New Zealand Wins Inaugural President’s Cup
Newcomer New Zealand has emerged as winner of the inaugural President’s Cup at the IFA 2018 Fistball Women’s World Championship. In a great match they won against the Czech Republic.
The first set is evenly matched until 8:7 when New Zealand pulls ahead and secures the 1:0 set win. The New Zealanders also take control early on in set two, captain Anneliese Oosterbaan plays a strong game. The Czech team can close the gap twice, but New Zealand keeps calm and drives home the set win.
The match continues in that manner in the third set. The Czech squad can equalize to 2:2. New Zealand’s attacker Melanie Vannoort brings her team back into the lead. At 10:7 New Zealand converts their second match point.
New Zealand has thus won the inaugural President’s Cup. The team impressed at their first participation in a World Championship.
Elizabeth Meecham (NZL): This tournament has been absolutely wonderful, like, it couldn’t have been better for us, coming from New Zealand. We didn’t know what to expect. Everyone has been so friendly and so fun. Today, I think, we all played a good game. We loved it here!
Katerina Pajerova (CZE): For the next matches we will have to train a lot more, then we’ll play better than this. We only had about five training sessions, that’s just not enough for a Championship.