Another EU Nations tournament was held over the weekend, this time in the junior women's category. The German national team managed to win the final match against Slovakia in the "Za Lužánkami" pool in Brno. The bronze medal match was in the spirit of the "British Isles derby", in which Great Britain won against Scotland. Home team Czech Republic finished in fifth place.
Due to the number of teams, one group was formed in this tournament, in which matches were played on a round robin basis. Based on this placement, the final matches were then played on Sunday, with the first team playing the second team for gold and the third team playing the fourth team for bronze.
The final standings in the group were as follows:
3. Great Britain
5. Czech Republic
The bronze medal match was very exciting. Scotland, who lost 8:17 to Great Britain in the group match, kept pace with their opponents for one half. After two quarters, the scoreboard read 6:6. In the third quarter, Great Britain was already leading by two goals. In the last part of the game, the British gradually increased their lead and brought the game to a victorious end. The game ended 14:9.
Gold medal match between Slovakia and Germany was similar to the group game played between these two teams. Germany, team that finished on seventh place on European Championships U15, was too strong for Slovakia and took an early lead 4:0 in the first quarter. Slovakia shot some nice goals in the second and third quarter but it wasn´t enough to compete with their oponents. The final result was 17:6 and Germany took the gold medals.
Two of the individual awards were given to german player no. 6, Ioanna Petiki. She became the top scorer with 19 goals and was also named the MVP of the tournament. Award for the best goalkeeper goes to player no. 1 from Scotland, Zara Christie, who made some excellent saves throughout the tournament.
Next EU Nations tournament will be for senior women and it will take place between November 30 and December 3.