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SUSPENSE SUNDAY

Good morning! All bright-eyed and bushey-tailed? Then let’s get set for a day of drama, fortunes good and bad and tonight a new Brunswick Italia Challenge champion. The finals roll-off this morning with the first stage featuring those qualifiers in positions 9-52, playing four games. The top 24  will qualify for stage two. Sweden’s Sandra [...]

Good morning!

All bright-eyed and bushey-tailed?

Then let’s get set for a day of drama, fortunes good and bad and tonight a new Brunswick Italia Challenge champion.

The finals roll-off this morning with the first stage featuring those qualifiers in positions 9-52, playing four games. The top 24  will qualify for stage two.

Sweden’s Sandra Andersson hit 255 as an opener to set the pace and second place has Perttu Jussila from Finland 20 pins back. That 235 is shared by Janine Gabel of Germany.

How we envy those top eight qualifiers as they do not join the action until round three, thereby having the luxury of a lie in this morning.

Never mind, the early risers are not doing too badly. Italy now rules the roost as Massimo Pirozzi backs up his initial 213 with 255 to lead the field with 468. Andersson’s 210 now has 465 and third is American Ed Smaglik on 454. His second game was 258.

It is girl power once againas Janine Gabel from Germany rolled a 273 to total 700 over the first three games and England’s Paul Moor, champion of the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in Spain last week, hit 256 to have 696.Third place to reward a qualifier from last night’s Desperado squad, Italy’s Amedeo Spada, 263/693.

One game to go before the field is cut to 24 for stage two and the current cut is 611. On the wrong side of that dreaded red line are some well-known names. Ildemaro Ruiz, all the way from Venezuela; Pergamon team captain Martin Larsen, Jenny Wegner, Dennis Eklund, last night’s final squad winner David Canady and Mathieu Berges are all in the danger zone.

The final game of this stage brought the second perfect game of the tournament as Alejandro Reyna, from Costa Rica, hit 300 and a great score of 927. we’re not sure whether he is based in

Alejandro Reyna

Alejandro Reyna

Europe or has made the trip across the Atlantic. Anyway, the entry to Asti has been worthwhile as he tops the squad.

Reyna, 32, from San Jose, Costa Rica, works for his family container shipping company. He has 300s in three countres, 15 in total.

“I ended the fourth game with five strikes so my confidence was improving,” he told us, “so it was great to contiune striking and bowl a perfect game.”

Robert Andersson from Sweden takes second place with 915 after a 224 finish and Paul Moor’s 911 sees him third.

The cut came at 823 and many famous names bite the dust. However, after a final game of 233, Martin Larsen climbed over the red line and lives to fight another squad.

The valiant 24 return to the lanes in a short while, scheduled for 11:00, to roll four more games. Fifty per cent of this pinfall is carried forward. The top eight will advance where they will be joined by the elite eight qualifiers from yesterday.

FINAL STAGE 2

Paul Moor is leader after the first game of stage two, rolling a 237 to add to his brought forward 456 from stage one and now on 692.

Moor has a four-pin buffer over Amedeo Spada. The Italian opened this squad with 246 to add to his previous 442 for 688. Third comes American Ed Smaglik, 247/437/684.

Giannis Stathatos from Greece sits on the cut to eighth place with a grand total of 660.

Coming down to the nitty-gritty now as just two games to go before this field drops to the eight leaders and they go forward to join the elite eight.

Moor consolidates his lead after a 244 second game so now has 936. Smaglik keeps on course and holds second place, 238/922 and Janine Gabel comes up into third, 245/910. That series is equalled by early 300 man Davide Spagnoli. He hit 237 in this second game.

Robert Andersson of Sweden who bowled so well in the last round now sits on the cut at 882.

Dancing in the streets of Asti as Italy’s Davide Spagnoli ties for the lead with Smaglik on 1130. The Italian rolled 223 for his third game and the American 210. Janine Gabel is still hanging in there and a 201 takes her to 1110.

Robert Andersson, one of many in this event with that surname, still sits on the cut, a precarious position going into the final game with 1010.

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Paul Moor

Paul Moor’s current ambition is to make the Brunswick Madrid Challenge and Brunswick Italia Challenge titles and he is on course to do just that, heading the table with 1318 after a final game of 212. Robert Andersson is second, 1314 and Ida Andersson third, 1312. Both from Sweden of course. Italian Spagnoli slots into fourth, also on 1312, then Janine Gabel is the second woman to beat the cut with 1310. Ed Smaglik keeps the American hopes alive in sixth, 1308 and Costa Rican Alejandro Reyna holds seventh, 1306. 1284 is the cut and squeezing into that is Alessandro Del Carmine from Italy.

“The lanes were drier today for me than during qualifying,” remarked Moor. “Although I made good shots I did not always get the carry.  In hindsight, I’m happy I have played the two steps and know what to do in later rounds compared to entering in step 3 as it could have been if I had qualifiedin the top eight.”

There is a break now until 15:00 local time. Then the action will continue with stage three, part one, where the players are seeded into four groups of four.

Group 1: Salonen, Talpa, Spagnoli, Del Carmine.

Group 2: Williams, Larsen, Ida Andersson, Reyna.

Group 3: Barrett, Kovanen, Robert Andersson, Smaglik

Group 4: Jensen, Alix, Moor, Gabel.

The groups will play two games, then the lowest score in each group will drop.

FINAL 3

An outstanding finale with ten nations still in the hunt for fame and fortune.

Now it is total pinfall over just two games and be higher than the lowest score in your group.

A sad farewell to four players, one from each group. The big shok is that Paul Moor, the Brunswick Madrid Challenge champion last week is the low man in group four so departs from the battle.

In group one, local bowler Alesdandro Del Carmine is ousted and Ida Andersson suffers at the hands of her opponents to depart. Group 3 saw a great comeback byDominic Barrett after being in the doldrums in the first game. A 270 brought him back into the frame and it was Nina Kovanen who left the scene.

Group four and with Mai Ginge Jensen on the roster you know they are going to be slow but when the dust of battle had settled it was her that was ‘high man’ and Moor became the departed.

The groups now consist of three players each and they will continue the conflict with another two games, once again the low score to leave the scene.

Group 1: Salonen 437; Talpa 386; Spagnoli 435; Del Carmine 349.

Group 2: Williams 463; Larsen 419; Andersson 364; Reyna 410.

Group 3: Barrett 463; Kovanen 416; Andersson 467; Smaglik 459.

Group 4: Jensen 446; Alix 411; Moor 385; Gabel 423.

Round two and the plot thickens. Oh so slow group four were four frames behind the other groups at the end of the first game despite most of their shots being strikes, therefore only having to walk up the approach once.

The quartet departing from this second round includes a shock defeat for PBA titlist Dominic Barrett, packing his bags along with Davide Spagnoli, Thomas Larsenand Janine Gabel.

A bonus came with the third perfect game of this 2013 tournament when Yoan Alix of France bowled his 300 on lanes 9/10.

The format now is a further two games for the two survivors in each group and then the group winners will advance to a three game round robin.

