Sweden sets the pace in the Girls Team Preliminaries after the first block

    03/31/15

    2015 EYC

    With three more games to go on Wednesday Russia, Finland and England sit in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place

    2015EYCGirlsSweden2.jpgThe Swedish girls followed in the footprints of the Finnish boys team as doubles gold medalists Filippa Persson and Cajsa Wegner teamed with bronze medalists Alida Molander and Madelene Gullberg (pictured left) to lead the four-player Team preliminaries in the European Youth Championships after the first block Tuesday afternoon with 2423 total or an average of 201.92.

    The Swedes had games of 835, 758 and 830. Persson led the foursome with 644, Gullberg had 619, Molander added 592, and Wegner contributed 568.

    2015EYCGirlsRussia2.jpg2015EYCMariaBulanova.jpgDefending champion Russia with Maria Koshel, Kseniia Kulikova, Maria Bulanova and newcomer Varvara Gryaznova (right) hit 2400 on the nose, a 200 average, to trail the Swedes by mere 23 pins in second place.

    Bulanova (left) used games of 215, 217 and 233 for the field-best individual series of 665 en route to jump from eighth to first place in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles, and Teams) with 1870 total and an average of 207.78 for nine games.

    Persson leaped from seventh to second place with 1860 (206.67) with Jaqueline Witura of Austria in third place with 1845 (205.00). Wegner fell from first to fourth place with 1841 (204.56).

    2015EYCGirlsFinland2.jpgWith another three-game block to go on Wednesday before the cut to the top 4 for the medal round, Finland's Riikka Hakala, Senni Savikurki, Teea Mäkelä and Elice Piksilähold (left) hold the third place with 2366 (197.17).

    2015EYCGirlsEngland2.jpgEngland's Rebecca Daly, Harriet Harmon, Sophie Thompson and Emily Allen (right) were distant 111 pins behind the Finns in fourth place with 2255 (187.92).

    The 10 girls and 21 boys teams will return on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and 1.15 p.m., respectively, for the second three-game block. The top 4 girls and boys teams will advance to the medal round starting at 5.30 (semi-finals) and 6.30 p.m. (championship) Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    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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