It was joy for Junior Team England Girls in Vienna last night as they successfully defended their European title yet again. 2019 is the third year in a row that England have taken the coveted gold medal, following a bronze medal in 2016.
The English quartet featuring Issy Allen, Rhian Dobinson, Jenny Grace and Lucy Williams qualified for the medal play-offs in third place with a total of 4631 for their six games (193 average). Three time team member, Issy Allen led the way with a 1256 (209.3 average), with highlights including a 268 from Jenny Grace in the final game of qualifying.
It was a comfortable win for England in the semi final, defeating Finland 781-734. They met Denmark in a nail-biting final where the teams tied on 761 apiece, in scenes reminiscent of 2017, where England tied against Sweden in the gold medal match. A one-ball roll-off saw a jubilant England run out winners 38 v 36, making history in taking the title for a unprecendented third year in a row.
Team England Head Coach, Andy Penny said:
“That was a true team effort! Every player and every coach made a contribution to us winning gold, including all the boys who kept everyone going with their songs. Who said that bowling wasn’t exciting? Truly one of the best days of my coaching career!”
Team England Boys finished in a respectable seventh place, with Austin Taylor leading the way with 1232 (205.3 average).