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Vienna Tournament Report 26-04-2008 Print E-mail
Contributed by Lok Man Ho   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008
Sleepy heads turned in the bunks as a few door knocks ringed through the hostel room in Vienna. The morning sun shined through the half opened curtains as the knocks came again. It was time to wake up the Munich team for the beginning of another year of European touch tournaments. This time it would be the inaugural tournament held by the Vienna touch club, with attendance by many clubs that do not usually take part in the German tournaments.

The weather has looked ominous the entire week, washing out the better of the two grounds. As a result we played games of reduced length on one field. In a way it was a pity because the washed out field would have had a nice stadium for the spectators. The hosts have also done a great job with the rest of the organisation, well done to Dan and the Vienna touch club. As it turned out, the 25 minute long games were a blessing for us, as fitness (or lack thereof) and injuries began to wear down the Munich team and plenty of determination was required to drive the weary legs through the last games.

It started with a couple of easy wins against an Italian team and the second Viennese team (confusingly called the A-Team). The first challenge came from the final pool game against Zurich. A strong team with good ball handling skills and speed, we were nevertheless able to take a 4-3 victory against them. The rust was starting to come off, and the new players were settling in.

The semi final was against the number one Vienna team. They were a slick outfit, again with plenty of speed, and were disciplined when it came to the basic attacks. After a nervous opening from Munich, the Viennese eventually settled to take a 2-0 lead after 15 minutes. A spirited Munich fightback brough the score back to 2-2, but just before the final whistle Vienna scored again. Despite the loss, the match was evenly matched with excellent contribution from the experienced and the new players, and most importantly, we had fun.

Somehow we found a second wind (and Bob's first aid box) and scored a convincing victory (officially 2-1, but there were some scoring mistakes ...) against Zurich to take 3rd place in the tournament. This was important as we won a trophy that we could drink the Kräuterschnapps from at the party that night. Brussels won a thrilling final against Vienna to cap off a fantastic start to the touch season, which, with the quality of the games, showed that it will be a big challenge for Munich to stay on top of the European touch scene this year.

Congratulations to the rookies on the Munich team, many of whom managed to contribute to the scoreboard: Susie, Kate, Michi, and Stefano. Well played, and welcome to the team.
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