Group 1: Salonen 444; Talpa 411 ;Spagnoli 357.

Group 2: Williams 408; Larsen 364; Reyna 386.

Group 3: Barrett 398; Andersson 435; Smaglik 429.

Group 4: Jensen 471; Alix 560; Gabel 390.

Now we aredown to the last fourand those contain four different nations: Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Sweden and France, so three chances out of four that the title will come to Europe for the first time.

It seems that Yoan Alixis the man to watch as his form this afternoon has been just incredible – formidable as his countryfolk would say. As well as his earlier perfect game he ousted Mai Ginge Jensen 270-255 in this round, although the Danish dentist extracted a 287 final game in a desperate attempt to win.

Surprises galore, especially with the humbling of Stuart Williams by Alejandro Reyna. Williams’ high game in this last set was just 164.

Petteri Salonen fell victim to young 19-year-old Marek Talpa and Swedish Team Pergamon mainstay Robert Andersson had a convincing win over American Ed Smaglik.#

Group 1: Salonen 449; Talpa 466.

Group 2: Williams 321: Reyna 399.

Group 3: Andersson 474: Smaglik 423.

Group 4: Jensen 497; Alix 505.

Now the format switches to the round robin final, three games head to head with bonus points for games won.

Game 3:

Reyna 246 + 20 = 266 G2 172 = 438 201 = 639

Alix 200 + 20 = 220 G2 176+20 = 416 G3  158 = 574

Talpa 208                G2 255 + 30 = 493 G3 232 + 20 = 745

Andersson 183 G2 225 =408 G3 238 + 20 = 666

Marek Talpa 2013 Champion

Marek Talpa
2013 Champion

So it is congratulations to 19-year-old Marek Talpa from the Czech Republic on winning the 2013

Brunswick Italia Challenge, the first time he has made the final of a European Bowling Tour final.

“This means so much,” said a mightily pleased Czech. “It is what I have been working for all my bowling life and it is hard to take in. I have San Marino next so I hope I can keep this form going.”

Second place goes to arguably the tournament favourite, Robert Andersson of Sweden, and Alejandro Reyna from Costa Rica has to be content with third place..

The big surprise was the fall from form of Yon Alix. After bowling over a 250 average in the earlier rounds he never figured out lanes 11/12 and so finishes fourth.

winner marek and runners up

(L to R) Robert Andersson, Marek Talpa, Alejandro Reyna and Yoan Alix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCINTILLATING SATURDAY

Not much snoozing time for the dedicated tournament staff at the Red & Black bowling centre in Asti, especially Pat Mitchell’s lane crew who must have beaten the cock’s crow around dawn to get the conditions right for the 35 early risers on the first squad, hitting the lanes at 9:00. It is Ladies’ Day [...]

Not much snoozing time for the dedicated tournament staff at the Red & Black bowling centre in Asti, especially Pat Mitchell’s lane crew who must have beaten the cock’s crow around dawn to get the conditions right for the 35 early risers on the first squad, hitting the lanes at 9:00.

It is Ladies’ Day at Wimbledon today with the tennis finals reaching a peak of excitement and we could have a BIC Ladies’ Day here in Asti as the top stars of women’s European bowling with a host of world and zone gold medals boost this opening squad.

Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen, currently second in the European Bowling Tour (EBT) rankings showed her usual grit and determination by opening her account with 229. Sweden’s Axel Engblom was five pins back on 224 and Daniel Hellmich from Germany holds third with 223.

Also on the squad and yet to shine are the EBT’s ranking leader Joline Persson-Planefors from Sweden, Denmark’s Kamilla Kjeldsen, 2012 World Bowling Tour champion Sandra Andersson from Sweden and Janine Gabel from Germany. Certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Jensen ut her foot down on the throttle with a 256 in the second game to be the pathfinder on 485, forging clear of second placed Engblom who bowled 223 to toal 447. Hellmich’s 209 was still enough to hold third 432.

High game of the squad after the first two games is 257 from Sandra Andersson.

One of the drawbacks of Mai Ginge Jensen being on the squad is that she is usually the last to finish, whatever the occasion. The advantage, however, is that she is habitually at the top of the standings.

Jensen was not the last to finish the third game, although she was not far off, even though for many of the frames she had to roll two balls. It looked as though she was going to have a sub-200 game but a strike in the ninth and then three more in the tenth frame brought her a 215, which includes the women’s eight pin bonus of course. So a nice even 700 to carry forward into the second half.

Already a squad winner, Marco Reviglio of Italy took second place in the frame with a 253 and running total of 672 and Hellmich’s 235 for 667 keeps him in third place.

Anze Grabrijan of Slovenia equalled Andersson’s high game of 257 and holds fourth.

Once again a tenth frame strikeout saved Jensen’s bacon and she takes 924 into the fifth game after a 224. But the focus was on Reviglio, once again on fire and his game of 254 takes him to the top of the table with 926, demoting Jensen to the runner-up spot on 924 after a fourth game of 224.

A fourth game of 266 by Alejandro Reyna, all the way from Costa Rica, brought him up into third place with 872 and Grabrijan’s previous 257 was followed by 205 for 846 and fourth spot in the squad standings.

At this time it is worth looking at the targets: 1448 for the tournament lead and 1378 necessary to get into the elite top eight and thereby get two byes into tomorrow’s finals.

To be on the path at this stage, for the tournament lead 968 is par and Reviglio is 42 pins short of that, but 916 helps towards a place in that octet. Both Reviglio and Jensen are on course for that. After the fifth game the targets are 1210 and 1145 respectively.

Onward marched Reviglio with a 247 and gross 1173, so still on course to be in the top eight. His previous best series is 1352 and that currently holds eleventh place.

Jensen, too is on the way. After a string of seven strikes an unconverted 7-split in the tenth frame brought her score back to 231 but she carries forward 1155.

Our Costa Rican friend, Reyna, is way back in third on 1073, having a minor 201 in the fifth and Engblom is hanging in there in fourth with 1072 after a 258.

For a while alternating nine-spares and strikes and then dropping to an eight-spare brought

Mai Ginge Jensen

Mai Ginge Jensen

Reviglio a lowly 206 final game and a total score of 1379 which is enough to give him a top eight spot. But, of course, there are still three squads to roll.

However, that is second place on the squad as Mai Ginge Jensen rocketed back to the top with the grand finish of 277, which included a string of eight strikes, and incredible 1422 overall, certainly justifying our claim for it to be a ‘ladies day’. Jensen, 29, from Aalborg in Denmark is a dentist so must have a long line of patients wanting to be treated by such a tenpin star.

The squad third place is held by Axel Engblom with 1329 and Alejandro Reyna held on to fourth place on 1321.

Jensen’s 1432 slots her neatly into second place in the overall standings but Reviglio has to be content with ninth place, just ten pins short of placing in the top eight.

The ‘full house’ signs are out for the next squad at 13:00 local time.

