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Sweden wins doubble in U23 again


Finland 04 Mar 2012 at 15:08 | Published by: Hans | Views: 6324 | News search

Sweden wins doubble in U23 again
Parts of the two Sweidish U23 teams meeting each others in the final  (Photo by Arto Borg 2012)

Last year’s double win with an all Swedish final in the U23 Challenge in the though felt courses in Eskilstuna was maybe not so surprising, but this year’s follow up was maybe more surprising.

This year the U23 was played at the indoor eternit course in Rahola, Tampere, Finland. This is a course that is very familiar to the home players but seldom or never played before bye most of the guest teams. Alongside two home teams there were two teams from Sweden two from Germany, two from Austria and one Swiss team.

The nine teams were divided into two groups and quite soon there was dominance from the Nordic Teams. The Swedish teams played maybe as expected, the Finnish teams played over expectations and the continental European team played lower than expectations. This meant that the semifinals were to become an all Nordic battle between Finland and Sweden.

In the first semifinal Sweden 1 won over Finland 1 with quite a convincing margin (16-11) after significantly lower standard of the game from Finland 1 in exception from the closer Oskari Vihervaara that continued his brilliant performance.

In the second semifinal it was a much closer battle where Finland 2 and Sweden 2 took the game all the way to sudden death (15-15).

The final between the two Swedish Teams was also the best match of the week (85-92 in strokes and 12-7 in lanewins) where Sweden 1 was the best in the end. In the final Sweden ones Lina Liljegren showed her best performance by a 19 round (only blue round by a girl).

Finland 2 won the match for third price over Finland 1 by 12-10. Eeto Ikola of Finland was the only player scoring a perfect 18 round during the weekend.

Best individual players were:

Boys:

Oskari Vihervaara, Finland 20.17
Eirik Seljelid, Sweden 20.33
Nikolai Bhend, Switzerland 21.33
Juuso Tasku, Finland 21.50
Dino Medenhodzic, Sweden 21.83
Eeto Ikola, Finland 21.83

Girls:

Lina Liljegren, Sweden 22.00
Karin Heschl, Austria 22.83
Anne Bollrich, Germany 23.83

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Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

07 Mar 2012 at 20:40
Oskari is very right when he says that the boys with maybe the exception of Riku know the Rahola course in and out, playing 5 regular tournaments + marathon there every year. And those hours they've been spending there training, they know every piece of dust by name and every wrinkle in the carpet. But that's how it should be! I was happy to see that with this mode the course could offer them new challenges and situations, which they solved very well most of the time. Only the topping on the cake wasn't to be, but Sweden deserves high points for quick learning in limited time.

There will most likely be no full Finnish team in Bad Münder, but those who go there will be looking for a very happy mind - to put in Osku's words.

Germany Chappi (Bernd Szablikowski)

07 Mar 2012 at 17:47
In my opinion it was a very strong performance of the finish team. There are some difficult lanes on the course and I was very surprised to see such a good finnish team. Thanks for the hospitality. Nice days also for the german team, but a lot to do in the next months. I think the young finnish boys could play a good role in Bad Münder this year.

Sweden Hans (Hans Bergström)

04 Mar 2012 at 16:33
@Oskari. Even if this is the normal level of the players of your team in this course I would say it’s still over expectations to deliver these results when it counts in high international competition. And I also think it’s great by the home team to so clearly deliver better than the usually more successful continental teams. Also hat of for your own performance Oskari. Great play!

Finland Obama (Oskari Vihervaara)

04 Mar 2012 at 15:31
Well I wouldn't say that we played over expectations. Throughout the season the players in this finnish team has played on this level. Occasionally even better. It's the home course of 5 out 8 on this team so we know the course in and out. There was definately potential to even win the whole tournament but medals come to Finland so rarely that this result is quite satisfying. Great tournament, great moments, satisfying results = happy mind. Congrats to Sweden though. Good performance.

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Sweden 26 Feb 2012 at 19:47 | views: 6500 | Comments: 0

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