Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Junior Europeans Diary 1

Greetings from Wroclaw, venue for the 24th Junior European Championship. The weather here has been a little cooler than the UK, but made up for by the warmth of our Polish hosts - although we are due to get some more sunshine from Wednesday onwards.

Things have started OK for the U20s and we lie 3rd after 6/18 matches. After squeaking a win against the Scots in the first match and then comfortably beating an inexperienced Irish side, we had our only defeat (so far) at the hands of our close rivals from the Netherlands. Today saw three victories - a topsy-turvy battle against the Slovaks followed by big wins against Hungary and Norway.

The nature of the competition is such that pretty much any team can turn over anyone else. There have already been a number of 'surprise' results and we expect plenty more. Consistency will be the name of the game.

Things have not gone so well for the U25s who endured a couple of rough days. Every error seemed to be magnified when the scores were being counted. However, a good day today has lifted spirits and if they can maintain that form, then they have a chance of getting back into contention. They can't afford any more slip ups from here though.

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