image001At the end of this week's draw for the European Championship was held. Recall, that the results of last year's competitions the national team of Ukraine has risen in the classroom, On the right in the final game of the third division with a score of Poles 4:0. What's interesting, at 2011 year we played in the second division, but then played so poorly - losing in games for 9-11 place teams of Austria and Slovakia, Ruslan Sorochinskiy, Konstantin Rыbalychenko, Valery Fedoruk, Denis homestead and Dmitry Shcherbakov ranked last year and were forced to go down a level below. Before we played pretty well in the European Nations Cup (which is then transformed into the third division), so after changing the format of the competition and we started with matches in the second-level tournament.

so, our rivals in the group stage will be quite strong team of Ireland and Wales. Representatives of the UK are traditionally considered very uncomfortable opponent. However, and our team are not born sewn. Experience of playing at the international level have plenty of Ukrainians, therefore, a positive result can be expected already from the start of the championship. In the playoffs of the four groups are located on the top two teams, others continue to fight for 9-12 seats. A similar scheme fight for the medals and is provided in the first division - the current European champion is England. However, yet we should focus on the, to be able to go into it, then in 2014 year we will have the opportunity to compete with the strongest skvoshistami Old World.

As I have recently told the silver medalist of Ukraine Konstantin Rybal'chenko, preparation for the European Championships will be very serious. FROM 21 April our "collections" will be for six days to train and play in Poland with the national team of the country (irony - that we Poles defeated in the final of last year's third division), as well as invited skvoshistami from Austria and Hungary. After that followed a few days of rest and a flight to the capital of the Netherlands.

Team Championship of Europe 2013 (Amsterdam, Holland)

The draw for the tournament

Division 1 Division 2 Division 3
Group A: AngliyaShotlandiya







Group B: FrantsiyaGermaniya







Group C: IrlandiyaUэlys




Group D: ShvetsiyaChehiya



Team Championship: Personnel lost on the first day

image002National Ukrainian team was unable to complete the task, at least at the European Team Championships - including for reasons beyond its control.

At the European Team Championships in Amsterdam ended in the group stage of the game. Unfortunately, our team could not jump over your head. Although the maximum physical and psychological readiness for this championship, to overcome the barrier represented by Ireland and Wales teams Ukrainians could not. And the cause of this is not so much the level of rivals, as a completely unforeseen circumstance in the form of loss due to a third racket of our team injured Denis homestead.

Games of the group started with a severe confrontation between Wales and Ireland. The confrontations of the first two rackets these commands the scales tipped in favor of Wales - won their games this team leader Peter Creed and Scott Fitzgerald. Save Irish success could "rears" represented by Brian Byrne and Steve Richardson - for that this duo had to win their matches to nil or to give a maximum of one game for, that, eventually, it came to the scrupulous counting of won / lost points. Richardson has fulfilled its job, It had only to wait for the result of the meeting with David Byrne Haley. The third racket of Wales was a real hero of this confrontation, being able to take away from his counterpart and the two parties, thereby, He led his team into the lead group.

in the evening 1 May in the Amsterdam courts out our skvoshisty. Angry starting lesions Irish have done everything possible, to justify to their fans. Under pressure from the players of these teams have fallen and Ruslan Sorochinskiy, Konstantin Rыbalychenko, and Valery Fedoruk. Brighten defeat in this match and give our team more of a chance to continue the struggle for an exit in the playoffs could Denis homestead. Brian Byrne with great difficulty overcame the resistance of one of the best players of our national team, which at one time captain Rybal'chenko team called one of the most important "rears" Ukrainian quartet. Every Irishman to win the game was given with great difficulty,. After 11:9 followed by a tie-break in the second in the first game - 12:10. In the third game of the homestead felt slack in the opponent's game, again brought the case to the tie-break, but then broke his Majesty the case. By keeping score 11:10, when only one good ball remained until the opportunity to turn the tide of the fight, Denis stumbled and no longer able to continue the fight. Doctors diagnosed a tear ligaments in the foot. Champion of Ukraine 2012 Year urgently sent to hospital, homestead where they laid bandage and ordered a two-week rest. In this way, Byrne was in the third game counted technical victory, which, eventually led to the defeat of our team score 0:4.

