|European Youth Championships 2011|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 24 April 2011|
European Youth Championships 2011
17th to 24th April 2011
33 nations have registered for the 24th European Youth Championships. The pattern length to be used for all competitions in the EYC 2011 will be 40 feet. According to the ETBF rules, the pattern itself will be published at the Managers Meeting on 17th April 2011.
The European Youth Championships has historically showcased some of the finest talent in Europe many of which have gone on to shine in World tenpin. The championships started in 1972 with London being the first hosts and has now reached its 24th Championships.Please visit the Official website here
The runners and riders line up at the start
England have over the years won many medals and this year they have fielded yet another strong boys and girls squad. Danielle Gates, Hannah Frost and Bethany Hedley are joined by Autum Chamberlain who is fast becoming the female player to watch out for in English bowling. The boys team includes Matthew Fidgett, Michael Nock, Elliot Crosby and Chris Lam and any one of them could prove winners in this championship. The team are joined by BTBA chairman Pat White, Team manager Terry Searle, Head coach Keith Bringloe and assistant coach Sue Allen.
Ireland have a young but hungry side that might turn a few heads, The girls include Sarah Finlay, Amanda Larkin, Emily Goode and Laura Curren and the boys are Matthew Kestell, Taylor Nally, Aidan Byrne and Keiran Grice under the xpert supervision of Kay Lyons as coach, Dymphna Kestell as Team manager and Mark Hinchliffe as coach.
Scotland are long overdue some medals and the teams selected have every chance to shine this year.
Tania Yusaf is joined by Stacy Ramsey, Cally Reilly and Lorri Bissett and the boys include the talented Martin Williamson, Marco Biondi, Stuart Snedden and Conor Paterson under the watchful eye of coaches Ann Williamson and Mark Biondi.
Wales are not in Germany to just make up the numbers but have a young but inexperienced group of players that will be looking to make names for themselves in European bowling, The girls are Carrianne Rogers, Taylor Dunwell, Kelly Jones and Rhian Jones and the boys include Dominic Hall, Kyle Power, Thomas Farnham and Jamie Cunningham with Kay Rogers as Team manager and Peter Duncan as coach.
As for the other European teams The Finns and Swedish as always will be the ones to watch as well as the Germans on home soil but others that are likely to be near the top include Latvia which has English/Latvian Daniel Vezis who's two handed style has got him noticed in recent years and also Denmark's Carsten Hansen who has also impressed lately. As for other girls to watch Poland's Daria Pajak could be a favourite in the singles and masters.
Girls Doubles - Russians dominate
When picking countries to watch out for before the tournament started one country I overlooked was the improving Russia. Well in the girls doubles the two Russian teams showed just how far the country has come in the last few years by dominating and placing one and two. Margarita Verkhova (1106) and Polina Kosiakova (1383) lead the way with 2489 with Kosiakova shooting a 279 in game four and a 230 average overall. Second was Kristina Kryl (1198) and Alena Korobkova with 2484, In third place was Finland's Sanna Pasanen (1138) and Roosa Lunden (1289) and fourth went to the English pair of Hannah Frost (1106) and Bethany Hedley (1292) with 2398.
As for the other home nation pairings we saw a fantastic start by England with Autum Chamberlain shooting 279 in the first game and it was looking good right up until the final game for Autum and partner Danielle Gates but they fell off the pace at the final hurdle and dropped to sixth place with 2379. It's not all doom and gloom for Autum at this stage though as she averaged 207 for the doubles and is high up in the all events and masters placings.
Elsewhere it was disappointment for other home nation teams as Scotland's Tania Yusaf and Stacy Ramsay placed 16th, Ireland's Amanda Larkin and Sarah Finlay were 18th, Ireland's Laura Curran and Emily Goode 23rd, Scotland's Cally Reilly and Lorri Bissett 29th and the two welsh girls teams of Taylor Dunwell/Rhian Jones and Kelly Jones/Carrianne Rogers tied in 30th place.
