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Roy on VTAM in Česko

Posted by devo on August 6, 2009

Our Czech (and Aussie) correspondent, Andy “Roy” Earl, reports:

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Andy Earl #9

Andy Earl #9

I was on hand to see the 3 games the Aussie team played against the Czech Republic. It was really nice for me to finally be an onlooker and not a player.

The first game was in Nymburk in a small gym with virtually no spectators. It was one of the quickest 4 set games I have ever seen. With all the sets bar the first being very one sided. The Aussie boys looked quite inexperienced compared to the bigger bodied, more experienced Czech team. They showed some life in the 3rd set by taking it out very comfortably, but otherwise were outplayed for most of the match.

The second game was a totally different story. It was played in Svitavy which is where the Czech team plays alot, as they have a lot of supporters there. It was the first of the 2 official games and it was very noisy and a great atmosphere. The Aussie guys came out looking really inspired and aggressive. All aspects of the game were really great and there were some really impressive rallies by both teams. It was 2 sets to 0 in favour of the boys, but in the 3rd set it was almost like the Czech team flicked a switch and really turned it up. They took the next 2 sets and the Aussies looked quite nervous. The 5th set was a real shame, as the boys were up 11-9, but then went on to lose the next 6 points I think.

The last game was played in the same town again with a good turn out. I had a chance to wave my Aussie flag high and proud after this game as the guys won 3-1. This game the Czech team started with a few of the bench players and it showed. Although they made some changes, it was still very much a 2nd team. But I will take nothing away from Australia, as they had to earn the win. In similar fashion to the night before, Australia started well and really took it to the Czechs. They built a 2 set lead, but then slipped again in the 3rd. I was worried that there would be a repeat of the night before, but the Aussies knuckled down in the 4th and took out a much deserved win.

Good luck for the World Champ Qualifiers.

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