Norway sets the tone in the first squad of the team event


    2008 MWC

    SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Thailand (August 21-31, 2008)

    2008MWCTeamNorway.jpg Team Norway (pictured left with coach Mats Karlsson) led the first squad of the five-player team event in the Men's World Championships 2008 Tuesday morning at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwongwan in Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand.

    The Norwegians posted a 3198 3-game total, an average of 213.20, on the 43-feet long oil pattern what must be one of the toughest patterns ever in the 54-year history of WTBA World Championships.

    Former PBA exempt bowler Tore Torgersen led the team and the entire squad with 692. Per Kristian Eide had 662, Glenn Morten Pedersen 655, Petter Hansen 597 and Mads Sandbækken 592.

    2008MWCTeamUSA2.jpg Finland moved into second place with 3046 with England in third with 3027. Rounding out the top five teams is the United States (pictured right) and Korea, who are tied for fourth at 3010.

    2007-08 PBA Rookie of the Year, Rhino Page, one of the hottest players on the PBA Tour, bowled in one of the Make Up Teams for his All Events total. The gold medalist in Doubles, the best Team USA player on short oil, will be back on the team for the second block on Wednesday. The lefty will replace 44-time PBA champion Williams, who had not a good look at all on the short pattern.

    2008MWCTeamCanada.jpgOnly these five teams cracked the 3000-pin bar which is a 200 average based on individual games.

    China is sixth with 2987. Multiple Team World Champion Sweden is seventh with 2964 followed by Canada (pictured left) in eighth with 2952 and Australia in ninth with 2951. Rounding out the top ten is Denmark with 2937.

    Only the top four teams after the preliminaries advance to the semifinals on Wednesday evening. In the semis, the No. 1 seed will meet No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in one-game matches with the winners meeting in the one-game title match immediately following. The semifinal losers will each receive bronze medals. The higher seeded team will choose the oil pattern, short or long, for the respective matches.

    Like the finals of the Doubles and Trios competition, the semifinals and finals of the Team event will be broadcasted live on national TV, which can be seen also in some neighbor countries.

    Squad 1 Results (3 games on long oil)

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