07-Sep, Day Two:
Praha dethrone Paderborn
On a dramatic day in the men's
competition defending champions Paderborn were beaten in the
quarter-finals by hosts Praha.
Earlier in the day the top eight teams met to decide the
finishing positions in their pools with the top three seeds
Mulhouse, Aberdeen and Paderborn all winning comfortably.
In Pool D last year's finalists Worms upset the seedings as they
beat Slovakian club Strahov 4-0 thus avoiding a last eight
meeting with German rivals Paderborn.
In the quarter-finals Mulhouse, Worms and Aberdeen all
progressed comfortably enough, but when Gregory Gaultier and Tim
Vail put Praha 2-0 up Paderborn were in trouble.
Petr Martin applied the finishing touches for Praha with a 3-2
win over Tim Garner to put the hosts into the semi-finals.
Final Men's Pool Matches:Top seeds tested in semis
A: Mulhouse 4-0 Strahov,
B: Aberdeen 4-0 Nottingham
C: Paderborn 3-1 Neudorf,
D: Praha 0-4 Worms
 Mulhouse (Fra) 3-1  Nottingham (Eng)
James Willstrop 3-0 Mark Fuller
11/5, 11/7, 11/4
Rudi Rohrmuller 3-0 Matthew Oxley
11/0, 11/4, 11/9
Mark Krajcsak 3-0 Declan James
11/5, 11/9, 11/9
Joan Lezaud 1-2 Ollie Holland
12/10, 8/11, 2/11
 Praha (Cze) 3-1  Paderborn (Ger)
Tim Vail 3-1 Lennart Osthoff
11/6, 11/8, 3/11, 11/8
Gregory Gaultier 3-1 Simon Rosner
3/11, 11/9, 11/5, 11/7
Peter Martin 3-2 Tim Garner
11/6, 5/11, 5/11, 11/9, 11/8
Jan Koukal 1-2 Chris Simpson
11/8, 7/11, 11/5
 Worms (Ger) 4-0  Neudorf (Aut)
Nick Matthew 3-0
11/3, 11/3, 11/3
Andre Haschker 3-0 Erich Streit
11/7, 11/0, 11/2
David Palmer 2-0 Leopold Czaska
Marcus Berrett 2-0 Andreas Freudensprung
 Aberdeen (Sco) 4-0  Strahov (Svk)
Daryl Selby 3-2 Lucas Serme
9/11, 11/6, 12/10, 1/11, 11/6
Alistair Gorrie 3-0 Jakub Stupka
11/1, 11/6, 11/5
Alan Clyne 3-0 Lukas Jelinek
11/2, 11/4, 11/0
Simon Parke 2-0 Jaroslav Cech
In the women's quarter-finals Espoo and Fitzwillam won through
to the semi-finals where the top seeds were waiting, rested.
Top seeds Mulhouse were taken to a decider before seeing off
Espoo, while second and third seeds Pontefract and Fitzwilliam
also went the distance with Kirsty McPhee taking the decider for
Mulhouse bye, Malaka 1-2 Espoo
Pontefract bye, Fitzwilliam 2-1 Strahov
 Mulhouse (Fra) 2-1
 Espoo (Fin)
Katrin Hauck 3-2 Emilia Soini
11/7, 6/11, 9/11, 11/8, 11/5
Gaby Huber 0-3 Frania Gillen-Buchert
5/11, 6/11, 4/11
Laura Pomportes 3-0 Elina Koonen
11/8, 116, 11/7
Pontefract (Eng) 2-1  Fitzwilliam (Irl)
Vanessa Atkinson 3-1 Laura Mylotte
11/9, 11/9, 4/11, 11/9
Orla Noom 1-3 Aisling Blake
11/4, 5/11, 6/11, 6/11
Kirsty McPhee 3-0 Vicky Menzies
11/4, 11/2, 11/2
06-Sep, Day One:
Top seeds off to good starts in Prague
The event started with a
redraw for the men's competition which saw Muhouse and
Aberdeen elevated to become the top two seeds, with
defending champions Paderborn in the #3 spot, and hosts
fourth ahead of last year's finalists B&W Worms who drop to
All the favoured teams enjoyed a good opening day - in each of
the four man's pools the top two teams all recorded a pair of
wins to set up pool deciders against each other tomorrow.
Those matches are: A: Mulhouse v Strahov, B: Aberdeen v
Nottingham, C: Paderborn v Neudorf, D: Praha v Worms.
In the women's pools the top three seeds Mulhouse,
Pontefract and Fitzwilliam all won twice to take
control of their pools.
Top teams head for Prague
The annual extravaganza that is the European Club Championships
heads for Prague this year, with the champion teams from the
continent's leading nations aiming to become European Champions.
Top seeds for the men's event are Germany's Paderborn and
B&W Worms, who contested last year's final in Belfast with
Paderborn coming out on top to retain their title.
Last year's women's champions Belfast are missing, so top
billing goes to Mulhouse from France and England's
Pontefract, both former champions.
Action gets under way on Thursday with pool matches at Hamr
Sport, and on the new Courtwall Innovation all-glass court at
the Top Hotel.
The world's top three of James Willstrop, Nick Matthew and
Gregory Gaultier will be joined by a host of top players ...
as they say in the Czech Republic, stay tuned !
Glass court at the Top Hotel
Extra curricular activity at the hotel