13:00 SQUAD

Finland hold the honours of the opening squad with Perttu Jussila setting the pace with 257, one pin better than Italy’s Tommaso Radi. Team Pergamon captain Martin Larsen from Sweden, recently returned from a stint comperting on the PBA Tour in the United States, sets off with 255 and Malin Glendert, also from Sweden, grabs fourth spot with 251. We have hte thought that Glendert is the coach of the Swedish national women’s team but we will have to check on that.

Englishman Paul Moor, champion of the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in Spain last week is still looking for a high finish, starting off this time with 233 and holding tenth position.

The challenging lane condition put down by Brunswick’s Pat Mitchell seems to have been mastered by a few talented players, especially Perttu Jussila who followed his opening 257 with a second game 247 for 504 over the two. Larsen, who started off his account with 255 also fell back a trifle, this time hitting 227 to drop into second place. A new name in the frame for American Adam Ishman. 229 and 247 gives him third and fourth goes to Denmark’s Thomas Larsen, an EBT journeyman, on 476 after his 237.

No prize for the longest name on the roster but if there was it would be taken by Cypriot Evripidas Hajiharalambous. Second prize to brother (maybe father, or son?) Giannis.

Germany’s Janine Gabel took the shine from Jussila’s eyes in the third game by running the strikes for a 279.  Add her eight pin bonus and the 287 takes her to the top of the tree on 734. If she could keep that up it would top the 1447 leading qualifying score. Jussila is not far behind, though. His 223 brings him second place with 727 and Thomas Larsen, no relation to Martin, is Mr consistency with a 248 to add to his 238 and 237 to clinch third, 723.

Not quite making the 700s, England’s Stuart Williams started with a 196 but into the swing of things with following games of 249 and 245 and sits fourth on 690.

Gabel’s 287 is currently the high game of this squad and the playing average for the group is 200.45, and that is good going.

The lead changes again after game four as American Adam Ishman takes over the controls with a 267 game to up his score to 952. He needs another 16 pins at this stage to be in the zone to challenge the 1447 leading qualifying score.

Williams now has the bit berween his teeth and is galloping down the course, his 254 bringing him 944 and second place as Gabel dropped into third after a 191 and has 933.

Larsen, the Thomas variety,  claims fourth after a 205 and has 928. Just four are over 900 at this stage.

Now the end of the penultimate game and Larsen dominates. Bowling 262 he boosts his series to 1190 and is on course to break into the elite eight at the top of the leader board. Williams is still at a steady gallop and another 245 sees him just one pin back of Larsen with 1189.

Jussila revived with 259 and comes back with 1155 as Ishman fell back after a 192 to sit on 1144, one pin from the standard to get into the leading octet.

Janine Gabel is still the leading lady, currently in fifth position on 1138.

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

At first it loooked as though Thomas Larsen would be the victor of Saturday’s second squad to make it a Danish double but Stuart Williams came along the home straight to spoil the party, galloping in with a 251 to complete a six-game series of 1440, just seven pins off the tournament lead but holding second place for tomorrow’s finale. Shame about that opening 194.

Larsen finished with a 228 to total 1419 so moves into the leading octet as fifth and third place on the squad is filled by Jussila with 241 for 1396. A total of 1414 was needed to break into the top eight so Jussila has to be content with ninth for the moment.

17:00 SQUAD

47 on the roster for the penultimate squad, about half being local bowlers, but the focus is on the European star Dominic Barrett, PBA titleist from Colchester, England. He has not fared well in his previous squads and now has the last chance saloon for a shot at the top of the leader board or, at least, a high place in the standings.

Also on the squad, presumably to loosen up for tomwoorow’s finals, is Marek Talpa from the Czech Republic. The 19 year-old won a squad on Thursday and is in the top eight so this squad is practice.

As he wished, Barrett topped the first game standings with 248 so sets off in pursuit of 1448 if he is going to take the tournament lead. Second placed is Maurizio Tiso from Italy on 234 and 228 the score for Switzerland’s Xavier Escoffey in third.

The current cut for the top eight positions and receive byes into round three is 1414 and for the leading 36 1315.

Game two and Barrett didn’t bowl quite as well as he did in the first game, one pin less in fact, so he goes into game three with 248 and 247 for a handsome 495.

Up into second place comes Markus Jens Bergendorff from Denmark, so yet another Danish threat to the standings. Son of Goran, one of the most famous tenpin coaches, the offspring is doing good with 439 over the two games, 202 and 237.

Nikita Timofeeve from Russia holds third place with 437 after games of 214 and 223.

So what did Barrett contribute for his third game? Consistency the watchword as a 246 brought him 741. If he can keep this form it will be enough to take over as frontrunner in the tournament standings as 1448 is needed to take the lead.

Bergendorff holds on to second place with a 220 and 659 total and he is being challenged by Italy’s Amedeo Spada, a well known Italian international on 233 and 646. That series is matched by Timofeev but his 209 game drops him to fourth place.

Top lady in the standings after this halfway stage is Finnish international chamion Krista Pollanen, sitting in sixth place with 637 and a high game of 233.

Now the Barrett saga is getting really interesting. His sterling effort in game four resulted in a 278 way down on lanes one and two, so his aggregate zooms upwards to settle on 1019. A score of 968 was needed to be challenging the 1447 which tops the leader board. Could we be seeing a 1500-plus? That would be nice, except for Petteri Salonen of course.

A total of 916 is the par for the entry into the top eight at this stage and nobody in the lesser positions can beat that, although second placed Talpa is just four pins off the pace. Anyway, Tlpa is already in the top eight but if Bergendorff, currently third, can boost his performance over the last two games he might have a chance.

Bauke Jespers from Belgium is now the top woman on the squad, coming up into fourth behind Bergendorff with a 228 for a 857 total.

Oh dear! We find that Barrett is human after all. His fifth game of 191 brings his pace back a smidgen and his series is now 1210, and that is exactly the figure he needs as a guide to beat Salonen’s 1447, so 238 is necessary for the final game.

Malpa cruises along, this time shooting 234 to bring his crop up to 1144 and Bergendorff’s 201 kept him in third on 1091. 1145 was needed to make the top eight so only Barrett exceeds that.

Ed Smaglik had a better game with 246 and takes over fourth place on 1086 and Jespers holds fifth, 1065.

Ya Boo! Barrett’s quest for 238 in the final game fell eleven pins short, his 227 giving him an

Dominic Barrett

Dominic Barrett

overall total of 1437 and that places him third on the qualifying table, pushing Mai Ginge Jensen down to fourth.

Asjed to account for his disappointing performances in previous squads, Barret replied: “I just bowled better toda.y. Well, joking aside, I changed back to 16lb balls recently and moved to four step approach to help my timing.” That certainly worked and it was good to see him back at the top of his form.

As expected, Talpa took second place, 1346 his display and Smaglik came third with 1301. None made the top eight. The focus switched to Marjo Pontinen from Finland as top woman on the squad, posting 1266 for sixth place.

One squad to go and there are still some good runners on the start list so finger nails will be bitten to their roots for the next four hours. Markus Bergendorff, David Canady, Nina Flack, Fredrik Ohrgaard and Joline Person Persson-Planeforsare names that stand out on th 48-strong final squad.

21:00 FINAL SQUAD

Just to let you know that this ssquad is running just over an hour late.

