Team England’s Issy Allen swept the Masters yesterday at the European Youth Championships in Vienna. She qualified for the Masters in 11th place (195.3 average) in the Girls All Events. 24 bowlers including compatriots Lucy Williams and Jenny Grace took to the lanes for this exciting knock-out competition.
16-year-old Issy bowled consistently in her matches, meeting Beaudine Kriele of the Netherlands in the semi-final. Kriele comfortably defeated Allen in game 1, 265-191, in what was to be Allen’s lowest game of the Masters. However, she rebounded strongly to sweep her opponent 235-174 and 245-203 in the best of three match to book her place in the final against top seed Hanna Engberg of Sweden.
The thrilling final saw Allen emerge the early leader defeating Engberg 279-216. A fightback from Engberg in game 2 resulted in a 249-232 victory for the Swede, forcing a third game. In a tense final match, it was Allen who ran out winner 200-175 to claim the European Champion title.
Team England Head Coach Andy Penny said:
“Issy was a machine all the way through today. The final was just a strike fest; it was about who blinked first and Issy didn’t! An amazing match to cap an amazing week.”
Issy was also part of the gold medal winning team who once again defended their title earlier in the week. She made her first appearance at the European Youth Championships in 2017, at age 14.
The full scores from the European Youth Championships 2019 can be found here.