Finnish boys earn No. 1 and 2 seed for Doubles medal round at European Youth Championships


    2015 EYC

    Finns face doubles from Sweden and France in the semi-finals

    2015EYCEmilStrombergNikoOksanen.jpgThe boys from Finland set the tone in the boys Doubles preliminaries, which kicked off the 28th European Youth Championships Sunday, March 29, at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    2015EYCLauriSipilaTomasKayhko.jpgEmil Strömberg and Niko Oksanen (pictured left, l-r) led the first squad with record 2788 total, an average of 232.33, an remained atop the leaderboard in the second squad to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round starting Monday at 5.30 p.m. CEST with the semi-finals.

    Oksanen led all 97 players (47 doubles and three individual players) with 1481 and an average of 246.83 for six games. Strömberg contributed 1307.

    Their teammates Tomas Käyhkö and Lauri Sipilä (right, r-l) were the only duo of Squad 2 that finished in the top 4 to reach the medal round. Sipilä had 1418, the only other 1400-series, and Käyhkö added 1304 to take the No. 2 seed with 2722 (226.83).

    2015EYCRobertLindbergBenjaminJonsson.jpg2015EYCValentinSaulnierGaetanMouveroux.jpgIn the medal round, No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. Käyhkö/Sipilä meet Benjamin Jonsson and Robert Lindberg (left, l-r) of Sweden while Strömberg/Oksanen take on Valentin Saulnier and Gaetan Mouveroux (right, l-r) of France.

    The Swedes posted 2677 (223.08) to finish in third place. Jonsson had the third-highest 1383 series to sit in third place in All-Events after 6 of 18 games and Lindberg toppled 1294 pins.

    The French duo took the fourth and last spot to advance with 2639 (219.92) including 1325 by Saulnier and 1314 by Mouveroux. The other 43 doubles were eliminated.

    Action shifts to the girls Doubles preliminaries on Monday.

    2015EYCLogo_small.jpg The 28th European Youth Championships will be held from March 27 through April 6, 2015 at Bowl Play, a 30-laner in Leipzig, Germany.

    The Championships drew 155 players, 97 boys and 58 girls, from 29 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) - Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1996 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 2015 EYC will be played on a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 25.56 mL volume oil total. Click here to view the Kegel LaneMap‚ĄĘ Guide of Bowl Play Leipzig.

    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.

    Competition kicks off with the Boys Doubles preliminaries on Sunday, March 29, and concludes Sunday, April 5, with the Boys and Girls Masters finals followed by a farewell banquet.

    Photos courtesy of German Bowling Federation and Max Bulanov.


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