sabato 7 febbraio 2015

Favourites deliver on day 1 of Belgrade 2016 qualification

The opening day of the qualification phase to the 2016 European Championships featured little surprises as the favourites all got underway well gaining three points straight away. The closest match-up was on display in Tbilisi, Georgia where the home team suffered a dramatic loss to Slovakia, in what might have been the game for the top spot in group A of round 1. Elsewhere Israel got their confidence going by holding off the more favourite Ukraine side 9-12 in Poland. The hosts were up next but could not cause an upset facing Russia. The Russians, one of the 4 teams who are coming off a 2014 European Championships participation now in the qualification phase for the next edition, ran away right from the start and recorded a convincing 6-16 victory. 

In the Netherlands favourites France and the hosts confirmed their status on day 1. The newly formed team of Latvia was crushed in rarely seen fashion suffering a grueling 52-0 loss against the home team. France crushed Malta 21-4 in the following match so that it seems both the Netherlands and France are up for the top spot battle this weekend in the city of Utrecht. In group D, played in Istanbul, both Germany and Turkey proved to be the teams to look at this weekend. The Germans crushed Lithuania 20-2 in the group's opening match followed by Turkey dominating Belarus 9-2. Meanwhile in the women's tournament round 1, hosts France and Portugal got off nicely by recording big wins. The Turkish ladies saw Portugal running away to a 14-7 followed by France blowing out Switzerland 34-3. In group B, in Zagreb, 2011 world champions Greece did what was expected in a beating hosts Croatia 5-13. Germany topped that score in the next match as Israel was trashed 6-20 to conclude the action of day 1.

2016 European Championships
Belgrade, serbia

Qualification Tournament
Round 1


Group A (in Tbilisi, Georgia)

Friday, 6 February
Georgia vs. Slovakia 10-11
Portugal vs. Switzerland

Saturday, 7 February

17.00: Slovakia vs. Portugal
18.45: Georgia vs. Switzerland

Sunday, 8 February
10.00: Switzerland vs. Slovakia
11.45: Georgia vs. Portugal

Group B (in Gorzow, Poland)

Friday, 6 February
Ukraine vs. Israel 9-12 (3-3, 3-5, 2-3, 1-1)
Poland vs. Russia 6-16 (1-5, 1-3, 2-5, 2-3)

Saturday, 7 February
17.00: Russia vs. Ukraine
18.30: Poland vs. Israel

Sunday, 8 February
09.00: Russia vs. Israel
10.30: Poland vs. Ukraine

Group C (in Utrecht, Netherlands)

Friday, 6 February
Netherlands vs. Latvia 52-0 (15-0, 14-0, 9-0, 14-0)
France vs. Malta 21-4 (4-0, 7-1, 5-2, 5-1)

Saturday, 7 February
15.15: Netherlands vs. Malta
16.45: France vs. Latvia

Sunday, 8 February
12.15: Malta vs. Latvia
13.45: Netherlands vs. France

Group D (in Istanbul, Turkey)

Friday, 6 February
Germany vs. Lithuania 20-2 (5-0, 3-1, 7-0, 5-1)
Turkey vs. Belarus 9-2 (2-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-1)

Saturday, 7 February
18.00: Turkey vs. Lithuania
19.30: Belarus vs. Germany

Sunday, 8 February
12.00: Lithuania vs. Belarus
13.30: Turkey vs. Germany


Group A (in Longwy, France)

Friday, 6 February
Portugal vs. Turkey 14-7 (4-1, 3-2, 2-3, 5-1)
France vs. Switzerland 34-3 (9-1, 11-2, 6-0, 8-0)

Saturday, 7 February
18.00: Switzerland vs. Turkey
19.45: France vs. Portugal

Sunday, 8 February
09.00: Portugal vs. Switzerland
11.00: France vs. Turkey

Group B (in Zagreb, Croatia)

Friday, 6 February
Croatia vs. Greece 5-13 (0-3, 1-3, 3-5, 1-2)
Israel vs. Germany 6-20 (0-3, 2-5, 2-5, 2-7)

Saturday, 7 February
18.00: Croatia vs. Israel
19.15: Germany vs. Greece

Sunday, 8 February
11.00: Greece vs. Israel
12.15: Croatia vs. Germany

N.b.: times mentioned are local time.

Round 2
9-11 October.

Pictured: Georgia and Slovakia ahead of their match-up in Tbilisi on Friday

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