Finals - Gold for England
The semi finals saw England vs Russia and Finland vs Russia. Finland took the game to the Russians but just missed out on a final place going down 426-401 with Kryl shooting 203 ans Korobkova 223 for the Russians as Pasanen shot 222 and Lunden on 179. The other semi and a strong England easily brushed aside the 2nd Russian team 410-354 with Frost on 193 and Hedley on 217 for England and Verkhova with 171 and Kosiakova with 183 for Russia.
The final was close right to the very end as the pressure showed and every spare counted but it was a jubilant England that took the Gold medals after Hedley struck out in the 10th frame as Korobkova opened and the match ended 363-357 with 195 for Frost and 168 for Hedley as Kryl fired 190 and Korobkova 167 in reply.
Boys Doubles - Super Sweden
The boys started their championships on Tuesday with the doubles. Sweden's Jesper Svensson (1338) and Markus Jansson (1295) showed their class by posting 2633 to lead the way into the finals. Latvia took the second place as English/Latvian two hander Daniel Vezis showed why it would have been a mistake not to pick him by setting off like a train with games of 237,278,263,232 before a brace of 183's meant he ended with 1376 and with team mate Arturs Levikins 1252 they amassed 2628. Third place went to the Russian pair of Artemy Zubkov (1254) and Alexander Minenko (1344) on 2598 and another chance for England to get the Golds as Elliot Crosy (1352) and Michael Nock (1193) shot 2545 for fourth place. Crosby did most of the work including back to back 276 and 278 in games four and five.
Scotland were in with a chance at one stage as Marco Biondi and Martin Williamson came close with 2494 but ended in 8th place. The England pairing of Matthew Fidgett and Chris Lam placed 17th despite Lam shooting a 205 average and Ireland's highest placing was 25th and Taylor Nally/Kieran Grice. Welsh duo Thomas Farnham and Jamie Cunningham placed 30th and Irish pair Aidan Byrne and Matthew Kastell were 40th. Scotland also placed 48th with Stuart Snedden and Conor Patterson and Welsh pair Dominic Hall and Kyle Power were 54th.
Finals - Gold for Latvia but England get a stake
The Semi Finals saw England up against Sweden and Latvia against Russia. In a very tight battle the Swedes just edged out England with a 414-v405 win with England's Elliot Crosby on 168 and team mate Michael Nock on 237 as Jesper Svensson hit 226 and Markus Jansson 188 for Sweden. But its was not all doom and gloom for England as they had two medals in two days and a possible stake in a Gold if Latvia and Daniel Vezis could win. Latvia made it look easy against the Russians demolishing them 453-401 as Daniel Vezis shot 210 and Arturs Levikins 243 with Russian's Atemy Zubkov on 204 and Alexander Minenko on 197 in reply.
The final between Sweden and Latvia was a mouth watering prospect, The Swede's had looked great during qualifying and in the semi finals but Im sure they were very nervous in meeting the Latvians. I had the pleasure on speaking with Daniel Vezis's father Craig during the final via facebook and I could tell he was more nervous than his son Daniel who started strong and kept the Swedish lead off Jesper Svensson in check throughout the match, The other Swede Markus Jansson struggled with a few open frames as Latvian Arturs Levikins found it difficult to string the strikes together. But doubles is a team game and luckily for Levikins the young English/Latvian Vezis made it look easy with his powerful two handed release. Vezis has just been signed by Storm and it is not hard to see why Storm boss Wes Pye was eager to sign the young lefthander as he closed out for 237 and won the Gold medal for Latvia, Levikins rounded out with 202 as Svensson opened in the tenth for 197 and Jansson ended with 163 Gold for Latvia, Storm and England.
Team Event - Finland Girls and Dutch boys lead into Semi Finals
Wednesday was team day and first up on the German lanes were the girls. Russia continued their impressive qualifying form as they lead the way on 2354 with Polina Kosiakova tops with 689, Second was England with 2340 and Bethany Hedley top girl on 665. Third place went to Finland with 2324 and Rossa Lunden scoring the most on 638 and taking the fourth place was Sweden with 2319 and Jenny Wegner highest with 602.
