The ladies side of the game has more teams than the mixed bracket, as the game is swelling in popularity across the globe!
Group A has some real talent and tasty matchups to ponder.
Starting with the main attraction, the Austrians will be looking to defend their crown. As one of the premier women’s teams in the world standings, Austria shouldn’t have any issues advancing from this group, and a bye into the semi finals seems almost certain. They did stutter in the group stages in Las Rozas however. The Austrians will be hoping for a sixth straight European title – but this year might be the most difficult.
They’re joined in their group by the two bronze medalists from 2017 – Team GB and Team Spain will be firm opponents, and both will likely fancy overcoming the other for second place.
The Great Britain squad has plenty of international tournament experience, and don’t feature too many new faces – Marta Mathews and Grace Conway headline a stacked receiving corps.
The Spanish side have plenty of experience themselves, with the majority of the side coming from the talented San Juan Dolphins and Foxes 82 – the latter are the reigning Champions Bowl holders at club level. We’re excited for the Spain vs GB matchup, as this will likely decide who goes through the group in second place.
The Italians will be hoping to upset the balance however, they should have two fairly comfortable wins in this group, and if they focus their efforts on downing either GB or Spain, a quarterfinal spot could be in their grasp.
Rounding out the group are the Scandinavian sisters – Finland and Sweden. Team Finland finished 4th in Copenhagen, and should be familiar with the Swedes as one of their club sides takes part in the Swedish leagues. Sweden meanwhile prepared with friendlies against team GB, getting valuable reps to build chemistry.
Austria will top the group.
Meanwhile the Spanish will come second – the Foxes overcame the Cougars in a quasi-preview for the international teams facing each other.
The Italians will be 4th, with the Finnish and the Swedes next up in that order.
Group B promises to be full of fireworks with another Euro champ the mix. The Danes were triumphant on home turf in 2017, against the Israelis. Can Israel flip the script in Jerusalem? They did grab a group phase win over Denmark in Copenhagen, but Denmark came up big in the final.
Team Czech shouldn’t be underestimated though – a group stage win over the eventual winners Austria in Las Rozas shows real ability. The Czechs also finished above team Israel in Panama – could they repeat that trick? They might struggle against Denmark and a reinforced Israel though. They’ve also got to worry about the French side. France boast some excellent athletes, but they might come unstuck against a savvy flag side like the Czechs. The matchup between these two sides will almost certainly decide who is going through to the quarter finals.
The women’s game in Russia is one of the best kept secrets in Europe – there’s a bevvy of talented women within the sport, and new teams making waves at international tournaments. While we don’t expect too much success from them this year, they will pick up valuable experience.
Israel are the home team, and are going through as the top team in the group. The Danes will be runner ups, followed by the Czechs.
France promise to be one of the top teams in the placement brackets, while Russia could pick up a scalp against the Swedes or Finnish.