

    Finns Strömberg/Mäkelä lead Doubles event at halftime


    2006WECLogo.jpgJaana Strömberg and Minna Mäkelä of Finland led the Doubles event at the Women's European Championships after the first of two six-game blocks on short oil with 2621 pinfall total and an average of 218,42.

    The Finns had a high game of 522 including a 290 by Mäkelä and despite finishing with a 363 low game, the duo had a 35-pin cushion over Danish sisters Mai and Anja Ginge Jensen, who were in second place with 2586 (215,50).

    Their teammates, Britt Bröndsted and Kamilla Kjeldsen, both two-time European ranking champions, posted a huge 527-score (Britt 247, Kamilla 280) in the sixth game of Squad 3 to propel them to third place with 2582 total.

    Swedes Anna Mattsson-Baard and Helen Johnsson were close behind in fourth place with 2570. Johnson had games of 226, 234, 232, 237, 221 and 218 for the field-best 1368 series, an average of 228,00.

    Fifth place belonged to another Finnish duo, Reija Lunden and Piritta Kantola, who checked in with 2561 (213,42). Four more teams cracked the 2500-bar. French Marylin Planchard and Isabelle Saldjian sit in sixth place with 2557, with Swedes Christel Carlsson and Nina Flack mere one pin behind in seventh. Next were Dutch duos Marieke De Jong/Ghislaine van der Tol and Priscilla Maaswinkel/Jolanda Visser with 2534 and 2505, resp.

    The Doubles event will conclude on Monday with another six-game block on the long oil pattern. The top 4 duos after 12 games will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in one-game shoot-out matches. The semi-finals (No. 1 vs. No. 4, No. 2 vs. No. 3) will start on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. The winners advance to the finals to bowl for the title, while the higher seed of the semi-final losers receives the bronze medal.