Day Five Preview
Denmark and Great Britain are already confirmed starters for Tokyo 2020, but have a chance to be crowned the 2019 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby European Championship gold medallists in Vejle, Denmark, on Sunday.
The hosts recorded a memorable semi-final victory over France against the odds on Saturday and will give everything they have to take the title in front of what is expected to be another massive home crowd.
Great Britain were comfortable 63-45 winners against Denmark in the final match of the pool phase, but the experienced Jim Roberts knows it won’t be so straightforward the second time around.
- It was nice to get a little run at them (Denmark) yesterday (on Friday) and I’m sure they’ll be tougher and harder tomorrow (on Sunday). They are going for a championship, Roberts said.
- The crowd will be loud like they were today and yesterday.
It is Denmark’s second European Championship final after falling by one to Sweden in the gold medal match in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013.
If Great Britain is successful, it will be its seventh championship since the inaugural tournament in 1995.
France and Sweden meet for bronze after falling to Denmark and Great Britain, respectively in the semi-finals.
Germany and the Netherlands both ensured they would remain in Division A for the 2021 European Championship and will battle for fifth position on the final day of competition.
Unfortunately, Poland and Switzerland’s fate was sealed when they lost in the crossovers on day four, so they will look to finish the tournament on a high before returning to Division B and having to fight their way back up.
The day five schedule is:
9am: Poland v Switzerland (seventh-eighth playoff)
11.15am: Germany v Netherlands (fifth-sixth playoff)
1.30pm: France v Sweden (bronze medal match)
3.45pm: Denmark v Great Britain (gold medal match)