Glen Loader leads Australia to victory in Boys Team event



    Bowlingcenter Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany (July 21-30, 2006)

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    2006WYCLogo_small.jpg Thursday July 27, 2006
    12:30-13:30 Lane maintenance
    13:30-17:00 Boys Teams on short oil (games 1-3)
    Friday July 28, 2006
    12:30-13:30 Lane maintenance
    13:30-17:00 Boys Teams on long oil (games 4-6)
    18:00-18:30 Medal Ceremony

    Glen Loader leads Australia to victory in Boys Team event

    2006WYCBoysTeamAustralia.jpg Aussie Glen Loader showed exceptional pace in the boys team event Friday at Bowlingcenter Schillerpark in Berlin, Germany, en route to lead his team to the gold medal in the Boys Team event in the 9th World Youth Championships.

    Loader fired games of 259, 262 and 204 on the long oil pattern for 725 and 1376, the highest three- and six-game series of the event. Jason Belmonte, who has won the gold medals in Singles and All Events at the 8th WYC in Guam, had 1243, Stephen Cowland added 1204 and Michael Zentveld registered 1119 for 4942 pinfall total and an average of 205,92.

    2006WYCBoysTeamMalaysia.jpg The Malaysian boys followed in the footprints of the girls with even a better ending. Starting the day in 15th place Adrian Ang, Zaid Izlan, Aaron Kong and Zulmazran Zulkifli fired games of 913, 829 and 866 for the field-best 2608 three-game series and an average of 217,33. While the Malaysian girls won bronze, the boys team leaped 14 spots and earned the silver medal with 4849 pinfall total and an overall average of 202,04.

    As his team mate Esther Cheah, Zulkifli claimed the gold medal in All Events 3882 18-game total and an average of 215,67. Second place went to Canadian Dan MacLelland, who earned his third medal in the fourth event with 3851 (213,94). Glen Loader was rewarded with the bronze medal with 3839 (213,28).

    2006WYCBoysTeamNorway.jpg Short oil leader Norway with Martin Olsen, Glenn Morten Pederson, Jahn Kare Haugen and Mads Sandbaekken secured the bronze medal with a sub-par performance on long oil (2321) with 4827 (201,13)

    Fourth place belonged to Swedes Peter Nordensson, Marcus Bernd, Pontus Halvarsson and Mikael Kanold with 4760 (198,33). Canadians William Russell, Jonathan Simoneau, Daniel Skitt and Dan MacLelland moved up from ninth to fifth place behind a 2485-series today and 4753 overall (198,04).

    Team USA started the day three pins ahead of Malaysia but struggled in the first game managing 715 only. David Lange, Ivan Miyasato, Matt O'Grady and PJ Haggerty then posted games of 860 and 917 to finish with the second highest series of the day (2492) and to leapfrog into sixth place with 4796 pinfall total.

    Defending champion Finland rolled the highest game of the day with 919 en route to make up some ground and to land in 15th position with 4502 and 187,58.

    The top 16 boys in All Events return tomorrow morning to bowl the first round of the best-of-five, single-elimination Masters at 8 a.m.

    Pictures courtesy of Kevin Hazaert.

    Boys' 4-player Teams - Final Standings after six games

    First three games on short oil, second three games on long oil

    Norwegian boys lead team event at halftime

    Led by Singles bronze medalist Mads Sandbaekken, Norwegians Martin Olsen, Glenn Morten Pederson and Jahn Kare Haugen posted a 2506 three-game total, a 208,83 average, on the short oil pattern to lead the Boys Team event at the 9th World Youth Championships 2006 at halftime.

    Sandbaekken contributed a 702-series and was the sole player, who cracked the 700-bar. The Norwegians (809, 893, 804) were one of just two teams that rolled three 800-plus games on the first day of the team event.

    The other team that accomplished the feat was Australia. Led by two-time World Youth Champion Jason Belmonte (680), Glen Loader, Stephen Cowland and Michael Zentveld posted games of 803, 819 and 848 to overtake the second position with 2470 pinfall total and an average of 205,83.

    Third place belonged to Sweden, traditionally a heavyweight when it comes to team events. The men's team is the defending champion at the inaugural Men's World Championships in Korea next month. The youth team with Peter Nordensson, Marcus Bernd, Pontus Halvarsson and Mikael Kanold, who won the Dutch Open 2006, a European Bowling Tour event, averaged 198,08 and felled 2377 pins.

    Fourth place belonged to coach William Woo's team from Singapore. Derek Chan, Jason Jeong Nathan, Carl Jan de Vries and Justin Teng checked in with 2375 (197,92), mere two pins off the top 3.

    Qatar's Mohammed Al Mannai, Ahmed Al Kuwari, Hamad Al Mosalam and Fahad Al Emadi target to follow in the footsteps of 2003 World Champion (Masters) Ahmed Shaheen. The Qatari sit in fifth place with 2351 (195,92).

    Coached by Belgian standout Gery Verbruggen, Team Belgium with Wim Claessens, Glenn Vansteenbrugge, Gaetano Curcuracci and Michael Coussens positioned themselves in sixth place with 2346 (195,50).

    As in the women's team event earlier today, some of the favorites have to make up some ground tomorrow on long oil. Canada is in 9th place with 2268, with the host country Germany close behind in 10th place at 2255. Team USA is in 14th position with 2244 thanks to an 807 final game. Malaysia is 15th with 2241 and the Philippines are 17th, 2202.

    Defending champion Finland jumped from 35th to 22nd in the final game when Osku and Toni Palermaa, Matias Kallio and Joonas Huolman combined for 826 and an overall pinfall of 2121. Bulgaria and South Africa are tied for 34th and last place with 1888 and an average of 157,33.

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    Dan MacLelland.jpg Zulmazran_Zulkifli_5082.jpg Canadian Dan MacLelland (left), who led in All Events after Singles and Doubles struggled in the team event and managed only 575 despite a 230 in the second game. However he was looking to maintain his lead until the final game when Zulmazran Zulkifli (right), Malaysia, fired a 255-game to overtake the lead by 21 pins.

    The boys' teams will return on Friday afternoon for the second and final three-game block on long oil to determine the champions in the team event and also in All Events (total pinfall in Singles, Doubles and Team event). The top 16 players in All Events will advance to the Masters finals on Saturday.

    Standings after Day 1 (three games on short oil)