Germany’s Felix Hübner
and Tim Lindacher
earned the No. 1 seed for the Boys’ doubles finals at the 31st European Youth Championships, which will be held Tuesday afternoon in Aalborg, Denmark.
In the semi-final round, Germany will take on No. 4 Sweden with Lukas Sevelin and Oskar Wirefeldt (right, l-r), while Finland’s Pyry Puharinen and Jesse Ahokas take on Clément Bernard and Darren Pellegroms of Belgium.
The 90 boys from 26 countries were split into two squads and rolled six games of qualifying on Monday before the cut to the top 4 who advance to the one-game medal round. 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 (featured photo) 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.
The Swedes beat out Germany 2 with Patrick Weichert and Sidney Schroschk (2570) for the last place to advance to the medal round by 43 pins.
Action shifts to the girls’ doubles preliminaries on Tuesday. The boys’ and girl’s medal rounds will be held on Tuesday afternoon.
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.
28 countries to participate in 31st European Youth Championships
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