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Thomas Elsenberger missed the European Cup medal

2021-11-29T09:06:19.011Z

A few centimeter decisions in the semifinals - and the dream of the title was over. A few centimeter decisions in the semifinals - and the dream of the title was over. Peiting / Hörlkofen - stick shooter Thomas Elsenberger finished the European Cup tournament in Peiting with EC Saßbach in fourth place. After winning the preliminary round and thrilling duels in the playoffs, the air was out against EC Gerabach. After eight turns, Elsenberger and Co. were already so hopelessly beh



A few centimeter decisions in the semifinals - and the dream of the title was over.

Peiting / Hörlkofen - stick shooter Thomas Elsenberger finished the European Cup tournament in Peiting with EC Saßbach in fourth place.

After winning the preliminary round and thrilling duels in the playoffs, the air was out against EC Gerabach.

After eight turns, Elsenberger and Co. were already so hopelessly behind, despite an early 6-0 lead, "you don't have to do that to yourself and prefer to watch a few turns from the final," said the 46-year-old from Hörlkofener.

17 teams from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Czech Republic and Finland competed.

Saßbach played a very strong preliminary round, even though he was weak as a substitute.

“Almost perfect,” says Elsenberger.

Together with Markus and Christian Reschauer as well as Werner Anetzberger and Gerhard Moosbauer, he almost rushed through the preliminary round, gave the also unbeaten ESV Voitsberg no chance in the last group game and ended Saturday with 13: 1 points as the winner of Group B.

This was the pace that continued in the round of 16.

The French from ESCO Caumant were hopelessly overwhelmed.

"They must have felt as if they had run over a TGV", commented Elsenberger on the 63: 3 success.

The Sassbachers also survived the quarter-finals against ESV Edla (35:21). However, the triumphant advance got its first scratches. “We shot great at the beginning, but then let the Austrians come back.” It remained exciting for a long time.

But nowhere near as long as in the semifinals against ESV Rottendorf. The duel was the new edition of the 2011 final. At that time, Saßbach had the better end for himself. This time the sticks were just outside the house several times, which put the Austrians in the lead. In the last bend, the Sassbachers still had the chance to at least equalize. A five would have been necessary, but it turned out to be a three. Thus, the Rottendorfer played in the final, which they won against host Peiting 27: 9. “The Rottendorfer were better today, they didn't make any mistakes. You have to acknowledge that, ”said Elsenberger afterwards. But he made no secret of the fact that he is not a fan of their extroverted style of play. "Lying on your stomach cheering, standing up in front of your opponent - those little fools don't belong on the ice",says the multiple world and European champion who now wants to train for target shooting. The Bavarian individual championships are scheduled for January 2nd, the World Championships are to be held in South Tyrol. "But at the moment nobody knows what will happen next."

Source: merkur

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