Ballmaster Open 2016
Wanna know the hardest part about going from AIK to Ballmasters is?
The scores are not even close, definitely not striking as much but you are still chasing the strikes for some stupid reason. That's obviously something I need to work on.
My scores are no good at the moment. I gotta figure out a way to strike. I'm trying to stay clean at the moment and hope to find a good pair that will let me strike.
Find scores at www.ballmaster.fi
Just wow. It was a long 3 days in Stockholm, we started with qualifying on Monday 6pm. I bowled ok, +123 in my squad but room to improve. Decided to sign up for the morning squad on Tuesday 8am. Not much sleep but ready to bowl in the morning, improved my scores but only a little +144.
It was a strike fest and I just couldn't figure out how to join it.
3rd squad at 3pm was just a disaster, tried different solutions and couldn't find anything to work for me.
In AIK tournament there are many different ways of making the finals & semifinals. Top 30 from qualifying and top scores game 5 and 6 makes it straight to finals. Then 31-66 on the total qualifying, 4 ladies out of the cut, 4 youth, 4 seniors and 4 hcp bowlers made the semis together with next two scores from game 5 & 6. The semi finals was bowled on Tuesday evening at 10pm.
I was lucky enough to capture on of the spots on the ladies gateways to the semis.
12 people out of 56 made it from semis. In the semis I bowled my best so far this trip, I was +202 going into the last game. The last game my mind played some tricks on me but I tried to stay clean and made it through as the last one in the cut.
We were done late and the finals started early, not much sleep but this girl was so extremely happy with making it so I didn't really care about sleep. And if we look at my scores on the morning of the finals obviously sleep didn't matter.
My good execution continued and I shot 270-300 my first two games. 570 with 21 strikes in a row with my Rocket is my highest score in two games ever. I will later on today post a video of my last shot of the 300 game on my Instagram, go check it out! @miniheffaa_
I made the first step with a good margin, I bowled +250. We got to bowl another 4 games and here I couldn't put my strikes together unfortunately and I had to settle with a 14th place in the tournament.
Cut for the top 30 was: 1434/6
Five bowler scored over 1500/6
17 - 300 games during the tournament
No onto Ballmasters in Helsinki, Finland. The weather is terrible over here, it was -25 (-13F) when we arrived yesterday and this morning -28c (-18F). Thank God we are gonna bowl inside!
My first squad is 10am this morning, it's a one hour time difference from Sweden.
good morning Stockholm
Yesterday was rough. It was so not my day. I showed up to the wrong squad, luckily I was early and not late. I got lost on the streets of Norrköping when driving from the bowl to the hotel. My sole fell off in the middle of my approach, luckily I was able to stop before falling over. I also left this during my second block:
Yep, the 5pin moved in between the 2-8.
Do I really have to mention that it was a strike fest and I couldn't carry to save my life? Oh well. At least I'm happy with how I was executing my shots and I'm gonna bring that positive feeling into AIK tournament instead.
So last night after bowling me and Amelie drove to Stockholm. I fell asleep like a little baby when we got to the hotel.
Hotel breakfast this morning was a great way to start the day. Today is a day filled with driving to and from the airport. Soon picking up TJ and DJ and later on Lindsay. Can't wait to see them all again! It's been way too long. :)
Bowling again tomorrow at 6pm, find the scores at www.aiktournament.com
I just hate that I'm such a hard headed person sometimes. This time I got punished for it.
I was so convinced that I was gonna bowl at 1pm and 4pm today. So we had to get up at 8.30am, left the house at 10.30am and made it just around noon so we had time to eat lunch before I was gonna bowl. At least that was my plan until I got to the registration desk and they told me I'm on the 4pm and 7pm squad.
Well done Sandra.
At least we are here on time.
You can follow the scores here:
We are bowling 6 games qualifying on Abbey Road.
I will update you between the squads :)
life in a suitcase
today is the day! I'm back!
4am this morning I got home after working at the nightclub downtown. Fun night at work as everyone was all dressed up and happy, makes my evening so much easier. When I got back home I realised my bags were still unpacked. 😩 after grabbing something quick to eat, dressed down to something more comfortable I started packing.
Went to bed around 6am and alarm went off at 10am. AWESOME I'm not a morning person at all and it's not fun when I only get 4h of sleep.
I was ready to leave home around lunch time, went to the bowl to get the bowling balls. All 28 of them. No its not all mine, I'm taking stuff for my brother and my friend John too and also Anna is with me in the car.
So my schedule for the next few days are gonna look like this:
1 Jan - driving to Vimmerby
2-3 Jan - driving to Norrköping. bowling a ladies tournament.
3-7 Jan - driving to Stockholm to bowl the biggest tournament in Sweden, the AIK tournament.
7-11 Jan - flying to Finland for Ballmasters.
When Anna and I got to my friends house, we are staying here tonight, the dinner was served - we had taco pie, so delicious! Of course we had to do dessert too - chocolate fondue with fruits.
