Top four in girls teams Finland, Sweden, England and the Netherlands

Team Finland 2 dayWe now have the top four teams in girls event ready for the semi finals this afternoon. Number one after the qualification is Finland and they will meet the Netherlands in the semi final. In the second match we will have Sweden against England. Finland bowled the score 4943 (206,0) and was strongly over the other teams. Sweden is as well very clearly number two, 165 pins behind Finland and 153 ahead of England. The difference between England and the Netherlands was only nine pins. Denmark was the first under the cut, almost 300 pins behind the Netherlands.

In girls all event Maria Koshel from Russia is still leading with score 2502 (208,5), 15-years old Hanna Engberg from Sweden is second, 2461. Denise Blankenzee from the Netherlands bowled 1291 in the team event and rose up to the third place. The best individual player in the team event was Elice Piksilä, Finland. The score 1295 took her from the 24th place to fifth in all events.

"Girls played very well, we only strugled in one game yesterday. Our left hand gilr Mathilda Tidbeck had problems, when she followed Norways lefty. We had a game plan for it, but it did not work. Today we had an other plan and that was right", the Swedish coach Peter Ljung told. He is very proud of the team and specially of 15-year old Hanna. "She is over than 15 with her mind, very strong girl mentally. She has played in our national league since she was 13 and has been in very good bowling school there", Peter said.

Seija Lankinen