Finland earns the No. 1 seed for the medal round in Boys Team event


    2015 EYC

    Top 4 countries Finland, England, Sweden and Germany, remain the same but in a different order; Finns Sipilä, Oksanen are 1, 2 in All-Events after 12/18 games

    2015EYCBoysFinland.jpg2015EYCLauriSipila.jpgNiko Oksanen, Tomas Käyhkö, Emil Strömberg and Lauri Sipilä of Finland (pictured left) averaged 211.67 in the second three-game block Wednesday afternoon at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany, to maintain their lead and to earn the No. 1 for the medal round of the Boys Team event at the European Youth Championships.

    The Finns, who won gold and silver in Doubles, posted games of 861, 865 and 814 (2540) to lead the 21 countries with 5193 total and an average of 216.83. Strömberg led the way with 1359 and was followed by Sipilä (1318), Käyhkö (1302) and Oksanen (1214).

    2015EYCNikoOksanen.jpg2015EYCBoysEngland.jpgSipilä (above right) overtook Oksanen (left) by 41 pins to take the lead in All-Events (combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) after 12 of 18 games with 2736 and an average of 228.00. Oksanen slipped to second place with 2695 (224.58). Benjamin Jonsson of Sweden used a 1288 series in the Team event to leap from fifth to third place in All-Events with 2671 (222.58).

    The teams from England and Sweden finished strong to overtake Germany in the last game. England's Jamie Elliott, James McMinn, Samuel Martin and Brandon Roberts (above right) had the highest block of the day with 2594 (216.17) including games of 855, 875 and 864 to move into second place with 5064 and an overall average of 211.

    2015EYCBoysSweden.jpgHeading into the last game, Emanuel Jonsson, Benjamin Jonsson, William Svensson and Robert Lindberg (left) were in danger to miss the medal round as the Swedes held the fourth and last place to advance, just four pins ahead of Russia.

    The Swedes fired an 892 game including 244 and 245 by the Jonssons to beat Russia's 810 by 82 pins and to catapult past Germany to secure third place with 4948 (206.17).

    2015EYCBoysGermany.jpgThe team from the host country, Giancarlo Reyes, Lukas Müller, André Michow and Christoph Schurian fell two spots behind a 716 last game (179 average), but beat out Russia for fourth place by 64 pins.

    The Germans, who had 280 pins less than yesterday, 2323 to 2603, finished with 4926 (205.25).

    2015EYCBoysRussia.jpgRussia's Aleksandr Vasekin, Egor Troianovskii, Ilya Tsarenko and Vladimir Rangin (left) started the day in 10th place, 193 pins off the pace for the medal round, after a disappointing 32271 series on Tuesday.

    The Russians rebounded with 829 and 952, the highest game of the event (238 average), to mount a late comeback but a solid 810 last game was not enough. The second-highest 2591 set propelled the Russians into fifth place with 4862 (202.58).

    The top 4 girls and boys teams advance to the medal round. The original starting times - 5.30 (semi-finals) and 6.30 p.m. (championship) Central European Summer Time (CEST) - will be delayed due to technical problems earlier today.

    2015EYCLogo_small.jpg The 28th European Youth Championships will be held from March 27 through April 6, 2015 at Bowl Play, a 30-laner in Leipzig, Germany.

    The Championships drew 155 players, 97 boys and 58 girls, from 29 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) - Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1996 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 2015 EYC will be played on a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 25.56 mL volume oil total. Click here to view the Kegel LaneMap™ Guide of Bowl Play Leipzig.

    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.

    Competition kicks off with the Boys Doubles preliminaries on Sunday, March 29, and concludes Sunday, April 5, with the Boys and Girls Masters finals followed by a farewell banquet.

    Photos courtesy of German Bowling Federation and Max Bulanov.


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