Finland comes from behind to win Girls Team title in EYC Denmark


    2012 EYC

    Denmark gets silver, Sweden and England share the bronze medal

    2012EYCLogo.jpg Finland with Roosa Lundén, Sanna Pasanen, Eliisa Hiltunen and Heidi Poikonen successfully defended the title in the girls four-player Team event at the European Youth Championships' in Denmark.

    In a title match that went down to the very last frame, the Finns topped Stine N. Johansen, Pernille W. Rasmussen, Rikke N. Johansen and Pernille F. Nielsen of Denmark, 687-662, to win the second gold medal for Finland in the championships.

    In the semifinals, Finland seeded fourth eliminated top seeded England with Ellanor Thurston, Hannah Frost, Verity Crawley and Bethany Hedley, 845-780, to advance to the gold medal match.

    In the other semifinal, the team from the host country ousted Sweden with Annie Thorell, Lisa Björklund, Fanny Lindahl and Jenny Wegner, 790-734.

    Finland earned the gold medal, Denmark had to settle for another silver medal like the Boys team, while Sweden and England shared the bronze medal.

    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 Finals

    Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (April 5, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1. Finland (Roosa Lundén, Sanna Pasanen, Eliisa Hiltunen, Heidi Poikonen)
    2. Denmark (Stine N. Johansen, Pernille W. Rasmussen, Rikke N. Johansen, Pernille F. Nielsen)
    3. England (Ellanor Thurston, Hannah Frost, Verity Crawley, Bethany Hedley) and Sweden (Annie Thorell, Lisa Björklund, Fanny Lindahl, Jenny Wegner)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 4 Finland (Roosa Lundén 227, Sanna Pasanen 212, Eliisa Hiltunen 226, Heidi Poikonen 180) def.
    No. 1 England (Ellanor Thurston 172, Hannah Frost 202, Verity Crawley 202, Bethany Hedley 204), 845-780

    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 2 Denmark (Stine N. Johansen 182, Pernille W. Rasmussen 265, Rikke N. Johansen 189, Pernille F. Nielsen 154) def. No. 3 Sweden (Annie Thorell 221, Lisa Björklund 171, Fanny Lindahl 170, Jenny Wegner 172), 790-734

    Championship Match:
    No. 4 Finland (Heidi Poikonen 172, Eliisa Hiltunen 143, Sanna Pasanen 172, Roosa Lundén 200) def.
    No. 2 Denmark (Pernille W. Rasmussen 170, Rikke N. Johansen 182, Pernille F. Nielsen 151, Stine N. Johansen 159), 687-662.