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Slovakia, Russia, Netherlands, Germany win groups

The men's teams of Slovakia, Russia, the Netherlands and Germany ended up winning the groups in round 1 of the qualification phase for the 2016 European Championships in Belgrade. In the 2-group women's tournament Greece and France topped their respective groups after 3 games this weekend. For the men it means both 2014 European championships participants Georgia and France had to settle for the 2nd place gaining 6 points while Russia and Germany marched also winning the key matches in group B and D respectively. In group C the conclusion of the action in the city of Utrecht came on Sunday afternoon as hosts the Netherlands managed to beat France, who were playing without captain Michaël Bodegas, 12-9 in front of a capacity crowd. The decision in group A was already made on Friday as Slovakia held off home team Georgia 10-11 to take the top spot. Next up is round 2, to be played between 9-11 October with a new draw to fill in these groups. The cumulative points gained by the teams over the 2 rounds will decide the 8 men's and 6 women's teams who will qualify for the 2016 Europeans out of the qualification phase.


2016 European Championships
Belgrade, Serbia


Qualification Tournament
Round 1

MEN

Group A (in Tbilisi, Georgia)


Friday, 6 February
Georgia vs. Slovakia 10-11 (1-1, 4-5, 2-2, 3-3)
Portugal vs. Switzerland 13-7

Saturday, 7 February
Slovakia vs. Portugal 15-6 (4-2, 3-1, 4-0, 4-3)
Georgia vs. Switzerland 21-9 (6-1, 5-2, 4-3, 6-3)

Sunday, 8 February
Switzerland vs. Slovakia 6-25 (0-6, 2-7, 3-9, 1-3)
Georgia vs. Portugal 21-3

Final standings:

1. Slovakia 3 - 9 pts
2. Georgia 3 - 6
3. Portugal 3 - 3
4. Switzerland 3 - 0

Group B (in Gorzow, Poland)


Friday, 6 February
Ukraine vs. Israel 9-12 (3-3, 3-5, 2-3, 1-1)
Poland vs. Russia 6-16 (1-5, 1-3, 2-5, 2-3)

Saturday, 7 February
Russia vs. Ukraine 16-3 (1-1, 5-0, 4-1, 6-1)
Poland vs. Israel 12-7 (4-1, 1-4, 4-3, 3-2)

Sunday, 8 February
Russia vs. Israel 27-5 (8-0, 5-3, 7-2, 7-0)
Poland vs. Ukraine 12-8 (2-2, 4-3, 3-1, 3-2)

Final standings:

1. Russia 3 - 9 pts
2. Poland 3 - 6
3. Israel 3 - 3
4. Ukraine 3 - 0

Group C (in Utrecht, Netherlands)


Friday, 6 February
Netherlands vs. Latvia 52-0 (15-0, 14-0, 9-0, 14-0)
France vs. Malta 21-4 (4-0, 7-1, 5-2, 5-1)

Saturday, 7 February

Netherlands vs. Malta 19-11 (4-2, 3-4, 8-4, 4-1)
France vs. Latvia 39-0 (8-0, 11-0, 9-0, 11-0)

Sunday, 8 February

Malta vs. Latvia 36-1
Netherlands vs. France 12-9 (7-2, 3-3, 1-2, 1-2)

Final standings:


1. Netherlands 3 - 9 pts
2. France 3 - 6
3. Malta 3 - 3
4. Latvia 3 - 0

Group D (in Istanbul, Turkey)


Friday, 6 February

Germany vs. Lithuania 20-2 (5-0, 3-1, 7-0, 5-1)
Turkey vs. Belarus 9-2 (2-0, 2-0, 3-1, 2-1)

Saturday, 7 February

Turkey vs. Lithuania 14-6 (5-1, 3-0, 3-2, 3-3)
Belarus vs. Germany 6-17 (0-3, 2-4, 2-4, 2-6)

Sunday, 8 February

Lithuania vs. Belarus 3-11 (1-1, 0-2, 1-1, 1-7)
Turkey vs. Germany 9-15 (2-3, 4-3, 2-4, 1-5)

Final standings:

1. Germany 3 - 9 pts
2. Turkey 3 - 6
3. Belarus 3 - 3
4. Lithuania 3 - 0

Second round: 9-11 October 2015
Hosts – Men: Russia, Israel, France, Malta.

Men teams will be drawn into new groups based on the seedings obtained in the first round.

All sides carry the points gained now to the following round.
Among men the first two seeded teams of the respective groups will qualify (8 teams).


Directly qualified:

Serbia (hosts), Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Romania.

Pictured: Netherlands top scorer Robin Lindhout rises up for a penalty shot in the game vs. France. A penalty shot he would end up missing but still scored a game-high 5 goals in the 12-9 win for the Dutch.


WOMEN

Group A (in Longwy, France)


Friday, 6 February
Portugal vs. Turkey 14-7 (4-1, 3-2, 2-3, 5-1)
France vs. Switzerland 34-3 (9-1, 11-2, 6-0, 8-0)

Saturday, 7 February

Switzerland vs. Turkey 5-24 (0-5, 0-7, 2-5, 3-7)
France vs. Portugal 18-7 (2-2, 6-0, 4-3, 6-2)

Sunday, 8 February

Portugal vs. Switzerland 27-4 (4-2, 9-2, 7-0, 7-0)
France vs. Turkey 17-3 (4-1, 3-2, 4-0, 6-0)

Final standings:

1. France 3 - 9 pts
2. Portugal 3 - 6
3. Turkey 3 - 3
4. Switzerland 3 - 0

Group B (in Zagreb, Croatia)

Friday, 6 February
Croatia vs. Greece 5-13 (0-3, 1-3, 3-5, 1-2)
Israel vs. Germany 6-20 (0-3, 2-5, 2-5, 2-7)

Saturday, 7 February

Croatia vs. Israel 12-7 (2-1, 2-3, 3-1, 5-2)
Germany vs. Greece 3-16 (1-6, 0-4, 2-5, 0-1)

Sunday, 8 February

Greece vs. Israel 25-2 (5-2, 3-0, 9-0, 8-0)
Croatia vs. Germany 6-11 (1-3, 3-6, 0-0, 2-2)

Final standings:

1. Greece 3 - 9 pts
2. Germany 3 - 6
3. Croatia 3 - 3
4. Israel 3 - 0

Second round: 9-11 October 2015
The women’s groups will be as follows:

Group C (Germany): France, Germany, Turkey, Israel
Group D (Portugal): Greece, Portugal, Croatia, Switzerland.

All sides carry the points gained now to the following round.

The first 3 teams will go through from both groups (6 teams).

Directly qualified:


Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Serbia (hosts).

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