Palermaa vs. Moor, Penny vs. Brøndsted will battle it out for the 2007 men's and women's European ranking title


    2007 European Rankings

    2007EBT16OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2007WRMPaulMoor_small.jpg With just two events of the 2007 European Bowling Tour remaining, there are only two men and two women left in the race for the men's and women's European ranking crown.

    The men's title will be decided between current leader Osku Palermaa (right), Finland (657 points) and 3-time defending champion Paul Moor (left), England (597). The two-handed Finn holds a comfortable 60 point lead over the English lefty, who has dominated the EBT since the year 2004.

    2007AOKirstenPenny_small.jpg 2007EBT18BrittBrondsted_small.jpg On the women's side, Moor's fellow countrywoman Kirsten Penny (638), left, has a 58-point cushion over Britt Brøndsted, Denmark (580), right, who won the women's rankings in the past three years in addition to her victory in the World Ranking Masters 2003.

    The 5th Columbia 300 Vienna Open was scheduled as the 18th event of the 2007 EBT. As the 14th stop (Danish Open) and the 15th stop (Viernheim Open) have been cancelled, there are currently 16 tournaments in the books.

    Moor and Palermaa did not compete at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, as they were both nominated to represent Europe in the Weber Cup against America by Europe's team captain and Swedish national coach, Tomas Leandersson.

    2007EBT17MartinLarsen_small.jpg 2007EBT17GhislainevanderTol_small.jpg With the final EBT Major in Naples, Italy (maximum 100 ranking points) and the final EBT Challenger in Nuneaton, England (max 50) to go, third-placed Martin Larsen (left), Sweden (492) and Ghislaine van der Tol (right), Netherlands (465), cannot overtake the current leaders even if they would win the rankings of both events and Palermaa and Penny would walk away empty-handed.

    Larsen finished 19th in the men's rankings in Vienna and van der Tol 42nd in the women's rankings, not enough to challenge the leaders.

    The English Open in Nuneaton will conclude the 2007 EBT season as the 21st and final event, the Kungsbacka International, was also cancelled.

    2007EBT18StuartWilliams4_small.jpg 2007EBT17RobertAndersson2_small.jpg Reigning World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams (left), England (374), who rolled two 300 games in Vienna is fourth, mere one point head of Robert Andersson (right), Sweden (373), who also achieved perfection in Vienna.

    Rounding out the top 8 are Pasi Uotila, Finland (337), Yoan Alix, France (301) and 2005 World Ranking Masters champion Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland (284). Alix leaped two spots into seventh place behind a runner-up finish in Vienna.

    2007EBT18DennisEklund_small.jpg Vienna Open champion Dennis Eklund (left), Sweden cracked the top 16 after receiving 100 ranking points for his victory to sit in 13th place with a 183 point total.

    13 of the top 16 women in the EBT rankings competed in the Vienna Open and all cashed ranking points which was more difficult than ever at the tournament drew by far the most women this season: 72.

    12 of the 16 EBT events this season had less than the 50 players who can earn ranking points in each EBT event. The only other events with more than 50 women were the Catalonia Open (60), Brunswick Euro Challenge (53) and the Luxembourg Open (51).

    As even the Brunswick Aalborg International 2005, host of the Women's World Championships in the same year, drew only 70 women, 72 might be the highest number of participants in the history of the EBT.

    2007EBT08MartinaBeckel_small.jpg 2007EBT16RikkeHolmRasmussen_small.jpg Martina Beckel (left), Germany (391), one the three top 16 players who didn't compete (Zara Glover, England, and Krista Pöllänen, Finland, were the others), remained in fourth place with 391 points, with Rikke Holm Rasmussen (right), Denmark, fifth (375).

    Tina Hulsch
    (below, left), Germany (372), leaped from 9th to 6th place after winning the women's rankings in Vienna for the second consecutive year.

    2007EBT18MaiGingeJensen_small.jpg 2007EBT18TinaHulsch2_small.jpg Rounding out the top 8 are Danes Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark (361) and Mai Ginge Jensen (346), right, who was the runner-up in the women's rankings in Vienna.

    The four Danes among the top 8 are targeting to continue their winning streak in the EBT women's rankings. Since the inception in the year 2000, Danish women have won all EBT ranking titles: Kjeldsen (2000, 2003), Bettina Lund (2001, 2002) and Brøndsted (2004-2006).

    The top eight men and the top eight women at the end of the ranking season will qualify for the 2008 World Ranking Masters in Jakarta, Indonesia. In addition, the top 16 men and the top 16 women will qualify for the inaugural EBT Masters in September 2008 in Ankara.

    Top 16 men after Vienna
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 657
    2. Paul Moor, England, 597
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 492
    4. Stuart Williams, England, 374
    5. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 373
    6. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 337
    7. Yoan Alix, France, 301
    8. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 284
    9. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 236
    10. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece, 214
    11. Nikolay Ovchinnikov, Latvia, 212
    12. Petteri Salonen, Finland, 187
    13. Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 183
    14. Dominic Barrett, England, 176
    15. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 171
    16. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 165

    Top 16 women after Vienna
    1. Kirsten Penny, England, 638
    2. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 580
    3. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 465
    4. Martina Beckel, Germany, 391
    5. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 375
    6. Tina Hulsch, Germany, 372
    7. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 361
    8. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 346
    9. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 330
    10. Zara Glover, England, 276
    11. Priscilla Maaswinkel, Netherlands, 262
    12. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 260
    13. Piritta Kantola, Finland, 252
    14. Ivonne Gross, Austria, 230
    15. Lotte Pedersen, Denmark, 213
    16. Reija Lundén, Finland, 208

    Men's rankings after 18 events

    Women's rankings after 18 events