Monday, August 1, 2016

My 30th World Footbag Championships travel diary - day 6

Finally kicking in the tournament

Today was long awaited - Finally got to play Footbag in my 30th World Footbag Championships. With my partner Jakub Grabarcyck we played our pool of four teams (2 teams advance to the final draw) It went well for us as we beat the two teams that were seeded lower than us to make sure to get out of our pool. We didn't do so well against our pool leaders Yassin Khateeb and Chris Low, they were 3rd in last year's Championship and they showed us why. We gave them a little scare in the first game coming back from a 2-7 deficit and taking the lead 8-7 but they stopped us there and won this first set by 11-8. I played horrible in the second set missing four service receptions on my right side...Awful. But the most important goal is accomplished, we are still alive. We will play a french team tomorrow at 5 pm.

Other news from Montrealers, Luc Legault and Manu Bouchard advanced and kept their #5 seed. François Depatie-Pelletier and JF Lemieux on the other hand ran into a problem and lost a match to the #1 Polish team of W Debski and W Jamski. After winning the first game easily they slowed their pace down to a stand still and gave all the confidence needed by their opponents. Wiktor Debski finished the second game beautifully with a roll spike, a rare occurence in today's footbag. François are still in the competition for the title but their road is rockier than before.

On the women's side our three representatives played their singles pools and they all won their all their matches. They play their quarter finals and semis tomorrow, a possible clash between Marilyn Demuy and Geneviève Bousquet might happen if they both win their quarter finals.

WFC16 - The Women - Footbag Net - Photo by Maude Landreville
WFC16 The women - Footbag Net - Players meeting - Photo by Kerstin Anhuth
Wojciech Jamski sole push

François Depatie-Pelletier sole slap

François Depatie-Pelletier Shtataff

François Depatie-Pelletier jousts against Wojciech Jamski 

Wiktor Debski flying sole slap


Ken Somolinos said...

Nice recap. Good to see so many female players at the tournament too!

Brent Welch said...

Wow - the venue looks really great! What a beautiful place to play. Good luck, to you and (again) all those women!