Friday at European Youth Ultimate Championships was all about the medal games. Today we found out all the medalists’ women’s divisions and U20 mixed division. Men’s gold games are scheduled for Saturday.
? bronze game u20 mixed
?? the Nederlands 15 – 7 Hungary ??
After a universe point win in the pool, Hungary was hoping for a reply and taking the medal home. On the other side of the field, we had very motivated Dutch. Hungarians used their branded zone looks, but the Nederlands seemed to be way better prepared to play against it, than in the previous game. Wide Dutch roster was also helpful, as a couple of clutch opponent players got injured. Oranjes won with a big advantage and could celebrate the well-deserved bronze medal.
? bronze game u17 men’s
?? Belgium 14 – 13 Germany ??
Bronze medal game in u17 men’s division featured two impressive teams. Both lost their semis in close match-ups and both deserved a medal. Only one got to take it home. The game was very close until the end. Supporters gathered in Olympic Stadium watched point for point game with Belgians breaking away in the very end and scored their holds with some luck involved. The final long shot was tipped by German defender but caught on the second attempt. You can watch the whole game on Fanseat.
? bronze game u17 women’s
?? France 13 – 6 Italy ??
An athletic French team was the biggest title contender before the u17 women’s tournament started. A loss to the Czech Republic in pool play turned out to exclude them from going to the final. The first half of the bronze medal game proved the strength of the team. The French turned Italian possessions over and scored with ease. First half score was 8-5. Next half brought more breaks.
? bronze game u20 men’s
?? Great Britain 13 – 12 Germany ??
They say you can’t win the same game twice at the tournament. After yesterday’s losses, Great Britain and Germany were bound to meet again. At the start of the game, it was clear that the Germans had far more energy than the British as they led the game. The game wasn’t flawless and there were a few communication issues. Both teams took advantage of the mistakes done by the other. However, it was Germany with its precision and stability leading the charge. In the second half, Great Britain didn’t give up and just before the end of time scored a point. Germany was not one to let all the hard work go to waste and evened out the score. It was a repeat from the previous game with a universe point! A few defences on either side and it was the British who triumphed in the end. They proved that the game doesn’t end until the very last point.
? bronze game u20 women’s
?? Russia 12- 11 Slovenia ??
Before the game started, we could be sure of one thing: Slovenia and Russia would put up a show. The game was very close until the very end when it has reached the universe point with Slovenians starting on offence. Their possession was very calm and secure but ended up with slightly overthrew pass and a turnover. Russians took it easier and finished the game in the only couple of open side passes.
? gold game u20 mixed
?? Latvia 15 – 10 Spain ??
Placement games have finished and the crowd gathered on Olympic Stadium. The sound of Spanish vuvuzelas heralded a great show. Latvians were shaky in the beginning, and Spanish gained an early game lead 5-1. The baltic team just could not connect on their branded bold point attempts. They did better at the end of the half when they tied the game and turned the momentum to their side. The second half was a display of Latvian power. They scored big and had lots of fun, enjoying their growing lead. Spanish also had a great time celebrating loudly every point with their dedicated fans.
? gold game u17 women’s
?? Czech Republic 15-14 Hungary ??
As the Hungarian and Czech players from the youngest division were getting ready for their final, dark clouds appeared over the Olympic Stadium. Hungarians have obviously set up a zone defence, and Czechs did what they do best – shoot right through it with long overheads and quick opening passes. Despite that Hungary got a couple of turnovers and got 2-point lead early in the game. The pouring rain seemed to help Czechs, as they won the first half. The rest of the game was a point for point display of hucks and fast up lines. Many discs were contested by both sides, but there were only two breaks in the second half. Czechs entered the universe point situation on offence and played calm zone O, finished with a short pass.
? gold game u20 women’s
?? France 15 – 08 Sweden ??
The game started with a crushing lead by the French team. The strong man defence forced the Swedish women to take perfect, yet risky overheads, which mostly resulted in turnover due to defence. 16 minutes into the game the Swedish scored their first point of the finals. While the French brought hucks to the finals, the Swedish had some nice layouts. Neither of the teams was afraid to risk it to push the game forward. Despite good efforts, the first game wholly belonged to the French as they made far fewer mistakes. During the second half, Sweden tried to chase the score, but France was relentless and unforgiving with its defence.
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