Fistball gold goes to Germany
An incredible, seven-set fistball final ended with a predictable result – gold for the tourney’s favourites, Germany, despite their losing Patrick Thomas, one of the world’s top players, to injury.
Switzerland served up some excitement and almost pulled off an upset. Despite the fact that Patrick Thomas was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament (he seriously injured his shoulder while colliding with a teammate in the first match), Germany was still considered an absolute lock to take home gold. Not to be intimidated, the Swiss came out fighting and proved a tough nut to crack, winning the first two sets. In the third, however, Germany prevailed to bring the score within reach at 3:1. With the final being played til a winner takes four sets, Switzerland needed but one more to close out the victory. And here Germany proved their superiority, battling through three difficult sets (including an excruciating sixth set, which they won 12:10).
Earlier in the day, Austria took down Brazil in the bronze medal game 3:2. Fans at Oławka Stadium experienced a real rollercoaster: Brazil easily took the first set by five points, then fell short in the second. Austria dominated the third by a shocking score of 11:1. In the fourth, Brazil was again better (12:10), before again losing their form and falling by six points to the Austrians.
Chile claimed 5th place by easily beating Argentina 3:0.
Wednesday will provide a break in the action at Oławka Stadium as women’s lacrosse teams have time to train. Their competitions will take place in on the fields at ul. Na Niskich Łąkach. Poland will open the competition, when they face the USA in the first match! Official start: 10.00.