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Megan G. Dicay showed her best in single

Megan G. DicayDanish Megan G. Dicay was in good shape in girls first single squad. Before today her best six games result was 1139, now she bowled 1226 and will have an exciting afternoon, while waiting if this is enough for the singles semi final. "This was my best six games here in Helsinki. Now I played more out and hooked more, before I had more tight and straight line", Megan said. "I hope that this is enough for the medal games. Now I am very nervous and excited", Megan finished. Shinya Haest from Belgium, 1205, was second in the squad followed by Elice Piksilä Finland, 1199, and Jolien Thys Belgium, 1192.

There will be strong players in the second squad. Elice Piksilä is now leading the All Event, but two best players after 12 games, Maria Koshel, Russia, and Hanna Engberg, Sweden, are coming to play in the last qualification squad in EYC 2017. To beat Elice Maria needs to score 1091 and Hanna 1132. The two more players who can drop Elice out from the medals in All Event, are Mathilda Tidbeck from Sweden and Sofia Hultstedt from Norway. Both of them need to score 1214 for to reach Elice's total.

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European Champion in single, Emanuel Jonsson

Emanuel gold nettiinEmanuel Jonsson (in picture with his coach Diana Alfredsson) from Sweden is the European Champion in boys single 2017. He beat in semi final Sidney Schroschk, Germany, easily with scores 232-177. In the other semi final Finland's Niko Oksanen won Ziga Zalar from Slovenia, 235-164. Emanuel got a good start to the final, while he with a bit luckily got some strikes in between good shots and made four in a row. In sixth frame Emanuel led with 30 pins. The fight finished in the last frame, when Niko made on open frame. Emanuel won 213-180.

"I felt really good, when we started and had two lucky strikes in the beginning of the game. I need to have enough adrenalin and then I bowl well and today I had it", Emanuel said.

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Finland took everything in all event

all event FinlandEYC 2017 boys all events finished to Finnish celebration. Niko Oksanen took the gold medal with a new Championships record 4187. Jesse Ahokas is the silver medallist, 213 pins pins behind Niko, so there was no questions in Tali, who is the best boy in the center. In the last single squad there were couple of boys fighting for the bronze.

Emanuel Jonsson from Sweden hunted Finnish Pyry Puharinen, and both of them hunted the result of Ronan van der Loo from the Netherlands. In the last game Emanuel made an open in the second frame and was not able to strike out. He finished with a 210 game, which was not enough for the all event medal, but enough for the single's semi finals. Pyry made 247 in the fifth game and then 245 in the last and took the bronze medal with 23 pins difference to Ronan. "This is unbelievable, amazing feeling", 14-years old Pyry said. "Big thanks to my personal coach Sami Heinilä, who quided me to the right line in two last games", Pyry told. "It is great and more great to get all medals in all event here in Tali, in our home country", Jesse Ahokas said.

To Niko this is the last event in youth, so he was very pleased for the gold, second one in a row while he won all event also last year in Reykjavik. "This gold was my primary target here in Tali, because it is the most valuable medal", Niko said. "I have now got medal in each event here and in masters we will go for the gold. We have lost so many stepladders here, I am getting tired to it", Niko smiled.

In the singles qualification Ziga Zalar, Slovenia, was on top with score 1438. Sidney Schroschk from Germany was best in the second squad and took the second place. Niko Oksanen and Emanuel Jonsson had a tie with score 1384. Emanuel won the roll off 40-25 and will meet Sidney in the semi final. Niko will play against Zalar.

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Ziga Zalar took the lead in single


Ziga Zalar SloveniaZiga Zalar from Slovenia scored 1438 and took the first place in the first squad of boys single. He started with an 300 game and continued well four more games. Only the last game was low, 177. "I made my personal six games record and my first 300 game, so I am very satisfield", he said. "I just got six new bowling balls for this Championships and also my parents are here supporting me, that gives me mental stability, he contiued. "My coach and team mates are also very supporting and I knew, that I have a change to get a medal. At the end I was fighting also for a medal in all events, but there was a lot of excitment and preassure in that moment", Ziga said.

Niko Oksanen from Finland was stronly on the first place, until in fifth game he made only 163. His total in six games was still 1384 and that is enough for the all events gold. No one can reach him any more. In sigle he is now second, just before Brent de Ruiter from the Netherlands. On the fourth place is Oleksandr Nechypaiev from Ukraine, but his result 1353 might not be enough for the semi finals.

Niko won the all event also last year in Reykjavik. Berfore the second single squad Niko's team mate, Jesse Ahokas is second and Ronan van der Loo from the Netherlands third.

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