Commisserations to those awaiting the Desperado squad which follows.

Right, the sun has sunk and the night creepie-crawlies are out and about. But they will steer clear of the Red & Black bowling centre as the qualifying action reaches its climax.

Game one andlike this morning a woman is setting the pace. Joline Persson-Planefors from Sweden, the leading lady in the 2013 EBT rankings, excelled with an opener of 274, 266 with eight bonus points.

Italian Samuel De Luca is runner-up on 236 and Denmark’s Fredrik Ohrgaard sits third, 234.

The top seven are 220 and over, so the late start hasn’t had too much of a detrimental affect.

Just a 206 from our Swedish star in the second game, but with 480 over the two she still held a healthy buffer over second-placed Maravan Aemoudt of Belgium with 436. Italy’s Andrea Spadavecchia is consistent, 214 and 217 for 431 and third position.

We reach the halfway stage and the bewitching hour of midnight approaches. We cannot report good fortunes for Persson-Planefors as a humble 200 even in game three has her on 680 and that is only three pins ahead of Germany’s David Canady who hit 261 and now has 677. Mathieu Berges of Switzerland now takes third on 672 and Ohrgaard is fourth, 626.

Canady once again on the rise in game five, rolling a sturdy 256 to up his ante to 1140 but even if he rolled a perfect game could not take over the tournament lead. Berges has fallen to ten pins less after a 218 for 1130 and Persson-Planefors kept in the hunt with 218 and 1107.

So the final squad has run its course and the positions for the final rounds have been decided. This session ended with Persson-Planefors rallying with a 239 to accumulate 1346 whilst Canady rolled merrilly along to consolidate his top position on the squad with a final game of 268 for a 1408 series, nine pins short of qualifying in the top eight.

No doubt about number one on the squad, but who are the runners-up? Well, Persson-

David Canady

David Canady

Planeforskept the runner-up spot and Berges was third. All in all, not a bad final squad.

“I’m just so happy to qualify. I have made finals before but I have gone 15 tournaments without making the finals,” explained Canady, 29, an IT specialist from Frankfurt. “This is my second Italia Challenge in two years and the first time I have qualified.”

So after eight days of competition the finalists have been decided. The Sunday squads will certainly be close fought and the eventual champion will certainly have earned his or her trophy and, of course, the €10,000 first prize.

Join us for those final rounds. We promise it will make interesting reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FERVENT FRIDAY

Fervent? Yes, indeed. The players participating on the European Bowling Tour are fervent in the extreme, truly passionate about their sport. That is demonstrated today with three squads almost filling the 24 lanes of the Red & Black bowling centre here in Asti, featuring the stars of international bowling. Defending champion Chris Loschsetter of the [...]

Fervent? Yes, indeed. The players participating on the European Bowling Tour are fervent in the extreme, truly passionate about their sport. That is demonstrated today with three squads almost filling the 24 lanes of the Red & Black bowling centre here in Asti, featuring the stars of international bowling.

Defending champion Chris Loschsetter of the United States is not making the trip this year, nor is runner-up Sean Rash. Dominic Barrett took third place so he will looking to take the title.

Just two days of qualifying squads remain and Finland has the honour of being number one on the leader board with Petteri Salonen from Helsinki posting 1447, that is a 241 average. To get into the elite top eight, thereby receiving two byes in the final rounds on Sunday, a score of at least 1343 is required and the cut to 36th place currently stands at 1259.

Paul Moor, the talented lefthander from Hull in northeast England and champion of the inaugural Brunswick Madrid Challenge in Spain last week, opened his Asti account with 258 in today’s opening squad, presumably bidding for a Brunswick Challenge double.

However, that was not the high game of this squad as Frenchman Yoan Alix enjoyed a strikefest to post 279 to lead the field. American Chris Clerk also hit 258 to join Moor in second place and fellow countryman Mike Machuga, the PBA pro bowler, followed up with 245.

Game two and here’s the thing……. Alix opened with 279 and this game hit 257, 536 total. Moor’s first game was 258 and second 279, total 537, so one pin advantage to head the standings, so who follows?

Well, Machuga keeps himself in the running with 479 over the two for third place and Greek Giannis Stathatos comes up into fourth with 462, so some good scores in this squad,although the squad average is just 197.01.

The Moor v Alix confrintation continued as we reach the halfway stage of this six-game squad and it remains at a single pin difference, but this time it is the Frenchman back on top, hitting 227 in the third game to Moor’s 225, so it is Alix 763, Moor 762.

Machuga holds third place with 702 and Stathatos fourth, 686.

So 685 needed by Alix to take over the leader board, 686 by Moor.

Moor rolled 224 in the fourth game and Alix 191, sothe Englishman reigns supreme with 986 to Alix’s 954. Machuga holds third, creeping up the ladder and now with 923. Dominic Barrett moves into fourth after a 259 to settle with 906.

The fifth and penultimate game saw Moor consolidate his position as squad leader with a 230 to take his total to 1216, therefore needing just 232 to take over the prime position on the leader board. Alix stays in runner-up slot but is 35 pins back from Moor on 1186. Newcomer Pavlos Pelekanos from Cyrpus takes over third position with 1149 and Sweden’s Robert Andersson fits neatly into fourth, 1124.

All eyes on Moor’s attempt to take over from Salonen at the top of the standings.

Yoan Alix

Yoan Alix

When it came down to the wire, Moor fell short of the target with a final game of 198 to finish with a total of 1414, which slots him into fifth place in the overall standings. Alix rallied to a 235 sixth game to bring him back to the front on 1416, two pins better than Moor and fourth place in the standings.

“I was very happy with the way I bowled,” said Alix.  “I used the Omen (ball) for most of the squad and found (lanes) fifteen and sixteen a little difficult.”

Alix hopes to pick up his second EBT title after winning the Chandra Open in The Netherlands in 2012

Third and fourth places on the squad remain the same, Pelekanos with 1354 and Barrett 1346.

Another 40-plus players are now lining up for the 17:00 squad.

17:00 SQUAD

A slight amendment to the last paragraph in that there are exactly 40 players on this squad, so take away the plus.

Mike Machuga, the PBA pro bowler, puts his foot down with a heavy hand and opens this account with a 269 to set him on the road to fame and fortune. Not far behind with a game of 256 comes Alexander Fischer from Germany and in third place is Jesper Svensson from Sweden on 255.

The squad also includes two famous international women, Mai Ginge Jensen and Kamilla Kjeldsen, both from Denmark. Jensen is currently second to Joline Persson-Planefors in the European Bowling Tour women’s rankings.

Let’s see how the PBA titlist fared in the second game. Hmm! A 196 brings him up to 465 but that opened the door for Svensson to take over as frontrunner witha 214 to up his tab to 469.

We must have had a premonition about Mai Ginge Jensen as she comes into the frame with 189 and 251 for 440 and third place. Also on 440 is another Dane, Thomas Larsen.

Game three and we reach the halfway stage, half way through the day as well as there is another squad follow this.

