2005 Ljubljana, Slovenia 41st AMF Bowling World Cup - November 13th to 20th 2005


Israel against Canada completes the line up



The men's final in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be between Or Aviram of Israel and Canadian Michael Schmidt. Or went into the � finals as 6th seed, with Michael in pole position having led the tournament from the very first day.

Or played Badr al Sheikh of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the first semi-final, losing the first game by 193 to 206. But he fought back and won the second by 225 to 148. The third game went to the tenth frame: after Badr had hit double, 8 in the tenth, Or needed to close the frame and did so in style going out with a turkey to win this important match 234 to 208.

It will be the first time that a player from Israel has appeared in the final. Yahav Rabin reached the last eight in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2001 and the semi finals last year in Singapore. Now Or has improved on that record. 'To say it's tremendous is an understatement!' he said, straight after his win.

Badr's coach, Mario Joseph, said: 'It was really tense out there. All credit to Or � he bowled really well and played a great area.'

The second semi final featured Gery Verbruggen of Belgium against Michael Schmidt of Canada, the number one seed. Two wash outs for Gery meant a game of 189, while Michael finished with a 197 in the first game. Michael spared the 3, 4, 7, 10 in frame eight of the second game and while Gery left the 2, 4, 8, 10 and took only three of them. Despite a double in the 10th frame, Gery lost again, this time 211 to 214.

The final will go on the lanes at 1700, live on Slovenian television.

Full results are posted on both www.amfbowlingworldcup.com and www.arenalive.si (click on the Bowling World Cup logo)


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