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Russia’s long preparation paid off in women’s goalball tournament
24.01.2016

Beating Finland gave a confidence boost for the Brits
23.01.2016

Sweden are back on top in men’s goalball
23.01.2016

Lithuania and USA with clean record after the first day of the Pajulahti Games
22.01.2016

Finnish goalball men started the year in poor form
22.01.2016

Mira-Maria Kuudanpaiste enjoys the opportunity to play against top level showdown players
22.01.2016

USA took a narrow victory in a quality opener for women’s goalball tournament
22.01.2016

 
 

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Russia’s long preparation paid off in women’s goalball tournament
24.01.2016

Photo: Goalball, Russia


Russia won the women’s goalball tournament in Pajulahti after beating the reigning World Champions USA on extra throws in the final. The score was 6–4 after the regular time had ended 2–2.

– We are very satisfied with the victory. This was a high quality tournament with the best three teams in the World – USA, Russian and Turkey – represented, said Ilkam Nabiev, the Russian head coach.

– We came here in Pajulahti already ten days before the tournament to practise and trying to find our best three players, and we succeeded, he told.

Russia were missing one of their best players Arina Gerasimova due injury. Anastasiia Mazur was in Pajulahti but couldn’t throw so well because of a injuried arm. With that in mind, Russia’s tournament victory was quite an achievement.

Russian team is taking part to tournaments in Sweden and Poland before the big one – the Paralympic Games in Rio on September.

– Our only aim is to win Paralympic gold medals, Nabiev said.

Lithuania won the men’s tournament beating Sweden in the final 11–3. Lithuania scored at least ten goals in all their matches except of a match against Finland which they won 7–6.

 

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Beating Finland gave a confidence boost for the Brits
23.01.2016

Photo: Goalball


Great Britain have experienced some heavy defeats in the Pajulahti Games men’s goalball tournaments, but they managed to beat hosts Finland 5–2 on Friday, though. Great Britain is the only team in men’s tournament that didn’t get ticket to the Paralympic Games in Rio.

– Beating Finland was great for us. It tells we are on a right path, said head coach Faye Dale.

– We practice a lot. We try to keep our defense tight and to take every change we get. I’m glad to see how the players always give 100% on the court, Dale told.

She said their team still has a lot to improve, but this kind of top level tournaments helps their team to progress. Dale thanked the Finns for the invitation to the Pajulahti Games.

Text: Tuukka Pelttari

 

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Sweden are back on top in men’s goalball
23.01.2016

Photo: Goalball


Sweden faced a bit of a downfall in men’s goalball few years back after failing to qualify for the 2014 World Championship in Espoo, Finland. Now they are back on top with a ticket to Rio in pocket. Sweden also managed to make it to the gold match of the Pajulahti Games on Sunday.

Sweden finished second in the group stage behind mighty Lithuania. In the semifinal Sweden were trailing 3–6 against Germany on halftime but scored five goals in the second period climbing to a 8–6 victory. On Sunday they meet Lithuania in the final. In the group stage match Lithuania beat Sweden 15–9.

Women’s gold match in Pajulahti is a rematch of the 2014 World Championship final as Russia meets United States, who have won all their matches so far. In the World Championship final two years ago USA beat Russia 3–0 and in the Pajulahti Games group stage match 2–1.

 

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Lithuania and USA with clean record after the first day of the Pajulahti Games
22.01.2016

Photo: Goalball, USA


Lithuania were by far the most impressive men’s team in the opening day of the Pajulahti Games goalball tournament. Lithuania scored at least ten goals in each of their matches beating Great Britain 10-3, Germany 12-2 and Turkey 13-3.

There doesn’t seem to be a team that could challenge Lithuania this year since Turkey lost two of their three matches and hosts Finland all three matches.

Finland, playing without injured Erkki Miinala and Petri Posio, lost to Sweden (3-4), Great Britain (2-5) and Germany (4-9). As they meet Turkey and Lithuania in their last group stage matches on Saturday, it seems unlikely Finland could still reach to semifinals on Saturday evening.

The reigning World Champion United States has been the sharpest team on women’s side of the tournament beating Turkey 5-4, Israel 10-1 and Finland 4-0. Turkey and Russia still have a word to say when it comes to winning the tournament, though.

 

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Finnish goalball men started the year in poor form
22.01.2016

Photo: Goalball, Miika Honkanen


Finland lost all three matches in the opening day of the Pajulahti Games men’s goalball tournament: 3–4 to Sweden, 2–5 to Great Britain and 4–9 to Germany. Finland is missing injuried Erkki Miinala and Petri Posio from the tournament.

Miika Honkanen, who played as a center, didn’t let the defeats depress him.

– I feel that we have a really good team spirit. Everyone has their place in the team and the system works well, Honkanen told.

The results of the Pajulahti Games aren’t that important as the Finnish team is targetting their best form to September and the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

– For myself the preparation has been going well and what I have heard from others all have been training individual skills. Now it’s time to start to work with our teamplay, Honkanen said.

– We are aiming for gold, trying to defend our title from London, he continued.

Text: Arttu Mitrunen

 

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USA took a narrow victory in a quality opener for women’s goalball tournament
22.01.2016

Photo: Goalball, Asya Miller


Could this have been a prelude of the women’s goalball paralympic gold match in Rio on September? USA and Turkey presented some top quality goalball in the opening match of the Pajulahti Games women’s goalball tournament.

USA notched a 5-4-win with the second period goals from Amanda Dennis and Lisa Czechowski after the first period had ended on a 3-3-draw.

USA is a reigning World Champion after taking the title in Espoo, Finland two years ago. Young Turkish side was strong already then but lost a semi final against Russia 1-2. In 2015 they paid back winning the Russians comfortably 5-0 in the final of the European Championships.

Russia is also taking part in the Pajulahti Games so the women’s goalball tournament is truly of the highest quality this year.

 

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