End of the line for Europe’s smaller clubs
Date: 5/30/2013 7:48 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

The end of day three at the 2013 European Club Championships in Beauvais can only mean one thing, the group stages have ended with the powerhouses of European badminton all advancing to the quarter finals with relative ease.

And while the competition will most likely be remembered for the upcoming battles between Europe’s elite at semi-final and finals stage the competition itself would not be what it is without the involvement of the smaller clubs from the smaller nations.

Scattered throughout the groups were a host of clubs who came to Beauvais to compete, develop and enjoy their time on what will most likely be the biggest stage for most of these clubs and their players.

While group 1 may be remembered for the power of Primorye Vladivostok and their team resembling the Russian national side the group would not have been complete without the involvement of BC Saive from Belgium and Alpha from Ireland. Indeed both teams played out a thrilling end of group match which was the most exciting tie of the group with the Irish coming out on top by the narrowest 4-3 score line.

Iceland have never failed to support the European club championships and even in defeat showed a cohesive team spirit to rival all the big guns. Team TBR even have an exciting young talent to watch out for in the shape of Margret Johannsdottir (pictured) who looks set to take over as the leading Icelandic ladies singles in years to come.

Luxembourg minnows Fiederball Scheffleng only managed to win one game in their entire group but they celebrated that second women’s singles win over BC Milano as if they won the event. In group 4 the rank outsiders Hatzor BC of Israel became the crowd favourites over the three days of group matches and can make the long journey home to Israel with their heads held high and some valuable European experience in their pockets.

A big congratulations to each of these teams as team events like this would not have the same attraction without their involvement and in sport there will always be room for the underdog.

Chambly best of the French

French hosts Chambly Oise emerged from the group stages as winner of group 3. The French national runners up had no troubles overcoming their group opponents only dropping two matches in their 21 group outings.

French champions Strasbourg however only came through their group as runners up to BC Amersfoort and now go forward to meet Danish champions TSS who cruised through their group without dropping a singles match.

The quarter finals commence at 10am local time Friday morning and the match between TSS (Denmark) and Strasbourg (France) will be streamed live on Badminton Europe’s Youtube channel LIVE.

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Quarter finals line up as follows

Primorye Vladivostok (Russia) (1)  V  UKS Hubal Bialystok (Poland)
BC Amersfoort (Netherlands)  V  CHE Lagoense (Portugal)
Egospor (Turkey)  V  BC Chambly Oise (France)
Strasbourg (France) V TSS (Denmark) (2) (TV match)

Article and Image by Mark Phelan (Live in Beauvais).
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