Swedish girls dominate second block; easily take the No. 1 seed in the Team finals


    2015 EYC

    Sweden leads Team event after six-game preliminaries by more than 200 pins; Finland, Russia and Denmark advance to the medal round; Filippa Persson moves to the top in All-Events

    2015EYCGirlsSweden.jpgFilippa Persson, Cajsa Wegner, Alida Molander and Madelene Gullberg of Sweden (pictured left) dominated the second day of the girls Team event averaging 212.08 over three games and easily took the No. 1 seed in the medal round later this afternoon.

    The Swedes, who led the 10 countries after the first block yesterday with 2423, rolled three consistently high games, 849, 861 and 835, for 2545 and 4968 total, an overall average of 207.00. The Swedish foursome were the lone team that average over 200.

    2015EYCGirlsFinland.jpgPersson had 702 today to lead the team with the field-best individual series of 1346 (224.33) and was followed by Molander (1239), Gullberg (1194) and Wegner (1189).

    Finland's Riikka Hakala, Senni Savikurki, Teea Mäkelä and Elice Piksilähold (right), who started the day in third place, used an 893 second game, the highest game of the event, for a 2379 series to move into second place with 4745 and an average of 197.71.

    2015EYCGirlsRussia.jpgDefending champion Russia with Maria Koshel, Kseniia Kulikova, Maria Bulanova (left) and newcomer Varvara Gryaznova, added 2241 to the 2400 from yesterday to secure third place with 4641 (193.38).

    2015EYCGirlsDenmark2.jpgTrailing England by 50 pins heading into the second block, Denmark's Caitlin Gales Dicay, Mika Guldbæk, Christine Hansen and Megan Gales Dicay (right) rolled games of 803, 799 and 770 for the third-highest 2372 series (197.67) to overtake England by 115 pins and to take the fourth and last spot for the medal round with 4577 and an overall average of 190.71.

    The Danes will face Sweden while Finland and Russia square off in the semifinals.

    IMG 2015EYCFilippaPersson.jpg2015EYCMariaBulanova.jpgFilippa Persson (left), who won the gold medal in Doubles with Cajsa Wegner, posted the field-best individual series of 1346 (224.33) in the Team event en route to move to the top in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) after 12 of 18 games with 2562 (213.50).

    Maria Bulanova (right) slipped to second place despite a 1329 series with 2534 (211.17). Third place belonged to Jaqueline Witura (below right) of Austria with 2493 (207.75), who hit 1300 on the nose in one of the so-called "make-up teams" as Austria hasn't sent a full girls team.

    2015EYCJaquelineWitura.jpgCajsa Wegner and Alida Molander are just 31 and 33 pins off the pace for the medals in fourth and fifth place with 2462 and 2460, respectively.

    The 21 boys teams will bowl their second block later this afternoon. 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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