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Erik Tiekstra is the new European Champion


Netherlands 28 Aug 2010 at 19:08 | Published by: Hans | Views: 8404 | News search

Erik Tiekstra is the new European Champion
Marcel Noack, Erik Tiekstra and Rupert Westenthal all medalists in the mens category.  (Photo by Hans Bergström 2010)

Erik Tiekstra, The Netherlands is the new European Champion. He won in the final over Marcel Noack from Germany with a 5-1 margin.

Erik did not at all have a easy journey to the final. In the first match he meet the Italian home favorite Rudi Giroldini. Then he won a strange match over Harald Erlbruch with incredible 5-0. In the quarter finals he meets the older brother Erlbruch in what was to be the "talk of the day" match.

With three lanes to go Walter was 1 up on Erik. Then the wind came and Walter waited for a very long time to play (more than 4 minutes) on lane two on concrete. The referees gave Walter a Time penalty and since this was the second one for Walter it meant that the lane was "given" to Erik without he needed to play it. When Erik understood this he was cheering quite load and that was seen as unsportsmanlike by the Germans. Erik tried apologizing for this after the match and he said in an interview that it was a heat of the moment thing.

Walter made a two on lane 5 on Beton and when Erik aced it he was one up with the last lane to play. Another ace on lane 12 gave him the victory, at least so did all think. But the Germans decided to leave a protest to the referee decision on lane two. After about twenty minutes the jury had decided not to agree on the protest and Erik was officially the winner.

In the semifinal he meets the Hungarian star Csaba Palinkas that was beating the German start Achim Braungart –Zink in the quarter finals. This semifinal was a tight match between two nations never had won a big Championship in General Class individually before. At the end Erik was the winner by 4-3.

On the other half Marcel Noack started the day by winning a really thrilling duel with young Swede John Widlert. This match was tied and Marcel won in sudden death. In the semifinal he meet the Austrian Cup-play specialist Rupert Westenthaler and won 4-2.

The final was Erik’s all from the beginning. He played almost perfect and Marcel could not really keep up with the pace from Erik. Erik won by 5-1 and secured the first ever individual European Championships title for the Netherlands in the general class.

The Bronze match was won by Rupert Westenthaler on the second sudden death lane leaving the Hungarians without the really wanted medal.

As many of our reader have noticed during the day the Organizers didn’t got the Result Service online from the Match play working, so we also have had the not working links on our site today. This is of course not acceptable but not much we could do and we apologize for that.

Soon we will also report on the ladies and present more photos and also winner interviews on film if Internet works. So stay tuned!

» The Results Site from the Organisers

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Sweden Hans (Hans Bergström)

28 Aug 2010 at 23:04
Congrats Erik from us in the staff of Minigolfnews, now you can come back home and focus on the site :)

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Historical Swiss ladies Gold

Switzerland 27 Aug 2010 at 20:21 | views: 5653 | Comments: 0

For the first time in 24 years the Swiss ladies Team take the Team Gold in a European or World Championship. Last time was back in 1986 on home ground in Wohlen. Like the Germans on the men’s side it was never any threat to the Swiss Gold. The average of the ...
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Historical Swiss ladies Gold

Easy win for the Germans

Easy win for the Germans

Germany 27 Aug 2010 at 20:00 | views: 5562 | Comments: 3

The German men’s Team continued their outperformance of the other team as the team play ended in Predazzo today. In the end they had expanded their victory from 44 yesterday till 55 today. The German team was superior to the others on both eternit and beton. ...
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The Lanes for the KO-finals are selected

Italy 27 Aug 2010 at 18:34 | views: 5752 | Comments: 19

The Jury of the Predazzo European Championships have selected the following lanes to be played in the KO-finals tomorrow. Eternit: - Salto - Sticks - Kidneys - Double Waves - Bridge - Window - Passages - Central Hill - Straight with ...
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The Lanes for the KO-finals are selected

New World Record by Germany

New World Record by Germany

Italy 26 Aug 2010 at 18:40 | views: 6059 | Comments: 2

After two days of Minigolf under the Italian Dolomite sun the German Men team has got a firm grip on the gold and the Swiss ladies likewise. On the men’s side it was a brilliant show by the German men’s Team in the morning eternit round. With the New World ...
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