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EYC 2017 is done

Tyhjät radatBowling in EYC 2017 is done and we still have the banquet left tonight. For my behalf I want to thank all our quests, bowlers, coaches, supporters, team managers, media people and Finnish fans. You created a wonderful athmosphere in Tali Bowl which lasted from beginning to the very end.

I also want to thank the members of the EYC organization, referees and other volunteers and the excellent staff in Tali Bowl. It was a great pleasure and priviledge to be here and work with you all.

EYC 2017 falls silent...

Seija Lankinen



Denise and William are the Champions

Champions nettiinThe last day of EYC 2017 in Tali Bowl was full of excitment, dissapointments and joy. In girls masters semi finals Megan G. Dicay won the all event winner Maria Koshel 2-1, with games 200-214, 228-215 and 204-184. In the other semi final Denise Blankenzee beat Mathilda Tidbeck also 2-1, games 177-200, 220-209 and 223-215.

Denise lost also the first game in final against Megan 164-166, but won two next games 246-203 and 214-205 and took the gols medal in masters. "This is my third time in EYC and I have never before won medal, than here in Tali. And now I have three medals in a row. Feels amazing. I am so happy", Denise said. "This is a wonderful center, big and very open. I like the center very much. Also Helsinki is a nice city, as much as I saw from it", she said.

Both boys semi finals went to tree games. Oleksandr Nechypaiev beat Joppe Belmans with games 237-222, 181-197 and 233-180. William Svensson won Ziga Zalar in the first game 188-185, but lost the second 143-213. Then William came back in business and won the third game 252-189. In the final Oleksander took the first game 222-203, but William the next two 273-189 and 258-193. William is now back to back Champion in EYC masters, since he also won last year in Reykjavik. "Today I just focused on every shot, one by one. I have been a bit sick and struggled whole week, but today I was feeling good and in good shape", William said. "I still have two more year in the youth, so lets hope that I can win this again. I still can improve my mental game and try to be better in repeating every shot", he said.

Seija Lankinen

Tight matches in girls singles

Single medalsThere were too really tight matches in girls singles semi finals. The game between Maria Koshel and Lorna Scott ended to tie 171-171. In the roll off Maria took nine pins away and Lorna only eigth, so Maria continued to hunt her second gold medal of the day. In the other semi final Megan G. Dicay won Anna Petakova with one pin 189-188. Megan finished the game first with spare and strike. Same to Anna would have brouhgt an other tie, but Anna took only nine pins after the spare.

Match for the gold was also tight until the seventh frame, where Maria made a 7-10 split and Megan took the match with three strikes in a row. Results in the match were 216-184. "Unbelivable, I am so happy. I can not believe this", Megan said. "We are good friends with Maria and I lost to her last time, now it was my turn. I found a good line and it worked, I had also good luck", she finished.

Seija Lankinen

Exciting finish in girls sigle and all event

all event medallists nettiinThe audience in Tali saw very exciting finish in girls singles qualification and all event. Before the last game it was only sure, that Maria Koshel will be the all event's champion and in the singles final, all the rest was open. Anna Petakova from Czech Republic shot five strikes in a row from the fifth frame in the last game and took the second place in singles qualification. Megan G. Dicay, who played in the morning squad was number three and Lorna Scott from England fourth. Finland's Essi Pakarinen was on her way to semi final still in seventh frame, but the she made an open frame and missed pins 2/4 in the last and was left out with 11 pins.

I knew that I can bowl well, but I did not know that I can bowl this well and take the all event gold medal", Maria Koshel said. "This is the first all event gold to Russia and I can not find words to express, how happy and pround I am. I hope that Russian girls will develop for the next year, so we can do the same as Finland this year. Take all medals in all event", she smiled.

In all event Maria Koshel played 3788 (210,4) in 18 games and took gold medal. Swedish girls Hanna Engberg and Mathilde Tidbeck hunted silver and bronze until the last game. Hanna finished with 166 and missed the bronze medal with five pins, Mathilde with 173 and missed the medal with 14 pins. So the silver medallist is Elice Piksilä from Finland and bronze medallist Denise Blankenzee from Holland.

Seija Lankinen

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