Day FOUR – Finals
In a thoroughly entertaining and very competitive tournament Hungary completed the double by winning both the men’s and women’s competitions.
In the men’s final Hungary beat Poland 4-0 while Malta beat Isle of Man by the same score. This means the Gold medal goes to Hungary, Silver to Poland who both now return to division 2 and the Bronze went to Malta for the second year running.
In the earlier matches for final positions Croatia claimed 5th finished 6th 4-0 to Luxembourg who finished 7th
In the final round of the women’s league Hungary beat Croatia 3-0, Ukraine beat Luxembourg 2-1 and Sweden beat Latvia 2-1. This means that Hungary win the Gold medal, Sweden win the Silver medal who are both promoted to division 2 and Ukraine win the Bronze followed in order by Latvia, Croatia and Luxembourg.
Time for a beer.
Day THREE – Semi-finals
Isle of Man were making their first appearance in a semi-final but unfortunately their number one seed, Dave Norman, was injured so the match was a somewhat one sided affair won by Hungary.
The second semi-final was a much tighter match where a determined Poland defeated a talented Malta team 3-1 to set up a much expected final with Hungary.
The battle to avoid the wooden spoon started in the morning when Luxembourg beat Latvia 3-1. Latvia then beat Lithuania….there’s still all to play for to avoid the unenviable spoon
Two rounds of the women’s competition took place today. In the first of these the top two teams, Sweden and Hungary met. This was considered to be the ‘Final’ of the competition and was an enthralling match which was eventually won by 17 year old Luca Polgar for Hungary who won the deciding match 3-2 after a nail biting final game which finished 12-10.
In the other matches Ukraine beat Latvia 2-1 and Croatia beat Luxembourg 2-1.
In the afternoon matches Latvia beat Luxembourg 3-0, Sweden beat Croatia 3-0 and Hungary beat Ukraine 3-0 meaning that the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal positions are currently held by Hungary, Sweden and Latvia with the last round of matches remaining to be played tomorrow.
In the morning men’s pool matches Poland beat Croatia 4-0 and Hungary beat Luxembourg by the same score to strengthen both their positions at the top of Pool A. Malta maintained their unbeaten run at the top of Pool B by beating Lithuania 4-0 whilst old adversaries Gibraltar and the Isle of Man fought out a hard earned 2-2 draw setting up a tight finish to qualify for the semi-finals.
The afternoon matches in Pool A saw Poland beating Luxembourg 3-1, Croatia beating Latvia by the same score and Hungary defeating Latvia 4-0 in the late match. This meant that Pool A was won by Hungary who are joined in the semi-finals by Poland. Croatia finished third with Luxembourg and Latvia taking the bottom two places.
Malta completed the whitewash of the other teams in Pool B beating Gibraltar 4-0. This meant that they qualified for the semi-finals and are joined by Isle of Man who finished above Gibraltar on game count-back. Lithuania finished last in the pool.
This all means that the semi-final line up will be Hungary against Isle of Man and Poland against Malta.
In the women’s Hungary beat Luxembourg 3-0 to move to the top of the league followed by Sweden who beat Ukraine 2-1,who slip to 3rd and 6th places and Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg play for , with Latvia moving into 4th place by beating Croatia 2-1.
Zagreb’s first squash club SquashTower is host to this year’s European Team Championship, division three – eight men’s and six women’s teams started their quest for promotion to second division today and it started with a bang!
The somewhat unlucky men’s draw sees Hungary and Poland, two overall favourite men’s teams in the A group, together with Luxembourg, Latvia and the home team, Croatia.
Men’s B group has Malta, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Lithuania competing, Malta being the favourite (at least on paper).
Poland’s clash with Hungary lived up to our expectations, ending at 2/2. Poland ‘s first string was missing, so there’s still room for improvement. Croatia comfortably beat Luxembourg 4/0. Afternoon matches in Group A had Poland beating Latvia 4/0 and Hungary squeezing a win over Croatia by 3/1.
In the evening match, Luxembourg beats Latvia 4/0.
Group B, men’s:
Morning matches were 4/0 wins for Gibraltar against Lithuania and Malta against Isle of Man. The only afternoon match ended with the same result. Isle of Man best Lithuania 4/0.