Last week the Norwegian women’s and men’s teams travelled to Lisbon to take part in the
European Team Championships. All the players were extremely motivated and the team
spirit was very high.

The women were ready to continue their success from last season, this year they were
missing Lotte Eriksen but this wasn’t going to stop them. They dominated the Pool beating
the Isle of Man 3-0 and Luxembourg 3-0. In the quarter final we played Croatia, Chloe
played excellent squash to win 3-0 followed by Madeleine who sealed the deal also
winning 3-0.

The semi final was going to be a tough match against Russia who had a strong team and
many fans! Again Chloe took to the court first against a young Russian girl. The Russian
came out all guns firing and went 2-0 up. Chloe started to get into the game and only
narrowly lost the last game 12-10 after a fantastic fight. Madeleine then was facing a
difficult player at number one string. The match was so close and despite going 2-1 up the
Russian upped her game and Madeleine couldn’t quite close out the match. It was an
incredible effort from Madeleine and the country should be proud of their performances.

The bronze medal match took place on Saturday against the hosts Portugal. Melanie was
fired up and destroyed her opponent 3-0. Madeleine took to the court and despite losing
the 2nd game she went on to win 3-1 and secure the women a bronze medal! Well done to
Madeleine, Melanie, Chloe and Karoline for all the hard work they have put into their
training, it certainly showed in their performances.

The men also started off strong finishing top in their pool. They had some difficult matches
against Greece but we still managed a 4-0 victory. We took Romania apart 4-0 and then
finished the pool playing against Russia who knocked us out last year. The men
approached the match with energy and confidence and were rewarded with a 4-0 win!

On Friday morning we were up against Malta who had strong 1 and 2 strings. Adrian had a
tough match but came through it to win 3-1. Sindre was battling next door against a shot
player, not easy on a cold court. He narrowly lost 3-2 but fought hard throughout. Trym and
Patrick played next and both performed brilliantly to secure a win for Norway and a place
in the semi final against Austria.

The semi final was a few hours of pure drama and certainly raised the blood pressure of
the coaches and spectators. Adrian and Sindre played first again. Adrian played super
squash to go 2-0 up. After having 10 match balls, a fall which injured his achilles and many
intense rallies he lost out 3-2. Sindre was next door and had a slow start but despite
playing better towards the end it was too little too late and lost 3-1. The captain Trym, took
the reins and played unbelievable squash. He moved his opponent all over the court at
such great intensity and took the match 3-1. It was down to the younger brother and Gard
had a tough challenge. The pressure was high and this was his first senior Europeans. He
gave everything but just lost out 3-0 to a strong player.

In the bronze medal match they bounced back up and gave it their all against Ukraine.
Adrian still had an injury from the previous match so Sindre went on court at 1 string and
faced an experienced player, unfortunately losing out 3-0. Trym carried on his great form
and won convincingly 3-0. Patrick and Gard were next on and put their heart and soul into
those matches. Patrick was 2-0 up and Gard was 2-0 down. Patrick then narrowly lost the next 2 games but next door Gard had just lost 3-0 so Ukraine took the bronze. Both should
be commended for their efforts. The team were disappointed but they still improved one
position from last year where they finished 5th. Congratulations to Adrian, Sindre, Trym,
Gard and Patrick for their efforts throughout the tournament.

I would like to say a big thank you to the captains, Melanie and Trym who led their teams
tremendously. Both teams are motivated and ready to fight for promotion next year!

-Lauren Selby