Around 200 people attended live the Opening Ceremony of the European Championship of Powerchair Hockey 2016, other 200 the spectators following the streaming of the show leaded by Otto Wijnen and Roland Vink.
After a break to prepare the field the fist match started.
On the stage the home team and European Champion The Netherlands and Switzerland, who arrives to the Netherlands with a very competitive team and as a new member of the Technical Staff around the team Mr. Paul Emmering, the golden goal scorer of the final 2010 against the Dutch.
The match saw the Dutch team quickly taking control and leading of the game thanks to the goals of Dennis van de Boomen (6) always very well supported by the team and mostly by the captain n.10 Kamal Tahtahi. Swiss team had a very good performance and showed how much the team and its playing game has improved. The match ended with a final score of 9 vs 1 for the Netherlands scorers of the matchç Dennis van de Boomen (6), Rodi Feller (3) for the Netherlands and Stefan Muller (1) for Switzerland.
Do not miss the first full day of matches tomorrow starting from 10.15!
Teams arrived, controls have been going smoothly, last details have been prepared and today is the big day!!
At 18.30 the Streaming of the competition will start (at this link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpzT7045GYmwcUBbQd-w4eg/live)
All Nations together with Officials will parade inside De Oosterven Sport Hall, which thanks to the huge work of the IPCH volunteers has been transformed into a sport stadium ready to welcome the spectators and to host the emotions of the competition.
Some games and performances will complete the program of the Ceremony after which (at 20.30) the Opening match between The Netherlands, playing for the first time such a competition in front of the home audience, and Switzerland will start.
Don’t miss it! See you at De Oosteveren Sport Hall or online at 18.30!!!
During the months before the competition IPCH subcommittees have been working hard on several aspects.
One of those was the renewal of the Match Form. During the WC2014 some ideas came up among the Officials for example the need to include and officially track also the speed controls performed during or after the matches, or to collect also the signature of the people in charge of checking and supervising the Class Point Calculator, and
Jury Member and Referee Committees starting from those inputs and ideas worked out a new Match form that will used during the EC2016!
2 WEEKS AND 5 DAYS TO GO…then the curtains on the IWAS European Championship will be raised and the thrilling competition will start…
Waiting for this to happen let’s play with statistics: will someone be able to reach Mr. Bjorn Sarrazyn at the top of the IPCH Top Scorer List ??
Check out the IPCH Top – scorer list updated to the last WC2014 statistics.
The EC2016 Technical Delegates together with the Organising Committee have finally released the daily competition schedule for the EC2016.
The Competition will officially begin on Wednesday 13th July 2016 with the Opening Ceremony that will take place at the Sporthal De Oosterven at 18.30.
IPCH Officials and National Delegations will arrive in the previous days, Officials on Sunday 10th and Teams on Monday 11th, to go through the needed preparations, controls and classifiaction sessions.
The Opening match is scheduled right after the Opening Cerimony at 20.30 and will be The Netherlands (World and European reigning Champions and therefore top seed in the group A) versus Switzerlandand (4th drawn in group A).