of course, in such circumstances it would be too arrogant to count on, that the Ukrainian team will be able to beat the next day powerful Wales. Urgently called for help Alexei Kovalsky, go to the European Championship only as a support group (recall, Last year Alex was the fifth racket of our team and even played in the European Team Championship). Fedoruk is automatically moved to the third place team racket, but to talk about strong "rears" still has not accounted for - could hardly count on, that Kowalski "from the ship to the ball" will immediately begin to win one and all. And the mood of our skvoshistov it was not. However, in the opening match and Sorochinskiy Rybal'chenko still fought to the last for every ball, and to cope with them and Fitzgerald Creed cost of enormous effort. However, the first defeat is initially put a cross on the prospects for the Ukrainian national team to qualify from the group. And when in the third game is not ready for such responsibility Kowalski almost invariably lost to Joel Makin (He won just four points in three past game), it was finally decided. Bravo Fedoruk, which in the game with Haley showed character and willingness to fight to the last in the "risk group" - games that quartet, which will determine the names of the teams, leaving the second division.

With us, it hit Slovakia, Portugal and Poland - these teams together with Ukraine had the lowest seeded when the draw was predicted as taken by their teams third place. Let's start with games against the Slovaks. It seems, during morning meetings against Wales newly formed quartet Ukrainians managed to adapt to the composition, in which he will continue the European Team Championship. So there is a sense of hope, that the four-Sorochinskiy Rybal'chenko-Fedoruk, Kowalski can adequately finish this championship and impress the world community once again the, as the Ukrainian skvoshisty able, regardless of the circumstances to achieve new heights in the international arena.

European Team Championship. II дивизион (Amsterdam, Holland)

group stage

Group C

Wales - Ireland – 2:2 (8:7)

Peter Creed - Arthur Gaskin - 3:0 (11:6, 11:6, 11:5)

Scott Fitzgerald - Derek Ryan - 3:1 (11:4, 11:2, 3:11, 11:9)

David Haley - Brian Byrne - 2:3 (11:6, 10:12, 11:9, 8:11, 8:11)

Joel Makin - Steve Richardson - 0:3 (3:11, 9:11, 8:11)

Ireland - Ukraine – 4:0 (12:0)

Arthur Haskyn - Ruslan Sorochinskiy - 3:0 (11:7, 11:7, 11:6)

Derek Ryan - Konstantin Rыbalychenko - 3:0 (11:6, 11:9, 11:5)

Brian Byrne - Denis Podvornyj - 3:0 (11:9, 12:10, 13:11, renouncement)

Steve Richardson - Valery Fedoruk - 3:0 (11:7, 12:10, 11:3)

Wales - Ukraine – 4:0 (12:0)

Peter Creed - Ruslan Soročinskij - 3:0 (11:3, 11:6, 11:6)

Scott Fitzgerald - Constantine Rybal'chenko - 3:0 (11:5, 11:8, 11:8)

David Hэyly - Valery Fedoruk - 3:0 (11:2, 11:5, 11:9)

Joel Makin - Alex Kowalski - 3:0 (11:1, 11:2, 11:1)

Matches for 9-12 seats (the group stage)

2 May

Slovakia - Ukraine

Poland - Portugal

3 May

Slovakia - Poland

Ukraine - Portugal

4 May

Slovakia - Portugal

Ukraine - Poland

Team Championship: We remain in the second division

image003The national team of Ukraine, despite the force majeure, It is seeking the right to play in the second division next year. "We were in the second division. Many thanks for your support!», - So modestly praised the European Team Championship held the captain of the national team of Ukraine Konstantin Rybal'chenko. To some it may appear dubious pride Rybal'chenko for this success. but, if you know all the circumstances of what was happening, it is unlikely that someone indulgent treat it to him.

Yes, for this championship we went to Amsterdam, probably, the strongest structure for all ages participate in the Euroforum. The most important weapon of the national team was, that the third and fourth racket Valery Fedoruk and Denis homestead almost not inferior in his skill team leaders. And it ensured that, what, in the case of failure Ruslan Sorochinskiy and Constantine Rybal'chenko, Valery and Denis will be able to pull their successes overall victory for the entire quartet. But, as is known, even in the first group stage match of the homestead was hospitalized with an anguish of ligaments of the right foot. Should replace Denis did not prepare. And thrown into the breach hastily Alex Kowalski, riding in Amsterdam in no more than a fan, as he tried, close the position of the fourth team racket could not catch.

clear, so that, as the events unfolded, and taking into account the class of opponents in Group C, failing to reach the playoffs, we would still have failed. But in the group of 9-12 place in the presence of backyard we would certainly have won and would be long before the completion of its games. But under the circumstances it was necessary to expect developments until the last day. If you remember, two losers of the group "fell" to the third division - and the second time to go through a similar case Ukrainian squash would not suit.