As for other home nations Ireland placed 6th, Scotland 11th and Wales 13th
After the final three games Finland girls jumped into the lead with 4806 and Roosa Lunden highest on 1280. England held second place on 4777 and Beth Hedley continued here fine form shooting 1288 to place the highest in the team. Third went to Sweden on 4660 with Jenny Wegner tops with 1189 and the Russian dropped to fourth but grabbed the last semi final place with 4557 and Polina Kosiakova leading with 1223.
No changes for other home nation teams either as Ireland placed 6th at the end as Scotland were 11th and Wales 13th
On to the boys team event later in the day and we saw our first 300 game by The Netherlands' Joshua Schuuram in the very first game, Joshua added 214 and 233 for a fine 747 and helped take his team to the top with a total of 2618. Second went to home nation Germany with 2617 and Christian Birlinger tops on 703. Third was Sweden with 2503 and Markus Jansson head boy on 668 and finally Norway held the fourth spot with 2454 and Oyvin Kulseng highest with 645.
Home nation news and England were back in 10th, Ireland 11th, Scotland 16th and Wales 25th.
No changes to the top three as the boys completed their final three games. The Netherlands placed first with 5175 and a good 1433 from the 300 man Joshua Schuuram. Second was Germany with 5174 and Christian Birlingertops with 1405 and thirdwas Sweden with 5123 and Markus Jansson holding top position in the team with 1328. Latvia took the final semifinal place moving up from 5th after the first three games to end with 5000 and Masters leader Daniel Vezis the superstar English/Latvian two hander scoring the most in the team with 1328.
As for the home nation teams England improved from 10th place up to 7th and a good 1263 from Chris Lam. Ireland placed 12th, Scotland 20th and Wales 23rd.
Finals - Gold for Finland and Sweden
In the Semi Finals Finland took on Russia and England played Sweden. The Finns made it look easy as they thrashed the Russians by 99 pins 831-732. Highest Finn was Roosa Lunden with 217 and highest Russian Krisina Kryl with 245. England had it a little harder against the always strong Sweden but the young English team managed to pull away towards the end to win 833-780 with highlights coming from Hannah Frost with 215 and Jenny Wegner for Sweden with 214.
Another chance for England to grab a Gold medal but it was not to be as an impressive Finland saw a chance and grabbed it to roll 849 thanks in part to a 256 from Sonja Forslund as England struggled to get going but a 211 from Danielle Gates was the only real highlight.
It was not as close in the boys semis as Lavia took on The Netherlands and Sweden played Germany. The Latvians have been great in these championships especially 2 hander Daniel Vezis who again impressed with a 2656 to help his team to an 888-730 win. For the Dutch Jord Van eeren was highest with 222. The Swede's were even better as they smashed the Germans on home soil 897-791 with Magnus Johnsson firing 266 and German Robin Menacher shooting 245.
Into the final it looked like this would be a classic and it did not disappoint as Latvia blasted in an 852 with Verners Veidulis shooting a 244 but it sadly was'nt enough as the Swedes were a touch stronger firing 861 for the Gold and again Magnus Johnsson was on form with a 248 game.
Singles - Ukraine and Germany make the early running
After a day off on Friday it was back to business for the Youth players and first up was the girls. Ukraine's Daria Kovalova blasted a 279 in game three and lead at the end with 1357. Second went to Latvia's Adina Kindzule who has been on her own all week as she was the only Latvian female playing, she rolled 1295 to book her place in the finals. Third was Norway's Line Berg Almestrand with 1292 and finally the last place went to Poland's starlet Daria Pajak with 1288.
As for home nation players an unlucky Amanda Larkin from Ireland placed in 5th just 8 pins off a final place. England's Beth Hedley was 7th, Ireland's Sarah Finlay 16th, Stacy Ramsay (SCO) 22nd, Hannah Frost (ENG) 23rd, Autum Chamberlain (ENG) 29th, Emily Goode (IRE) 32nd, Tania Yusaf (SCO) 33rd, Danielle Gates (ENG) 38th, Laura Curren (IRE) 45th, Kelly Jones (WAL) 50th, Cally Reilly (SCO) 58th, Taylor Dunwell (WAL) 61st, Rhian Jones (WAL) 64th, Lori Bissett (SCO) 63rd and Carrianne Rogers (WAL) 65th
The boys took to the lanes later in the day and Germany's Steven Wiersem set his stall out by posting 1431 including a 268 and 269. Second went to The Netherlands' Joshua Schuurman with 1414 including a 279 and 264 but it was England's Elliot Crosby that rolled the high game of the day with a 299 in game four on the way to a total of 1396 and third place. Fourth was Latvia's Arturs Levikins with 1366 to round out the final places.
