Great Britain, France, Sweden and Denmark all confirmed their places in the 2017 European Championships semi finals after the final round of group games on Day Three, writes Nathaniel Holland.
Both GB and Sweden are undefeated so far in Koblenz and they will face France and Denmark in the semi finals (3pm and 5pm CEST).
In Group A, Germany suffered another defeat when they lost 59-47 to France who now progress to the semi finals. Germany in front of the home fans couldn’t quite find the required level to beat a strong France side that have only lost once this week. Germany finish third in the group and will play a crossover match with Ireland tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, Sweden continued their impressive form into the third match, brushing past Finland with a 61-42 score. It gave coach Benoit Labrecque a chance to give all of his players some time on court ahead of their semi final match with Denmark.
In Group B, Ireland went close to beating Poland in the day’s opening game, however Stuart McLindon’s seven man squad eventually crumbled under the might of the Polish, who will be pleased to pick up their first win of the week. Ireland will now face Germany tomorrow and Poland will play Finland as those four sides battle for the minor places.
It was a clash of the titans in the other Group B game. Both GB and Denmark had won their opening two games and were neck and neck for the top spot in the group. It was a tight affair for much of the match but in the third and fourth quarter, GB managed to put some distance in the score and show why they are the current European champions. The final score between the two sides was 60-47 to Paul Shaw’s men.
Day Three Results
Sweden 61-42 Finland
Germany 47-59 France
Ireland 42-50 Poland
Denmark 47-60 Great Britain
Day Four Fixtures
11:00 a.m. Germany – Ireland(cross-over for 5th place)
1:00 p.m. Finland – Poland (cross-over for 5th place)
3:00 p.m. France – Great Britain (semi final)
5:00 p.m. Sweden – Denmark (semi final)
Picture courtesy of Karol Malec, with thanks.