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Dennis Eklund wins third Super Six stop 2010

04 MAJ 2010 10:18
Dennis Eklund defeated Martin Larsen 202-195 in the championship match of Örgryte International, the third stop of the Swedish Super Six Tour 2010.
With his victory, Eklund stopped Larsen from claiming back-to-back victories on the tour.
“Finally I was able to win again, it has been four years since I won last time in Super Six,” Dennis said, after a weekend where he followed his game plan and responded to every challenge.
  • Uppdaterad: 04 MAJ 2010 15:22

The tournament took place at Strike & Co in Gothenburg and was played on the WTBA short oil pattern Los Angeles (36 feet). This pattern caused a lot of headaches for the participants. This was also shown by the fact that the cut for the finals was a modest 1245, average 207.5, one of the lowest ever during the Super Six era.
This didn´t matter for Dennis Eklund, who set the pace on the final day with a resounding 769 after three games. He was in third place after the first 8 games, but regained the lead during the quarterfinal and was able to claim the number 1 seed position for the stepladder with 2707 after 12 games, average 225.6.
Dennis was followed by hometown favourite Mikael Roos with 2688 and Norwegian star Tore Torgersen with 2685. Incidentally, Torgersen threw a 300 game earlier in the day and then had another chance at a perfect game – just to see his 12th ball find the gutter for 290!
Martin Larsen barely withstood the challenge by Team Pergamon teammate Tomas Leandersson, taking the fourth and last place to the stepladder by a mere 11 pins.

In the stepladder, Martin Larsen first defeated Tore Torgersen 244-200 and then went on to overcome Mikael Roos by 234-210.
In the final, Dennis Eklund opened with a 3-bagger and took an early lead as Martin Larsen had difficulties to strike on the right lane. When Dennis opened in the sixth frame, things got tighter and everything had to be decided in the last frame.
Dennis hit the pocket both in the ninth and tenth frame, but couldn´t carry the last pin and had to settle for spares, finishing with 202. That left Martin with the opportunity to win if he could strike on his first ball in the last frame. However, it was that right lane which denied him once again as the 7th pin decided not to fall.
“I threw a good ball and almost thought it was a strike. Overall, I am satisfied with my performance and competing on the short oil pattern has been good for us, looking forward to the World Championships later this year,” said Martin.

Dennis Eklund is also one of the key players in the Swedish team and his focus is entirely on the World Championships.
“I have improved both my mental and physical game, and will be much better prepared this time, compared to the championships in Bangkok two years ago,”  said Dennis.

Final results of Örgryte International 2010:

1/ Dennis Eklund, Sweden 40 000 SEK
2/ Martin Larsen, Sweden 25 000 SEK
3/ Mikael Roos, Sweden 15 000 SEK
4/ Tore Torgersen, Norway 10 000 SEK
5/ Tomas Leandersson, Sweden 8 000 SEK
6/ Peter Ljung, Sweden 8 000 SEK
7/ Mathias Årup, Sweden 8 000 SEK
8/ Svein Roger Olsen, Norway 8 000 SEK

Step ladder:
Larsen defeated Torgersen  244-200
Larsen defeated Roos   234-210
Eklund defeated Larsen 202-195

All results are available at http://supersix2010.strike-co.se/dynamic/start.asp


Skribent: Hans Karlsson/Thord Lagercrantz

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