Odense Bowlinghal, Odense, Denmark
9th-21st April 2014
Masters Silver for Keira
(l-r) Keira Reay, Lea Degenhardt (GER), Emelie Tiveljung (SWE), Oleksandra Yakunina (UKR)
Keira Reay completed a memorable European Youth Championships for 2014 by winning the Masters silver, to add to her all events gold, team silver, doubles silver and singles bronze. As first seed, Reay first defeated Riikka Hakala (FIN) 203/186 & 223/199 to progress to Step Three, where she defeated Caitlin Dicay (DEN) 212/195 & 194/179 and then Oleksandra Yakunina (UKR) in the semi-finals 216/191 & 246/231. Reay powered-ahead in the finals against Lea Degenhardt (GER) who struggled to find pocket, loosing game 1 to Reay 237-156, however a ball change and a run of strikes for Degenhardt was enough to keep-ahead of Reay in game 2, 258-213 leaving the third game wide-open. Degenhardt won that final game 212-175 to take the gold.
All Events Gold for Keira
(l-r) Maria Bulanova, Keira Reay, Emelie Tiveljung Girls All Events
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Keira Reay captured her second consecutive EYC All Events gold medal when she headed the 2014 tables in Denmark. With 3915 over 18 games (217.5 avergae) Reay was +524 from the top-24 cut. Second-placed Maria Bulanova (RUS) finished with 3847 / 213.7 / +456 and third-placed Emelie Tiveljung (SWE) finished with 3803 / 211.3 / +412.
Singles Bronze For Keira
(l-r) Emelie Tivuljung, Maria Bulanova, Cajsa Wegner and Keira Reay
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After qualification completed in the girl's sinlges, Russia's Maria Bulanova was first, Sweden's Cajsa Wegner
and Emelie Tiveljung were second & third, and England's Keira Reay fourth. Semi-final
one would see Reay fall to Bulanova 244-178 and in semi-final two
Wegner defeated team mate Tiveljung 207-195. In the finals Bulanova
defeated Wegner 201-180.
Girls Win Team Silver
(l-r) Terry Searle, Frankie Plewis, Becky Daly, Emily Allen and Keira Reay
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England's girls qualified in second place for
the finals, bowling 4,799 (200 avg) over six games, just 28 pins behind
leaders Sweden. Games of 740, 783, 781 in block 1 and 844, 770 and 881
in block 2 placed them +144 over Russia in fourth, who would go on to
defeat England in the finals, with Maria Bulanova being the difference
bowling a 278 game. Russia had defeated Sweden 771-737 again with
Bulanova bowling a key 224, whilst England defeated third-placed
qualifiers Germany 780-711 to reach the finals.
Doubles Silver Joy for Emily and Keira
Emily Allen, left, and Keira Reay
Emily Allen and Keira Reay took England's first medal in EYC2014, taking silver in the girls doubles. Allen and Reay had completed qualifying as top-seeds with a total pinfall of 2,533 (211.1 avg) and played through a tense and difficult semi-finals with Finland's Teea Mäkelä and Iida Gylden, in which the girls drew on 339 pins. After winning the tenth-frame roll-off, they were defeated 443-376 in the finals by Sweden's Emelie Tiveljung and Filippa Persson.
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