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Jandova and Frech winners in the match play finals


Portugal 10 Aug 2013 at 22:10 | Published by: Hans | Views: 7439 | News search

Jandova and Frech winners in the match play finals
Girls matchplay podiuem with Yulia, Katarina and Elisabeth  (Photo by Andreas Widen 2013)

Karolína Jandová of the Czech Republic takes the gold and gets historical with the first gold medal to her nation since Karel Molnar won 2005 in Pombal. Jandová followed up her silver from the stroke play with gold in match play and must be considered the princess of the Portel games together with Germanys Annika Dellmann. On her way to the final she won in the semifinal in sudden death against Elisabeth Brandt of Sweden, who later won the bronze against Jennifer Helm.

In the final Jandová meet another great surprise of Portel. Russian Yulia Korytina is born 1999 (five years younger than her opponent Karolina) and was for long close to winning a medal already in yesterdays stroke play. But in the match play she stood all the way to a historical first ever Russian individual medal. Before Russia had only a bronze in the girls’ team from Sochi home games, but it has been clear now that this first medal was only a matter of time for the Russians. In the final it was as Yulia maybe already was satisfied securing this historical medal and Karolina could easily win by 6-0.

Noteworthy is also that the German girls that has been so dominating in both 2011 and 2012 now only got one individual medal (the gold by Annika Dellmann from yesterday) even though they had the same core team as in 11 and 12. In today’s match play no German girl made it through to the semi-finals.

In the boys category the Germans was more successful by taking 3 of the four semi-final places. In the final Maximilian Frech and Pascal Zeller meet, the two German boys succeeding the least (position 13 for Frech and 24 for Zeller) in the qualifications.

Frech who had shown his winning skills in tight matches all day had won only tight matches all the way to the final (total match quota of only 20-16 before the final), but in the final it became an easier journey against Zeller and in the end a comfortable win by 6-1. Zeller followed up his silver from stroke play last year with silver in match play this year.

In the bronze game Switzerland's Kai Lödding denied the Germans the full podium by winning a 5-1 win against Germanys Manuel Szablikowski. Poor Szablikowski had to face the most disappointing position twice in Portel ending both times as fourth position. Maybe a small comfort in his disappointment is that he should be considered the prince of the Portel games since his 4+4 positions are lowest total of all boys. As happened before all three medallist of the stroke play lost already in the first match this morning.

The organization team in Portugal has been struggling with the technology through the tournament. Today the result service worked as expected, but the online experience is so much more interesting when BAMS is used with lane-by-lane scores. Hopefully this will become mandatory in a near future in International Championships. Still now after the tournament has ended the organizers has not published any competition photo or video. One wonders how the sport will ever get media attention when the major championships have such low media awareness.

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Finland HansIII (Pasi Aho)

13 Aug 2013 at 20:48
Someone who was in Portel as coach and private person, and next two weeks will be more involved in the WC 2013 than in Portel just wants to remind that for example for Portel we had exactly two options. YEC in Portel or no organizer at all. Please always consider that there rarely has been competition on the rights to organise the events, because it indeed is not an easy task and the financial constraints mostly exist too.

Surely not completely without mistakes in Portel, but all in all with that unexperienced team in terms of minigolf certainly not too bad. If the resources are limited even if they shouldn't, the first preference ist to run the tournament and this was not so easy task in these weather conditions. Be sure that without Martin's sympathic and restless efforts with his organising team we would not have even been where we were now. On towards a great WC in "the Bad Münder jungle". ;-)

Portugal AS (André Silva)

12 Aug 2013 at 17:16
If I may add some comments to this discusssion, I would agree with you both (Hans and Martin). As I was only "watching" the tournament through the internet, I too noticed the lack of images from Portel. I alerted the organization on friday before the oficial practice begun, but it didn't work. One point for you Hans. To the organizers benefit I must say that their team was about 90% non-minigolfers, so this goes on Martin's way, maybe the check list is made a bit from an "inside" point of view. We can't assume the tournaments are always taken care by experienced people. The role of the WMF must be more active and if that means a more detailed check list so be it. Even than we can't be sure mistakes won't happen, I still remember an episode at the open ceremony in the 2011 WC in Stockholm that wasn't on the news but everybody talks about it...

Czech Republic ShortNap (Martin Tomanek)

12 Aug 2013 at 13:35
You would have my "Like" if there was such thing here, Hans.

Sweden Hans (Hans Bergström)

12 Aug 2013 at 13:28
@Martin. I promise to take this up for discussion at the WMF Board meeting in Bad Munder.

Czech Republic ShortNap (Martin Tomanek)

12 Aug 2013 at 13:23
OK, let me be a participater and throw in few ideas what WMF could do (as Martin Tománek the lousy Czech minigolf player, not the WMF Youth Officer):

- we can prepare a good manual for Bangolf Arena (so far, we just silently expect that the organizers are able to have someone who is very skilled with the software, which does not necessarily have to be true). I am not sure TC WMF could do it, the author of the software would be much better man for this task, but he probably would not do it for free --> Board decision needed

- we can make the publication of tournament photos and videos obligatory (then perhaps the Media & Marketing Committee could get into the contact with the organizer well before the tournament to explain what exactly is expected). It is true that the Championships Checklist is maintained by TC WMF, still it is the WMF Board to have the final word and the initiative for improvements can definitely go the other way round, too - TC mostly concentrates to the technical aspects, all suggestions for improvements of the PR/media part should IMHO come from the specialized committee we have

- we can buy enough BAMS enabled devices so that we can use them for seniors, youth and general class championships. This effectively means three sets. Pretty big investments --> Board decision needed. Too expensive and not really needed so desperately? Maybe - but then everybody should accept that we will not have live lane-to-lane results from all championships.

