The EBT Director has made the decission to introduce exemption from the EBT Rules for the BOWL for Fun Open in Langen, Germany, Allowing unique and diverse style of play.
There will be a mixed kind of bowling in the qualification stages, both conventional dual lane style and 18 athletes will qualify for the final stagest from that, then there will be single lane competition = single athlete pr lane playing 6 games and has to finish within certain time. There will also be 18 athletes qualifying for the final step 1 from that part, then in addition are 18 athletes more qualifying from various other ways, Early Bird, Desperato, High-Low and more. In total there will be 54 athletes qualified for final step 1.
Then the final step 1 will also played as single lane competition and 3 games have to be finalized within certain time limits, as before when the time limits ends then athletes if not finished have to stop and all frames left will be getting 0. – Final step 1 is 3 games and the time for the 3 games are 45 minutes – I think all can agree that this should not be difficult task!
Final step 2 and those followoing will be played as traditional dual lane competition.
For our parts – it will be insteresting to see how scoring pace and not least timing will go, there are number of people in our community that have some doubts if bowling is on the right path, i.a. the „purple“ domination is getting over our heads, and slow bowling as well.
If you can work the lane pattern then you can do the single lane competion as yours, and you can go all the way into top 27 without worrying of getting hurt by play on the same lane as any other damaging „your line“.
Please see all details of BOWL for Fun Open here
The Reykjavík International Games bowling tournament was once again held in Reykjavík, Iceland from the 20th of January until the 28th of January in the Keiluhöllin Egilshöll sports complex, this year for the first time a part of the european tour. Total of 302 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 87 players, where of 26 were women.
After four final steps it came down to a four player carousel final on live tv. That means that all four players played one game, low score eliminated. The last three players play another game from scratch and again the low score is eliminated, then the final two players play one more game from scratch were the high score is the champion.
In the first game it was Gústaf Smári Björnsson, Iceland that was eliminated with the score of 189, Matej Vojkovsky, Czech Republic was next with 215, second was Gunnar Þór Ásgeirsson, Iceland with 221 and the leader in game one was Kenzo Bogaerts, Belgium with the score of 267.
In the second game it was Vojkovsky that was eliminated with the score of 197, Ásgeirsson was next with the score of 201 and again leading was Bogaerts with the score of 247.
Then it all came down to the final game. Again it was Bogaerts that was in control and he ended up as the winner with the score of 222 to Ásgeirsson‘s 196. This was Kenzo Bogaerts‘ first ever EBT title, congratulations Kenzo.
Olivia Clara Steinunn Lindén, Iceland was the highest ranked woman for the first time, she finished in 16th place.
EBT Ranking is being moved to a new dynamic viewing system Tuesday 30-01-2024 and Wednesday 31-01-2024.
The world-renowned Brunswick Ballmaster Open was conducted for the 54th time in the beautiful Tali Bowling Centre in Helsinki, Finland from the 4th of January until the 14th of January. Total of 1099 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 506 players, where of 103 were women.
After three final steps it came down to two semi final matches.
First it was Luukas Väänänen from Finland against Jesse Kallio also from Finland for a spot in the final. Kallio defeated Väänänen with the score of 218 against 214.
In the second semi final it was James Blomgren from Sweden against Niko Oksanen from Finland for the second final spot. Oksanen defeated Blomgren with the score of 204 against 181.
In the all Finish final it was Kallio that managed to come out on top with the score of 222 against Oksanen‘s score of 212. This was Kallio‘s first european tour title, congratulations Jesse Kallio.
The highest ranked woman in the tournament was Cherie Tan from Singapore who finished in 11th place.
At the last EBF Presdium meeting following EBF Championships hostings were confirmed:
European Youth Championships 2025 will be held in Samsun, Turkey during 12-21 April 2025
European Youth Championships 2026 will be held in Berlin, Germany during 28 March to 6 April 2026
European Women Championships 2026 will be held in Odense, Denmark during 10-21 June 2026
European Championship of Champions 2026 will be held in Ankara, Turkey during 20-27 October 2026
ECC2023 has come to an end, first time ever including Mix doubles which was a success:
Final standing in the mix doubles:
Gold England (Verity Crawley and Hadley Morgan)
Silver Greece (Georgia Sagona and Evangelos Krizinis)
Bronze Czech Republic (Petra Otec Hanzlova and Ondrej Prekop)
In the traditional single competition then we saw on the women side following:
Roosa Lunden, FIN vs Nadien Meier, GER – Nadine winning 2-0 and
Verity Crawley, ENG vs Georgia Sagona, GRE – Verity winning 2-1
And in the final:
Verity Crawley, ENG vs Nadine Meier, GER – Verity winning 2-1 and earning Gold Medal
On the men’s side we had following in the semifinals:
Mats Maggi, BEL vs Tomas Kähkö, FIN – Tomas winning 2-0 and
Hadley Morgan, ENG vs Carl Eklund, SWE – Carl winnig 2-0
And in the final:
Carl Eklund, SWE vs Tomas Käyhkö, FIN – Tomas winning 2-1 and earning Gold Medal
All results at: https://bowlingresults.info/ecc/2023/
The 6th Brunswick Open was conducted in Cristal Bowling in Wittelsheim, France from the 26th of September 2023 until the 1st of October 2023. Total of 562 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 193 players, where of 41 were women.
After three final steps and a quarter final it was down to two semi final matches.
They played two games, total pinfall. Higher score goes through to the final.
Lukas Jelinek from Czech Republic bested Robin Ilhammar from Sweden with a score of 485 to 431.
