Norway's Jens Mathiesen averages over 234 to earn the top seed in Boys Singles Finals


    2015 EYC

    Second place Valentin Saulnier shoots 1393 series to beat out Finns Lauri Sipilä, Niko Oksanen for the gold medal in All-Events

    ImageImageJens Mathiesen (pictured left) of Norway averaged 234.83 over six games in the Boys Singles preliminaries Friday at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany, to earn the No. 1 seed in Saturday's medal round at the 28th European Youth Championships.

    Mathiesen had games of 243, 226, 214, 247, 242 and 237 to lead the field of 97 players from 28 countries with 1409 pinfall total.

    Doubles bronze medalist Valentin Saulnier (right) of France was 16 pins behind in second place with 1393 or an average of 234.83.

    2015EYCLauriSipila.jpg2015EYCNikoOksanen.jpgSaulnier leaped from fourth to first place in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) to claim the gold medal with 4017 and an average of 223.17 over 18 games.

    Finishing his series with 258 and 234, Saulnier overtook Lauri Sipilä (left) and Niko Oksanen (r.) by two and 37 pins, respectively. The Finns, who dominated the Doubles and Team preliminaries, had a rough day finishing in 12th (Oksanen, 1285) and 15th place (Sipilä, 1279).

    Sipilä took the silver medal in All-Events with 4015 (223.06) and Oksanen got bronze with 3980 (221.11).

    ImageImageSaulnier will bowl Tom√°Ň° Vrabec (left) of Slovakia in the Singles semi-finals. Vrabec tied Yorick van Deutekom (right), Netherlands, at 1318 (219.67). The Dutch bowler was seeded fourth and will take on No. 1 seed Mathiesen in the other semi-final match.

    Action shifts to Girls Singles preliminaries. As there will be no athletic activities in Germany due to Good Friday, the girls will bowl their Singles preliminaries on Saturday at 9 a.m. (Squad 1) and 1.15 p.m. (Squad 2) Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    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 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‚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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    Championship Information - 2015 EYC Bulletin


    28th European Youth Championships - Boys Singles Preliminaries

    Top 4 advance to the medal round on Saturday, April 4, at 5.30 p.m. CEST.


    28th European Youth Championships - Boys All-Events (Final Standings)

    Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 receive a first-round bye