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Swedish boys, German girls start 29th EYC with victory in Doubles


2016EYCTomasVrabecRomanKarlik.jpgSweden’s William Svensson and Robert Lindberg and Germany’s Bettina Burghard and Lea Degenhardt started the 29th European Youth Championships with victory in Doubles Tuesday in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The top-seeded Swedes (pictured above) posted a huge game to fly past Tomás Vrabec and Roman Karlík (right, l-r) of Slovakia in the boys’ finale, 506-384. Svensson (right) led the duo with 273 and Lindberg contributed 233 to earn the first gold medal of the Championships. The Slovakians earned the silver medal.

2016EYCVilleRajalaNikoOksanen.jpg2016EYCYorickvanDeutekomMikeBergmann.jpgSvensson had 1267 in the six-game preliminaries and Lindberg, who was second in the 2015 EYC Doubles, added the field-best 1396 series to lead the 41 boys’ doubles with 2629 and an average of 219.08 en route to earn the No. 1 seed for the medal round.

They met No. 4 seed Ville Rajala and defending Doubles champion Niko Oksanen (left, l-r) in the semifinals and eliminated the Finns, 459-385. In the other semifinal match, second-seeded Mike Bergmann and Yorick van Deutekom (right, r-l) fell to Vrabec and Karlík, 443-405.

Finland and Netherlands shared the bronze medal.


2016EYCAlidaMolanderCajsaWegner.jpgOn the girls’ side, Lea Degenhardt and Bettina Burghard (pictured above, l-r, with coach Jimmy Hartmann, totaled 2405 pins in the preliminaries, an average of 200.42, to beat out Russia’s Varvara Gryaznova and Ksenia Apanyakina for the last place to advance to the medal round by just one pin.

The Germans then edged Sweden’s Alida Molander and Cajsa Wegner (right, r-l), who averaged 223.92 to earn the No. 1 seed, in the semifinals, 450-441, to book their spot in the finals.

In the other match, England’s Katie Tagg, who had the highest series in the preliminaries of all bowlers, boys and girls, with 1417 (236.17) and Mia Bewley easily defeated Sarah Essouffi and Amélie Keloganian (below right, l-r) of France, 473-356.

2016EYCKatieTaggMiaBewley.jpg2016EYCSarahEssouffiAmelieKeloganian.jpgIn the title match, Degenhardt and Burghard trailed by some 40 pins in the seventh frame but Tagg and Bewley (left, l-r) showed nerves and the match came down to the wire. The Germans doubled in the 10th frame to claim the gold medal, 447-434. England took the silver medal and Sweden and France got bronze.

Action shifts to the boys and girls team event on Wednesday (first block of three games) and Thursday (second block). The top 4 teams will advance to the medal round starting Thursday after the conclusion of the preliminaries.

The 29th European Youth Championships will be held from March 18-27, 2016 at Keiluhöllin, Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Championships drew 137 players, 84 boys and 53 girls, from 25 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Iceland.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1997 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 2016 EYC will be played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.52 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. Top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

Photos courtesy of Olga Bulanova.

Championship Round:
1. Sweden (William Svensson/Robert Lindberg)
2. Slovakia (Tomás Vrabec/Roman Karlík)
3. Netherlands (Mike Bergmann/Yorick van Deutekom) and Finland (Ville Rajala/Niko Oksanen)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No 1 Sweden (Svensson 212/Lindberg 247) def.
No. 4 Finland (Rajala 173/Oksanen 212), 459-385
Semifinal Match 2: No. 3 Slovakia (Vrabec 227/Karlík 216) def.
No. 2 Netherlands (Van Deutekom 202/Bergmann 203), 443-405
Championship: Sweden (Svensson 273/Lindberg 233) def.
Slovakia (Vrabec 183/Karlík 201), 506-384.

29th EYC – Girls Doubles Medal Round

Championship Round:
1. Germany (Bettina Burghard/Lea Degenhardt)
2. England (Katie Tagg/Mia Bewley)
3. Sweden (Alida Molander/Cajsa Wegner) and France (Sarah Essouffi/Amélie Keloganian)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 Germany (Degenhardt 238/Burghard 212) def.
No 1 Sweden (Wegner 217/Molander 224), 450-441
Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 England (Tagg 232/Bewley 241) def.
No. 3 France (Keloganian 208/Essouffi 148), 473-356
Championship: Germany (Degenhardt 213/Burghard 234) def.
England (Tagg 176/Bewley 258), 447-434.

29th EYC – Boys Doubles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

29th EYC – Girls Doubles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round.

29th EYC – Boys All-Events after 6 of 18 games

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye

29th EYC – Girls All-Events after 6 of 18 games

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye

Herbert Bickel

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