As we presume he thinks leading is his rightful place, Machuga once again leads the field, rolling 237 for 702. But that is only one pin ahead of Sweden’s Dennis Eklund who hit 278 to rise to second place on 701. Svensson trails in third with 698 and Jensen fourth, 673, of course receiving eight pins per game bonus.

1447 is the target to take the lead and 1354 to beat for a place in the elite top eight.

Machuga held on to his lead after the fourth game, contributing 238 for a 940 total, so still on course for a top eight position. Then a 285 from Nina Kovanen from Finland gave her a grand lift into second place on 918 and Eklund held third, 894.

Game five (what’s Italian for five?) and we have a new leader. Nina Kovanen takes over the running after a 220 and has 1146 to carry forward into the final game, that is 16 pins over the total needed to break into the top eight. Eklund rolled 238 and moves into second place with 1132 and Machuga rues a fourth game 184 which drops him into third place with 1124. Just one other player over 1100 and that is Finnish star Krista Pollanen with 1101.

A 272 from the gentle hands of Kovanen (including the eight pin per game women’s bonus) was

Nina Kovanen

Nina Kovanen

just what the doctor ordered and she slots neatly into the top eight with 1418 and holding fourth place.

“I did not see much difference lane to lane so I am happy with my score,” said the flying Finn. “I have played a few EBT events but this is my first trip to Italy and I like it very much, I used the new Reax by Radical for my squad.”

Kovanen, 26, is a medical scientist from Vantaa in Finland and is married to Olli Kovanen.

Machuga did his best to get back on fighting terms, rolling 249 to finish with 1373 and regains second place on the squad. Axel Engblom from Sweden takes over third place from fellow countryman Svensson with 1334 and the latter rolls into fourth 1331.

High game on the squad was Kovanen’s 285 and the scoring average overall was 195.9.

Another 40-odd head towards the lanes and a late night for the 21:00 squad.

21:00 SQUAD

44 intrepid souls are billed to appear on this final Friday squad, 29 of them Italian. We must say that the support for the Brunswick Italia Challenge from local bowlers has been incredible and must have set some sort of record. Just four have made it through to the top 36 so far but there is a separate prize fund for the Italians.

Two games over 250 in the first game of the series that will most likely go into the wee small hours of Saturday morning. Mendes Vasco of Switzerland tops the standings with 258 and seven pins aback Italian Stefano Oddi rolled 251. Another Swiss, Philippe Huber, took third with 243.

None of the top ranked European Bowling Tour (EBT) men are in this squad but the leader in the women’s division, Sweden’s Joline Persson-Planefors is in form and started with a 195, which sees her currently in 15th place.

The second game over and Huber takes over top spot from Mendes, 477-458. Tommy Petersen from Greece claimed third place with 437 and Denmark’s Frederik Ohrgaard, who was once asked by a bowling scribe, who will remain anonymous, what part of Germany he came from, sits one pin behind Peterson on 436.

A juxtaposition after game three as Mendes resumes the lead on 672 after a 214 and Huber drops back to second, 180 and 657. A newcomer in the frame for third placeas NikitaTimofeev of Russia arrives on the scene with 651 and Ohrgaard holds fourth, 647.

Another shuffle after game four as the time approaches the bewitching hour. Huber rules the roost after 216 for 873 and Ohrgaard rises to second, 224/871. Mendes goes down to third place, 193/865 and Petersen back in the frame, 222/864.

The penultimate game passes us by with Huber still the pioneer with his 236 game and 1109 total. Ohrgaard remains second, 200/1071 and Petersen swaps places with Mendes for third, 184/1054, leaving the Swiss 189/1054.

Don’t forget the girls though. Persson-Planefors rises to fifth place after a 209 and 1050 overall.

Philippe Huber

Philippe Huber

Huber, 39, the current Swiss champion, added another notch to his bow by topping the squad after posting 235 in his sixth and final game and a series total of 1344, just short of getting into the coveted top eight places..

“The lanes were very dry I found, I just kept moving my feet and I think I moved at least 14 boards from start to finish,” said the Swiss trader.

One of the features of this tournament has been high games at the end of the squad and tonight was no exception. Ohrgaard kept his runner-up spot with a final 244 for 1315 and Petersen held third with 234 and 1292. Persson-Planefors did well for the girls, placing fourth with a final 233 for a 1283 series.

The sun sank quickly in the west a few hours ago and now it is Saturday morning, with only eight hours before the four final squads take to the lanes. It is a tough task to beat the top score of 1447 but the odds are that someone just might do it. Join us for the progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THREE SQUAD THURSDAY

One additional squad is featured on the Red & Black centre’s lanes today after five days of just two evening sessions and for the first time the 13:00 squad has Italian bowlers outnumbered as we welcome players from Greece,  Kazakhstan, Finland and Romania. Two Finns worth watching are Perttu Jussila and Petteri Salonen, both stars [...]

One additional squad is featured on the Red & Black centre’s lanes today after five days of just two evening sessions and for the first time the 13:00 squad has Italian bowlers outnumbered as we welcome players from Greece,  Kazakhstan, Finland and Romania.

Two Finns worth watching are Perttu Jussila and Petteri Salonen, both stars of Scandinavia and beyond.

And it was those two Finnish stars who led the field after the first three of the six-game stint, Salonen on top wth 658 (high game 229) and Jussila 628 (225). Then came two Italians, Luciano Marsero in third place with 626 and in fourth Fabio Cimono, 606. These were the only four to be over par.

Game four saw those leaders specified above perform a shuffle. Jussila dropped to a 184 and slid down to fourth place with 812. However, Petteri kept his ball rolling and maintained first placeafter a 225 to total 883. That brought the two Italians into second and third places, Cimono with 819 and Marsero 813.

 

Petteri enjoyed a 224 fifth game t maintain squad pole position on 1107 and Jussila held onto fourthon 1048 after a 236. Cimono rallied to a 256 game to bring his total up to 1075 for second place and a new came into the quartet as Alexandr Panchenko from Kazakhstan hit the high game of 258 and zoom to third place with 1059.

The tournament leading score of 1427 looks to be out of touch but a place in the top eight qualifiers brings rewards, so Salonen needs just 208 to join that elite octet with eighth place currently 1314.

A disappointing finish for Salonen as he rolled a lowly 173 and only has 1280. Nowhere near enough to join the elite.

” I used the Brunswick Paranormal and new Mystik ball but 13 and 14 were really bad and it affected my score,” commented Helsinki carpenter Salonen.

 

Alexandr Panchenko

Alexandr Panchenko

However, Panchenko, 17, from Almati in Kazakhstan, played like a man inspired and rolled a 279 which brought his total to 1338 and that coveted top eight finish and also the squad leader.

Panchenko who does not speak or understand much English said: ” I bowled with the C-System,” and when asked if he was happy with how he bowled he simply said: “I am happy.”

So Panchnko tops the squad, Salonen second, Cimono third and Jussila fourth.

The next squad rolls off at 17:00 (CET) and has a host of tenpin stars on display, especially Dominic Barrett, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson. Also last week’s Brunswick Madrid Challenge winner Paul Moor looking for a double.

