Congratulations to the US National Team for achieving the best finish in US Fistball history in their very first foray into international competition. If you missed out on the live stream, you can still watch games 2 and 3 of USA vs Argentina at the Faustball WM 2014.
The US team arrived in Switzerland two weeks ago to compete in the Obersee Masters tournament where they gained valuable international fistball experience and honed their skills. An exhibition match against the Swiss U18 team prior to the Obersee Masters tournament resulted in the first US victory in international play.
The team then moved on to Stuttgart where they trained with TVS Stammheim and won another exhibition match against another Fistball World Championship newcomer…Colombia.
At the World Championships in Dresden, Germany, the US team achieved an even higher level of play. It was tough going on day 1 suffering losses to two top ranked teams in Brazil and Switzerland. The following two days featured a tough loss to Chile followed by back to back thrilling victories over the Czech Republic and Colombia. Those wins earned the US team a shot at 7th place against a tough Argentinian team. Argentina proved to be too powerful as they took 7th place with a hard-fought win over the US team.
USA vs Brazil 0:3 Brazil (2:11, 5:11, 3:11)
USA vs Switzerland 0:3 Switzerland (6:11, 9:11, 6:11)
USA vs Chile 0:3 (5-11,8-11,8-11)
USA vs Czech Republic 3:0 (11-9,11-6,11-3)
USA vs Colombia 3:1 (11:4, 12:10, 8:11, 11:6)
USA vs Argentina 0:3 (6-11, 9-11,7-11)
The 8th place finish by the women’s team trumps the 2011 men’s teams 9th place finish for highest overall finish at a world championship and they did it in their international competition. Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg for US Women’s Fistball…the team played close matches with top teams such as Switzerland, Chile, and Argentina and coach Gastão Englert believes the future is bright for the US Women’s team!
Photos Courtesy of Faustball WM 2014 photographers (Michael Huber, Ingo Stoldt, Felix Stoldt, Stefan Gusenleitner, Manfred Lindorfer, and Pete Buehning)