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No changes atop the leaderboard in EYC Boys’ Team Preliminaries

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The top 4 boys’ teams, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Netherlands, remained unchanged in Thursday’s second block of three games to advance to the medal round in the 31st European Youth Championships at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

Adam Hultgren, William Svensson, Oskar Wirefeldt and Lukas Sevelin of defending team champion Sweden added 2599, the highest block of day two, to the EYC record 2690 from Wednesday to lead the teams from 19 countries with 5289 pinfall total and an average of 220.38.

Georg Skryten, Alexander Beck, Jörgen Mathiesen and Jonas Dammen of Norway were just 47 pins behind in second place with 5242 (218.42). Third place belonged to Mathias Ankerdal, Marcus Christensen, Andreas Andreasen and Jonas Dons from the host country Denmark, who were further 29 pins back with 5213 (217.21).

Brent de Ruiter, Mike Bergmann, Ronan van der Loo and Nick de Gelder of the Netherlands secured the fourth and last spot to advance to the medal round with 5084 (211.83).

Patrick Weichert of Germany posted 1320 in doubles and 1360 in the team event to lead the 90 boys from 26 countries in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event) after 12 of 18 games with 2680 total and an average of 223.33.

Oskar Wirefeldt of Sweden rolled a 688 series today to leap from sixth to second place with 2650. Georg Skryten of Norway fell one spot to third place with 2646.

Oleksandr Nechypaiev (1381), Ukraine, and Mathias Ankerdal (1386), Denmark, who had the second-highest and the highest six-game series in the team event, are close behind in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The medal round will be contested simultaneously with the girls starting Thursday a 5.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) with the semi-finals in which Sweden takes on the Netherlands and Norway faces Denmark.

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, Jan Jaap van der Sar and Valgeir Guðbjartsson.

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31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ Team Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round

Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – William Svensson, Sweden, 276
3 Games – Mathias Ankerdal, Denmark, 737
6 Games – Mathias Ankerdal, Denmark, 1386

Team High Game/High Series
1 Game – Netherlands, 983
3 Games – Sweden, 2690 *(EYC Record)
6 Games – Sweden, 5289

31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ 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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