On the second day of action at the 2019 Women’s European Championship, which is taking at the Topsportcentrum Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the teams from Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain maintained their undefeated record.
The Germans meant business and proved it in the opening quarter, going 12-0 up after four minutes, and pushing out to a comfortable 25-6 lead by the end of the first. They remained focused in the second quarter and were clinical in their finishing giving themselves a twenty-six point advantage at half-time. As in their game yesterday, France gave a gallant effort in the second half, but the damage had already been done and Germany closed out the game to go two from two.
Top scorer for the game, Mareike Miller, with 25 points, commented on the win:
“It was a really good game for us. We started very focused and that was our main goal. We want to move up step by step and really improve our game, and we are on a good way now.
“We were a little chaotic yesterday especially on defence, and we are trying to be very disciplined and follow our game plan and I think we did that today.
“The first goal is to qualify for Tokyo, that’s the first thing and hopefully we can make sure we qualify. We are in a good spot now with two wins and next we will try get the best placing we can get.”
In the second game, the Netherlands continued their winning ways in style with a comfortable victory over Turkey, winning all four quarters 28-6, 11-4, 23-6 and 13-6, to take the game, 75-22. Full Statistics
Three players hit double digits for the Netherlands – Bo Kramer, Mariska Beijer and Carina De Rooij, making 20, 17 and 14 points respectively. Mine Ercan led the scoring for Turkey with 6 points.
The final game of the day started off as a very scrappy affair between Great Britain and Spain. It was only the extensive defensive pressure from Great Britain that forced Spain to take outside shots which did not drop, that allowed them to take a slight advantage at the end of quarter one, 15-7. Great Britain kept up the intensity in the second quarter and despite the best efforts of Spain, they trailed by 13 at half-time.
Great Britain’s captain Helen Freeman found her shooting touch in the third quarter, and assisted by Amy Conroy, they sealed the quarter, 14-8. Both teams rotated their benches in the final quarter, but it was Great Britain’s who made more of an impact, again outscoring Spain, 14-6 to win the game, 56-29, and ensure they stayed tied with Germany and the Netherlands all with two wins apiece.
Spain’s Vicky Perez and Great Britain’s Amy Conroy both top scored with 19 points each. Full Statistics
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The championship will act as the zonal qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and only the top four will qualify.
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Photo credit – Steffie Wunderl / Eike Michler