European Championship in Co-ed Slowpitch has started! It is held in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria from July 28th till August 1st.
Six teams are competing for the European Champion title in the only men and women together tournament that ESF organizes. This is the 10th edition of the Co-ed Slowpitch Championship, Great Britain has been an absolute leader in this competition for the past nine years. Let’s see how the Brits do this time.
There are six national teams participating: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Lithuania. The teams will play a round robin tournament where they will all play head to head. After that a typical „page system“ is planned. 1st and 2nd play the first semifinal. 3rd and 4th play for advancing into the second semifinal, where the loser of the previous game gets second chance to win a spot in the final. The two remaining teams will only play for the fifth place.
Day one is over now. Teams from Great Britain and Germany did well and both won games against Lithuania. Germany also beat Czech Republic, meanwhile GB beat Ireland. Both Czechs and Irish are historically succesful nations in slowpitch and they have proved that in the games against Bulgaria where they got their first wins of the tournament.