German Boys come from behind to win gold in four-player Team event


    2015 EYC



    2015EYCBoysGermany.jpgThe boys from the host country Germany (pictured left), who barely made the cut to the medal round, posted two big games en route to win the Team gold medal in the 28th European Youth Championships at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    In the title match, Christoph Schurian (223), Giancarlo Reyes (215), Lukas Müller (202) and André Michow (243) topped Sweden's Emanuel Jonsson, Benjamin Jonsson, William Svensson and Robert Lindberg, 895-802, to claim the gold medal.

    2015EYCBoysFinland.jpgThe fourth seeded Germans stunned tournament leader Finland with Niko Oksanen, Tomas Käyhkö, Emil Strömberg and Lauri Sipilä (right) in a close semi-final match, 859-831.

    2015EYCBoysSweden.jpgThe Swedes (left), seeded third, ousted No. 2 seed England with Jamie Elliott, James McMinn, Samuel Martin and Brandon Roberts in an exciting semi-final showdown, 895-885, despite Roberts' outstanding 290 game.

    2015EYCBoysEngland.jpgSweden received the silver medal while Finland and England (right) shared the bronze medal.

    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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    Championship Information - 2015 EYC Bulletin


    28th European Youth Championships - Boys Team Medal Round

    Championship Round:
    1. Germany (Giancarlo Reyes, Lukas Müller, André Michow, Christoph Schurian)
    2. Sweden (Emanuel Jonsson, Benjamin Jonsson, William Svensson, Robert Lindberg)
    3. Finland (Niko Oksanen, Tomas Käyhkö, Emil Strömberg, Lauri Sipilä) and
    England (Jamie Elliott, James McMinn, Samuel Martin, Brandon Roberts)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 4 Germany (Schurian 201, Reyes 201, Müller 214, Michow 243) def.
    No. 1 Finland (Oksanen 189, Käyhkö 203, Strömberg 219, Sipilä 220), 859-831
    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 3 Sweden (B. Jonsson 246, E. Jonsson 167, Lindberg 268, Svensson 214) def.
    No. 2 England (Roberts 290, McMinn 227, Martin 216, Elliott 154), 895-885
    Germany (Schurian 223, Reyes 215, Müller 202, Michow 255) def.
    Sweden (B. Jonsson 215, E. Jonsson 201, Lindberg 189, Svensson 197), 895-802.