Heavyweights line up for Euros semis

Great Britain and Sweden remain unbeaten at 2017 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship. 30 Jun 2017
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Great Britain retained their European title in 2017

ⒸKarol Malec
By Nathaniel Holland | for the IWRF and IPC

Great Britain and Sweden enter the semi-finals of the 2017 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Wheelchair Rugby European Championship undefeated.

France and Denmark will try to spoil those perfect records on Friday (30 June) in Koblenz, Germany, after group play concluded on Thursday (29 June).

All matches will be live streamed at Sportdeutschland.tv.

Group A round-up

Despite home-court advantage, Germany fell 59-47 to France, who lost only one game so far in the tournament. Germany finished third in the group and will play a cross-over match with Ireland on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday , Sweden continued their impressive form into the third match, brushing past Finland with a 61-42 score. It gave coach Benoit Labrecque a chance to give all of his players time on court ahead of their semi-final match with Denmark.

Group B round-up

Ireland went close to beating Poland in the day’s opening game, however Stuart McLindon’s seven-man squad eventually crumbled under the might of the Polish, who will be pleased to pick up their first win of the week. Ireland will now face Germany on Friday and Poland will play Finland as those four sides battle for the placements.

It was a clash of the titans in the other Group B game. Both the British and Denmark had won their opening two games and were neck-and-neck for the top spot in the group. It was a tight affair for much of the match but in the third and fourth quarter, Great Britain managed to distance themselves in the score and show why they are the current European champions. The final score between the two sides was 60-47 to Paul Shaw’s men.

Day Three Results

Group A

Sweden 61-42 Finland

Germany 47-59 France

Group B

Ireland 42-50 Poland

Denmark 47-60 Great Britain