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Swedish Girls follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts


Hanna Engberg, Emma Lejman, Judith Friman and Ellen Ekholm of Sweden led the girls’ four-player team event at the 31st European Youth Championships after three of six games to follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts, who led the boys’ event earlier on Wednesday in Aalborg, Denmark.

The Swedish girls sandwiched games of 780 and 798 around an 870 effort, the highest game of first block, to lead the 12 girls’ teams with 2448 pinfall and an average of 204.

Denmark was the only other team that averaged over 200 to sit in second place with 2439. Germany was third with 2392 and Russia had 2346 to round out the top 4, who will bowl for the medals after the conclusion of the second block.

Sweden’s Hanna Engberg used the field-best 697 series today to take the lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) with 1997 and an average of 221.89 as the competition has reached the halfway mark.

Mika Guldbäk of Denmark was 38 pins back in second place with 1959, while Jaqueline Witura of Austria slipped from first to third place with 1890.

The girls will bowl their second block on Thursday morning with the boys to follow in the afternoon. The medal rounds will be contested simultaneously starting Thursday a 5.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) 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, Jan Jaap van der Sar and Valgeir Guðbjartsson.

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

Top 4 after six games advance to the medal round

Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – Cecilie Dam, Denmark – 266
3 Games – Hanna Engberg, Sweden – 697

Team High Game/High Series
1 Game – Sweden – 870
3 Games – Sweden – 2448

31st EYC 2018 – Girls’ 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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