Starting the match against the Slovaks, considered the favorite for the group 9-12 seats, showed, that with the sports character of the players from the nude all right. The first racket of the Slovak national team Marek Manik with great difficulty pulled meeting against Ruslan Sorochinskiy. But the example with his partner took Rybal'chenko with Khvedaruk in matches against Peter Kvechinski and Tomas Toth are "harnessed" for a long time, but then so were dispersed, that they were simply not stop. However, if you pay attention to the account to GAME, we can see, that Slovaks even win the game against Ukrainian skvoshistov were given a lot of blood. And Kowalski did not disappoint - became gradually included in the common rhythm - Miroslav Zeller though he won all three games, but several times was powerless against a pair of punches Ukrainian. Generally, draw, of which Slovakia emerged victorious only by the total number of games won.

The next day, we are playing against Portugal. Again draw, only now it came to the scrupulous counting goals / earned! The difference in this index amounted to only seven goals. Pinto Brothers in all their resistance and Sorochinskiy Fedoruk just carried off the court, Rybal'chenko and Kowalski had maximum resistance Rui Soares and Joao Kayani. By the last game against the Poles, our team approach has already been fully prepared, having managed to rally in the short term and, with the support of a considerable number of their fans, psychologically prepared for the decisive battle of European Championship.

Players Polish national team during training camp Ukrainians studied the length and breadth. Is not it time to get acquainted with the "Canadian" Michal Reid, joined his team only in Amsterdam, yes standard concern is the, that Kowalski had the opportunity to study their opponents only directly at the Euroforum in their games with other teams. Since the first task handled perfectly - Sorochinskiy managed to beat top-ranked team in Poland and thereby signaled to their partners in the team to start capitation assault. After that, the solution of the second problem was no longer so important. The final point at the crazy support of the stands set Fedoruk, Marcin Karwowski not give a single past game…

In a parallel match of the Portuguese have drawn with Slovaks, thereby depriving themselves of a chance to take second place in the group behind 9-12 place - and in fact at equal points in the force would be to enter the rule for calculating the additional indicators in-person meetings, where we have conceded and Slovakia, and Portugal. But it turned out, that the national team of Ukraine its task on the last day of the championship completed, but the Portuguese failed to properly tune the playoffs and their own fault goodbye to the second division. Along with them went into the third division and the Polish team.

European Team Championship. II дивизион (Amsterdam, Holland)

Matches for 9-12 seats (the group stage)

Slovakia - Ukraine – 2:2 (10:7)

Marek Manik - Ruslan Sorochinskiy - 3:1 (11:5, 8:11, 12:10, 13:11)

Peter Kvechinski - Konstantin Rыbalychenko - 2:3 (7:11, 12:10, 11:8, 8:11, 3:11)

Tomas Toth - Valery Fedoruk - 2:3 (12:10, 11:8, 9:11, 4:11, 8:11)

Miroslav Zeller - Alex Kowalski - 3:0 (11:5, 11:3, 11:3)

Portugal - Ukraine – 2:2 (6:6, on points 110:103)

Claudia Pinto - Ruslan Sorochinskiy - 0:3 (9:11, 10:12, 5:11)

Rui Soares - Konstantin Rыbalychenko - 3:0 (11:6, 11:9, 11:8)

Pedro Pinto - Valery Fedoruk - 0:3 (5:11, 4:11, 11:13)

Joao Kayani - Alex Kowalski - 3:0 (11:5, 11:3, 11:3)

Ukraine - Poland - 3:1 (9:4)

Ruslan Sorochinskiy - Michal Reid - 3:1 (11:7, 11:9, 9:11, 11:7)

Konstantin Rybal'chenko - Wojciech Novish - 3:0 (12:10, 11:8, 11:2)

Valerij Fedoruk - Marcin Karvovski - 3:0 (11:7, 11:3, 11:9)

Alexei Kovalyskiy - Lukasz Stahovski - 0:3 (4:11, 4:11, 1:11)

Team Championship: Final standings

image004England, albeit with difficulty, but retains the title of the strongest team in Europe - the top three European Championship remains the same. National Team of Ukraine repeated its achievement of participation in team European championships - the truth, Unlike 2010 of the year, when we took 18 final place, in this championship participated by four teams over. About, that we have, in spite of all the trouble, endure and for the first time in its history, to confirm its right to participate in the games of the second division Euroforum, we wrote. But do not forget that, that in the four days on the courts of Amsterdam, "Otten Stadion is" interconnected "rubilos" a huge number of teams, fighting for the highest places in Divisions I and III.