17:00 Squad

The Swedish Team Pergamon duo of Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson came out of the blocks will all guns blazing, beginning their quest for glory with games of 268 and 267 respectively. Italian Federico Rossi is showing promise with a 255.

The spate of highgames somewhat diminished in the second game, but Martin Larsen kept his place as frontrunner with 222 to up his score to 490. Robert Andersson (there’s a lot of Anderssons here) just had a 214 so sits on 681.

Halfway house and the score to beat is 1427, set by 19-year-old Marek Talpa yesterday. Half that means being credited with 714 after these three games. The score needed to get into the elite top eight is 1321, meaning 661 at this stage. So, who are in contention?

Well, Robert Andersson is now in pole position with 726 and is the only player on course to challenge the top qualifying score. Martin Larsen drops to second place on 693 and the others still on course to be in the leading octet atr Jukka Pesonen (Finland) 691; Petteri Salonen (Finland) 689 with a 298 third game (no idea which two pins he left with the last ball);Pertti Jussila (Finland) 679; Bauke Jespers (Belgium) 679 and Daniele Bettinardi (Italy) 670.

Our two Swedes have been taken over by a flying Finn as Petteri Salonen rolled a fourth game 269 and totals 958, on course to beat 1427. Robert Andersson drops to second place with 951 and Pertti Jussila leaps into third, 946. Martin Larsen now resides in fourth place on 913.

The penultimate game saw Salonen consolidate his pole position with 1215 and Andersson retain second place (1173), but a new challenger comes on the scene as England’s Stuart Williams hits 284 and now has 1169 for third position. Larsen is hanging in there in fourth place on 1142.

Salonen is still on course to take over the qualifying lead, needing just 213 to top Talpa’s 1427. The 1321 to beat for a place in the top eight looks really shaky as all four leaders have a good chance of topping that.

Petteri Salonen

Petteri Salonen

Well, he did it! Our carpenter from Helsinki knocked up 232 in the last game to toal 1447, 20 pins better than Talpa’s previous lead so Petteri Salonen rules the roost. Talpa has company as Stuart Williams rolled a handsome 284 sixth game and he too has the series score of 1427.

“It was much easier due to so many players in the squad all breaking the lane down and it was easy to follow players like Robert Andersson and Dom Barrett, ” commented Salonen. “The Brunswick Paranormal ball was amazing, I only drilled it on Thursday and used it for my last four games.”

The scores throughout this squad have been outstanding and it must be something of a record that the average game score for the complete squad was 202.51.

Squad leaders: 1. Petteri Salonen, Finland 1447; 2. Stuart Williams, England 1427; 3. Robert Andersson, Sweden 1389; 4. Martin Larsen, Sweden 1343.

These high scores have completely upset the top eight standings and those are now: 1. Petteri Salonen, Finland 1447; 2. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic 1427; 3. Stuart Williams, England 1427; 4. Robert Andersson, Sweden 1389; 5. Davide Spagnoli, Italy 1363; 6. Marco Reviglio, Italy 1352; 7. Sandra Andersson, Sweden 1351; 8. Martin Larsen, Sweden 1343.

21:00 Squad

With 1447 as the leading qualifying score and 1344 needed to break into the top eight the intrepid group taking to the lanes for this late squad need to focus on the job. Many are playing their initial entries and threef well-known internationals stand out: Dominic Barrett, England, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela and Alix Yoan, France. Just Barrett is on a re-entry. Also on the roster is Paco Rodriguez of Spain, tournament director of the Brunswick Madrid Challenge, won by Paul Moor last week.

It was Alix Yoan that set the pace with an opening game of 244 but Ruiz and Barrett were very much also rans. Italians Mario Vercellino and Eros Origlia followed up with 233 and 223 respectively.

Alix couldn’t stay in the strike zone in his second game and dropped to third place. Federico Rossi of Italy took over as frontrunner with 188 and 257 for 445 and Origlia was a master of consistency with 223 and 221 to be one pin back of his fellow countryman.

The earlier squad averaged 203 per player. This group hold just 188, so no challengers for the leader board of the top eight so far.

Rossi became a man inspired and with a 279 third game amassed 724 for a halfway score. double that and he could be a new leader. Runner up spot has been captured by American Mark Clark on 653 and Alix returns to the top three in third place with 634.

Rossi held on to his lead after four games despite only hitting 196, carrying forward920 into the penultimate game. Second now is Venezuelan Ildemaro Ruizon 850 and Clark drops to third on 847. Alix is still in the hunt but currently fourth with 837.

Rossi is certainly a stubborn character, hanging on grimly to be leader of the squad. His fifth game of 205 was still enough to keep pole and he carries forward 1125. Ruiz excelled with 252 to total 1102 and Alejandro Reina (CRC) came up into third place after a 267 to garner 1090.

Overall average for the squad was 186.73 and the high game 279 from the talented hands of Rossi.

Clark drops to fourth on 1070 and Dominic Barrett rises into the frame after a 245 to earn 1054.

1448 required to top the leader board and 1343 to break into the elite eight who will get byes in the finals on Sunday.

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Ildemaro Ruiz

Rossi finally succumbed to the pressures and fell back to a 191 final game and a 1340 series, allowing Ruiz to zoom past as he posted 238 to amass 1340, just three pins short of a place in the leading octet.

“After the first couple of games I moved left and threw it faster and did not really change for the rest of the squad,” commented Ruiz, from Barquisimeto. “I still live in Venezuela and it is becoming cheap now to travel since the recent election.”

Reina held on to third place (1299) and Barrett took fourth (1260).

Three more qualifying squads tomorrow (Friday) at 13:00, 17:00 and 21:00 and four scheduled for Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WONDROUS WEDNESDAY

Wondrous? Why? Well, loads of international players are flooding into Asti and the two squads today are well supported with the 20:00 shift this evening looking to be at capacity 48. Three of Europe’s top women bowlers, all from Sweden, are hitting the lanes now and Sandra Andersson, Malin Glendert and Jenny Wegner are well [...]

Wondrous? Why?

Well, loads of international players are flooding into Asti and the two squads today are well supported with the 20:00 shift this evening looking to be at capacity 48.

Three of Europe’s top women bowlers, all from Sweden, are hitting the lanes now and Sandra Andersson, Malin Glendert and Jenny Wegner are well worth following through their six-game stints.

For Italian talent, you cannot do better than watch the progress of Marco Reviglio, starting out on lanes 17/18.

1363 is the number to beat, that is an average of a smidgen over 227. The gils get the usual eight pins per game so that makes it 1315 scratch for them.

Let battle commence.

After the first two games just three players are exceeding that 227 average: Sandra Andersson of Sweden topping the field with 467 followed by two Italians, Alessandro Del Carmine with 460 and Roberta Farina on 457.

Game four completed and just two players remain over the 227 average: Marek Talpa of the Czech Republic leads the squad with 949 and Magnus Johnson Jr from Sweden is just behind on 922.

Previous frontrunner Sandra Andersson has dropped below the required average but lies in third place on the squad with 896. Leading Italian is Roberta Ferina, back in fifth place on 868.

