2 am. After another 18h of work today, I was considering not to write a round up but to go to bed. BUT my mailbox is full of emails thanking me for my reports, so I guess I have to do it again. I can slep when IM dead...
I am not going to write so much on the matches. For all that I am referring you to the dayly newsletter, which the Gerrman federation president JB writes. Find it on EYUC2015.eu, along with all scores etc. The friday schedule, including the live stream on http://www.playo.tv/event/EYUC-2015-1736.aspx
is also there.
We made changes to the friday schedule, because we are experiencing 39° heat and we as EUF have to protect the junior players from sun strokes, burnout, dehydration. It is tough. But fun! So, we moved almost all games to 9am, 11am, then 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
GBR vs GER is one semi, a classic. the other is FRA vs the surprise team: the newcomers from BEL. 9am
Bronze medal match at 3pm and final at 7pm are streamed live!
GER vs AUT, FRA vs ISR, GBR vs IRL. All 11am. Hard to choose what to watch.
if you are not here, check the 11am stream of ITA vs SUI. That should be great; ITA is unbeaten thus far, not sure if SUI have a real chance but one never knows.
Semis 9am: NED vs FRA, AUT vs GER. 5th place at 11, GBR vs SWE
Quarters again at 11am: ITA vs GER, FRA vs FIN, GBR vs AUT. The dominant team is Russia, who are cruising. They play CZE at 11am; if they win, you can check them out on the stream at 5pm.
Today the heat was hard on all of us. Tomorrow will be even hotter, and most teams have two matches. But the toughest is actually the staff job. They have to maintain 12 pitches in parallel, including the distant fields. Just the job of supplying drinking water is a lot of work. Even the 110 liter containers are not enough for one single match. Crazy.
We decided to treat the staff to a VC voucher, to thank them for their work and to inspire them to keep it up.
But it is not that we are just suffering here. Not at all. The sprinklers, the slip&slide, the ice cream vendor, the VC tent and any shady area are a pure source of joy, with 1000 highly spirited people here. The highlight today was the Nidda river beach, where lots of people cooled down, only to participate in the "longest pull" competition later. trading night last night also was a success, it is beginning to get difficult to differentiate kids as they may wear any jersey.
Off to bed. Bonne nuit, dobra noc, buona notte,
Christoph Dehnhardt <phi91ebx-S0/GAf8tV78@public.gmane.org> +49 - 341 - 5901880