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Slovenia, Sweden capture Team gold at EYC

2016EYCFinlandBoys.jpgThe boys from Slovenia boys and the girls from Sweden captured the gold medals in the prestigious four-player team event in the 29th European Youth Championships Thursday evening at Keiluhöllin, Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Slovenia’s Tim Cerkvenik, Ziga Zalar, Aleksander Kostric and Rok Kostric (pictured above), seeded third defeated No. 1 seed Finland (right) with Simon Susiluoto, Ville Rajala, Jesse Ahokas and Niko Oksanen, 798-749, to win the boys title.

The Slovenians advanced to the title match with a 905-808 win against No. 2 seed Sweden (left) with Filip Thelander, William Svensson, Robert Lindberg and Emil Holmberg. In the other semi-final match, Finland sidelined Netherlands’ (right) Yorick van Deutekom, Ronan van der Loo, Mike Bergmann and Bart van Beers, 893-853.

2016EYCSwedenBoys.jpg2016EYCNetherlandsBoys.jpgThe Finns received the silver medal while the Swedish (left) and Dutch (right) bowlers shared the bronze medals.

The Finnish boys, who led the field of 19 countries after the first block by 121 pins over Netherlands, added 2679 to the 2663 from Wednesday for 5342 total and an average of 222.58 to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round. The Finns widened their lead to an enormous 405 pins, outaveraging their nearest competitor by almost 17 pins.

Sweden leaped one spot into second place with distant 4937 (205.71). Slovenia moved from fifth to third place with 4895, thanks to a last game of 825. Netherlands grabbed the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round with 4888.

Niko Oksanen continued to lead the 84 boys’ in All-Events with 2744 total and an average of 228.67 for 12 games, including 1322 in doubles and 1422 in the team event. Brian Kjær of Norway is 60 pins behind in second place with 2684 with Robert Lindberg in third position with 2627.

Simon Susiluoto, who missed the first perfect game of the Championships in the last game by just one pin, had the field-best 1442 series, an average of 240.33, to rocket into eighth place with 2530.

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2016EYCRussiaGirls.jpgThe top-seeded Swedish girls (pictured above), including Cajsa Wegner, Amanda Nyman, Alida Molander and Madelene Gullberg successfully defended the team title with an 804-767 victory against Maria Koshel, Varvara Gryaznova, Maria Bulanova and Ksenia Apanyakina from Russia (right).

In the semi-final round, the Swedes flew past No. 4 England with Sophie Thompson, Katie Tagg, Lorna Scott and Mia Bewley, 822-706.

Russian standout Maria Bulanova, who was the best bowler in the title match rolling a 245 game, fired a huge 278 game to carry her team to a narrow 813-802 victory over Germany with Gina-Maria Merkel, Lea Degenhardt, Lea Buchbauer and Bettina Burghard.

2016EYCGermanyGirls.jpg2016EYCEnglandGirls.jpgThe Russians received the silver medal while the German (left) and the English bowlers (right) shared the bronze medals.

Overnight leader Sweden posted a solid 2443 series in the second block of the preliminaries to lead the nine teams and to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round with 5004 total and an average of 208.50.

Russia fell just 11 pins short to take second place with 4993. Germany (left) posted the highest second block of 2545, an average of 212.08, to jump from fifth to third place with 4878. England (right) slipped to fourth place with 4826 behind a 2395 today.

Cajsa Wegner added a 1372 series in the team event to her 1403 pinfall in Doubles to take a 138-pin lead in All-Events after 12 of 18 games. Katie Tagg sits in second place with 2637. Jaqueline Witura of Austria is further 90 pins behind in third place with 2547. Maria Bulanova had the highest block in the team event (1400) and jumped into six place with 2521.

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The 29th European Youth Championships will be held from March 18-27, 2016 at Keiluhöllin, Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Championships drew 137 players, 84 boys and 53 girls, from 25 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Iceland.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1997 will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles, Doubles and four-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

The 2016 EYC will be played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.52 mL volume oil total.

Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries feature six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches will be decided in one game.

The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earn the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determine the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. Top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

Photos courtesy of Olga Bulanova.

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29th EYC – Boys Team Medal Round

Championship Round:
1. Slovenia (Tim Cerkvenik, Ziga Zalar, Aleksander Kostric, Rok Kostric)
2. Finland (Simon Susiluoto, Ville Rajala, Jesse Ahokas, Niko Oksanen)
3. Sweden (Filip Thelander, William Svensson, Robert Lindberg, Emil Holmberg) and
Netherlands (Yorick van Deutekom, Ronan van der Loo, Mike Bergmann, Bart van Beers)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No 1 Finland (Susiluoto 195, Rajala 224, Ahokas 220, Oksanen 254) def.
No. 4 (Van Deutekom 234, Van der Loo 192, Bergmann 237, Van Beers 190), 893-853
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Slovenia (Cerkvenik 210, Zalar 255, A. Kostric 233, R. Kostric 207) def.
No. 2 Sweden (Thelander 215, Svensson 199, Lindberg 203, Holmberg 191), 905-808
Championship: Slovenia (Cerkvenik 165, Zalar 202, A. Kostric 216, R. Kostric 215) def.
Finland (Susiluoto 193, Rajala 194, Ahokas 155, Oksanen 207), 798-749.

29th EYC – Girls Team Medal Round

Championship Round:
1. Sweden (Cajsa Wegner, Amanda Nyman, Alida Molander, Madelene Gullberg)
2. Russia (Maria Koshel, Varvara Gryaznova, Maria Bulanova, Ksenia Apanyakina)
3. Germany (Gina-Maria Merkel, Lea Degenhardt, Lea Buchbauer, Bettina Burghard) and
England (Sophie Thompson, Katie Tagg, Lorna Scott, Mia Bewley)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No 1 Sweden (Wegner 169, Nyman 217, Molander 212, Gullberg 224) def.
No. 4 England (Thompson 185, Tagg 173, Scott 201, Bewley 147), 822-706
Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Russia (Koshel 183, Gryaznova 160, Bulanova 278, Apanyakina 192) def.
No. 3 Germany (Merkel 183, Degenhardt 221, Buchbauer 204, Burghard 194), 813-802
Championship: Sweden (Wegner 204, Nyman 219, Molander 208, Gullberg 173) def.
Russia (Koshel 183, Gryaznova 147, Bulanova 245, Apanyakina 192), 804-767.

29th EYC – Boys Team Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

29th EYC – Girls Team Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

29th EYC – Boys All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye

29th EYC – Girls All-Events after 12 of 18 games

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye

Author: Herbert Bickel
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