Marek Talpa

Marek Talpa

Talpa fell back to a 199 in the fifth game and his five game series of 1135 still has him on course to top the 1363 on the leader board. He needs 216 in his final game to take over the lead.

The two Anderssons from Sweden, Kim and Sandra, have 1140 and 1129 respectively, so they need games of 224 and 235. Sandra has eight bonus points so a scratch 227 will do the job.

Well, starting off with seven strikes in the final game and a 9-spare, then striking out for a 279 confirmed Marek Talpa as the new tournament leader and with an outstanding score of 1427, the first to break that formidable 1400-barrier from which the leading qualifiers should come on Saturday night.

“I am happy with the score but I left a lot of single pins from good shots. I’m doing this for the experience and it is my second year playing EBT events,” said the 19-year-old Czech from Olomouc. “I used the Storm Hy-Road ball and just kept moving left, the pairs of lanes were all different.”

The new look leader board now has Talpa in first place with 1427, then Davide Spagnoli, Italy 1363; Sandra Andersson, Sweden 1351; Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden 1336 and Kim Andersson, Sweden 1324.

Yippee! It is a full squad of 48 taking to the lanes at 20:00 tonight, the first to fill Red & Black’s 24 lanes. Surprisingly, it consists of 40 Italians. My how they are supporting the Brunswick Italia Challenge. It must be the best home support for any of the stops on the European Bowling Tour.

It is Andersson again at the front, this time Sandra’s sister Ida tops the standings after the first two games with 467. That is 21 pins better than second placed Italian Marco Reviglio on 446 and newcomer Ed Smaglik from the United States posts his opening joust with 437.

High game so far is just 246 from Italian Alessandro Del Carmine.

Game three saw Andersson hold on to first place with a187 (195 with bonus) and a series total of 662, nine pins better than a new Italian on the scene, Carlo Falciola 653. Reviglio dropped to third  after a 204 to total 650. Smaglik dropped down to fifth place.

It looked as though Reviglio would post a 279 in the fourth game but a 5-count with his first ball of the tenth frame put paid to that and he had to be content with 240 and a series score of 890 and a spot at the top of the tree. But he wasn’t alone in that position as American Ed Smaglik posted a 259 and stands alonside Reviglio on 890.

Andersson’s 210 in this game keeps her in the running, in third place on 880.

Marco Reviglio

Marco Reviglio

The score to beat is 1427 for six games, a 237 average, but nobody is making a strong challenge for that at this time.

Reviglio put his foot down in the fifth game which resulted in a 268 and series total of 1158 to head the squad and Smeglik dropped to swecond place on 1116 after a 226. Andersson holds on to third place on 1102.

Therefore to get into the coveted top eight of the qualifiers with at least 1311this leading trio still need to be in the 200-plus region.

Things looked a little shaky in the last game for Reviglio but he pulled his irons out of the fire by striking out in the tenth frame for a 194 score and a 1352 total, which sees him book a ticket into the top eight. The same for Smaglik too. He came home with a 205 and a 1321 total.

Andersson’s 203 final game brings her 1303, nt enough for the top eight.

So once again, these were the top three of this squad.

A strange sixth game came from the hands of Italian Eros Onglia. He started with a double, then an open frame with a 4-3 split. Seven more strikes followed, then a nine-spare for a 247. What was that third frame split?

The top three qualifiers now are Marek Talpa, Czech Republic 1427; Davide Spagnoli, Italy 1363; Marco Reviglio, Italy 1352.

Three squads are scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday) with the first at 13:00 (CET).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY – tout a l’heure

The first perfect game of the 2013 Brunswick Italia Challenge came at 17:45 on Tuesday afternoon with Italian Davide Spagnoli rolling a 300 in his fifth game, which gave him 1152 to carry forward into the sixth and final game and just a score of 162 to take over pole position on the leader board. [...]

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Davide Spanoli ‘Mr 300′

The first perfect game of the 2013 Brunswick Italia Challenge came at 17:45 on Tuesday afternoon with Italian Davide Spagnoli rolling a 300 in his fifth game, which gave him 1152 to carry forward into the sixth and final game and just a score of 162 to take over pole position on the leader board.

He started with a double and was not put off with a 7-2 in the third frame after a split, rolling four more strikes before suffering yet another split. A clean finish of a strike and spares saw him finish the series with 211 and a grand total of 1363, taking a clear 50 point lead.

Spagnoli, 43, from La Spezia Ligunia, has rolled several 300 games in practice and unofficial; competition but this is his first sanctioned perfect game.

After four games it looked as though fellow countryman Nicola Galeone would give Spagnoli a run for his money but he fell back to a 1087 total.

There were 18 on this squad, all men and all righthanders. Two Russians, a Greek and a Pakistani added international flavour.

So, tout a l’heure – we are up to date.

Things are looking good for a hefty entry into the 20:00 squad with a couple of Swedes, Magnus Johnson Jr and Jenny Wegner, joining the fray, along with American Mike Machuga having another go at maybe hitting 1400.  We presume he is fresh in from the UNited States as he did not compete in the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in Spain last week. One thing is for certain, things are truly hotting up.

It was very near to full house for tonight’s squad wth 39 intrepid keglers taking to the Red & Black lanes, the largest squad so far this week.

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Mike Machuga

Immediately double PBA titlist Mike Machuga from Erie, Pennsylvania took control to top the standings with 248 and he followed that with 278 to post 526 over his first two games. But it was a disappointing start for Magnus Johnson Jr., the son of arguably the most outstanding coach in Europe and beyond. He ran into open frames for lowly games of 173 and 168 for openers.

Machuga started game three with six strikes and looked bound to hit another 270-plus but a stubborn pin gave him a spare in the seenth frame and a split an open in the eighth. He rallied to strike out in the tenth for 245 and set the pace with 771 over his first three games.

But things did not go so well for our American friend in game four. With two open frames in the first four and a strike-spare mix over the rest, he had to be happy with a 192 and carry forward 963 into the last two games.

A Dutch 200 looked on the cards in the fifth game and it nearly worked out but was spoilt in the tenth frame bu a split instead of the required spare and strike, so another sub-200 game for 188 and the series total now 1151. He now needs at least 213 in his sixth and final game to take over the lead and the thought of breaking the 1400-barrier now looking far from likely.

Will he take over the tournament lead, or has he run out of steam? Watch this space.

The scores came tumbling down for Machuga. Three consecutive open frames in the final game (two splits and a missed single pin) made his quest for at least a 213 come to nought and he had to be satisfied with a 163 for a series total of 1314, which is second place in the overall standings., leaving ‘Mr 300′ Davide Spinola as the frontrunner with 1363.

Small consolation for Mike Machuga is that his 1314 tops the scores of this squad, just three pin better than the 1311 from Giannis Stathatos of Greece. Therefore our top three are now Davide Spinola, Italy 1363; Mike Machuga, United States 1314 and Marco Zorzan, Italy 1313..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Merit

18 on the first of two Monday squads, composed of 14 Italians, one Greek, one Cypriot, one Lithuanian and one Pakistani. Another eleven pins on his 1301 score could have placed Italian Brunswick staff player Massimo Pirozzi, 40, from Milan, at the top of the leader board and all credit to him for fighting for [...]

