EYC2018 Aalbourg, Denmark 23rd March – 2nd April 2018
The European Youth Championships 2018 took place at Lovvang Bowling Centre, Denmark between the 23rd March and 2nd April 2018. A total of 66 girls and 90 boys from 28 countries competed in the championships.
For the full results please visit the official tournament website here
The All Events cut at 187.7 for the girls top-24, and 198.0 for the top-8. For the boys the cuts fell at 204.2 and 216.1
Girls: 10 girls averaged above 200 during qualifying, but it took 213 to make the top-four finals. Games of 215, 243, 204, 182,212 and 222 gave Sweden’s Hanna Engberg a total of 1278, 213.0 avg. and fourth place. Third went to England’s Sophie Thompson with 252, 249, 214, 195, 208, 195 for a total 1313 and 218.8 avg. Denmark’s Cecilie Dam totaled 1324, 220.7 avg. after rolling 219, 212, 213, 238, 184 and 258 for second whilst Austria’s Jaqueline Witura took the lead with an outstanding 1402 (233.7 avg.) with games of 235, 232, 236, 223, 211 and 265.
In the semi-finals Engberg would defeat Witura comfortably 210-147, whilst Thompson would defeat Dam by 23 pins 215-192. In the final Engberg would maintain her momentum defeating Thompson 211-180 for first place, with Thompson taking second.
Boys: 19 boys were above 210 average in the singles…an incredibly tough arena within which to compete. It required something very special to make the finals, and William Svensson of Sweden had the seven pins needed to take the lead, bowling games of 232, 265, 245, 236, 225 and 245 to total 1448 and average 241.3. Slovenia’s Tim Cerkvenik Muzafirovic qualified second with games of 238, 185, 229, 289, 252 and 248 for 1441, 240.2 avg., -7, France’s Maxime Dubois was third bowling 278, 214, 247, 227, 234 and 237 for 1437, 239.5 avg. and Norway’s Georg Skryten qualified fourth with 226, 224, 226, 253, 235 and 269 for 1433, 238.8 avg.
In the semi-finals, Svensson narrowly defeated Skryten in a nail-biter that ended 239-237, as Muzafirovic defeated Dubois br a slightly more comfortable 23 pins, 199-176. The final was again very close, with just 7 pins to separate the winner Svensson on 254 from second-placed Muzafirovic with 247.
Boys: Sweden’s Sevelin, Hultgren, Wirefeldt and Svensson continued to power their way to a finals place defeating Netherland’s deRuiter, van der Loo, de Gelter and Bergmann 928 to 807. Norway also maintained their momentum as Skryten, Mathiesen, Beck and Dammen bowled 918 pins past hosts Denmark’s Christensen, Dons, Andreasen and Ankerdal’s 858, to meet Sweden in the final.
In the final, Sweden went even better, bowling 950 past Norway’s very respectable 857 to take the gold, leaving Norway to collect silver, and Denmark and the Netherlands sharing bronze.
Girls: After qualifying in fourth, the Czech Republic’s Vojtechova, Krummerova and Petakova were supported superbly by Uhlirova – who bowled a 238 game – to defeat Denmark’s Dam, Christiansen, Dicay and Guldbak by 53 pins 768-715, and set up a finals match with England’s Thompson, Williams, Giddens and Allen who had defeated Sweden’s Ekholm, Lejman, Friman and Engberg 844-806.
In the final the tension was mounting on these young shoulders as there was little between England and the Czech’s, but England would be the strongest with a matched team performance bowling 736-716 for gold by 20 pins over the Czech Republic who took silver, and Denmark and Sweden share bronze.
SWEDEN and HOSTS DENMARK HEAD QUALIFICATION
Boys: Sweden’s Adam Hultgren, Oskar Wirefeldt, William Svensson and Lukas Sevelin bowled a magnificent 5289 (220.4 avg.) to lead final qualification over a strong performance from Norway’s Georg Skryten, Alexander Beck, Jonas Dammen and Jorgen Mathieson in second with 5242, 218.4 avg., just 47 pins behind. Hosts Denmark’s Mathias Ankerdal, Marcus Christensen, Andreas Andreasen and Jonas Dons would find themselves in third with 5213 (217.2 avg., -76) ahead of Netherland’s Brent de Ruiter, Mike Bergmann, Ronan van der Loo and Nick de Gelder in fourth with 5084 (211.8, 211.8 avg.)
Girls: Hosts Denmark’s Mika Guldbak, Cecilie Dam, Megan Dicay and Line Christiansen headed girls qualification with an impressive 4918 (204.9 avg.) over England’s Elyse Giddens, Sophie Thompson, Lucy Williams and Isabel Allen in second (4793, 199.7 avg., -125), Sweden’s Hanna Engberg, Judith Friman, Emma Lejman and Ellen Ekholm in third (4692, 195.5 avg., -226) and Czech Republic’s Zuzana Uhlirova, Anna Petakova, Marketa Vojtechova and Eliska Krummerova in fourth (4673, 194.7 avg., -245).
FIRST MEDALS TO FINLAND AND ENGLAND – please forward picture of Finland’s winners
Boys: Sweden’s Lukas Sevelin and Oskar Wirefeldt defeated Germany’s Felix Huebner and Tim Lindacher 433-395 whilst Finland’s Pyry Puharinen and Jesse Ahokas defeated Belgium’s Clement Bernard and Darren Pellegroms 421-363 to meet in the finals. In the final, a 239 from Puharinen and 235 from Ahokas would prove too much for the Swede’s, and Finland took gold 474-458 from Sweden who took silver, and leaving Germany and Belgium to share bronze.
Girls: England’s Isabel Allen and Sophie Thompson defeated Sweden’s Judith Friman 501-442 (including a run of 8 strikes from Allen) whilst the Netherland’s Beaudine Kriele and Denise Blankenzee defeated hosts Denmark’s Megan Dicay and Mika Gulbak 368-323 to meet in the finals. In a memorable final that went to the 10th frame, Thompson converted a critical spare on ball 11 to enable England to take gold by five pins over Kriele and Blankenzee 439-434. Netherland took silver and Sweden and Denmark shared bronze.
GERMANY and SWEDEN HEAD QUALIFICATION
Boys: Germany’s Felix Hueber and Tim Lindacher lead the boys by 28 pins (2655, 221.2 avg.) over Finland’s Pyry Pulharinen and Jesse Ahokas in second (2635, 219.6 avg., -20), Belgium’s Clement Bernard and Darren Pellegroms in third (2619, 218.2 avg., -36) and Sweden’s Lukas Sevelin and Oskar Wirefeldt in fourth (2613, 217.8 avg., -42).
Girls: Sweden’s Judith Friman and Hanna Engberg lead the girls with 2525, 210.4 avg.) over hosts Denmark’s Megan Dicay and Mika Guldbak (2479, 206.6 avg., -45) in second, Netherlands Beaudine Kriele and Denise Blankenzee in third (2405, 200.4 avg., -120) and England’s Isabel Allen and Sophie Thompson in fourth (2373, 197.6 avg., -154.
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