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SepaktakWorld – Germany

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Youngsters brought up on football whom fell in love with sepaktakraw as soon as they will saw it – either on vacation in South-East Asia or when they chanced upon exhibition matches arranged simply by unpaid enthusiasts in Basle or Cologne. Sons and daughters associated with Malaysians, Thais, Laotians and Vietnamese whose parents moved half-way around the globe in search of work, who kicked the takraw around in the park in Hamburg with children of comparable heritage and then introduced their German born classmates to the concept of defying gravity. Sports science graduates who had written their thesis on this strange volleyball-meets-martial arts-type sport and then started teaching it to teenagers in Belgium…

This is sepaktakraw, European-style. And the burgeoning European sepaktakraw picture had another chance to showcase by itself last weekend when the best the fact that old continent had to offer reached Cologne in Germany for the now-famous Chicken’s Cup.

The particular tournament was first held in 2002 and has featured teams from Serbia (2010 winners) and Malaysia (MAS Airlines, 2011 winners) in the past, in addition to a Hungarian pairing which won the particular doubles in 2006.

This time around there were 14 teams representing the cream of European sepaktakraw. Germany was of course heavily showcased, with multiple teams from hosting companies Cologne, Elmshorn and Wittenheim. Toulouse and Evry (near Paris) symbolized France as well as players from Mulhouse, Belgium brought a men’s as well as a women’s regu while Switzerland had a squad of men and women, veterans and youngsters who comprised three groups.

As has been the case at recent European tournaments, Elmshorn’s first team proved to be too strong for the competition, but they did not have it all their own way. Joschka Sebrantke tore an already troublesome upper leg muscle in the first match which usually saw him limp out of activity, while striker Christian Rieck has been on police duty on the Sunday and could only make it to Cologne in time for the Sunday.

With all the likes of Amran Salleh and Sebastian Schürmann however , Elmshorn had enough strength in depth, and they defeated Cologne in the semi-finals and their own second team in the final.

Perhaps the surprise of the tournament came from Basel, but it was not the likes of Reto Loeliger and Werni Rieflin who were sweeping all before all of them in the group stages, but rather teens Samuel Gerber, Maxi Calabro and Micha Mohler. Aged 17, 18 and 19 respectively, they reached sepaktakraw after seeing the likes of Reto and Werni playing exhibition fits in their native Switzerland, and have already been training together over the past three years. Samuel and Maxi combined expertly within the doubles only to be edged out there by Cologne, while in regu competitors they formed a team which usually finished fourth overall in Division A. And with a women’s team from Basel – all of them young children – also gaining more useful experience of European competition, the future looks bright – incredibly bright – for Switzerland.

The various women’s (or indeed mixed) regus played against men in Division B of the regu competition, as well as the cream of the crop were again Cologne Takraw, with the terrific trio of Anne and Judith Souverein and Daruny Phomsaphao once again showing their experience and skills to finish third in that particular competition.

Within the doubles competition, special mention should go to Mathieu Fleutret and Louis Marchadier. The French duo, internationals each, had an excellent tournament and arrived within a handful of points of beating Elmshorn (Rieck and Salleh) within the final.

Perhaps the most significant development of the weekend however was your presence of Venu Ramadass at the event. The COO 0f Asian countries Sports Ventures – the company billed with bringing a sparkling sepaktakraw product to the world via sophisticated television coverage and innovative marketing and advertising – flew to Germany to attend the tournament and met with representatives of the four countries showcased.

The hope is that Europe will continue to expand, in terms of club and country competitions, and that as many men’s and women’s regus from those nations as possible will be in tiers higher enough (in the ISTAF rankings) to participate both at the 2015 ISTAF World Cup – provisionally slated for the second week in-may in Bangkok.

And the mean time, hundreds of individuals will continue to kick a takraw around every minute they can in their spare time, and journey hundreds of kilometers (and more) there and back on weekends to meet up with their friends from Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland, arranging travel, locations, accommodation and food all for your love of the game.

