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First Division Champions

Leganés, Madrid, 30/3/13. – True to their original multinational ethos, Euro Bowling Torrevieja, the Ozone-based tenpin club of Spanish and international residents, sail to a comfortable win of the national Primera División at Madrid’s Isla Azul Lanes, thereby achieving promotion to División de Honor, Spanish bowling´s “Premier League”. Having won Second Division last year, EBT thus proclaim themselves back-to-back champions.

The victorious squad consisted of eight bowlers representing five nationalities: Belgian, English, Finnish, Norwegian, and Spanish. Having created a five-point lead over Madrid’s Capital before the final seven-match round robin, EBT managed to widen the gap to thirteen points. The runners-up also advance, but since Capital already have a team in the top division, the honour goes to Joventut Al-Vici from Barcelona who managed to keep 300 Oviedo and Madrid’s New Project at bay by nine points.

Team Captain Kjell “The Viking” Monsen was EBT’s top scorer, averaging 198.29 over 14 games. Former Spanish international bowler Lorenzo Quereda fell only one pin behind to average 198.21. In the season’s overall list, Kjell and Lorenzo claimed second and third place, respectively. The third man over the team average was the team’s only lefthander Shane “Rambo” Winfield with a steady 189.00. Belgian “rooky” Robert Califice and “Team Grandpa” Antonio Berenguer fulfilled the expectations placed on them by finishing at 183.58 and 180.25, respectively.

The rest of the squad, Finnish virtuosos Markku Määttä and Olli Leppänen, and EBT’s “workhorse” Juanjo Carral, didn’t have their day but made sure enough frames were filled to guarantee the promotion. Also contributing to the team’s success in earlier rounds were Manuel Priego, Antonio Bermúdez, Pedro Martínez, Eero Lento, Jukka Koskinen, and Jarmo Peltonen.

In the Female Top Division’s last fixture at Paterna, EBT’s ladies, struggling with physical problems, were never in a position to threaten the top teams and finished penultimate, in sixth position, with 82 points. Championship was finally clinched by three points by Torrejón (152), to the disappointment of Capital (148), Ilicitano of Elche finishing in third place (140).

The individual trophy was raised by Elche’s French Lady Laurence Gaillard, who bowled through the three rounds at an impressive 196 pace. As for EBT bowlers, Pirjo “Phoenix” Koski (recently bounced back after an injury), posted the team’s high average, 171.17, while Mirja Hakonen was the season’s top scorer with 171.33. Other EBT female team members included Marion Haynes, Betty Hill, María Pérez, and Anne-Marie Jansson.


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