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Ottawa Finns Fail to Win Back Sisu Bowling Trophy (February 19, 2001)
- by Martti Lahtinen

Despite a hard-fought battle, the Canadian Friends of Finland (Ottawa) once again lost out to a superior team in their annual Nordic Challenge bowling tournament.

The Danes handily defended the Sisu Trophy, as the best team in the 2011 Friends of Finland Super Bowl. It marked the Danes' fourth win in succession. The Finnish team was a distant second, with the Icelanders coming in third. The Swedes and Norwegians failed to respond to the challenge. Perhaps next year. The Danish Club included: Alice Jessen, Eva Andersen, Alice Danielsen, Lis Olsen and team captain John Olsen.

Eva Andersen rolled the high single, 171, to claim the Tähti Trophy. She edged teammate Lis Olsen and Martti Lahtinen of Team Finland, who posted 170 scores. Ida Capern of Team Finland was awarded the Sisukas Trophy, given to the most courageous bowler. Ida preferred not disclosing her score, allowing only that it was slightly higher than her acknowledged (49) age.  The Finnish team is considering borrowing a page from the NHL hockey teams, the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs, to begin recruiting new perhaps not necessarily younger but experienced bowlers as part of their membership drive this coming year. 

Dorothy Ahlgren, CFF (Ottawa) President, and Martti Lahtinen, tournament organizer

Dorothy Ahlgren, CFF (Ottawa) President, and Martti Lahtinen, tournament organizer, look over the list of trophies being awarded. 
(Photo by Mike Carroccetto)

One strike coming up! seems to be the word from Dorothy Ahlgren

One strike coming up! seems to be the word from Dorothy Ahlgren, as she heads down the lane at the start of the Nordic challenge bowling tournament in Ottawa.
(Photo by Bob Diotte)

Mike Capern, from New Hampshire
Mike Capern, from New Hampshire, was visiting his mother in Ottawa and helped the Ottawa Finns at the bowling tournament.
(Photo by Bob Diotte)

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