The most prestigious these days, of course, considered the game Elite Division, where both teams for the honor of his country beat the best players in the world. The strongest teams of the Old World were divided into two groups of four teams each, We played a group stage, and then started to "bomb" each other in the playoffs. The prestige of the country - in the first place! Least, this may indicate a return to order Thierry LINK, which at the end of last year officially announced the completion of a professional player's career - the legendary Frenchman could not give up, to go to court to protect the honor of their country.

of course, French team could not with such support personnel to reach the final for, that, least, repeat the achievement of 2012 season, when it is in the final confrontation overcame representatives homeland squash. Link together with Gregori GOLTE, Hrehua Marsh, Jyulenom Balbo and Lucas Pochee (nicely, that the fifth racket of the team at the time defended the colors of "Petroholding Squash Club" at the European Club Cup) tearing and metals. So it is not surprising, that the French "have given cough" in their group in the formidable Spaniards, Danes and Germans, then without question overpowered Scotland and did everything possible to, to break the hegemony of England in the final of European Championship! Gaultier, who collected the course was able to stop Nick Matthew - 3:0 (13:11, 11:6, 14:12), vyšeupomânutyj Linku, losing by a score 0:2, managed to draw against the fourth meeting rackets PSA rankings James Uillstropa - 3:2 (4:11, 10:12, 11:5, 11:9, 11:5). But in opposing third and fourth racket of the French did not happen - the British still have yet more powerful "rearguard", proof of what can serve as a world ranking. Victory Peter Barker and Daryl Selby determined the fate of gold medals European Team Championship. Germans took the bronze - it also decided to win the game all the leaders of the Quartet and matches, Taken Hashkerom Andre and Jens shoor (Last familiar Ukrainian fans on the victory in the «1st Ukrainian Squash Open» in 2011 year).

However, what to say about the games of the First Division?.. Firstly, Ukrainian fan should be interested in the, that "shines" the Ukrainian national team in the next season, and how to relate to the overall 18th place in the overall table of ranks. Here, you can say only one thing - we have much to be proud of. This can be repeated again, again and again! During these four days, there was not a single team, which managed to hold during the championship unexpected for itself the composition and rotation at the same time to repeat the historic achievement for himself to participate in European Team Championship! For the first time we do not "jump back and forth" by division, and we can calmly prepare for the games of the championship next year format. Let Portugal and Poland are swapped with Israel and Norway. Suppose that instead of the first division come in his time in Ukraine, the representative of the Italian national team, Jose Facchini and its Italian partners in the team, along with Nicolas Müller and Co. from Switzerland is now in the first division replenished familiar to us (and especially Ruslan Sorochinskiy) Ollie Tuominenom, Henrikom Mustonenom, Matiasom Twomey, Jaakko Vyahyamyaa and Mika Monto, representing the national team of Finland. companies that, by the way, Dutch make, led by Ian Lawrence Anzhem and Bart Ravelli. At the moment, we are all unimportant. Ukraine was able to prove, her squash deserves to be represented in the international arena, that its competitors are able to show character, no matter what the circumstances. And that next year each of its opponents should be given maximum attention and preparation for the confrontation with the Ukrainian players…

European Team Championship (Amsterdam, Holland)

II дивизион


Match Results for 9-12 seats

1/4 finals

Netherlands - Austria - 3:0 (9:2)

Ireland - Sweden - 3:1 (9:5)

Wales - Czech Republic - 3:0 (9:5)

Finland - Belgium - 3:1 (10:4)

Matches for 5-8 seats

Sweden - Austria - 3:1 (9:3)

Belgium - Czech Republic - 3:1 (9:5)

1/2 finals

Netherlands - Ireland - 4:0 (9:2)

Finland - Wales - 2:1 (6:3)

match for 7 a place

Czech Republic - Austria - 3:0 (9:3)

match for 5 a place

Sweden - Belgium - 3:1 (9:4)

match for 3 a place

Wales - Ireland - 4:0 (12:2)


Netherlands - Finland - 2:2 (9:8)

Final standings of the European Team Championship 2013

Division I II дивизион Division III
1. England 1. (9) Holland 1. (21) Israel
2.France 2. (10) Finland 2. (22) Norway
3.Germany 3. (11) Wales 3. (23) Malta
10. (18) Ukraine