Dutch girls average almost 230 to lead WEC Team event at halftime


    2010 WEC

    Hayley White continues to lead in All Events after 21/24 games

    2010WECLogo.jpg The five-player team from the Netherlands got off to a blistering start as Wendy Kok, Lisanne Breeschoten, Ghislane van der Tol, Bianca Wiekeraad and Priscilla Maaswinkel tallied a 3436 series on short oil to lead the Team event at the Women's European Championships after 3 of 6 games with a 229.07 average.

    The Dutch girls had games of 1182, 1046 and 1208, the highest game of all 16 countries. Kok led the team with a huge 789 series (268, 287, 234), Breeschoten contributed 697 including a 299 game, Van der Tol added 658, Wiekeraad 656 and Maaswinkel 636.

    Sweden, however, was mere 26 pins behind in second place with 3410 and an average of 227.33. Sandra Andersson (701), Nina Flack (676), Helen Johnsson (662), Rebecka Larsen (711) and Joline Persson Planefors (660) had games of 1179, 1098 and 1133.

    Third place belonged to Denmark with Britt Br√łndsted (590), Kamilla Kjeldsen (717), Mai Ginge Jensen (699), Anja Ginge Jensen (605) and Rikke Holm Rasmussen (701), who checked in with 3312 and an average of 220.80.

    Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the playoffs after another 3-game block on long oil on Friday, was Germany (3297/219.80 avg.) with Tina Hulsch (659), Lisa Kabowski (620), Birgit Pöppler (611), Vanessa Timter (726) and Tanya Cuva (681).

    Trios gold medalist England is just nine pins behind the Germans in fifth place with 3288 (219.20) while six-placed Finland is already 219 pins off the pace for the playoffs with 3078 (205.20).

    All 16 teams will return to Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga on Friday for the second 3-game block on long oil. The top 4 trios after 6 games will advance to the playoffs. In the semifinals the No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 and the No. 2 seed takes on No. 3. The winners will battle it out for the gold medal while the two semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.

    With those three games to go , England's Hayley White continued to lead the field of 112 players from 23 countries in All Events with 4785 pinfall total and an average of 227.86. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, leaped one spot into second place with 4764 while her team mate Mai Ginge Jensen and Krista Pöllänen, Finland, are tied for third place at 4741.


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