Group stages completed in European Team Championship Division 3 in Riga
After 48 matches in the pool stages on days 1 and 2, both women’s and men’s teams from Sweden, Ukraine, and Norway proceeded to the knock-out stage of the Championship.
They were joined by women’s team from Italy and men’s teams from Croatia, Jersey, Gibraltar and Isle of Man.
It was an absolute dominance of the Italian women’s squash team in Pool A with only 1 lost game in four matches. Italy will face Norway in the semifinals on day 3. Ukraine headed Pool B with three straight wins and will face Sweden in the semifinals.
In the men’s competition, Norway (4-0), Ukraine (4-0), Sweden (3-0), and Croatia (3-0) reached top positions in Pool A, Pool B, Pool C, and Pool D, respectively. Top four teams altogether gave away just one game in the pool stages.
In the men’s quarterfinals on day 3, Norway will play Russia, Ukraine will encounter Gibraltar, Sweden will face Jersey and Croatia will meet Isle of Man.
On day 2, the Vice-president of the European Squash federation Marcel Borst joined the squash event in Riga and shared his first impressions about the event: ‘On my arrival at the ETC3 in Riga, I immediately noticed the great atmosphere amongst all players. They do enjoy the hospitality of Latvia. The personalised T-shirts for all players was a surprising special touch added to the warm welcome everyone received.’
The Championship takes place in Pepsi center, the largest squash club in Latvia with 8 squash courts, from 25 April through 28 April, 2018.