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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.