Home nation news and England's Michael Nock placed 7th, England's Chris Lam was 16th,Scotland's Martin Williamson 49th and further back Marco Biondi (SCO) 52nd, Matthew Kestell (IRE) 58th, Matthew Fidgett (ENG) 59th, Stuart Snedden (SCO) 73rd, Taylor Nally (IRE) 81st, Keiran Grice (IRE) 86th, Thomas Farnham (WAL) 89th, Kyle Power (WAL) 98th, Jamie Cunningham (WAL) 100th, Aidan Byrne (IRE) 105th, Connor Patterson (SCO) 113th and Dominic Hall (WAL) 115th.
Finals - Ukraine and Germany take the Golds
Semi Final time and Ukraine went up against Poland and Norway against Latvia, The Ukraine's Daria Kovlova battled it out with namesake Daria Pajak and in a tense match the Ukrainian just edged out the pole 234-214. The other semi was not quite as close as Latvia's Adina Kindzul defeated Norway's Line Berg Almestrand 192-150.
The final was a rather one sided affair, Latvian Adina tried her best but was always on the back foot as Daria Kovalova blasted in the strikes and hit a fine 26 to claim the Gold.
The Boys Semi Finals saw Germany vs Latvia and The Netherlands vs England. Latvian Arturs Levikins gave it a go and posted 205 but was out bowled by German Steven Wiersem with a 225. In the other Semi England's Elliot Crosby was looking good but so too was Dutch up and coming star Joshua Schuurman and at the end it was the Dutchman that just shaded it 227-215.
The final looked like it could be a classic as two newcomers to the European stage battled it out for the Gold medal and bragging rights, No one was going to take the Gold from the German on home soil this time thought Wiersema and he was right as he outpointed the unlucky Dutchman Schuurman 221-196 to send the home fans into a frenzy and Gold was won.
Masters - England and Iceland take Gold
Final Step 1
After a long hard week full of joy and sorrow it was time for the masters event, Some would advance and it would be the end of the championships for others.
Winners in the final step one included Amanda Larkin from Ireland who defeated Finland's Jonna Jokinen 2-0, Line Berg Almestrand (NOR) beat Sandra Matz (GER) 2-0, Sanna Pasanen (FIN) defeated Margarita Verkhova (RUS) 2-1, Stine Johansen (DEN) beat Alena Korobkova (RUS) 2-1 as Sonia Forslund (FIN) beat Lea Degenhardt (GER) 2-0, Jenny Wegner (SWE) defeated Susanna Kiiskinen (SWE) 2-0, Sarah Finlay (IRE) beat Kristina Kryl (RUS) 2-1 and finally Janina Lindberg sent Ida Andersson (SWE) home with a 2-1 win
BoysAs for the boys again some would live to fight another round and others would return to the watching crowd disappointed. Those still fighting included Jesse Kallio (FIN) who beat Pal Selvnes (NOR) 2-1 as Filip Wilhelmsson (SWE) beat Jord Van Weeren (NED) 2-0, Michael Nock (ENG) beat Verners Veidulis (LAT) 2-1 and Alexander Minenko (RUS defeated Omer Nechushtan (ISR) 2-0, Christopher Lam (ENG) beat Magnus Johnson (SWE) 2-1 in a super close match and Marek Talpa (CZE) beat Paulius Bagdonas (LIT) 2-1. Elsewhere Amar David Jonsson (ICE) beat Niko Liukkonen (FIN 2-1 and Singles champ Steven champion Steven Wiersema defeated Shahar Efraty (ISR) 2-0.
