The Finnish National Championship series kicked off last weekend with the first of the three Tours of this summer. Otso had a clear goal to win all the games, and by that also get the best possible seed for the European Club Championship Regionals.
Saturday started off with the pool games, which Otso won easily against Otso2 (15-5) and JSW (15-2). In the quarterfinal Otso faced the only foreign team in the open division, OksiDiskO from Russia. Unfortunately for them, the Russians had just fought a super intensive pool game against Vaasa Saints, which they won by one point, and they had no power left to break Otso’s solid defense in the quarterfinal. Another clear victory 15-2 for Otso paved a promising road towards the first title of the year.
On Sunday the semifinal was played against Team, a well known rival from Helsinki. The combination of hard defense and a daring and successive huck game that Team played got Otso in trouble in the first half. And by scoring the first point of the second half Team went to a convincing 5-9 lead. At this point Otso kicked in with a super hard man defense, and managed to close a break after another. Team couldn’t keep up with the pace any more, and Otso took the important victory 12-10.
In the windy final Otso encountered SOS-Terror, a combination of two strong teams. Both finalists started strong, and the beginning went by trading points. At 4-4, however, Otso stepped up the defense game, and by handling the conditions better managed run off to a 13-4 lead. That was just too much for SOS-Terror, and even after a good fight Otso took the first place by winning 15-6. In a game full of great plays, just to mention a few, the strong wind was nothing against the big hand of Ilkka Rämö and Ismo Sutela, and Jarno Sihvo kept the whole team on fire with impressive layouts, both in offense and in defense.
What better way to start off the season, and prepare for the challenges of the summer in Finland and in Europe!
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Last Saturdays outcome was not the one we expected. We had played a good season with small crews accross the Finnish league. For this game we had a proper sized team and good preparation practices for the previous two weeks.
In the game it all came down to the will to take the title. Saints had it a lot more than us this time. They came hard at us from the very beginning and did not really give us any chances to recover after a disaster start. Vaasa boys really deserve the title this time for the consistent O and hard D in the game.
Losing is painful, but there is something positive to be drawn from losses like this. We will learn from it, do something about it and come back stronger next autum when the Indoor season starts again!
Otso congratulates Vaasa Saints for the Indoor Championship Title 2015!
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Congratulations to all 9 Viima players who just won the European championship in womens division in Copenhagen! ... Näytä lisääPiilotaNäytä Facebookissa
The smiles of Viima players stayed on until the end of Tour 2 that was played this weekend in Tampere. With only 10 players we ended up 6th after 6 intense games.
Tour 3 will be played in August after European Ultimate Championship in Copenhagen where you can spot some of these faces as well. ... Näytä lisääPiilota