Super Series is a new European Bowling tour that started 2003, with it´s first competition in Aalborg, Denmark. The new tournament has 6 tour stops and a grande finale in Jönköping, Sweden, during easter 2004. The prize money will be the highest ever in Sweden. Swedish Television, SVT, NRK, Norwegian Television and Viasat Denmark is broadcasting the finals from each tour stops live. The Grande Finale in Jönköping will be broadcasted live on Swedish National channel and can be wied all over the country. Today the tour stops are in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, but in a very short time, probably the season 2004/2005, the tour will expand to the rest of the European bowling countries. Those countries will probably be Germany, England, Spain, France and Italy.
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Norwegian Open 2003.

The first ever mayor international tournament in Norway became a success!

After a very hectic year of preparing it finally come through. It started with a thought during last years Kungsbacka open and finished with a live TV broadcast in Moss, first weekend of October 2003.
Since those Norwegian players has been travelling more and more on international basis the thought and not least the belief in that now was the right time, the tournament was realised. Thanks to the Norwegian Bowlingfederation, the Superseries organization, Bowling 1 and some very special people putting down a lot of work the first international MAYOR tournament has been held in Norway, with success.

Although not everything started off as we wished, the problems were solved and the rest of the tournament went very smooth.

The lanes where done with the goal of getting bowlers to play, not throw the balls down the lane. The organizers succeeded with this, and there was some really good bowling that could be seen during the whole tournament.

The finals where played in the same match play style as during Olympia Open, with the same success!
Among all the matches we got some really “hot” ones. The match between Anders Öhman and Tim Mack was a battle between giants that Anders won in a great style.
But this was only one of the BIG matches that the crowd could see in the finals.

Anders could bee seen loosing to Norways own Geir Olav Pedersen in a thrilling 5 game match., Thomas Leandersson lost against Petri Mannonen in another 5 game match and so on….
Great bowling finally lead to the final 4, Petri Mannonen meeting Mikael Alhqvist and Kimmo Lehtonen took on the big surprise in the finals, Team Norway player Svein Roger Olsen.

Petri, who also was in the Grand final during Olympia Open, was again defeated by a Swede in his fight for his first Superseries title. Mikael Ahlqvist made a good show and could look forward to his first Grand Final in the Superseries tour.

In the other match a very nervous young Norwegian was facing the very experienced Kimmo Lehtonen. Kimmo who had not come up to his standard in the just finished World championships, and could not put enough pressure on the experienced Finn. Kimmo won the match quiet comfortable.

Again there was a Swede and a Finn in the Grand Final.
Kimmo got early ahead of Mikael in the match, an advance that Mikael never really could do anything about. Kimmo was way too experienced for Mikael and every time Mikael put the pressure on Kimmo, the Finn responded with a great shot.
Booth players showed some really good body language to the audience and the TV crowd.
Kimmo could finally win and do his “famous” hands walk on the approach. This was very popular with the crowd.

The finals were over and we could see to the fact that the first Superseries, and the first Mayor International Tournament in Norway was a success. The Norwegians got there first TV shows in a long time this weekend and can look forward to the Superseries Tour broadcasts.

The Superseries Tour has become the great European tour that bowling so well need. Well organized, big money and some great TV shows are setting the new standard for tournaments all over. It’s here, it’s big and it’s setting the standards.
Superseries Tour – coming to a place near you………
The next stop on the Tour is in Kungsbacka on December 14th, and we’re all looking forward to this thrilling event!
Good Luck in Kungsbacka and see you there…..

Report from World Championships in Kuala Lumpur 2003.

With 3 goldmedals and one bronce Sweden proved to be the best nation amongst the 67 participating countries on the mens side. Adding to that a silvermedal in the ladies team-event we also was the best country overall in this World Championships.
This was, off course, an outcome of the championships that exeded every expectation but also a kind of surprise that one easily can live with! Especially if You are the coach for the National Team of Sweden.

The two players that dominated the championship was Anders "Linus" Öhman and Tim Mack. Sounds familiar? Anders won 3 Gold medals, Doubles, Team and All Events whilst Tim won a gold in the Trios together with Bill Hoffman and Dino Castillo. He also won a bunch of silvermedals, Singel, Team, All Events and finaly in the Masters.

It was interesting to hear the reactions from coaches from all over the world and also from media-people who constantly asked -"how can this limited group of bowlers be so succesful event after event".
The Team USA coach Fred Borden had a thougth on that issue when he explained to an asian journalist; - "These guys who time after time are standing at the podium is playing on the Scandinavian Tour, Super Series, in order to play against the best bowlers in the world. That´s the best way to prepare for a major tournament like the WC". Thank You Fred for that statement! And I think You are absolute right too! If you want to be a really great bowler you have to play against the best, not only occasionally but constantly.

From a strictly swedish point of view it was good to see our youngsters Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson making their way into the international elite. They won a bronce-medal in double and as mentioned before, gold in the Team-event. Many more World Championships are ahead for these two guys, no doubt.

This was the last time it was a WC where both men and women played at the same time and in the same venue. Next World Championship will be in Aalborg in 2005 and that will be the a strictly womens affair. The men will play in 2006 in Busan, Korea.
The reason is that so many countries are participating, this time 67 of the 128 FIQ- member federations.

Unfortunatly I could´nt be in Moss for the last Super Series-stop as I was in Honduras for the AMF World Cup but I understand that it was a success in every sense. Congratulations Norway! And congratulations Kimmo!

See You next time in Kungsbacka in December and don´t forget to register. Last year we had many entries so You better register in time to get the squads You want.

If You want to know more about the World Championships in Kuala Lumpur feel free to contact me in Kungsbacka and I will tell You more. If You don´t see me look towards the sky. I´m still in heaven.


Magnus Johnson, Coach National Team of Sweden

Magnus Johnson

M +46 70 527 7734

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