English girls come from behind to win Trios gold at European Championships


    2010 WEC

    England's Hayley White atop the leaderboard in All Events

    2010WECTriosEngland.jpgEngland's Lisa John, Nicki Ainge and Hayley White (front row, l-r, with head coach Chris Buck, right, and assistant coach Jon Zadel) came from behind to win the Trio title in the 3rd Women's European Championships Wednesday at Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga, Latvia.

    Starting the second day of the preliminaries in 9th place, the English trio fired the highest 3-game series on long oil (2046, 227.33 average) to grab the fourth and final spot for the playoffs and went on to defeat the No. 1 and No. 2 seed to claim the gold medal.

    2010WECTriosNetherlands.jpgIn the opening match, England stunned Denmark's Kamilla Kjeldsen, Mai Ginge Jensen and Rikke Holm Rasmussen, who led the preliminaries averaging 223.83 over six games, when they eliminated the Danes, 676-609.

    Meanwhile Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten, Ghislane van der Tol and Priscilla Maaswinkel (r-l), seeded second, eliminated No. 3 seed Finland with Hannele Impola, Piritta Kantola and Krista Pöllänen, 678-630, to bowl England for the gold medal.

     2008 European Bowling Tour ranking champion Ainge (248), John (192) and White (234) almost matched the score from the semifinal to beat Breeschoten (192), Van der Tol (211) and Maaswinkel (244), 674-647.

    The Dutch girls had to settle for the silver medal and Denmark and Finland shared the bronze.

    L-R Netherlands, England, Denmark and Finland. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Players will return on Thursday and Friday for the five-player team event which will also decide the medals in All Events and the players, who will advance to the Masters finals (top 24 in All Events).

    With 18 out of 24 games in the books, England's Hayley White leads the field of 112 players from 23 countries with 4139 pinfall total and an average of 229,94. Krista Pöllänen, Finland, is 35 pins behind in second place at 4104 with Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, in third at 4063.


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    3rd Women's European Championships 2010 - Trios Finals

    Championship Round:
    1. England (Nicki Ainge/Lisa John/Hayley White)
    2. Netherlands (Lisanne Breeschoten/Ghislane van der Tol/Priscilla Maaswinkel)
    3. Denmark (Kamilla Kjeldsen/Mai Ginge Jensen/Rikke Holm Rasmussen)
    (tie) Finland (Hannele Impola/Piritta Kantola/Krista Pöllänen)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #4 England (Nicki Ainge 195/Lisa John 223/Hayley White 258) def.
    #1 Denmark (Kamilla Kjeldsen 181/Mai Ginge Jensen 202/Rikke Holm Rasmussen 226), 676-609
    Semifinal Match 2: #2 Netherlands (Lisanne Breeschoten 220/Ghislane van der Tol 234/Priscilla Maaswinkel 224) def.
    #3 Finland (Hannele Impola 198/Piritta Kantola 246/Krista Pöllänen 186), 678-630
    Championship: England (Nicki Ainge 248/Lisa John 192/Hayley White 234) def.
    Netherlands (Lisanne Breeschoten 192/Ghislane van der Tol 211/Priscilla Maaswinkel 244), 674-647.


    Trios - Standings after preliminaries

    6 games, first block of three games on short oil, the second block on long oil. The top 4 advance to the playoffs.

    Team High Game/High Series:
    1 Game: 731 - Kamilla Kjeldsen/Mai Ginge Jensen/Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark
    3 Games: 2099 - Nicki Ainge/Lisa John/Hayley White, England
    6 Games: 4029 - Nicki Ainge/Lisa John/Hayley White, England

    Individual High Game/High Series:
    1 Game: 268 - Lisa Kabowski, Germany; Mari Nurmilo, Finland
    3 Games: 754 - Hayley White, England
    6 Games: 1394 - Piritta Kantola, Finland


    All Events after 18 of 24 games