Swedish boys dominate Team preliminaries to earn second consecutive No. 1 seed


    2012 EYC

    Wilhelmsson leads all 102 players with 1392 to widen lead in All Events

    2012EYCLogo.jpg Defending champion Sweden dominated the Boys Team preliminaries of the European Youth Championships Thursday en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the playoffs later this afternoon at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    It was the second consecutive top seed for the Swedish boys who were the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in Doubles but had to settle for the bronze medals after losing their semifinal matches.

    The Swedes toppled 5168 pins, an average of 215.33, to outaverage their nearest competitor by almost 15 pins. Filip Wilhelmsson, who was on the gold medal team in 2011, led the team with the field-best 1392 series, a 232 average, to widen his lead in All Events.

    Emil Nilsson was close behind with 1375 an route to overtake second place in All Events. Pontus Andersson had 1232 and Jesper Svensson, also a member of the 2011 team, contributed 1169.

    Trailing Sweden by 347 pins to earn the No. 2 seed were Dutch Jeroen van Geel, Jordi Putman, Joshua Schuurman and Jord van Weeren, who totaled 4821 (200.88)

    2007 Team champion Greece with Alexandros Molfesis, Konstantinos Xagoraris, Thomas Moeller Petersen and Stamatios Roros secured third place with a 772 final game and 4782 (199.25).

    Finland, Denmark and Poland battled it out fort he fourth and last place to advance to the playoffs. Leading Denmark by 20 pins heading into the final game, Finns Jesse Kallio and Niko Kurppa, who won gold in Doubles two day ago, and their team mates Juuso Rikkola and Saku Konttila suffered a 734 game to fall to sixth place with 4729.

    Denmark's Markus Bergendorff, who is third in All Events, Victor Gundersen, Nichlas Christensen and Martin Ø. Pedersen took full advantage and leaped one spot thanks to a 797 game to grab fourth place with 4772.

    Poland's Patryk Preus, Aleksander Stepien, Brajan Kastner and Daniel Wisniewski made a late charge with 827 but fell 17 pins short to settle for fifth place with 4755.

    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 - Boys Team Preliminaries

    The top 4 Teams advance to the Playoffs.


    Individual players


    High Games and High Series

    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Juuso Rikkola, Finland, 278
    3 Games: Juuso Rikkola, Finland, 756
    6 Games: Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden, 1392

    Team High Scores
    1 Game: Sweden, 920
    3 Games: Sweden, 2587
    6 Games: Sweden, 5168


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