The last day of the pool matches opened with Boeckenberg (BEL) aiming to gain their place in tomorrow's final at the expense of Orel STU (RUS). As in their previous two pool matches, they won the match comfortably, this time by 20-9 (H/T 9-3) and their third 20+ score in this year's event. Davor DURONJIC, who missed the previous day's play through suspension, and Jesse DE BREMAEKER top scored for the Belgians with 5 each. Boeckenberg's celebrations were tempered a little by Veronique BIOT being given a yellow card, the second Belgian to get one in this year's event. Luckily her record was previously clean so the card does not rule her out of the final. Sergey NIZOVSKIY, who scored 13 in his team's opening match, was restricted to just one goal for the second day in a row but still leads the top scorer's list with 15, albeit with more games to come today.
In the second match Adler Rauxel (GER) took on TJ Znojmo (CZE) in a match that would decide who would play for the bronze medal tomorrow. In a game that mirrored the slow play of the English and Hungarian team yesterday, neither side could gain a significant advantage in the first half but the Germans just edged the half 9-7. In the opening 14 minutes of the second half Adler had stretched this lead to 4 goals (12-8) but they then lost concentration completely, looking more to the referee than scoring goals. Not only did this earn one of their players a yellow card but they paid heavily for the lapse in concentration as the Czechs scored 6 in a row inside 10 minutes to turn the game round. Although Adler at one stage got back to one goal difference, they were twice 3 behind and finally ended losing 15-17.
In game 3 CCO (POR) played Trojans (ENG). To qualify for the bronze medal match the English team had to win by at least 3. It was obvious from the start that this was going to be extremely difficult as CCO opened a three goal advantage in the first 7 minutes. Trojans twice brought it back to level but the Portuguese went in 10-8 up at half time. By midway through the half the deficit was 6 goals and despite fighting back to halve the deficit it was too late. The final score of 20-16 meant that CCO will play in the bronze medal game against TJ Znojmo and Trojans will fight Adler Rauxel to avoid being last.
In the final game Koog Zaandijk beat Szentendre (HUN) 30-7 (H/T 18-3). Tim BAAKER and Martijn ROOS top scored with 9 and 5 goals respectively.
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