Swedish girls win second gold medal at European Youth Championships in Team event


    2015 EYC



    2015EYCGirlsSweden.jpgFilippa Persson, Alida Molander, Madelene Gullberg and Cajsa Wegner (pictured left) earned the second gold medal for Sweden in the 28th European Youth Championships by defeating Finland, 821-689, in the title match of the Girls Team event Wednesday evening at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    It was the second gold medal for the Swedish girls after the victory of Persson and Wegner two day ago. Persson led the team with 234 and was followed by Wegner (203), Molander (202) and Gullberg (182).

    2015EYCGirlsFinland.jpgFinland's Senni Savikurki, Riikka Hakala, Elice Piksilä and Teea Mäkelä (right) earned the silver medal. The No. 2 seed ousted defending team champion Russia with Maria Bulanova, Kseniia Kulikova, Maria Koshel and Varvara Gryaznova (below left) in a close semi-final match, 714-705.

    2015EYCGirlsRussia.jpgThe Swedes, who dominated the preliminaries to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round, sidelined No. 4 Denmark with Caitlin Gales Dicay, Mika Guldbæk, Christine Hansen and Megan Gales Dicay (below right), 834-737, in the other semi-final match.

    2015EYCGirlsDenmark2.jpgFinland received the silver medal while Russia and Denmark shared bronze.

    Action shifts to Boys Singles preliminaries on Thursday. The 97 bowlers will be split into two Squads, #1 at 9 a.m. and #2 at 1.15 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). As there will be no athletic activities due to Good Friday, the girls will bowl their Singles preliminaries on Saturday, also at 9 a.m. and 1.15 p.m.

    The top 4 boys and girls advance to the medal round starting Saturday at 5.30 (semi-finals) and 6 p.m. (championship). The Singles preliminaries will also decide the medals in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams).

    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™ 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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    28th European Youth Championships - Girls Team Medal Round

    Championship Round:
    1. Sweden (Filippa Persson, Alida Molander, Madelene Gullberg, Cajsa Wegner)
    2. Finland (Senni Savikurki, Riikka Hakala, Elice Piksilä, Teea Mäkelä)
    3. Russia (Maria Bulanova, Kseniia Kulikova, Maria Koshel, Varvara Gryaznova) and
    Denmark (Caitlin Gales Dicay, Mika Guldbæk, Christine Hansen, Megan Gales Dicay)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 1 Sweden (Wegner 203, Persson 208, Molander 201, Gullberg 222) def.
    No. 4 Denmark (Guldbæk 190, M. Gales 190, C. Gales 176, Hansen 171), 834-737
    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 2 Finland (Mäkelä 196, Piksilä 149, Savikurki 195, Hakala 174) def.
    No. 3 Russia (Bulanova 212, Gryaznova 155, Koshel 165, Kulikova 173), 714-705
    Sweden (Wegner 203, Persson 234, Molander 202, Gullberg 182) def.
    Finland (Mäkelä 164, Piksilä 178, Savikurki 157, Hakala 190), 821-689.