18th February 2018: Mannheimer are European Champions! What an afternoon here in Wettingen. So much at stake and the players, the umpires, the fans and coaches all combined to make an incredible afternoon at the home of Rotweiss Wettingen. Club de Campo just lost out on a medal to the hosts, Rotweiss in the Bronze Medal game. In the final, it is fair to say that MC Minsk left nothing on the pitch, they fought the German’s at time confusing them and pushed all the way to ensure that Manheimer had to play as Champions to win this Championship!

Bronze Medal: Club Campo de Madrid 2 – 3 (1 – 1) HC Rotweiss Wettingen
A very partisan crowd of over 600 greeted the Spanish girls in the hometown of RWW. MAGAZ MEDRANO opened the scoring for Club de Campo in the 14th minute. Quickly countered by RWW’s captain WÄLTI in the 18th minute. And so the score remained at the break.
A fantastic strike from again from WÄLTI put the hosts ahead in the 24th minute. TRÖSCH put the hosts ahead in the 33rd minute. Rotweiss pressed hard and Club de Campo were happy to be patient on the ball, waiting for their chances and allowing BARRIOS some freedom to attack down the left side. A PC for RWW in the 30th minute would have given them a cushion of 3 goals, but the strike was high and the score remained 1-3. RWW’s captain displayed some beautiful fluid play and was the influencer for the hosts, earning her Player of the Tournament, not just for this performance but for the whole event. Club de Campo’s MAGAZ MEDRANO was on target again in the 37th minute, but RWW saw out the tie and won 2-3.

Mannheimer HC 5 – 3 (2 – 1) HC Minsk

It was clear from day 1 here in Wettingen that Mannheimer would be the team to beat! They went ahead in the final 2-0, via HASSE and LORENZ early in the tie. But an incredibly defiant Minsk came immediately back from an excellently timed ‘time out’ to get onto the scoreboard with a beautiful passage of play from TRAYAN who handed a pass to FILIPOVICH who took no hesitation in driving the ball into the back of the net. The score was 2-1 at half time.

Mannheimer, challenged by the ladies from Minsk, more so than all weekend, pilled on the pressure in the second half and were rewarded with a goal from HASSE (3-1) but then 2 penalty strokes (both upgrades from corners saved off the bodies of Minsk players on the line),were kept out by Minsk keeper FADIEIEVA. Minsk brought the game back to a one goal difference in the 29th minute via LAPITSKAYA. Mannheimer hit the post and immediately were under pressure as their keeper was forced into action. SAZHINA making a nuisance of herself! SAZHINA was on target in the 37th minute and the game was tied for a moment! PIEPER scored again for Mannheimer 4-3.

A power play for Minsk could have tied the game, but HASSE broke free and scored again 5-3 (her 3rd of the game). As the clock ticked down Minsk earned a PC, but even if they had scored, it would not have changed the outcome, as brilliant Champions Mannheimer saw out the tie to take the title.

Best player: Stephanie WÄLTI, Rotweiss Wettingen

Top Scorer: Lydia HAASE

Best Goal Keeper: Dominika NOWICKA 

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