The under 15’s clinched the first Norwegian victory against Belgium on this the last day of the event.
Sigurd was first on court against the Belgium number one. He looked tense not able to play his relaxed style of play and started slowly. His Shorter opponent took full advantage of this and went into a two games to nil lead. By the third game the Norwegian had started to flow more and played some good squash to claw a game back. However after the third game the Belgium player managed to re-group taking the fourth and the match by three games to one.
Filip was next on court in what turned out to be a tense thriller. He played controlled thoughtful squash against a physical player larger in stature. During the match he was match point down but battled bravely on the big points saving the only match point his opponent had and eventually running out the winner in five hard fought games. All credit to the young Norwegian player for keeping control of his emotions despite some tense moments and running away with the last game.
With the tie poised at one victory each it was up to Lotte T to try to bring a Norwegian victory. From the knock up it was clear the players were of similar ability and that the result would be close. Lotte got off to a good start in the first two games using the height on the front wall well to get the ball to the back of the court. During these rallies it was the Dutch girl who was doing most of the running and in the end this proved to be the telling factor as she gradually got more fatigued as the match progressed. Lotte eventually won the match in commanding style against a jaded opponent.
This result gave Norway their only team victory of this event so well done to Sigurd, Filip, Gard and Lotte T who made up the squad.
Post lunch it was up to the under 17’s to try to emulate the success of the under 15 squad against the Netherlands. Trym was first on court at number one string. He started slowly and it looked like the string of long hard matches he has had over the last few days had taken its toll. This and the combination of an opponent in full flow meant the Norwegian lost the first two games fairly quickly. In the third trym tried to raise his game but his opponent just managed to hold up under pressure and run out a worthy winner by three games to nil.
Bjorn Rune was on court next. He battled well against a very experienced opponent. What he has learned over the last year or so is helping him to keep more experienced players on court longer. The continued development of his short game means it will not be long before he is winning matches at this level.
Last but not least to take to the court was Andrea. What a match she produced against a very competent player. She showed steely determination throughout the match and managed to stay positive even when down to push her opponent all the way. Despite losing these truly inspirational qualities will put her in good stead for the future.
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