So, as you see, there are few things that HB the WMF Board Member could help with and it would be really nice if HB the Minigolf Journalist, reading and writing in this website, could share these ideas with him. :-)

Sweden Hans (Hans Bergström)

12 Aug 2013 at 12:36
@Martin. First of all this article is written by Hans Bergström the "Minigolf Journalist" and not the "WMF Board Member". Second I have also stated more or less the same critics to both the EMF Board and WMF Board in a mail after the first day. I have been at many international tournaments "on-site" and on site this issues I describe is not a big issue since you know anyway what is happening. But when you are online and not onsite (and most of the interested audience are these days), it’s incredible irritating if the results service is down for hours or even for 10 minutes when the decisive moments happens. And in Portel there was about 20 minutes in average between the BA updates online (even in the days when it worked fine) and this doesn’t give a good Internet experience I can assure you. Often the individual results on a person was not updated when the result list was so you couldn´t check what had happened at a surprising result.

It’s my firm belief that most organizes do their best, but this issues happens to often to just swipe the issue “under the carpet” and say that everything is all right. The competition check needs in my opinion to be updated in these respects and to my knowledge this is a task for WMF TC and not for the Board.

In my General Secretary role I haven’t at all been involved in any tournament preparations, but as said before I wasn’t writing this as GS but as a news journalist, and as news journalist it was especially the lack of photos to use that was irritating. And even when there was some photos like in Appelscha it was mostly taken on people in spectator roles rather than playing Minigolf. Taking good sports photos is a skill you need good photographer’s to do and that’s why you need to plan for it in advance and not just send anyone out to do when it happens.

I know that arranging a tournament is really hard work, I have tried myself a couple of times and when you do put in this time it often feels unfair whatever critics you get. There is always an explanation to why things happens, but as an “outsider” it’s only the results that counts and if we are going to be even better in the future we need to be able to discuss also things that have been not so good.

Czech Republic ShortNap (Martin Tomanek)

12 Aug 2013 at 11:12
As the tournament director of 2013 YEC in Portel I am afraid I must disagree with some conclusions made in this article.

Firstly, to my knowledge the organizers struggled with the results only on Friday - due to misunderstanding between me and the IT team, the results started to be published at two different links (one had '128' the www-address, the other one '129') and after the 12th round, only one link was updated. I am aware of this blunder and I am sorry for what happened. Still, to write that "the organizers have being struggling with the technology through the tournament", seems to be both inaccurate and unfair. Except of what I described before, there were sometimes small delays in updating the internet, but to my knowledge this is what happens almost every time.

Second thing - the use of BAMS. I absolutely agree that watching the results being updated lane-by-lane is preferable, but it can only be done if the technology needed for BAMS is available to the organizers. In this case, all BAMS devices WMF can use are in Bad Münder and it was probably not realistic to have them in Portel first, then send them to Bad Münder. If the organizers in Portel wanted to use BAMS, their only chance was to buy about 30-40 mobile phones tested for BAMS, just for the one tournament - which is something we cannot expect from them and if we do, we should make the use of BAMS obligatory in the championships contract, in the first place.

And finally, for the photo gallery and/or video. I certainly agree we should have it after the tournament (or, even better, during), but then I must ask why is the task of "daily photo reports on the tournament website" and "official tournament video" marked as "recommended" rather than "obligatory" in the Checklist for the championships, which is a part of the championships contract. If we expect something to be done, we should include in the tournament contract in the first place and arguing "it has always been like this' is not very helpful - especially when we know we are dealing with organizers who are not much experienced in the championships organization. The more I am surprised and disappointed by the rebukes given in the article, as they come from someone who is also a WMF Board member and almost certainly was involved in the preparations of the tournament contact.

Martin Tománek
WMF Youth Officer and 2013 YEC Portel tournament director

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Rahmlow takes a historical triple and Brandstätter denied Viberg one

Netherlands 10 Aug 2013 at 18:43 | views: 7092 | Comments: 1

Gaby Rahmlow of Germany today became historic since she was the first player ever to win all 3 possible gold medals (team, stroke play and match play) in the same championships since the Three categories was introduced in 2011. In 2011 Bianca Zodrow was close with ...
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Portugal 09 Aug 2013 at 22:46 | views: 5620 | Comments: 3

The stroke play final day in Portel was played under extreme circumstances. It was so hot that the jury decided not to play at all for two hours midday. On the course there were some exciting moments as well. In the girls category It was three girls with a ...
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Rahmlow and Viberg two undisputed winners

Netherlands 09 Aug 2013 at 20:37 | views: 5085 | Comments: 0

In both the ladies and gentlemen class it was a one-man (woman) show from start to ending. In the ladies class Gaby Rahmlow won by 10 strokes, just as she did last year in Rozemaii. She could probably have won even more but it’s seemed that she had a hard time ...
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Netherlands 09 Aug 2013 at 12:30 | views: 5655 | Comments: 2

It was the German ladies lead by their grand old lady Gaby Rahmlow that took the gold in the ladies class in Appelscha. But for quite long it was looking like the Swedish ladies should defend their title from last year. After 3 of six laps the Swedish ladies ...
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