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Maria Koshel leaded Russia on top

 

RussiaRussia's Maria Koshel was in good shape in the first event in her 4th time in EYC. She played 1269 and lead Russian double in the semi final from first position. Maria's team mate, Daria Minenko, had also a good day and she bowled 1198. Girls total in doubles was 2467 (205,6).

In the semi final Russia will meet Norway, which is the only double in top four from the first squad. Sweden was second and will play against Belgium in semi final. The qualification was really tight, the Netherlands was left out with ten pins and the host country Finland with 19 pins.

To Maria Koshel this is already fourth time in EYC and medal in doubles feels special good for her. "This was first time, we really played well in doubles and I am happy about the medal. It's never easy to get in the finals, everyone is nervous, when we are playing for the places in top four", Maria said. Daria Minenko and Maria are traning a lot together in Brunswick Bowling Academy and they think, that is a big thing. "We have learned to work together and I think that is the first step for good bowling and high scores", Maria said. To Daria, this is first time in Championships, but she was very relaxed after the qualification. "I trust Maria and I know she trust me, so it was good to work together", Daria said.

Seija Lankinen