Swedish duos lead Girls Doubles preliminaries at the 28th European Youth Championships


    2015 EYC

    Swedes square off with Belgian and French doubles in the medal round starting at 5.30 p.m. CEST

    2015EYCCaisaWegnerFilippaPersson.jpgCajsa Wegner and Filippa Persson of Sweden (pictured left, l-r) averaged 207.42 in Squad 1 of the Girls Doubles preliminaries at the 28th European Youth Championships to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round later this afternoon at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    2015EYCAmandineRichardGwenaalleHugon.jpg The Swedes were the only duo in which both players surpassed the 1200-mark, a 200 average. Wegner posted the second-best 1273 series, an average of 212.17, and Persson contributed 1216 (202.67) to lead the field of 27 doubles with 2489 pinfall total.

    The Swedes will bowl Amandine Richard and Gwena√ęlle Hugon of France (right, l-r), who were the second-best team in Squad 1 with 2353, an average of 196.08, to help grab fourth place. Richard had 1188 and Hugon added 1165.

    2015EYCBaukeJespersAnnoukCoopmans.jpg 2015EYCAlidaMolanderMadeleneGullberg.jpgIn the other semi-final, two teams of Squad 2 will square off. Madelene Gullberg and Alida Molander of Sweden (left, r-l) joined forces for 2393, an average of 199.42, good for second place overall. Molander totaled 1221 pins, the fourth-highest individual series of the day, and Gullberg had 1172.

    They will meet third-placed Annouk Coopmans and Bauke Jespers of Belgium (right, r-l) who chalked up 2359, an average of 196.58. Jespers rolled the third-highest 1242 series and Coopmans toppled 1117 pins.

    Bettina Burghard of Germany took the early lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) after six of 18 games with 1292, an average of 215.33, and is followed by Wegner, Jespers and Molander.

    The boys and girls medal rounds will be contested simultaneously. The semi-finals start at 5.30 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and the gold medal matches are slated for 7 p.m.

    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.


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