I did not have wifi last night, thus no report. Both today and yesterday were very eventful, it will be hard for me to get it together now at 2.30am, but I try. The weather forecast just changed from "great flood" to no rain this night, so we may not need to go to the fields at 6am to asses weather play is possible... fingers crossed!
There has been a lot of rain: over the past few weeks (so the ground is well soaked), at the tournament start, wed evening... much more than usually here, making the otherwise perfect fields more fragile. But the ground keeper is very cooperative and helpful, allows us to play wherever possible without doing too much damage, and actually rapairing fields constantly.
Othe than that, the tournament also has some hiccups, as can be expected from an event this size. Most things function well, some do not. Looking at the immense effort that was put into this, the 50 things that may not be good need to be put into relation with 950 that are great, so many teams are very happy, others are a bit unnerved by some flaws.
Any, back to the action: let me try to remeber wednesday.
Junior Open: USA, CAN, GERE and ITA safely won the 4 pools, with straight wins. They then faced off one another in new seeding-games; USA was up 9:6 over Canada, Germany 11:6 over Italy, when a thunderstorm came nearer and play was stopped due to lighning danger, at around 6:30pm. The same was true for all pre-quarters, and several matches in other divisions.
Junior women: in the power pools, most games went according to seeding: USA beat GER and FIN, Colombia beat ITA and RUS, Canada beat Latvia and Great Britain. Austria, after beating Germany in the pool could also win over France and Japan. The big game was Russia beating Great Britain.
U17 women: the 2nd round robin was started. The exciting one was the evening match of the top2 FRA-NED, which was at 6:4 when the storm came.
U17 open: The power pool is led by Germany, with 3:0 wins. Austria beat France, leaving both at 2:1, followed by GBR and IRE at 1:2.
Then on wednesday evening, after the storm came incredible rain, leaving the fields soaking wet most of the day thursday. Thus, most matches had to be cancelled, with Simon Hill (WFDF) and myself getting plans B, C and more out of the drawer to try save the tournament, not knowing how many matches we would be able to play at all.
We did get some 16 games in on thursday. Most division formats were altered, to make up for less matches, and some of those changes are disadvantegeing certain unfortunate teams. Not a great position to be in... but mostly things go on very satisfactorily, most teams have one or more games less than originally scheduled.
In U17 girls, Germany and France played their 2nd round robin match, in which Germany had to make up for their earlier 4 points loss, and furthermore would not get a chance for a rematch against the Netherlands. The game ended 12:11 for Germany, so France gets the final tomorow against the Netherlands. GER plays Austria, who won against GBR.
U17 open: again most matches cancelled; tomorrow will see the semis GER-GBR and AUS-FRA, thus the top4 of 2013. This will be exciting to follow, all 4 teams have displayed amazing ultimate. Lower down, Israel and Italy get a recovery chance against Ireland and Sweden; Colombia and the Netherlands play for 9th.
Power pool x ended in a showcase match at the stadium, in which Canada beat Colombia 13:11. This morning has the Quarters USA-RUS, COL-GER, CAN-JAP and AUT-ITA. Semis later in the day; most placement games will need to get cancelled, as the tournament is over on saturday.
The few games today culminated in a floodlight game at the stadium with hundreds of frenzied spectators, who had already watched the COL-CAN women's game. Italy took on Israel in a quarter, both teams with huge support from the stands. Italy came out with a self assured body language and started 2:0 before Israel got on the board. Italy got more breaks and was up 9:5 at half time. Both teams were handling well, especially Italy's dynamic mix of give and goes with safe clap catches, and occasional hucks was convincing, but actually Israels style was similar. Israel actually made a good comeback, but Italy took the game eventually.
Thus, the semis on moday are USA-ITA and CAN-GER, who had beat ustria in quarters. The 2nd semi will be live on Skyd.
So follow the stream, or the tournament website or face book, and the scoring (all posted earlier this week.
Also streamed will be the final of the U17 girls friday 16:30, and the finals on saturday (U17 open at 11, U20 women at 13, U20 open at 15).
We are looking forward to an amazing stadium atmosphere again!
Do some sundance, everyone, we DO want to play as many matches as possile!
Christoph Dehnhardt <phi91ebx-S0/GAf8tV78@public.gmane.org> +49 - 341 - 5901880