Write in with your comments below or to Tweet me @sepaktakdrew

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Youngsters brought up on football whom fell in love with sepaktakraw as soon as they will saw it – either on vacation in South-East Asia or when they chanced upon exhibition matches arranged simply by unpaid enthusiasts in Basle or Cologne. Sons and daughters associated with Malaysians, Thais, Laotians and Vietnamese whose parents moved half-way around the globe in search of work, who kicked the takraw around in the park in Hamburg with children of comparable heritage and then introduced their German born classmates to the concept of defying gravity. Sports science graduates who had written their thesis on this strange volleyball-meets-martial arts-type sport and then started teaching it to teenagers in Belgium…

This is sepaktakraw, European-style. And the burgeoning European sepaktakraw picture had another chance to showcase by itself last weekend when the best the fact that old continent had to offer reached Cologne in Germany for the now-famous Chicken’s Cup.

The particular tournament was first held in 2002 and has featured teams from Serbia (2010 winners) and Malaysia (MAS Airlines, 2011 winners) in the past, in addition to a Hungarian pairing which won the particular doubles in 2006.

This time around there were 14 teams representing the cream of European sepaktakraw. Germany was of course heavily showcased, with multiple teams from hosting companies Cologne, Elmshorn and Wittenheim. Toulouse and Evry (near Paris) symbolized France as well as players from Mulhouse, Belgium brought a men’s as well as a women’s regu while Switzerland had a squad of men and women, veterans and youngsters who comprised three groups.

As has been the case at recent European tournaments, Elmshorn’s first team proved to be too strong for the competition, but they did not have it all their own way. Joschka Sebrantke tore an already troublesome upper leg muscle in the first match which usually saw him limp out of activity, while striker Christian Rieck has been on police duty on the Sunday and could only make it to Cologne in time for the Sunday.

With all the likes of Amran Salleh and Sebastian Schürmann however , Elmshorn had enough strength in depth, and they defeated Cologne in the semi-finals and their own second team in the final.

Perhaps the surprise of the tournament came from Basel, but it was not the likes of Reto Loeliger and Werni Rieflin who were sweeping all before all of them in the group stages, but rather teens Samuel Gerber, Maxi Calabro and Micha Mohler. Aged 17, 18 and 19 respectively, they reached sepaktakraw after seeing the likes of Reto and Werni playing exhibition fits in their native Switzerland, and have already been training together over the past three years. Samuel and Maxi combined expertly within the doubles only to be edged out there by Cologne, while in regu competitors they formed a team which usually finished fourth overall in Division A. And with a women’s team from Basel – all of them young children – also gaining more useful experience of European competition, the future looks bright – incredibly bright – for Switzerland.

The various women’s (or indeed mixed) regus played against men in Division B of the regu competition, as well as the cream of the crop were again Cologne Takraw, with the terrific trio of Anne and Judith Souverein and Daruny Phomsaphao once again showing their experience and skills to finish third in that particular competition.

Within the doubles competition, special mention should go to Mathieu Fleutret and Louis Marchadier. The French duo, internationals each, had an excellent tournament and arrived within a handful of points of beating Elmshorn (Rieck and Salleh) within the final.

Perhaps the most significant development of the weekend however was your presence of Venu Ramadass at the event. The COO 0f Asian countries Sports Ventures – the company billed with bringing a sparkling sepaktakraw product to the world via sophisticated television coverage and innovative marketing and advertising – flew to Germany to attend the tournament and met with representatives of the four countries showcased.

The hope is that Europe will continue to expand, in terms of club and country competitions, and that as many men’s and women’s regus from those nations as possible will be in tiers higher enough (in the ISTAF rankings) to participate both at the 2015 ISTAF World Cup – provisionally slated for the second week in-may in Bangkok.

And the mean time, hundreds of individuals will continue to kick a takraw around every minute they can in their spare time, and journey hundreds of kilometers (and more) there and back on weekends to meet up with their friends from Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland, arranging travel, locations, accommodation and food all for your love of the game.

Write in with your comments below or to Tweet me @sepaktakdrew

Photographs taken from: https://www.facebook.com/takrawswitzerland

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