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Swedish boys defend Team title at 2018 European Youth Championships

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Lukas Sevelin, Adam Hultgren, Oskar Wirefeldt and William Svensson of Sweden rolled two big games on their way to win the second consecutive boys’ team gold medal in European Youth Championships Thursday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

In the gold medal match, the Swedes downed Georg Skryten, Alexander Beck, Jörgen Mathiesen and Jonas Dammen of Norway, 950-857, to wrap up the title. Anchor bowler Svensson, the 2017 EYC masters champion, is the lone player who was on the gold medal team 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. <

The Swedes (featured photo with coach Peter Ljung, right), who led the team preliminaries with an average of 220, ousted no. 4 seed Brent de Ruiter, Mike Bergmann, Ronan van der Loo and Nick de Gelder of the Netherlands in the semi-final round, 928-807.

The Norwegians (right), seeded second, eliminated third-seeded Mathias Ankerdal, Marcus Christensen, Andreas Andreasen and Jonas Dons from the host country Denmark, 918-858, in the other semi-final match.

Norway received the silver medal, while Denmark and Netherlands each took 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 – Boys’ Team Medal Round

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

Championship Round:
1. Sweden (Adam Hultgren, William Svensson, Oskar Wirefeldt, Lukas Sevelin), 1878 (2 games)
2. Norway (Georg Skryten, Alexander Beck, Jörgen Mathiesen, Jonas Dammen), 1775 (2 games)
3. Denmark (Mathias Ankerdal, Marcus Christensen, Andreas Andreasen, Jonas Dons), 858 (1 game)
(tie) Netherlands (Brent de Ruiter, Ronan van der Loo, Mike Bergmann, Nick de Gelder), 807 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1:
No. 1 Sweden (Sevelin 247/Hultgren 218/Wirefeldt 237/Svensson 226) def.
No. 4 Netherlands (De Ruiter 203/Van der Loo 168/De Gelder 210/Bergmann 226), 928-807
Semifinal Match 2:
No. 2 Norway (Skryten 244/Mathiesen 216/Beck 228/Dammen 230) def.
No. 3 Denmark (Christensen 247/Dons 215/Andreasen 213/Ankerdal 182), 918-858
Gold Medal Match:
Sweden (Sevelin 227/Hultgren 208/Wirefeldt 268/Svensson 247) def.
Norway (Skryten 219/Mathiesen 203/Beck 225/Dammen 210), 950-857.

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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