18 on the first of two Monday squads, composed of 14 Italians, one Greek, one Cypriot, one Lithuanian and one Pakistani.

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Massimo Pirozzi

Another eleven pins on his 1301 score could have placed Italian Brunswick staff player Massimo Pirozzi, 40, from Milan, at the top of the leader board and all credit to him for fighting for that margin with a final game of 267, but he has to settle for second place in the overall standings with a relieved Marco Boccato sitting on 1311.

‘A former Italian champion and one of the most consistent players in the country’, stated tournament director Riccardo Piunti about Massimo Pirozzi, who is a current member of the Italian national team.

Quite a large buffer between first and second on the squad as Giannis Stathatos from Greece posted the only score in the 1200s with 1213 and Marco Zorzan from Italy placed third with1198.

There were three women on this squad, all Italian and all receiving eight pins per game bonus. Top of the trio was Roberta Ferina with 1156 and a high game of 226.

As the sun sank slowly in the west, 28 hardy souls took to the pristine lanes of the Red & Black centre for the 20:00 squad, twelve of them being re-entries, the balance newcomers to this year’s joust. Just three were what we kindly call ’aliens’, being one American, one Lithuanian and a Pakistani, so the fantastic support of Italian bowlers continues and of the 80-plus entries currently on the card, just eight are from outside the home nation.

This late evening session brought much happiness for Italian Marco Zorzan whose final six-games totalled 1313, helped by a final high game of 265, which took him to the top of the leader board, upping the ante by two pins to spoil Marco Boccato’s couple of hours of fame as leader after the 16:00 squad.

As Linas Sasnauskas of Lithuania posted 1302, just behind Zorzan, we now have four in the standings over the 1300 mark, Zorzan 1313, Boccato 1311, Sasnauskas 1302 and Massimo Pirozzi 1301.

Third on this squad with 1189 was American PBA bowler Mike Machuga. He had a shocking start with a 158 which he followed with 256 to get back over par but could not match the pace of the two above.

Tuesday’s 16:00 and 20:00 squads look to be well supported and a couple more of our ‘alien’ friends join the fray. Many more of our 250 competitors will add the international spice a bit later in the week to vie for the €10,000 first prize on Sunday night.

Now Boccato Rules

A vibrant 28-strong squad took to the lanes of the fabled Red & Black Bowling Centre in Asti, north-west Italy on Sunday afternoon, all eager to depose Bologna’s Maurizio Celli from his perch at the top of the leader board after Saturday’s opening two squads with his six-game score of 1276. The good man Celli [...]

A vibrant 28-strong squad took to the lanes of the fabled Red & Black Bowling Centre in Asti, north-west Italy on Sunday afternoon, all eager to depose Bologna’s Maurizio Celli from his perch at the top of the leader board after Saturday’s opening two squads with his six-game score of 1276.

The good man Celli himself joined the fray but had a disappointing 158 first game but recovered with a string of 200-plus games to hold third place on the squad after four of the six-game qualifier, the lead at that time held by Italian Sandro Prato with an eleven-pin buffer over Massimo Endrizzi.

Two Russians and a Lithuanian joined the fray at this juncture and our two Ukrainian and Pakistani friends from last night gave us five visitors from the 28 ‘squaddies’.

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Fanizza

The final two games looked good for Celli as he took over the squad lead after five but a 258 in the final game from fellow countryman Pierfranco Fanizza skipped him to the top with 1301, therefore winning the squad and also taking over pole position on the leader board with Celli now in second place and Luca Osala third.

Fanizza, 47, comes from nearby Torino (Turin) and was one of only three lefthanders on the 16:00 squad.

All credit to Celli though as he posted 1282 on this re-entry and upped his best qualifying score by six pins.

High game on this squad, and of the tournament so far, is a 286 from Sandro Prato, hit in the second game this afternoon, but four sub-200 games left him with 1211 and tenth place on the squad after his six games.

But things changed when the final squad of the day took to the lanes, eleven men and two women, all righthanders.

Then Fanizza’s moment of fame was shattered as Italian Marco Boccato put together a six-game series of 1311 to take over pole position on the leader board, his set with a high game of 247.

So we go into Monday’s two squads with Boccato ruling the roost with 1311 and Fanizza second and Celli third.

News came through that Paul Moor of England won the Brunswick Madrid Challenge in Spain this evening, defeating Pasi Uotila in the final. Moor will be on his way to Asti later in the week, making up the formidable English trio with Dominic Barrett and Stuart Williams.

 

 

 

Lights. Camera. Action!!

Music maestro, please. Tournament director Riccardo Piunti once again mounted the rostrum to get the Brunswick Italia Challenge underway at the fabulous Red & Black Bowling Centre in the wonderful city of Asti in  north-west Italy, the centre of the Piedmont wine country. This popular ninth event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour has around [...]

Music maestro, please.

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Tournament director Riccardo Piunti once again mounted the rostrum to get the Brunswick Italia Challenge underway at the fabulous Red & Black Bowling Centre in the wonderful city of Asti in  north-west Italy, the centre of the Piedmont wine country.

This popular ninth event of the 2013 European Bowling Tour has around 250 talented bowlers vying for the €10,000 first prize and the first squad got onto the 24 lanes Saturday afternoon to set the nine-day event in operation.

There was just one person not Italian in the initial squad, Ukrainian Viktor Dementiev, but the guy with the honour of being the early tournament leader was construction company boss Maurizio Celli, 50, from Bologna (pictured), putting together a formidable score of 1276 with a high game of 240. Dementiev rolled 1225 for second place and another Italian, Graziana Pachera sits in third with 1224.

A small ten-person squad completed the action for the opening day (nine Italians and one Pakistani) with none altering the top three as set above. Top squad score came from Andrea Fogar with 1185, which slots him into sixth overall. The high game was 230 by Roberto Pilotti, although a 233 from the gentle hands of Melania Rossi was with the women’s handicap of eight pins per game.

Play resumes Sunday with two squads at 16:00 and 20:00.

Defending champion is Chris Loschetter, PBA member from the United States.

Hasta Hotel in Asti – additional Brunswick Italia Challenge tournament Hotel

We are pleased to inform you that we have added one more hotel among those with special conventions with the Brunswick Italia Challenge. Hasta Hotel is a four star hotel, completely remodeled, now available for all of you participating to the tournament at the following special rates: Single room at € 45/night including breakfast Double [...]

We are pleased to inform you that we have added one more hotel among those with special conventions with the Brunswick Italia Challenge.

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Hasta Hotel is a four star hotel, completely remodeled, now available for all of you participating to the tournament at the following special rates:

Single room at € 45/night including breakfast

Double room at € 55/night including breakfast

Triple room at € 60/night including breakfast

Hasta Hotel  is about 1 km from Red and Black bowling centre.

Address: Strada Casaleggio, 25 – Loc. Valle Benedetta – 14100 Asti

Telephone: +39 0141 213312   Fax: +39 0141 219580

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