2017 IWRF European Championship - Day 4 Roundup
Sweden and Great Britain confirmed their place in tomorrow’s 2017 IWRF European Championships Final in Koblenz, writes Nathaniel Holland.
Sweden’s dramatic 57-56 win over Denmark means that they will play Great Britain after their 54-41 win over France.
Tobias Sandberg was the hero for Sweden when he steamrolled over the line in the final second of the game to confirm Sweden’s place in the final. With Denmark in the driving seat with less than ten seconds on the clock, Sebastian Frederiksen lost possession, allowing Sandberg to race through to claim victory.
In the earlier game Great Britain made light work of a very good France team, winning the game by 13 points and really stamping their authority on the competition. Jamie Stead was the top performer for the reigning champions as they take another step to securing back-to-back titles.
Holders Great Britain will be looking to win their sixth European gold medal, with four-time champions Sweden aiming to end a six-year wait for the return of the title. It will be a repeat of the 2015 final, a game that GB won by just one point, ending 49-48.
France and Denmark will battle it out for the bronze medal. The French have never finished in the top three and are on the brink of their first European medal. Denmark has appeared on the podium regularly in recent competitions, finishing third in Finland in 2015 and second in Belgium in 2013.
In the battle for the minor places, Germany’s 58-38 win over Ireland means that they will compete for fifth place against Poland tomorrow. Finland’s 33-55 loss to Poland means that it they will face Ireland tomorrow in the 7th/8h play off.
Ireland and Finland have both lost all of their games so far so one team are guaranteed to end the week with a win when the two sides go wheel-to-wheel on the final day of the tournament.
For a full list of results and tomorrow’s fixtures, visit IWRF.com
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