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England repeats as Girls’ Team champion at European Youth Championships


2017 European Youth champion England topped the Czech Republic, 736-716, to successfully defend the girls’ team title in the 31st European Youth Championships Thursday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

Elyse Giddens (181), Lucy Williams (180), doubles champions Sophie Thompson (193) and Isabel Allen (182), who was on the 2017 team that defeated Finland in the second one-ball team roll-off to claim the gold medal, captured the second gold medal for the English girls in as many events.

In the semi-final match, England (featured photo), seeded second, ousted third-seeded Sweden with Judith Friman, Emma Lejman, Ellen Ekholm and Hanna Engberg in the highest-scoring match of the finals, 844-806.

The underdogs from Czech Republic, Zuzana Uhlírova, Anna Petakova, Marketa Vojtechova and Eliska Krummerova, who took the last spot for the medal round, stunned top seeded Mika Guldbäk, Cecilie Dam, Line B. Christiansen and 2017 EYC singles champion Megan Dicay of Denmark in the other semi-final match, 768-715.

The Czech Republic earned the silver medal. Sweden and Denmark both got bronze.

Action shifts to the singles competitions on Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls). The 90 boys and the 66 girls will be split into two squads to bowl six games preliminaries after which the field will be trimmed to the top 4 boys and top 4 girls for the medal round starting Saturday at 5.30 p.m. CEST with the semi-finals.

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 Medal Round

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (March 29, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. England (Elyse Giddens, Sophie Thompson, Lucy Williams, Isabel Allen), 1580 (2 games)
2. Czech Republic (Zuzana Uhlírova, Anna Petakova, Marketa Vojtechova, Eliska Krummerova), 1484 (2 games)
3. Denmark (Mika Guldbäk, Cecilie Dam, Megan Dicay, Line B. Christiansen), 715 (1 game)
(tie) Sweden (Hanna Engberg, Judith Friman, Emma Lejman, Ellen Ekholm), 806 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1:
No. 4 Czech Republic (Vojtechova 158/Krummerova 186/Uhlírova 238/Petakova 186) def.
No. 1 Denmark (Dam 191/Christiansen 161/Dicay 191/Guldbäk 172), 768-715
Semifinal Match 2:
No. 2 England (Thompson 255/Williams 234/Giddens 190/Allen 165) def.
No. 3 Sweden (Ekholm 190/Lejman 170/Friman 224/Engberg 222), 844-806
Gold Medal Match:
England (Thompson 193/Williams 180/Giddens 181/Allen 182) def.
Czech Republic (Vojtechova 204/Krummerova 188/Uhlírova 155/Petakova 169), 736-716.

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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