Final Step 2
Joy for Ireland yet again as Amanda Larkin took out singles champion Daria Kovalova of the Ukraine 2-1 as Latvia's Adrina Kindzule advanced beating Denmark's Stine Johansen 2-1, wins also for Bethany Hedley (ENG) defeating Janina Lindberg (SWE) 2-1, Roosa Lunden (FIN) beat Sarah Finlay (IRE) 2-0, Polina Kosiakova beat Jenny Wegner (SWE) 2-0, Andrea Hansen (NOR) defeated Sonja Forslund (FIN) 2-0, Daria Pajak (POL) beat Sanna Pasanen (FIN) 2-1 and Autum Chamberlain (ENG) sent home Line Berg Alestrand (NOR) 2-1.
Two massive matches in the final step 2 saw England's talented Chris Lam go up against Latvia's two handed sensation Daniel Vezis and it was the young Chinese Englishman Lam in his first EYC who advanced beating an unlucky Vezis 2-0, Another mouth watering tie was Latvia's Arturs Levikins against Germany's Steven Wiersema and it was the Latvia that lived to fight again beating te singles champion 2-0. More joy for England as not one but two more players advanced, first was Michael Nock beating Jesper Svensson (SWE) 2-1 and second was Elliot Crosby beating Marek Talpa (CZE) 2-1. other through included Joshua Schuurman (NED) defeating Filip Wilhelmsson (SWE) 2-1, Amar David Jonsson (ICE) beating Markus Jansson (SWE) 2-0, Robin Menacher (GER) defeating Alexander Minenko (RUS) 2-0 and Christian Birlinger (GER) defeating Jesse Kallio (FIN) 2-1.
Yet more happiness for Ireland as Amanda Larkin continued her fine form in these masters by defeating Latvian Adina Kindzule 2-0 despite a tie in the first game but the young Irish girl won the roll off. Joining her in the semi finals was England's Autum Chamberlain who defeated team mate Bethany Hedley 2-0 and Daria Pajak from Poland advanced beating Roosa Lunden from Finland 2-1 and finally Norays Andrea Hansen at Russian Polina Kosiakova 2-1.
England were looking good for medals as Christopher Lam showed his immense talent beating team mate Elliot Crosby 2-1 even though Elliot rolled a 289 in the second game. Also through for England was Mihael Nock who defeated Joshua Schuuram from The Netherlands 2-0 and in an all German match up Robin Menacher beat team mate Christian Birlinger 2-1. Finally it was the end of the road for Latvian Arturs Levikins who went down 1-2 to Iceland's Amar David Jonsson.
GirlsEnd of the road for two players and two would advance to final, leaving was Poland's Daria Paja who was defeated by England's Autum Chamberlain 0-2 and also out went Ireland's Amanda Larkin going down 0-2 to Norway's Andrea Hansen.
Two boys leaving the event with bronze medals and both sadly were English as Michael Nock was deeated by Germany's Robin Menacher 0-2 and Christopher lam who gave it a go but lost out in three games 1-2 to Iceland's Amar David Jonsson.
Well I for one was more than happy as my tip for the top Autum Chamberlain made it right to the final of the masters, She is going to make quite a name for herself over the next few years and follows in the foot steps of her older brother Matt who some will remember gave Chris Barnes a run for his money in the World tenpin masters a few years ago and now is also an England international. Autum was described on the live streaming by Timo Palermaa as the queen of the day and she certainly lived up to that name by winning the Gold medal with games of 230 and 211 against Andrea Hansen from Norway who rolled 202 and 181 in reply.
It is not often we hear much about Icelandic bowlers in Europe but that might all be about to change with the appearance of Amar David Jonsson, The tall youngster from the land of Bjork blasted his way onto the international stage by making it to the final of the masters and was just one step away from taking Gold back to his homeland. He came up against German Robin Menacher and probably felt he was bowling against an entire nation of home supporters. After taking the first game 225-209 the lanky icelandic added 224 to round out the win after Menacher shot 175 in reply and will likely be a national hero when he returns home. A fairytale end to a fairytale championships.
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