Yep I'm full, I'm happy and I'm tired.
Ok i better get some sleep so I'm ready for tomorrow. I will give you more details tomorrow on where to find scores and everything.
Sleep tight lovers,
bye bye 2015
My favorite day of all year.
I still remember how excited and pumped I was for the new year, this day, a year ago. I had no idea what was in store for me, but I had a year filled with ups and downs behind me and thought: it can only get better from here.
Today, I'm thinking the same thing. Not as optimistic, but this time I believe in it. It can only get better from here.
It has been one hell of a roller coaster. No grey zone at all. Either way up high or way down low. My feelings have been all over the place, I have felt every possible feeling - some days within 24h.
It has been a confusing year to say the least. But when you are down there, on the rock bottom you have two choices. Either stay there or fight your way back. I know what I choose.
Even though 2015 right now feels like one big bad memory, I still am thankful deep down in my heart that I have met some amazing people, I got the opportunity to live out one of my biggest dreams when bowling on the PWBA tour, I have my dream job and this is what I'm gonna take with me from this year.
I now say welcome back to all of the old readers of my blog and welcome to all of you new readers who just found this page. Tomorrow we start from scratch. Let's do this.
Happy New Year, lovers.
The pattern we are gonna bowl on is a 35ft pattern, which makes it a short one. Practice went well, I have a few options going into tomorrow. We actually have practice again tomorrow morning so I have one more chance on trying different surfaces on two of the balls I wasn't using today.
You can find scores on:
www.pwba.com - under tournaments
Or you can follow us on:
We are 6h behind Swedish time, our practice tomorrow is between 8-9am. We bowl our first 6 games at 11am, then another 6games at 4pm. After a total of 12 games top 16 makes matchplay.
So are you ready guys?
Also found a package for me in the bowl, look at my new shirts from high5gear:
OK, fingers crossed people!!
Texas has been amazing. I have been able to catch up on some sleep, got many hours of practice, eating good, got to see some old friends and also made some new ones.
A huge thank you to the Ballards who let me stay at their house and took great care of me.
We are now off to Detroit, alarm went off at 4am and an hour later we were on our way to the airport. Happy my body clock is still on Swedish time which made this morning so much easier!
The flight was a little over 2h.
We have practice later on today and then it all starts tomorrow. I will give you an update about the pattern and where you can follow the tournament.
I don't think I will ever get used to the fact that people are wearing their shoes inside. Question for all my American readers, when do you feel "now is the time to take them off"? Hahaha
It feels so weird, normally that's the first thing I do when I get home - I take off my shoes.
Oh well. Enough about shoes. I made it! I'm finally in Keller, Texas after 18h travelling. I couldn't sleep on the first flight, the long one. When I landed in Chicago I knew I only had about 1h 40mins before my next flight so I asked to get permission to pass the line to costums and go the express line. Well.. I got permission but I definitely hit the wrong line while waiting to go through. The officer kept leaving the booth the whole time so I actually made it through AFTER everyone else in the long line. One lady that worked there asked me if I was a military. Hahaha say what? Do I look like I'm the military? Anyways, next time I'm gonna say yes so I can go through quicker!
Lucky me I made my flight. I fell asleep for a little while also on the last leg.
Del picked me up, staying at his and Carolyns house the next few days. Such a beautiful home!
I'm all cuddle up in bed and ready for some sleep. Waking up early for practice tomorrow!
Good morning Sweden and gnite America
pwba tour - here I come
I'm for once not hungry.
I can't believe the day is already here. It's Monday and I'm on my way to the airport! This is the trip I've been dreaming about since I was a little kid.
I'm ready as ever.
Two and a half week in America. A few days in Keller - Texas, a few days in Detroit - MI for my first pwba tour stop, a week in New Jersey for the US Open and last but not least a few days in New York City.
My plan is to keep you guys updated here on my blog as much as I can but I will probably be updating a lot more on the following accounts:
Twitter - miniheffaa_
Instagram - miniheffaa_
Facebook - Sandra Lilltussen Andersson
Feel free to follow!
Ängelholm - Copenhagen 🚂
Copenhagen - Chicago ✈
Chicago - Dallas ✈
This is, by far, the hardest blogpost I have ever written here in my blog. It's not gonna be long but the words I'm typing are painful words for me at the moment.
I'm not sure where to start. So many feelings and thoughts in such a short body.
Only seven months into this year and I feel like I'm already ready set and done with it. No doubt that this year has brought me some very amazing memories but right now something else is taking over. For some of you this might be a no biggie but for me, my whole world fell apart two weeks ago.
There is one thing you have been dedicating your whole life to, one thing that you love to the moon and back. You are good at it too. You spend hours and hours and hours to get better, so many hours that you put everything else a side just to be able to do this. Do I need to mention that you actually put in a lot of money too?
