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Finland starts 31st European Youth Championships with victory in Boys’ Doubles


In a high-scoring gold medal match, Finland’s Pyry Puharinen and Jesse Ahokas defeated Lukas Sevelin and Oskar Wirefeldt of Sweden, 474-458, to start the 31st European Youth Championships with victory in Boys’ Doubles.

The Finns, who finished the preliminaries in second place ousted third-seeded Clément Bernard and Darren Pellegroms of Belgium in the semi-final round, 421-363, while the Swedes, seeded fourth stunned tournament leader Germany with Felix Hübner and Tim Lindacher in the other match, 433-395.

Puharinen and Ahokas (featured photo, l-r with coach Sami Konsteri) took the gold medal, Sweden (right) received silver and Germany and Belgium shared the bronze medal.

The field of 90 boys from 26 countries was divided into two squads to roll six games of qualifying on Monday before the cut to the top 4 who advance to the one-game medal round on Tuesday afternoon. All four finalists came out of the first squad.

Germany led the way with 2655 total, averaging 221.25 as a pair, including Hübner’s 1340 series, who took the early lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event). Finland was 20 pins behind in second place with 2635 and was followed by Belgium in third place with 2619 and Sweden in fourth place with 2613.

Action shifts to the boys’ and girls’ four-player team competitions on Wednesday (first block of three games) and Thursday (second block and medal rounds).

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 and Valgeir Guðbjartsson.

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31st EYC 2018 – Boys Doubles Medal Round

Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (March 27, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Finland (Pyry Puharinen, Jesse Ahokas), 895 (2 games)
2. Sweden (Lukas Sevelin, Oskar Wirefeldt), 891 (2 games)
3. Germany (Felix Hübner, Tim Lindacher), 395 (1 game)
(tie) Belgium (Clément Bernard, Darren Pellegroms), 363 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1:
No. 4 Sweden (Sevelin 220, Wirefeldt 213) def.
No. 1 Germany (Hübner 225, Lindacher 170), 433-395
Semifinal Match 2:
No. 2 Finland (Puharinen 200, Ahokas 221) def.
No. 3 Belgium (Bernard 210, Pellegroms 153), 421-363
Gold Medal Match:
Finland (Puharinen 239, Ahokas 235) def.
Sweden (Sevelin 209, Wirefeldt 249), 474-458.

31st EYC 2018 – Boys Doubles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – Clément Bernard, Belgium and Georg Skryten, Norway – 278
3 Games – Clément Bernard, Belgium – 729
6 Games – Felix Hübner, Germany – 1348

Doubles High Game/High Series
1 Game – Pyry Puharinen/Jesse Ahokas, Finland – 501
3 Games – Felix Hübner/Tim Lindacher, Germany – 1340
6 Games – Felix Hübner/Tim Lindacher, Germany – 2655

31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ All-Events after 6/18 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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