Norwegian Øyvin Kulseng climbs the ladder to claim gold in Boys Singles at EYC Denmark


    2012 EYC

    Minenko takes silver; top seeded Talpa and Van Geel share bronze medal

    2012EYCLogo.jpg Øyvin Kulseng defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 seed in the Boys Singles Playoffs en route to claim the first gold medal for Norway at the 25th European Youth Championships in Aalborg, Denmark. In the title match, Kulseng topped Alexander Minenko, Russia, 222-171.

    In the semifinals, fourth seeded Kulseng flew past No. 1 seed Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, 228-168, while Minenko, seeded second, edged No. 3 Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands, by a whisker, 215-213.

    As in the Girls Singles championship match, the No. 2 seed bowled the No. 4 seed for the title. Also, Talpa's defeat meant that the six top seeds went 0-6 in boys and girls Doubles, Team and Singles finals. To make it worse, only one of the six top seeds, Swedes Annie Thorell and Jenny Wegner, reached the title match (in girls Doubles).

    Minenko took the silver medal while Talpa and Van Geel had to settle for the bronze medals.

    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 Singles Finals

    Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (April 7, 2012)

    Championship Round:
    1, Øyvin Kulseng, Norway
    2. Alexander Minenko, Russia
    3. Marek Talpa, Czech Republic, and Jeroen van Geel, Netherlands

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Kulseng def. No. 1 Talpa, 228-168
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Minenko def. No. 3 Van Geel, 215-213
    Championship Match: Kulseng def. Minenko, 222-171.