Valgeir Gudbjartsson

EYC 2020 cancelled, Tilburg, Netherlands, will be host city 2021

Due to the current Covid-19 virus we are facing, the organizing committee together with ETBF and the city of Tilburg have decided to cancel the EYC 2020. This means, there will be no European Youth Championships in 2020!

It is a hard decision to make, knowing how athletes and coaches look forward to this event every year. But given the circumstances, we also feel we have no other choice. The situation in Europe is looking better than before and because we like to keep it that way for the upcoming months, we believe it is not responsible to invite athletes, coaches and fans from over 20 countries to come to Tilburg and compete for the medals. Besides that, it is unsure if the local authorization gives us permission to host an international event like this in October 2020.

We welcome you in Tilburg in 2021
As the EYC 2020 organizing committee had prepared to welcoming you to Tilburg then it was agreed between the host of EYC 2020, the host of EYC 2021 and ETBF, that EYC 2021 will be hosted in Tilburg, NL, and France who were already preparing to host the EYC 2021, will move and host the EYC 2022.

This means that the EYC 2021 will take place in Tilburg 25 March to 4 April 2021 and the EYC 2022 will take place in Wittelsheim, France.

We hope all federations, coaches, managers and athletes (and their parents) understand these decisions. We also realize this raises some questions. We will collect all the questions we receive on and try to answer the questions a.s.a.p.

We keep chasing our dreams and hope you do to!  Let’s stay connected via our socials @eycbowling. Have a healthy and safe summer.

Dear MBC Federations,

Dear friends,

As worries over COVID-19 continue to grow, so does the list of major events that are being cancelled. Many major event organizers are not taking any chances as cases continue to rise globally.

France currently has the second-highest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Europe after Italy.

It is therefore unfortunate that we have agreed with the organizers of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships in Paris (22-29 March 2020) to postpone the event to 19-26 JULY 2020.

We know that France is doing all it can to contain the new Coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts but it is necessary to provide our athletes, coaches and member Federations with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances.

The advice from the French medical team, who are in contact with the World Health Organization, is that the spread of the Coronavirus both within France and outside the country is still at a concerning level and no one should be going ahead with any major gatherings that can be postponed.

I am sure that almost all the federations will have to pay a penalty fee of changing the flight tickets but there is no higher priority for us than the health, safety and physical well-being of attendees and event staff.

Hotel fees and rates will stay the same.

We will come back with a revise bulleting and instructions in due course.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Marios Nicolaides

MBC committee

Today the following sad message was published from the Organizer of Brunswick Euro Challenge:


Dear bowlers, the situation with COVID-19 (Corona-Virus) gets more serious in Germany and Europe.

Many sports events were already canceled.

We cannot accept the risk of an infection of the participants or our employees during the Brunswick Euro Challenge.

We are responsible for the health of over 70 employees and for bowlers at such a big tournament. Health is the most important thing.

In coordination with ETBF, we decided to postpone the Brunswick Euro Challenge 2020, until further notice.

We regret the postponing and hope to find another spot in 2020.

Martin Knoebl

Tournament Director Brunswick Euro Challenge


We will in the coming weeks, when we see how the situation with COVID-19 will progress, try to find spot in the calendar of the EBT 2020 so we will enjoy to have this important tournament still in the European Bowling Tour 2020.  When we have found the spot, we will publish accordingly.


Valgeir Gudbjartsson

EBT Director.

The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament, was conducted in Dolfijn, the Plays To Be, Tilburg, Netherlands during 16-23 February 2020;a total of 592 entries by 238 athletes (where of 50 women) bowled during the week.

After two steps of 4 person pools then we had the final pool of 4 persons playing 2 games for the ultimate prices – results as follows:

Mathias Ankerdal, Denmark:              224+266= 490

Michael Krämer, Germany:                237+210= 447

Cajsa Wegner, Sweden:                    168+192= 376 incl. hdc.

Mark Jacobs, Netherlands:                 304+164=368

This was the first win for young Mathias Ankerdal, Denmark on the European Bowling Tour.

Highest ranked woman became Cajsa Wegner, Sweden.

After the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel, then we did not see any changes in the leadership of the European Bowling Tour.


Mens ranking can be seen here

Womens ranking can be seen here

ETBF has got information about the 21st Maccabiah Games, which will be hosted in Israel in July 2021. The Maccabiah Games – sometimes referred to as „the Jewish Olympics“ are held every 4th year and are the Maccabi World Union´s largest and most famous enterprize.

For the first time, in the forthcoming 21st Maccabiah Games, various teams of athletes with intellectual disability, autism and Down syndrome will participate, as equals, in the Bowling sport.

In order to participate in the 21st Maccabiah Games in July 2021, the local Maccabi organization must be contacted, also further details can be obtained from Mr. Arie Fisher, President of the Israel´s Bowling Federation.

Story 2020-04; ESC2020

Published on 1 February 2020 by Valgeir Gudbjartsson

The 1st edition of the European Senior Championships was concluded on Saturday 1 February in Plus Bowling, Vienna, Austria.

