The Hungarian and Polish national teams claimed two gold and two bronze teqball medals in less than 24 hours.
Due to heavy rain, which disturbed fans and players, the teqball doubles had to be completed on Saturday. For Alicja Bartnicka, it was her second medal fight in just 24 hours. On Friday, the player claimed bronze in the mixed pairs. On Saturday, she and Ewa Kaminska had a chance for another European Games podium.
The Polish women played a challenging quarter-final. In the first game they won by a difference of two points, but lost 9:12 in the next game. The third set saw Bartnicka and Kamińska secure the right to play for the medals. In the semi-final, the Hungarian women proved to be better. The Poles lost 4:12 and 3:12 to, as it turned out later, the gold medallists of the European Games.
Dobule medals for Poland and Hungary
Poland played the bronze match against the French national team. Kamińska’s experience proved crucial. There was no shortage of emotions, because in the second set, which was to decide whether the match would go on or whether Poland would reach for another medal, it was 10:10. The coaches asked for a timeout. Bartnicka served. After a long exchange, thanks to a lacey action in which Kaminska raked her head to the bronze medallist in teqball mixtures and she hit a light but accurate shot, the Poles had a matchball. They didn’t even have to use it, as the French women made a double-bounce error with the same body part.
Lena Vasas had a chance for the second gold. She is a former player, MTK Hungaria, who won the European Games in teqball mixtures. She was supported by one of the best teqball players in the world. Zsanett Janicsek, is a two-time world champion. In doubles she is ranked second in the world ranking. The Hungarian is one of the first female professionals in the history of the sport. She plays at Hungary’s Phoenix Teqball Academy, one of the oldest teqball clubs. In the first game the Hungarian women, who were playing for gold against the Romanian women, gave a show of strength winning by a difference of seven points. The second game was more evenly matched and it was the Hungarian teqball players who had to fight back. They only managed to catch up with their rivals on the ninth point. In the end only the Romanians scored and the match for European Games gold was to be decided in the third game. In the third game, Hungary scored a break point at 11:8 and the Romanians took a timeout, but could not defend a single ball. Vasas and Janicsek enjoyed the European Games gold.