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Denmark leads Girls’ Team Preliminaries at European Youth Championships

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The girls from the host country Denmark averaged 206.58 in the second three-game block of the team preliminaries at the 31st European Youth Championships Thursday morning at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg to earn the no. 1 seed for the medal round later this afternoon.

Starting the day in second place, Mika Guldbäk, Cecilie Dam, Line B. Christiansen and 2017 EYC singles champion Megan Dicay rolled games of 866, 813 and 800 for the field-best 2479 three-game series to lead the field of 12 four-player teams with 4918 total and an average of 204.92 as a team.

Defending champion England with Elyse Giddens, Lucy Williams, and doubles champions Sophie Thompson and Isabel Allen, who was on the 2017 team, used the second-highest 1461 block to leap from fifth to second place with 4793 (199.71 avg.).

Overnight leader Sweden with Judith Friman, Emma Lejman, Ellen Ekholm and Hanna Engberg managed only 2244 today, an average of 187, and slipped to third place with 4692 (195.50).

Zuzana Uhlírova, Anna Petakova, Marketa Vojtechova and Eliska Krummerova of Czech Republic closed with games of 838 and 825 to beat out Russia for fourth place by 36 pins, 4673 to 4637.

Mika Guldbäk (featured photo) of Denmark posted the highest individual six-game series in the team event (1318), including a 676 block today, to take the pole position in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event) with 2635 total and an average of 219.58.

Sweden’s Hanna Engberg slipped to second place with 2570 and Jaqueline Witura of Austria remained in third place with 2551.

The medal round will be contested simultaneously with the boys starting Thursday a 5.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) with the semi-finals in which Denmark takes on Czech Republic and England meets Sweden.

The 31st European Youth Championships will be held from March 24 to April 2 at 30-lane Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The championships drew 156 players, 90 boys and 66 girls, from 28 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Denmark.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1999 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 2018 EYC will be played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.73 mL volume oil total.

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. The top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

Photos courtesy of Markus Hegnelius.

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31st EYC 2018 – Girls’ Team Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round

Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – Cecilie Dam, Denmark, 266
3 Games – Hanna Engberg, Sweden, 697
6 Games – Mika Guldbäk, Denmark, 1318

Team High Game/High Series
1 Game – Sweden, 870
3 Games – Denmark, 2479
6 Games – Denmark, 4918

31st EYC 2018 – Girls’ All-Events after 12/18 games

Top three will earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 will earn one bye

Herbert Bickel

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