Ireland’s Paul Stott won two of the three qualifying rounds at the European Champions Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland, before being knocked out at the quarter-final stage in the knockout finals.
Stott bowled an impressive 219 average for his 24 games, and he led qualifying all the way through the competition, only being overtaken in the 24th and final game by Norway’s Mads Sandbaekken to be seeded second going into the match-play format finals stage.
Paul came up against an inspired Tom van der Vliet of Holland, who won the match two-games-to-none on his way to eventually winning the tournament and becoming ECC Champion 2014.
Amanda Larkin also put in a top-class performance as she was as high as 3rd early on in qualifying, before eventually finishing in 12th place, just missing out on the finals stage by thirty pins over the 24 qualifying games. Amanda averaged 203 for her 24 games.
Both players booked their places in the European Champions Cup by winning our National Championships back in February, and their performances show that Irish bowling can compete with the best bowling nations in Europe.