It was an early start to the day with the first match commencing at 9am. It proved to be a tough match against the Hungarian champions.
First on court were Kim and Sindre. Kim’s match was a tight three one which he did well to win. His match was marked by one of the Hungarian players and there were a number of suspect decisions against the Norwegian. Fortunately Kim did not allow this to disturb his concentration a sign that he is maturing as a tournament player.
Sindre on the adjacent court was finding the early start tough to deal with. His stature is not suited to early morning quick starts and he lost in three straight games unable to find his rhythm.
Following on court after Kim was Lasse, this match was a long attritional battle which he managed to win in five hard fought games. Meanwhile Ronny was two games down in his match but had started a fight back! He duely took the next two games with some consistent play, however he was not able to contain the Hungarian in the fifth who took the bold move of attacking and this tactic paid off. Ronny losing in five hard fought games.
Like yesterday the match score was two all and again like yesterday Hafrsfjord lost by one game on count back….how unlucky is that!
There is no rest for the wicked and Hafrsfjord’s second match of the day was at 13.00 against the Polish champions. The playing order is the same all day so again Kim and Sindre were first on court. Sindre eager to make up for his disappointing performance earlier looked a lot more mobile than he had done earlier in the day. He quickly took control of his match taking it by three games to nil. Meanwhile Kim was making hard work of his opponent next door with some poor length hitting. He eventually found hid rhythm and managed to win three games to one in what was a scrappy performance.
Lasse followed Kim on court and again produced a polished performance against a relatively weak fourth string player. He was never troubled by his opponent and won in three straight games.
Ronny followed Sindre against a feisty young opponent. It was a troubled match interrupted by a string of lets neither player able to settle into a rhythm. At one all in this rubber Lasse had clinched victory for the team with his win, however Ronny wanted to continue with the dead rubber which he duly won by three games to one.
Another early start for the next match tomorrow morning at 10am.
Day 4 finals day
Hafrsfjord’S last match was against Castle Club, champions of Belgium. As it was a play-off match a decision was taken to rest Sindre and play Niclas giving him the opportunity to gain valuable experience at this level.
First on court at 10am were Kim and Lasse. Kim lost by three games to nil against a gutsy opponent who would not let the ball die. On a court across from Kim's Lasse was having a long battle with an experienced tactically astute player. Lasse was giving absolutely everything he could chasing every ball and containing his opponent who produced some delicate touches. This match went to five games and unfortunately the Belgium player just managed to take the last!
Following on the same court as Lasse was Niclas eager to justify the faith shown in him. He started well and took the first game against an opponent of similar age. However in the second his Belgium opponent cut out the mistakes he had made in the first game and levelled the score at one game all. Niclas came out in the third and kept his nerve rallying diligently and taking his chances when they arose. This wise tactical play took him into the lead at two games to one. Fortunately for the Norwegian the fourth game continued with the same pattern of play and Niclas came home a worthy winner by three games to one….well done to him!!
Niclas’s result kept the chance of victory alive. Ronny had followed Kim on court and was in a marathon battle with a player of similar style to himself. Ronny needed to win by the maximum margin to ensure a team victory. His match was characterised by a lot of long rallies down the backhand wall with a high number of lets. This is where the Hafrsfjord captain is at his best relishing the battle that competition at this level brings. He did not disappoint either, doing a captains innings winning by three games to one.
This produced yet another 2-2 draw for Hafrsfjord the third of this tournament. Not only were the matches won equal but the games against were equal too! That will force a count back on points and at the time of writing this the winning team has not been calculated.
Full results from this and all the matches from the event can be found at