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Sweden sets EYC record, leads Boys’ Team event at halfway point

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Sweden averaged 224 for three games to take the lead in the boys’ team event as the preliminaries at the 31st European Youth Championships reached the halfway mark Wednesday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

Lukas Sevelin, Adam Hultgren, Oskar Wirefeldt (featured photo) and defending team and masters champion William Svensson set a new EYC record for three team games to lead the 19 four-player teams with 2690 total.

The Swedes hold a 19-pin cushion over Norway in second place with 2671. Third place belongs to the Denmark with 2624. Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the medal round after the conclusion of the second block, is currently Netherlands with 2621.

With 9 of 18 games in the books Patrick Weichert of Germany leads in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event) with 2039 total and an average of 226.56. Georg Skryten of Norway is second with 2001 and Oleksandr Nechypaiev of Ukraine is third with 1978.

The boys are done for today and will return tomorrow afternoon for the second block followed by the medal round. The girls will bowl their first block on Wednesday afternoon and return Thursday morning for the second block. The medal rounds will be contested simultaneously.

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.

Photo courtesy of Markus Hegnelius.

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31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ Team Preliminaries after Block 1/2

Top 4 after six games advance to the medal round

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

Team High Game/High Series
1 Game – Netherlands – 983
3 Games – Sweden – 2690 *(EYC record)

31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ All-Events after 9/18 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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