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Bavarian Open 2015 Tournament Report Print E-mail
Written by Keith Ball   
Thursday, 20 August 2015


In its home tournament, Touch München entered three mixed teams full of motivated players: The Wolpertingers who achieved in an excellent 3rd place, the Dangerous Pints which fought until to finish in seventh place, and the Weißwürste who brought home the lighthouse trophy for last place after some very tight defeats. Here are the experiences from tournament newbies in each of the three teams:

Michael R. - Wolpertingers

I was selected to play for the Wolpertingers, the Munich team with the most experienced players. Important to say that although it was my first tournament there was no doubt I was accepted and integrated in the team as if I had always played there. As we had never played together before, we had some starting problems in the first match. It turned out to be a rather close match but in the end we managed to win. Our second opponents were the Geezers from Zürich. They were stronger but we had also improved. We held a slim lead for most of the match, but unfortunately Svennie and Patrick got injured and as we didn't have any subs for the girls, we were down to five players. During that time, we had to accept the equalizer and the game ended with a draw. After lunch we showed a strong performance against a relatively weak opponent, which secured us the second place in our group. In the semi-final we faced the Tequila Unicorns from Scotland. From the very beginning we didn't have much of a chance, but still it was a good experience to play against such a strong team. We lost the match and found ourselves playing for third place, again against the Geezers. We knew what we had to expect and that we could beat them. After being down by 2-0 our team showed a great reaction and finally won 4-2! Special thanks to my team who showed a great effort and made it easy for me to participate. All in all it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the day very much.

Ursula K. – Dangerous Pints

As a tournament newbie playing in the Dangerous Pints, it was nice to see how the team became more and more confident among itself by each match. After starting with a rather not so successful game against the tournament winner Tequila Unicorns, our team showed a good defence and contained the touch downs against Touch Berlin. In the afternoon, the club internal “small final” between the Weißwürste and Dangerous Pints then indeed became one of the fiercely contested matches of the tournament resulting in a victory by a hair’s breadth for the Dangerous Pints. After another round of motivation, strategic instructions and great efforts of the team we closed the tournament one further win against Frankfurt to end the day in 7th place. Having competed against each other in the tournament, at the nightly after party Touch München allied again beating anybody in dancing, singing, drinking, having fun ... THANK YOU TOUCH MÜNCHEN!

Prafull T. – The Weißwürste

The Weißwürste was an eclectic mix of passionate touch rugby players (and two strong rugby players) who were out there on a rather gloomy and overcast Saturday morning in Munich to learn some basics of this fast and exciting game. The day started for the team on a rather inauspicious note when we lost our games. Despite not knowing each other we had started to gel as team. We had some valiant performances from our lone Kiwi who was too hot to handle on the field. He also showed some great gamesmanship when we played despite injured knee, ankle, hand …the list goes on. Our high point was to run the Dangerous Pints from Munich very close when we lost the game 5-4, despite leading for most of the game. This was followed by another good performance against Frankfurt with a very tight result against our favor. I guess it boiled down to lack of experience and also limited knowledge about the game. Despite having no wins to show, we managed to improve our performance steadily. Tiro managed to break all the records for the maximum beers in the after party which was a good consolation for our team!! Most importantly we rocked the after party. Thanks to all the team members for a memorable outing. As I said for the zillionth time ... Touch rugby was the clear winner.

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