Norway takes the lead in Team event at 2007 Men's European Championships


    2007 Men's European Championships

    Sandbaekken rolls third 300 game of the championships

     Mads Sandbaekken, Per Kristian Eide, Svein Roger Olsen, Lasse Ingebrigtsen and Petter Hansen rolled games of 1121, 1079 and 1149 in Squad 1 to overtake the lead in the 2007 Men's European Championships Team event after three games on short oil (35 ft.) with 3349 pinfall total and an average of 223.27.
    L-R Team manager Erik Garder, Eide, Sandbaekken, Hansen, Olsen, Ingebrigtsen and coach Mats Karlsson. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2007MECTeamMadsSandbaekken300.jpg Ingebrigtsen led the team with 748 (257, 247, 244) and an average of 249.33. World Youth Masters champion Sandbaekken (pictured right) closed out his 677 set with the third 300 game of the championships. Hansen had 645, Olsen 644 and Eide added 635.

    Trailing Norway by 83 pins to sit in second place is Sweden, always a force to reckon with in the five-player team event. Magnus Andersson, Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund, Tobias Karlsson and Martin Larsen had games totaled 3266 pins (217.73) including games of 1095, 1066 and 1105.

    2007MECRobertAnderssonMartinLarsen.jpg Andersson and Larsen (l-r), who won the silver medal in Doubles earlier this week, were members of the Swedish team that won the Team gold at the 2003 World Championships in Malaysia.

    Mere 23 pins behind the Swedes were the Greek players, Dimitrios Karetsos, Leonidas Maragkos, Nikolaos Boufesis, Stavros Parasakis and Evangelos Krizinis, who checked in with 3243 pinfall total and an average of 216.30.

    2007RBT05VaggelisKrizinis_small.jpg Krizinis (right) targets to win his second gold medal in a European Championships in 2007 as he was a member of the Greek Youth National Team that has won the team title at the 2007 European Youth Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    2007MECJesperAgerboBoWintherPedersen.jpg Denmark targets to win its third medal in as many event in the championships. Doubles bronze medallists Jesper Agerbo and Bo Winther Pedersen (l-r), who also won the bronze in Trios with Thomas Larsen, teamed with Larsen, Frederik Ohrgaard and Jimmy Mortensen to take the fourth place with 3101 and an average of 206.73.

    2007MECTriosGoldandBronzeFinland.jpg After winning the gold and bronze medal in the Trios event on Friday, Finns Jari Ratia, Joonas Jehkinen, Kimmo Lehtonen, Osku Palermaa, Timo Alho and Petteri Salonen will take on the lanes at Plus Bowling in Vienna in the second squad.

    The five-player teams were divided into two squads to bowl three games on short oil (35 ft.) on Saturday and three games on long oil (45 ft.) on Sunday.

    The top 4 four teams after six games - three on short and three on long oil - will advance to the semi-finals starting at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

    The No. 1 seed will bowl the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 will take on the No. 3. The winners advance to the title match and the losers will share the bronze medal. All matches will be one-game matches, the higher seed in any match will choose the lane condition (short or long oil) to play on.

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