Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Finland to bowl for Trios title at Men's European Championships


    2011 MEC

    Doubles and Trios finals to be contested after first block of Team event on Thursday

    2011MECVansteenbruggeMaggiLeroy.jpgGlenn Vansteenbrugge, Mats Maggi and Olivier Leroy of Belgium (pictured left, l-r) posted a 3888 six-game total and averaged 216 Wednesday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the Trios finals at the Men's European Championships.

    2011MECLousdalAgerboLarsen.jpgThe Belgians totaled 1906 for three games on short oil (good for fifth place) and added the field-best 1982 series on the long oil condition to finish atop the leaderboard of 65 trios from 33 countries. Maggi led the team with 1377 and was followed by Leroy with 1343 while Vansteenbrugge contributed 1168.

    Short-oil leader Denmark with Anders Lousdal, Jesper Agerbo and Thomas Larsen (pictured above right, l-r) had the highest three-game series of the day on the short pattern with 2015 223.89 average) and added 1854 on long oil to finish the preliminaries in second place with 3869 (214.94), just 19 pins short off the lead.

    2011MECPedersenRudshagenEk.jpg2011MECLehtonenRatiaJussila.jpg In the semifinals the Danes will meet Norwegians Glenn Morten Pedersen, Björn Einar Rudshagen and Svein Ake Ek (pictured left, l-r) , who landed in third place with 3840. The trio had 1902 on short and 1938 on long oil. Rudshagen led all 198 players from 34 countries Wednesday with 1407 six-game series and an average of 234.50. Norway is the sole country which is represented in both the Doubles and Trios finals.

    Finland's Kimmo Lehtonen, Jari Ratia and Perttu Jussila (pictured right, l-r) closed out their day with a huge 673 game to help grab the fourth and last place for the finals with 3828 (212.67). The Finns will take on the top seeded Belgians in the other semifinal match.

    2011MECLarsenAnderssonWahlgren.jpg2011MECJahiPalermaaSalonen.jpgMartin Larsen, Robert Andersson and Karl Wahlgren of Sweden (pictured left, l-r) and Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jähi and Osku Palermaa of Finland, who were in second and third place after the first block slipped out of the top 4 in the second block to finish in fifth and sixth place with 3795 and 3771, respectively.

    Romanians Alexandru Tariceanu, Romeo Gagenoiu and Ion Fatu started the day with a sub-par 1762 series but rebounded with the second-highest 1947 block on long oil to jump into 11th place with 3709.

    2011MECMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersen.jpgNorway's Mads Sandbækken (pictured left with Tore Torgersen, right) maintained his lead in All Events (combined results in Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) after 18 of 24 games despite a 1208 series Wednesday. Sandbækken, who will bowl together with Tore Torgersen for the Doubles title, toppled 4033 and averaged 224.96.

    Robert Andersson, Sweden, narrowed the gap to 58 pins with 3975 thanks to a 1303 series in Trios. Torgersen leaped into third place with 3963 behind a 1313 series. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, used a 1333 series to move into fourth with 3954 while Martin Paulsson, Sweden (3934) and Joonas Jähi, Finland (3906) slipped three places to fifth and sixth, respectively.

    Players will return on Thursday morning for the first three-game block of the five-player Team event on short oil before the first medals of the 2011 Men's European Championships will be decided in the Doubles and Trios finals in the afternoon.

    2011MECLogo.jpg 198 players from 34 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters. Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and Team six games with the top 4 teams advancing to the finals.

    No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    Photos and results courtesy of Deutsche Bowling Union (DBU).


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    Trios - Standings after 6 games Preliminaries

    First three-game block on short, second block on long oil. The top 4 advance to the finals.

    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Andis Darzins, Latvia, 280
    3 Games: Mats Maggi, Belgium, 751
    6 Games: Björn Einar Rudshagen, Norway, 1407

    Trios High Scores
    1 Game: Jimmy Mortensen/Frederik Øhrgaard/Mik Stampe, Denmark, 706
    3 Games: Thomas Larsen/Anders Lousdal/Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 2015
    6 Games: Mats Maggi/Glenn Vansteenbrugge/Olivier Leroy, Belgium, 3888


    All Events after 18 of 24 games