This year our Under 19 team headed to Prague for the European Team Championships. Our team consisted of Madeleine Hylland, Elias Ratejczak, Nicolai Bø and Andreas Knoph. This was a very young squad with three of the four players being available for the Under 19’s next year. All the players were excited to compete and wear their Norwegian shirt with pride.
We started our campaign on Thursday morning against Denmark. Although Denmark were seeded lower they were an extremely strong side. The match was on the glass court, a fantastic location in the middle of the park. Both Nicolai and Elias struggled to get used to the glass court and the bright sunlight glaring onto the court. Elias lost his first match 3-0 but the game scores were very close. Madeleine didn’t start well and went 2-0 down and 9-4 down. She found some mental toughness and fighting spirit and clawed her way all the way back to win 3-2. All the pressure was on Nicolai but despite battling hard he lost out 3-0. Not the start we wanted but we remained positive with plenty more squash to play.
In the afternoon we played a strong Polish team, a new match and fresh mindset. Elias played fantastic squash and only lost narrowly in 4 games. Madeleine played out of her skin against Karina Tyma the recently crowned Under 19 Individual champion. Madeleine took the first game and gave a solid account in the next three to just lose 3-1. Nicolai came out storming and tore his opponent apart 3-0 with some clever squash.
The following day we had […]