England takes the No. 1 seed for the Girls Team Playoffs at European Youth Championships


    2012 EYC

    Denmark, Sweden and defending champion Finland also advance; Ukrainian Daria Kovalova shoots 14040 in make-up team to take big lead in All Events

    2012EYCLogo.jpg Doubles gold medalists Bethany Hedley and Hannah Frost and their teammates Ellanor Thurston and Verity Crawley, England, leaped one spot during the second three-game block of the Team event Thursday morning en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs of the 25th European Youth Championships later this afternoon.

    The English girls added a 2356 series including games of 823, 782 and 751 to the 2291 series from yesterday to lead the field of eleven countries after six games preliminaries with 4647 pinfall total and an average of 193.63.

    The girls of the host country Denmark, Stine N. Johansen, Pernille F. Nielsen, Rikke N. Johansen and Pernille W. Rasmussen, used the highest three-game series of 2386 to leap from third to second place with 4635 (193.13).

    First block leader Sweden Annie Thorell, Jenny Wegner, Fanny Lindahl and Lisa Björklund slipped to third place with 4612 behind a 2252 series in the second block. However, this must not be a bad omen as neither the Swedish girls nor the Swedish boys, who were the No 1 seed in the Doubles finals on Tuesday, have won the gold medal.

    Defending champion Finland and Russia battled it out for the fourth and last spot to advance. Roosa Lundén and Sanna Pasanen, who were on the 2011 team that has won the gold medal and teammates Eliisa Hiltunen and Heidi Poikonen were down by 15 pins heading into the final game. The four Finns posted a 770 game to Russia's 686 to secure fourth place with 4455 and an average of 185.63.

    While 44 of the 62 girls from 22 countries bowled in the team event, 18 players from Austria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia and Ukraine, who did not send a full team of four players, bowled individually for their All Events total.

    Defending All Events champion Daria Kovalova, who had the highest three-game block on Wednesday (662) added a 742 series on Thursday including games of 230, 215 and 297 to take a commanding lead in All Events. Kovalova's 1404 series, which was 108 pins higher than the second-best series (1296, Shir Azulay, Israel), propelled her into a 110-pin lead with 2615 total and an average of 217.92. With the final six games in Singles to go, Jenny Wegner, Sweden, is second with 2505 while Hannah Frost, England, fell from first to third place with 2478.

    The 25th European Youth Championships will be held from March 31 through April 9, 2012 at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    The EYC 2012 is divided in two divisions - boys and girls. Each team consists of maximum four male and four female players, who must not have reached the age of 19 before August 31st, 2012.

    The players compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Teams, Singles, All Events (18 games) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games). Competition starts on Monday, April 2 with the Boys Doubles and ends on Easter Sunday, April 8, with the Boys and Girls Masters match play.

    For more information please download 2012 EYC Bulletin (MS Word document).


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    25th European Youth Championships - Girls Team Preliminaries

    The top 4 Teams advance to the Playoffs.


    Individual players


    High Games and High Series

    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 297
    3 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 742
    6 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 1404

    Team High Scores
    1 Game: Denmark, 871
    3 Games: Denmark, 2386
    6 Games: England, 4647


    25th European Youth Championships - Girls All Events after 12/18 games