European Open Championships in Aberdeen
I have just returned from Aberdeen with the Swiss Open Team, where we were competing to improve our world ranking, obtained in 2012. Peta, Ann and I were the only representatives from Netball Zug, not bad considering but it would be good to if we could get a bigger contingent next year!
Our opening match was against Scotland, ranked 15th in the world. We won the toss and I was handed the ball by a giant thistle (turns out it was the Commonwealth Games Mascot), not an experience I will forget. We lost 73-11, a score line which wasn’t bad considering but we definitely didn’t play our best netball.
Our second match was against Republic of Ireland. They were in the ‘Development’ Section of the competition with us and the game was much closer but in the end they pulled away. Final score 16-48. We still were not playing to our potential.
Our last match was against Gibraltar, 2 places above us in the world rankings and this was the match where we really felt we had a chance. It was a closely fought game where both teams had the lead at different times. We went into the last quarter level, we pulled away by 2 but Gibraltar fought back. Final score a tie, 28-28. We were disappointed that we didn’t win but it could have gone either way. The silver lining came shortly afterwards when we realized that our narrower goal difference in the Ireland match (compared to Gibraltar 12-69) ) meant we took the silver medal above Gibraltar and Zurich Netball’s Claudia Almer won player of the tournament.
All in all it was a fantastic experience that I hope some more of you will share next year!