Last day in IKF EKCR1 West and East tournaments, that allow us to know the four teams that qualifies and will participate in the next IKF EUROPEAN KORFBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016 in Dordrecht (The Netherlands) from 22 to 30 October 2016: GERMANY, TURKEY, CATALONIA and POLAND. Congratulations!
The final day of IKF EKC 2016 R1W, but not the finals as this qualifying tournament was in competition structure all six teams meeting each other once in these three days.
This was the day on which the decisions are not only for qualification for IKF EKC 2016, but also for IKF EKC 2018. After the four games played was the final ranking still not fixed.
Because of this all matches were important, everyone was aware of this and gave something special to all matches.
The first match against Sweden was important for Wales, In case of loss the fifth place was maximally attainable and thus no qualification for IKF EKC 2018. At winning this match they were depending on results in the next game between Ireland and France for qualification 2018. The Welshmen did what they had to do beating Sweden, 14-7.
For them the stressful waiting started. There were two scenario’s:
1. – If Ireland wins than places both Ireland as France itself for IKF EKC 2018, by that France already had won in an earlier match of Wales
2. – If France wins France and Wales both qualifies for IKF EKC 2018
It was a match with passion, emotion, beautiful actions but also mistakes on both sides.
The French public backed their team the whole match. Till the 21th minute the score was close, the gap never bigger as 2 goals. But in six minutes then the score went from 6-6 to 10-6 in favour of France. As a Phoenix Ireland fought back the last six minutes of the second half, after a thrilling last minute there was an equal score, 10 -10, so Golden Goal. In the second minute of the Golden Goal period Clément Chareyre scored his third, but most impotant goal in this match, final score 11-10. Because of this France ranked third, Wales ranked fourth and Ireland ends at the fifth place at IKF EKC 2016 R1W.
The last match of the event was formally not a final, but the atmosphere and the quality of the match was as a final. Both Catalonia as Turkey were eager to win.
The first part of the match Catalonia took the lead, but the Turkish team fought back. At halftime the score was 6 -9 in favour of Turkey. Important were the two missed penalties by Catalonia. In the second half the first two scores were of Turkey, this gap of 5 goals was to big for the Catalonian team to close, what even they did.
Turkey won the match, 14-12 and because of that is the winner of IKF EKC 2016 R1W.
The role of the women in the Turkish team is important, they scored nine of the fourteen goals.
It was a great event, with good sportsmanship at all teams, good cooperation between referees and jury, but above all a very good local organisation with a lot of volunteers and public
Day 3 (Sunday) results in IKF EKC R1 West & East 2016
From Friday 3 until Sunday 5 June 2016, all participant teams were fighting to be the numbers 1 and 2 of their EKCR1 tournaments, which classified for the IKF EKC 2016 that will take place from 22 to 30 October 2016 in the Netherlands.
All games were played in Saint Etienne (France) and Nitra (Slovakia). And all games could be watched in through live streaming in the followings links inside www.worldkorfball.org IKF’s website:
R.West (St. Etienne): goo.gl/Q7A777
R.East (Nitra): goo.gl/VKrE2v
Review these two amazing tournaments through the internet on our live streaming links and visiting our social media profiles:
Images from Day 3 in Saint Etienne (By Marco Spelten: facebook.com/actiefotografieNL)
Images from Day 3 in Nitra: By www.facebook.com/sport.nitra (goo.gl/xMW0Vh)