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Long and hot weekend in EUCR-N is now over and Otso finished 3rd getting a bid to play in the EUCF in Wroclaw, Poland.

Otso started the tournament winning the home team Tallinn Thunder 15-5 early on Saturday morning. Second game was against Sokol who had played a thight first game against UFO losing just by one point. Longer resting time combined with solid O and D gave Otso another win 15-8.

Third and last game of Saturday was against Dolgorukiye Moscow. Spending too much time in the sun and a sloppy preparation showed early in the game when Dolgorukiye's zone defence made Otso to do lots of easy mistakes and the Russians took a 1-5 lead. After putting our own offence back together we were able to shut down Dolgorukiye's deep game and started to score a point after another. Good comeback and a deserved win 15-11.

Five teams in pool A meant that Otso would start Sunday playing the fourth and last pool game against Tampereen UFO while the pool B teams were probably still sleeping and recovering for the semifinals. The game would decide the winner of the pool and both teams were eager to win it.
Otso fought in defence and generated turnovers but wasn't able to score on those. Tight game seemed to slip away from them when UFO was only one point from winning the game 12-14. Otso made an amazing comeback with the help of blocks by Ilkka Vaahtoranta & Ilkka Rämö and won the game 15-14.

Due to the tight schedule the semifinal was just 45min after the UFO game. Good start from Otso to go up 5-1 against Oksidisko but the Russians recovered quickly and tied the game. Intense defence and great plays from both teams took the game to universe point. This time Otso couldn't score the last point and 12-13 win for Oksidisko meant that Otso would play in the bronze game.

Elite spot in EUCF was out of reach but by winning the bronze Otso would ensure a challenger bid in Wroclaw and avoid playing the recovery game. Those two were big motivational factors when Otso faced UFO who had also lost their semifinal. At the end Otso had more legs and took the game 14-11.

All in all we are pleased to the result even though we aimed for the Elite spot. Before EUCF we have goals here in Finland: To win the National Tour 3 and the National Championship!
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