The European Team Championships Division Three, features 17
teams from some of Europe's smaller nations battling it out
for promotion to the top table in Malta this week ...
Roundup after day two ...
In the seven-team womenís round robin itís Scandinavia all
the way with top seeds Denmark and Sweden heading the
table with three out of three wins. They meet in the final
round on Saturday, in all probability to decide the title.
Malta and Greece, both with two wins from four
matches, are battling it out for bronze, the hosts look to
have the slight edge as they have Norway and Croatia to
play, while the Greeks meet Sweden and then Norway.
In menís pool A, top seeds Ukraine have three wins
from three with just Malta to play. If Malta can pull
off an upset it will set up a three-way tie with Ukraine and
Poland, who have finished on three wins, otherwise it
will be Ukraine and Poland in the semis.
In pool B Norway and Luxembourg are both unbeaten and
through to the semis, so their meeting on Friday will decide
the pool positions and, perhaps more importantly, the
opposition in the semis.
Day TWO results
Wednesday, Day One:
On a sunny but windy day the stage was set for the European
Team Championships Division 3 hosted by the Marsa Sports
Club in the Mediterranean island of Malta.
The draw for the men's competition seemed to be incredibly
competitive with first seeds Ukraine drawn with the
extremely focused Poles as well as Lithuania,
Cyprus and the hosts Malta. The other pool saw
second seeds Gibraltar up against Luxembourg,
Croatia, Norway as well as plucky Turkey,
In the women's event there was only one pool with a strong
Scandinavian representation. The seeds and hot favourites
Denmark were joined by Sweden, Norway,
Greece, Turkey, Croatia and again the
So let the Matches begin......
The first round of men's matches on the Wednesday morning
were Turkey v Norway and Poland v Cyprus. Both
matches were pretty one sided with Norway and Poland
emerging as winners thus securing a positive start in their
quest for qualification. In the women's event Greece beat
Croatia 3-0 which included a close and exciting encounter
between the number one seeds. In the other morning tie hosts
made a convincing start to their tournament by basting
The afternoons session saw the Hutchin's Twister hit Croatia
at full force leading to a competitive and engaging
encounter that was eventually won by Luxembourg.
Malta men's began their quest for home soil tournament
glory and showed no soft centre with a straight forward
victory over Lithuania.
In an eagerly awaited match a packed crowd was ready to be
enthralled by the Scandinavian ladies teams of Norway
and Denmark. In a fantastic match which contained a
high level of play and very few unforced errors Denmark
showed their superior touch and came out victors by 3
matches to 0. On the opposing court Sweden ran out
comfortable winners against a Croatian side who were tired
from their earlier exploits in the day.
The top two men's seeds Ukraine and Gibraltar
began their competition late in the day and both ran out
comprehensive winners. Gibraltar showed that they "rock" as
their number 2 Christian 'Elvis' Navas put on his blue suede
shoes to dance over his opponent.
The final ladies matches of the day saw Malta hit rocky
shores as they came unstuck against the impressive Danish
team. Greece ended the day by defeating Turkey 3-0.
See you all tomorrow
Anthony Brindle and Adam Newnham