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Croatian women’s team becomes nine-pin bowling world champions

(Photo: Hrvatski Kuglački Savez)

27 May 2019 – The Croatian women’s team has won the 2019 nine-pin bowling World Championships which ended in Rokycany, Czech Republic on the weekend. 

Croatia beat Hungary in the final 5-3 to become world champions. Croatia were too good with 3759 pins to 3665. In the first block, Marijana Liović, Ana Bacan Schneider and Mirna Bosak gave Croatia a great start. Liović beat B. Hari (2:2 & 640:597), Bacan Schneider beat A. Toth (4:0 & 616:576), whilst Bosak went down 3:1.

In the second block, Ines Maričić, Milana Pavlic and the combination of Jambrović, Sedlar and Ravnić came up against tough opponents but a world-record performance from Maričić (687 pins) helped Croatia to the title. 

Earlier in the tournament, Croatia beat Denmark, Slovakia and Romania in group play, before beating Serbia in the quarterfinal and Germany in the semifinal. 

Hungary took the silver medal whilst Germany finished third  and Czech Republic finished fourth. 

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