In the other semi final match it was Niko Oksanen from Finland that defeated Carl Eklund from Sweden with a score of 492 to 452.
That meant that in the final it was Lukas against Niko. In the final Lukas Jelinek put on a show and started with the front 11 strikes before getting a 7-10 split in the final shot. Before the second game he lead by 105 pins. He added a 256 in the second game and in the end won with a comfortable margin, 554 to Niko‘s 454. This is Lukas Jelinek‘s first ever EBT title! Congratulations to Lukas.
The highest ranked woman in the tournament was Nora Johansson from Sweden, who finished in 5th place after being defeated by Lukas in a roll-off in the quarter finals. With this result she moved into 2nd place in the rankings. Essi Pakarinen however finished 2nd in the women‘s rankings in France and with the 2nd place she has secured the win in the women‘s rankings in 2023. See full women ranking here
There were some changes to the top 8 after the tournament. Lukas Jelinek jumps from 14th up to 4th and Arnar David Jonsson moves into 7th.
The Dimitris Karetsos Tournament was conducted in the Cosmos Bowling Centre in Athens, Greece from the 14th of September 2023 until the 24th of September 2023. Total of 386 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 146 players, where of 25 were women.
After four final steps a 4 man stepladder final was confirmed.
In the first game in the stepladder, Dimitrios Lykiardopoulos from Greece defeated Ioannis Stathatos also from Greece with the score 202-191.
In the second game Dimitrios unfortunately lost against Adreas Ktoris of Cyprus, 232-224.
That meant that in the final match for the title it was Adreas Ktoris of Cyprus against Callum Borck from Australia. The winner of the match and getting his first EBT title was Adreas Ktoris but he shot 216 against Borck‘s 177.
The highest ranked woman in the tournament was Mariana Meteksinova from Bulgaria, who finished in 35th place in the tournament.
There were no changes to the top 8 in the EBT rankings after the tournament in Greece.
Norwegian Open 2023 by Storm was conducted Hønefoss Bowlingsenter from the 9th of September 2023 until the 17th of September 2023. Total of 439 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 174 total players, where of 30 were women.
After four final steps the 8 best players moved on to bowl another 3 games for the title, where the scores were carried forward. The scores were as following:
Runar Granum, Norway with 717
William Svensson, Sweden with 709
Magnus Haram Mittet, Norway with 703
Felix Bergman, Sweden with 681
James Blomgren, Sweden with 672
Mathias Danielsen Otting, Norway with 652
Kim Bolleby, Sweden with 647
Benjamin Jonsson, Sweden with 627
After an exciting final 3 games it ended up being a tie between Felix Bergman and James Blomgren both from Sweden which meant that they had to bowl a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. First they both ended up with 40 in the roll-off which meant another roll-off. There it was James Blomgren that was victorious with a score of 60 vs 39 from Bergman.
This was Blomgren‘s third win in the Norwegian Open but he also won in 2013 and 2019 which means he now has three titles on the European Tour.
The highest ranked woman in the tournament was Essi Pakarinen, who finished in 14th place. She now moves 100 points ahead of Anna Andersson, who did not participate in Norway full ranking to be seen here.
Kim Bolleby extended his lead in the men‘s ranking after finishing in 4th place and he now leads Mathias Ankerdal with over 300 points. Niko Oksanen moved into 5th place and William Svensson is now only 2 points outside of the top 8.
Odense International 2023 was conducted in Odense Bowling Center from the 20th of August 2023 until the 27th of August 2023. Total of 323 entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 155 total players, where of 49 were women.
After four final steps it all came down to two players, Arnar Jonsson from Iceland and Nicolas Carter from Denmark.
In the final, which was a tight affair, Nicolas managed to squeeze by Arnar by scoring a 181 against Jonsson‘s 165. This is title number one for Nicolas on the European bowling tour.
The highest ranked woman in the tournament was Anna Anderson, who finished in 9th place.
With that she managed to get even with Essi Pakarinen of Finland in the women‘s ranking, but both players now have 555 points. Nora Johansson who finished as the third highest woman in Odense is 116 points behind the two. For more see here.
In the men‘s ranking, current leader Kim Bolleby extended his lead by a single point by finishing 7th in the tournament. Otherwise there were no changes in the top 8, except for Carl Eklund moving up one spot, into the 3rd spot and Ben Robinson falls down to 4th.
The inaugural International Hammer Challenge 2023 was conducted in the famous Tali Bowl, Helsinki, Finland from the 11th of august 2023 until the 20th of august 2023. Total of 671 Entries and re-entries were bowled during the duration of the tournament by 305 total players, where of 58 were women.
After 2 B final steps and 4 A final steps it all came down to 4 players for the semifinals and finals.
In the first semifinal Sanna Oksanen from Finland defeated Mik Stampe from Denmark after a roll-off. After they both bowled 191-191, Sanna rolled a strike but Mik could only get an 8 so Sanna moved on to the finals.
In the second semifinal game Jenni Heino defeated Karo Hilokoski with a 206 against 186.
In the end it was an all-woman affair in the finals. There Jenni Heino managed to grab her first EBT win by beating Sanna, 231 vs 222.
The highest man was Mik Stampe, Denmark.
Essi Pakarinen from Finland managed to extend her lead in the Women’s ranking by getting a 3rd place finish in the women division. Anna Andersson and Nora Johansson are following. More here.
In the Men’s ranking there were no changes at the top, Kim Bolleby still leads comfortably but Mathias Ankerdal in second place managed to get some points in Finland. Otherwise, there were no changes in the top 8 except for Pontus Andersson who managed to move into the top 8.