Alida Molander wins gold in Girls Masters; leads Swedish girls to clean gold medal sweep


    2015 EYC

    Maria Koshel (RUS) earns silver, Filippa Persson (SWE) and Maria Bulanova (RUS) share bronze



    2015EYCAlidaMolander.jpg2015EYCMariaKoshel.jpg Alida Molander (pictured left) defeated Russia's Maria Koshel (right), two-games-to-one, to win the title in Girls Masters and to lead the Swedish girls' team to a clean gold medal sweep at the 28th European Youth Championships Easter Sunday at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    Molander took the first games, 197-154, but Koshel leveled the match with a 208-168 win in game two. The Swede wrapped up the title with a 224-181 in the decider to win the fifth gold medal for Sweden in as many events.

    The top 24 players in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) representing 13 countries - Sweden (4), Finland (3), Belgium (2), Denmark (2), England (2), France (2), Israel (2), Russia (2), Austria (1), Germany (1), Romania (1), Scotland (1) and Slovakia (1) - battled it out for the medals single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format.

    2015EYCMariaBulanova.jpg2015EYCFilippaPersson3.jpg The top eight players received a first-round bye. In each round, the highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player bowled the second lowest seeded player, and so on.

    Molander, who won bronze in All-Events, swept Koshel's team mate, silver medalist Maria Bulanova (left), in the semi-finals, while Koshel came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat three-time gold medalist (All-Events, Singles and Team) Filippa Persson (right), 2-1. Bulanova and Persson shared the bronze medal.

    Persson was the most winningest player of the 28th European Youth Championships with four gold medals and one bronze medal.


    28th European Youth Championships - Medal Tally

    2015EYCLogo_small.jpg The 28th European Youth Championships were 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 bowled 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 was 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 featured six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowled No. 4 and No. 2 took on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowled for gold and silver while the losers shared the bronze medal. All matches were decided in one game.

    The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earned the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determined the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format.

    Photos courtesy of German Bowling Federation and Max Bulanov.


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    28th European Youth Championships - Girls Masters Finals

    Single-elimination, best-of-three games

    2015EYCGirlsMastersFinalists.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Alida Molander, Sweden
    2. Maria Koshel, Russia
    3. Filippa Persson, Sweden and Maria Bulanova, Russia

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 9 Koshel def. No. 1 Persson, 2-1 (175-182, 213-201, 223-211)
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Molander def. No. 2 Bulanova, 2-0 (249-177, 236-195)
    Championship: Molander def. Koshel, 2-1 (197-154, 168-208, 224-181).


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