July 1st saw the finals of both the Benelux & Central/East regional championships in Brussels & Munich respectively. Read on below to find out who won both the Mens & Ladies crowns in the respective regions for 2017.
Benelux Championship Finals
Coming into the tournament the Holland Ladies had the advantage over their fierce rivals Belgium having won the previous 2 Benelux rounds. The Belgians needed to win the tournament to have any hope of winning the Benelux championship once again and sure enough the 2 sides faced off once again in the final and what a final it was. You can watch the full game below:
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There has been very little between these two sides throughout the season this final was no different. A back & forth tie went right down to the wire in an intense battle between two highly skilled sides. The Holland Ladies were not to be undone however, as they claimed their first Benelux Championship title in 10 years, by the absolute slimmest of margins, winning 1-09 (12) – 1-08 (11).
With Luxembourg having won the first two rounds & finished runners up in the third they knew that as long as they avoided an absolute disaster of a tournament they would be guaranteed the 2017 Benelux Championship. The men from Luxembourg could have been excused for taking things easy but they were in no mood to do that and made it to their fourth consecutive final against the hosts Belgium. Belgium weren’t going to just roll out the red carpet for the champions elect however and were determined to win on home soil. The hosts did just that, coming out 1-9 (12) – 2-3 (9) winners after a strong second half performance. The lads from Luxembourg still had the consolation of knowing that despite the loss they had still won the championship however.
The Shield competition was introduced for the first time this year and it has been dominated by Eindhoven/Maastricht, with the Dutch amalgamation winning the Shield title at the first three rounds. The Earls of Leuven had been on the wrong side of the result in those first three Shield finals but they weren’t to be undone this time round winning their first Shield at the fourth time of asking. Eindhoven/Maastricht would still claim the overall Shield title however.
Central/East Championship Finals
Coming into the finals it was going to be a straight shoot out between two German clubs, Munich & Berlin. The Munich Ladies held a slight, four point advantage in the standings over their neighbours thanks to their final appearance in the very first round back in April. Sure enough, it would be a Munich-Berlin final, with the latter club knowing a victory would mean they would pip their compatriots to the title by a solitary point. The much more experienced Munich Ladies were not to be denied however, securing their 5th Central/East Championship title, winning 0-10 (10) – 2-1 (7).
Having won the previous two rounds and lost the final of the first round, Vienna had all but sown up the Central/East Championship before a ball was kicked on Saturday, but they wanted to make it three tournament wins on the trot at the finals. Standing in their way in the final in Munich were Berlin who were looking to win their first ever tournament and take the shine off Vienna’s title celebrations. The German club caused the upset with a 0-9 (9) – 2-1 (7) win which was enough for the club’s first ever regional tournament final win but not enough to deny Vienna their third Central/East Championship title in a row.