In this 1st version of the ESC then we saw athletes from 25 federations – 96 men and 65 ladies compete in singles, doubles, teams all events and masters.

The 10 titles were distributed as follows:

5 titles in the women’s division

Singles: Elga di Benedetto, Italy

Doubles: Jaana Taavitsainen & Reija Lunden, Finland

Teams: Germany: Martina Beckel, Bianca Völkl-Brandt, Sabine Sonnenschein, Renate Heeg.

All Events: Sue Abela, Malta

Masters:Tuula Tamminen, Finland

5 titles in the men’s division

Singles: Gery Verbruggen, Belgium

Doubles: Luciano Marsero & Marco Reviglio, Italy

Teams: Germany: Tomas Fenselau, Robert Vetter, Peter Knopp, Frank Öing

All Events: Marco Reviglio, Italy

Masters: Marco Spiteri, Malta

Italy became the best federation with 3 Gold, 1 silver and 2 Bronze, Germany became the second best nation with 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze and Finland became the third best nation with 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze

The 32nd Irish Open Championships in association with Storm, 900 Global and 3G shoes, was conducted in Stillorgan Bowl, Ireland during 12-19 January 2020; total of 418 entries by 176 athletes were bowled during the week.

After the two groups of 12-person round robin then top 3 from each group went into the final steps and battled out for the victory as follows:

In the semifinals then we saw the following athletes battle for the win – score over 2 games total pinfall:

Nicola Pongoline vs Teemu Pukisto  472-450

Jonas Dammen vs Alessandro Santu 448-423

And in the final:

Nicola Pongolini vs Jonas Dammen (184+247) 431-400 (231+169)

This was the first win for Nicola Pongolini  on the European Bowling Tour.

Highest ranked woman became Carol Catchpole, Ireland.

After Irish Open, then we did not see any changes in the leadership of the tour.


Mens ranking can be seen here

Womens ranking can be seen here

The 50th Brunswick Ballmaster Open, conducted in the notorious Tali Bowl in Helsinki 3 – 12 January was historical; it was record setting tournament with 690 athletes, and 1334 entries.  Prize fund was also record setting for the EBT, over 150.000 EUR were paid out in prizes.

After the two groups of 12-person round robin then top 3 from each group went into the final steps and battled out for the victory as follows:

Group a)

  1. Marshall Kent
  2. Kyle Troup
  3. Christopher Sloan

Group b)

  1. Matthew McNiel
  2. Nathan Ruest Lajoie
  3. William Svensson

In the TV playoffs then results came as follows:

Nathan Ruest Lajoie von Christopher Sloan

Kyle Troup ousted WIlliem Svensson

Nathan Ruest Lajoie won Marshall Kent                  233-194

Matthew McNiel won Kyle Troup                           228-226

And in the final match we saw Nathan Ruest Lajoie win Matthew McNiel 267-256

This was the first win for Nathan Roest Lajoie on the European Bowling Tour.

After Brunswick Ballmaster open, then Christopher Sloan is still the leader on the EBT 2020 men´s side. The highest woman in Ballmaster became Birgit Pöppler and but Joline Persson Planefors is leading the EBT 2020 on the women’s side.

Mens ranking can be seen here

Womens ranking can be seen here

The 40th AIK International Tournament Powered by Track, was conducted in Bowl-O-Rama in Stockholm, Sweden as usually over the year change 2019-2020.  369 athletes, 67 women and 302 men fought out for the first price in total 881 entries.

As usually then the format does offer a Semifinal on Sunday night for 56 athletes of which 12 will go to the Final Step 1 starting on Monday morning 6 January.

After the final step 4 then following standing was after 14 games total, from Final Step 2, 6 games, from Final Step 3 another 4 games, and Final Step finally 4 games.

  1. Teemu Putkisto, Finland 3176
  2. Jesper Svensson, Sweden 3175
  3. Christopher Sloan, Ireland 3101
  4. Eric Sjöberg, Sweden 3092
  5. Joline Person Planefors, Sweden 3081
  6. Markus Jansson, Sweden 3072
  7. James Blomgren, Sweden 3012
  8. Tomas Leandersson, Sweden 2991

After this then the top 3 concluded the tournament with two one game stepladder matches as follows:

Match 1: Christopher Sloan vs Jesper Svensson: 234 vs 223

Match 2: Christopher Sloan vs Teemu Putkisto: 189 vs 175

This was the first win for Christopher Sloan on the European Bowling Tour.

Teemu Putkisto was here second year in row competing in stepladder finals, but in 2019 he lost in Match 1 and became # 3, now he is moving up, so we wait to see what will happen in 2021!

After the AIK International Tournament powered by Track, then Christopher Sloan is the leader on the EBT 2020 men´s side. The highest woman in AIK became Joline Person Planefors and she will be leading the EBT 2020 on the women’s side.

Ranking men can be seen here

Ranking women can be seen here

Next weekend we will see the finals of the 50 year anniversary version of the Ballmaster Open in Helsinki.