European Champs 2012
The blog has been pretty quiet lately, so time for a little retrospective on the European Championships in Paris.
Spring Break decided to turn up ridiculously early for this tournament and were in Paris with a few days to kill until the tournament commenced. This meant we had loads of time to hang out with our awesome hosts: Julien “pinball” Tual and Nick “physics” Halmagyi, they gave us directions by day and took us to neat bars by night… we shared Nick’s passion for cheap (but delicious) Turkish cuisine and Julien brought us up to speed with all things Paris and his company Waiting for the Sun, it was bliss, thanks guys!
Taking the time to enjoy a city before a big tournament was a refreshing approach and meant we were eager to compete by the end of the week.
The tournament itself was held within the North East of Paris in a Sports Facility near
Parc des Buttes Chaumont. It was a little tucked away, but had an awesome playing surface and had room for two massive courts (and a third smaller court). Unfortunately we seemed to play most of our qualifying games on the smaller court, but we were playing well and won them all apart from a draw with Iron Ponies…
The Iron Ponies game became very frantic towards the end and Ryan was disappointed to be purposefully tripped by a dabbed player at 10:18 (both teams later apologised to each other), but was the only low point to a fun series of games that meant we were seeded well for the following day.
During the knockout phase the next day we had some great games before being beaten by Hooks who were scoring some awesome goals on the break (our mid-court game needs work against defensive teams) and by L’Equipe in the loser’s bracket to be 5th overall… the L’Equipe game was really fun as the crowd were incredibly loud and L’Equipe are absolute gents to play against. We felt we matched L’Equipe defensively and mid-court, but they are much better finishers and beat us 4-2 (although we never did get a video replay of our disallowed goal, hah).
Call Me Daddy, Hooks and L’Equipe all played stunning polo at times (although the reffing was very light throughout the tournament). However, we felt the real unsung heroes were Edisons… Eddy has upped his game so much over the last year and David and Mo are building upon their youthful partnership to create some exciting plays that nearly always result in a goal. Edisons lost 5-4 to Call Me Daddy in the final and Call Me Daddy proved that they were Europe’s best hope of a Worlds win in Geneva, they had managed the once inconceivable challenge of toppling L’Equipe (three times European Champions).
Here’s the highlights video from the event, thanks for organising everything Paris and to all the volunteers that made the event possible…