And then one day, someone tells you that you're not good enough and they take away what you are working your ass off for, the one thing you have dedicated your life too, the one thing you enjoy the most, the only thing you are good at(or at least supposed to be good at).
Right now. This is my reality.
I have been a part of Team Sweden since 2010 and youths before that. I have bowled 12 championships in the blue and yellow shirt.
I have an amazing offer to travel to America for the Professional Women's Bowling Association tour in August but I'm not sure I'm mentally ready and prepared for this and it breaks my heart.
What would you do?
How would you react?
And most importantly,
How do you bounce back from this?
I don't know if I'm gonna post this or not. I hate being vulnerable. I'm a fighter. I'm truly a fighter but there is only as much a person can take. Please know it takes me a lot to push that "post" button.
Be patient please. I will get back to blogging soon very soon, I promise. I just need some time.
I wanna thank everyone who has reached out to me. Your support means the world to me right now.
Swedish League Playoffs
The best weekend of swedish bowling is finally here!
Team is ready, we are on our way to Jönköping! For those of you who are close to the city please come by and watch, you're not gonna regret it. It's an event you have to experience to understand how great it is. I can already hear the drums.
If you're not able to swing by the bowl there will be live streaming, link:
Team Pergamon - BK Jösse
Team X-calibur - Skrufscha
Team Clan - Kulladal
Spader Dam - Högland
Fingers crossed for team blue, Spader Dam! 💙
bosön, 5km run and practice
The weekend was spent in stockholm at the biggest training facility in sweden. This place is pretty awesome actually, they have a school with different classes, restaurant, hotel, training facility, outdoor jogging tracks in a beautiful environment. Yes, I wish this place was closer to home.
I got to Stockholm on Friday, checked in on Facebook and thanks to that I got a dinner invite from 3 close friends who lives in stockholm. How sweet? Food was delicious and the company was great.
We arrived to Bosön on Saturday around lunch time. Started with lunch and then off to the gym. Went through a bunch of exercises they wanted us to do in the gym, lucky me I already do this type of workout - lifting weights.
After the workout we showered and got ready for a nutrition class - we were gonna make our own dinner. Healthy dishes. I liked all of it except the starter, hot carrot soup.
Main dish was salmon topped with chilisauce, lime, cashew nuts, salt and petter with a potatoes and artichoke purée. This delicious dinner was finished with a berry mascarpone. 👌 yum.
On Sunday we woke up, ate breakfast then off to the gym to do the same routine as we did on Saturday and when we were done with that we decided to play some volleyball. Had so much fun with the girls!
Ended the weekend at Bosön with lunch then off to the airport.
When I got back home I decided to go to the gym and do some interval running with incline on the treadmill. 80min later I was done with my 10km and burned 800cal.. haha I slept like a little baby after this.
-Monday I bowled the finals of the regional tournament. Bowled well but the scores were so high. Unfortunately I couldn't find a way to strike as much as the rest, I finished 7th.
-Tuesday the spontanoues me said yes to participating in a 5km run cause one of my friends colleagues got sick so they had one spot to fill. Who am I to say no to some fresh air and a good run? 😂
Today I'm very happy that I did it. Goal was 30mins for these 5km and I made it on 29:16. So proud of myself!
-Wednesday woke up with a tired body to say the least. Decided not to go to the gym today. I spent the early afternoon in the sun eating ice cream with Emily before I had to go to the bowl to pack my stuff and leave. Today me and the team went practicing in Jönköping where the swedish team nationals are being held next weekend. We had a great practice on the two patterns we are gonna bowl on - Montreal and London.
Just got home a little while ago, took a shower and now ready for some sleep. Tomorrow I have practice, gym and a coaching session. Fun stuff!
Thought I would share my instagram accounts:
my workout, bowling, daily life instagram. This is the one I update the most
Some of you may know about my creative side, some may not but here is my makeup & daily outfits instagram.
Feel free to follow!
Things just keeps getting better.
My legs are still so sore from Mondays leg work out. Why do I always push myself so hard? Haha I regret it every time I'm gonna sit down, stand up, walk etc. 😂 I just LOVE squats.
So yesterday I could barely move. I decided to take the day off from practice and working out. I went to team practice anyways to help out with bowling balls and to discuss the pattern they were bowling on. We made some progress.
Today I actually planned on going to the gym but decided to bowl a little longer instead. Practiced with Amanda on Montreal today and it still surprises me how good it feels to bowl. From the bottom of my heart I really enjoy it right now.
And it got even better when I received a phone call with the news that I got the job I applied for!! I was on a job interview this week, i was so nervous, you have no idea! But obv it worked out pretty good. :) I will sign some papers in two weeks and after that I will tell you all about it 👌
evening was spent with mom, we made dinner and she surprised me with a Nutella mud cake. Oh dear god it was delicious.
So good just hanging out with her tonight. Good food, good wine, good company. No better way to celebrate.
Ready for bed now.
Gotta get up early and get ready to ✈ to Stockholm for a weekend with team sweden at Bosön.