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Champions League Men - 22 Oct 2014

Metz expects Berlin with good memories


All four WECL Round 3 games will be held from Friday to Monday, offering last chance for some clubs to stay in the way to the semi-finals. The teams which met in last final, TTC Berlin Eastside and Fenerbahce, are unique with possibility to improve their

All four WECL Round 3 games will be held from Friday to Monday, offering last chance for some clubs to stay in the way to the semi-finals. The teams which met in last final, TTC Berlin Eastside and Fenerbahce, are unique with possibility to improve their scores on 3-0.

One of the clashes which attracts more attention is the one in Schwechat where 2012 finalist SVNO STROCK will play against 2014 semi-finalist Zamek Tarnobrzeg. Maybe is better to say: actual ETTU Cup winner and Austrian champion against Polish champion! It will be the very first home game of STROCK which restructured and rejuvenated team last summer. Tamara BOROS` side can’t count on its no. 1 player Daniela DODEAN who still suffers from a knee injury. However, the host side will do its best to reach first win in the group.

STROCK stressed on its website that „Matilda EKHOLM (Sweden), Dora MADARASZ (Hungary), Tetyana BILENKO (Ukrain) and the team starlets Lea RAKOVAC (Croatia) and Tamolwan KHETKUEN (Thailand) – who are the youngest players in the current WECL season (17-year-old) – are willing to fight for their chance.” They know very well that the biggest threaten for them should be world’s no. 8 HAN Ying who led German national team to the gold on the recent 2014 European Championships in Lisbon.

Top seeded Fenerbahce welcomes Szekszard this Sunday. Hungarian side expects the game with 1-1 score, beating STROCK in Round 2. Turkish side is very close to secure the semis.

In Group B, Metz TT tries to repeat surprise from last season when it beat TTC Berlin Eastside 3:2 in group stage. German side after the best season in its history (all three titles in 2014: WECL, German League and Cup) is super motivated to confirm all achievements. Metz`s team manager Loic BELGUISE said: Last year we were the last team of the group and in spite of our great victory against Berlin we finished fourth. So this year with FU Yu (world’s no. 18), WU Jiaduo, Yunli SCHREINER and Laura GASNIER our goal is to finish 3rd or 2nd of this group and we want to win French championship for the first time”.

Speaking about favorites in the group, Loic BELGUESE added: In our group, Berlin and Linz are favorites to go to the semi-final. For the moment, we have one lose and one important victory against Budapest. For our match against Berlin, we will try our best and my players are ready to fight. Everybody in Metz TT are exciting for this match and we expect around 900/1000 spectators. All players will play with good atmosphere and good conditions”.

Two-time WECL champion, Linz AG Froschberg hosts Postas Sport Egyesulet. Austrian champion plays for its second win, while guests still have no victory.

WECL Round 3

GROUP A: Fenerbahce – Szekszard (October 26th, 13h30 CET); SVNO STROCK – KTS Spar Zamek Tarnobrzeg (October 27th, 19h00 CET)
GROUP B: Linz AG Froschberg – Postas Sport Egyesulet (October 24th, 18h00 CET); Metz TT – TTC Berlin Eastside (October 24th, 19h30 CET)

 

Alex MILETIC, EWT

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