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Dicay defeats All-Events champion Koshel to win gold in Girls’ Singles


Megan Dicay of Denmark defeated Russia’s Maria Koshel in the title match, 216-184, to win the gold medal in girls’ singles at the 30th European Youth Championships Saturday at Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland. It is the first gold medal for Denmark in this Championships.

The gold medal match was close until the seventh frame when Koshel (right) got a split which resulted in the only open frame. Dicay (above left) took full advantage as she threw three strikes in the 8th, 9th and 10th frame to wrap up the win.

Koshel, who won the gold medal in all-events earlier today, took the silver medal. The finalists barely survived the semi-final matches.

Dicay defeated Anna Petáková (left), Czech Republic, by a whisker, 189-188, and Koshel’s match against team champion Lorna Scott of England ended in a tie, 171-171. Koshel escaped with a 9-8 win in a one-ball roll-off. Petáková and Scott both got bronze.

Maria Koshel led the preliminaries earlier on Saturday with 1286, an average of 214.33 for six games, to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round and to wrap up the gold medal in all-events (total pinfall indoubles, team and singles).

Anna Petáková was 33 pins behind Koshel in the second squad to take over second place with 1253 (208.83). Megan Dicay, who led the first squad with 1226 (204.33), finished the preliminaries in third place.

After a slow start, Lorna Scott (right) closed the second squad with 235, 203 and 223 to help grab the last place in the medal round with 1219 (203.17). Essi Pakarinen from the host country missed the finals by 11 pins finishing fifth with 1208.

Maria Koshel (center) had 1269 in doubles, 1233 in the team event and 1286 in singles to lead the 52 girls from 18 countries in all-events with 3788 and an average of 210.44. She was the only player who averaged over 200 for the week.

Elice Piksilä (left and below) of Finland leaped from fifth to second place to earn the silver medal thanks to an 1199 series today. She was almost 200 pins behind Koshel with 3592 (199.56). Bronze went to Denise Blankenzee (right), Netherlands, with 3580 (198.89).

It took an average of 195.83 (3525, Jolien Thys, Belgium) to make the top 8, who received a first-round bye for Sunday’s match play masters. Line B. Christiansen of Denmark took the 24th and last spot to advance with 3301 and an average of 183.39.

Action shifts to girls’ and boys’ match play masters, which will conclude the 30th European Youth Championships on Easter Sunday. The top 24 girls and the top 24 boys will detremine the champions in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. Top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

The 30th European Youth Championships will be held from April 8-17, 2017 at Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland.

The Championships drew 146 players, 94 boys and 52 girls, from 28 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Finland.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1998 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 2017 EYC will be played on a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 25.485 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. Top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

Photos courtesy of Seija Lankinen.

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30th EYC 2017 – Girls Singles Medal Round

Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland (April 14, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Megan G. Dicay, Denmark, 405 (2 games)
2. Maria Koshel, Russia, 355 (2 games)
3. Anna Petáková, Czech Republic, 188 (1 game), and
(tie) Lorna Scott, England, 171 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Koshel def. No. 4 Scott, 9-8 in roll-off after a 171-171 tie
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Dicay def. No. 2 Petáková, 189-188
Championship: Dicay def. Koshel, 216-184.

30th EYC 2017 – Girls Singles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

30th EYC 2017 – Girls All-Events after 18 games (final)

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

Herbert Bickel

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