Øien and Reviglio win 30th European Champions Cup


    2007 ECC

    Foetz, Luxembourg (September 17-23, 2007)

     Ingunn Øien, Norway and Marco Reviglio, Italy won the women's and men's titles in the 30th European Champions Cup sponsored by Ebonite. Both players led the field from 40 countries after 24 games qualifying to earn the No. 1 seed for the 8-player match play finals in best-of-three games format.
    Picture courtesy of Beat Grauwiler. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Øien swept Sue Abela, Malta, seeded 8th in the quarterfinal, then weathered a strong charge by Austrian Patricia Klug to advance to the title match against Therese Forsell. The Swede, seeded fourth, swept her opponents in the quarterfinal and semi-final, No. 5 Bente Gravdal, Denmark and No. 3 Isabelle Saldjian, France, 2-0.

     Øien made quick work in the title match to earn the gold medal with a 2-0 victory behind games of 245-182 and 223-192.

    The picture shows Ingunn Øien and coach Peter Engström. Picture courtesy of NBF. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    On the men's side, top-seeded Reviglio ousted #8 Takis Karetsos, Greece, 2-1, and #7 Petteri Salonen, Finland to bowl Thomas Gross for the title. Gross, seeded third, eliminated Paul Stott, Ireland, 2-0 and Roger Öberg, Sweden, 2-1, in the semi-final.

    Reviglio posted two big scores in the final to sweep gross, 2-0, and to capture the gold medal with 244-235 and 235-203.

    Austria and Sweden won two medals, one silver and one bronze medal each.

    2007 ECC - Men's Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Marco Reviglio, Italy
    2. Thomas Gross, Austria
    3. Roger Öberg, Sweden and Petteri Salonen, Finland

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match #1: Reviglio def. Salonen, 2-1
    215-199, 194-196, 227-179
    Semi-final Match #2: Gross def. Öberg, 2-1
    204-179, 172-179, 217-189
    Title Match: Reviglio def. Gross, 2-0
    244-235, 235-203.

    2007 ECC - Women's Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. Ingunn Øien, Norway
    2. Therese Forsell, Sweden
    3. Patricia Klug, Austria and Isabelle Saldjian, France

    Playoff Results:
    Semi-final Match #1: Øien def. Klug, 2-1
    169-192, 186-165, 235-193
    Semi-final Match #2: Forsell def. Saldjian, 2-0
    237-193, 193-67
    Title Match: Øien def. Forsell, 2-0
    245-182, 223-192.br>