The World Youth Teams Championships took place last week in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. To the delight of all, Team Funbridge was well represented. Find out more about the categories, first results and highlights of the competition where our young talents have shone in this article. 🌟
The event was held at the Centre Koningshof in Veldhoven and gathered teams split into 5 categories:
- U31: 20 teams
- U26: 24 teams
- U21: 20 teams
- U16: 20 teams
- U26W: 12 teams
With 8 of its 9 members engaged, Team Funbridge was strongly represented! Despite that no member entered the competition in U31 and U16, our favourite team had players in the three remaining categories:
- U26: Emma and Finn
- U21: Nicolaï, Léo and Christian
- U26W: Margaux, Valentina and Federica
Emma and Finn
Emma and Finn, who had an incredible journey, played for Team USA1. Although the two members of Team Funbridge were on the same team, they were not partners.
They passed the qualifying stage with 19 wins, only 4 losses and an average of 14.42 VPs (out of 20) per match. By leading most of the competition, they managed to secure their first place. 🥇
They could choose their opponents in the quarter-finals, which gave them a significant advantage. They decided to play against the team ranked 8th: Singapore.
But despite a nice comeback later, a major defeat in the first set prevented them from reaching the semi-finals.
Nicolaï, Léo and Christian
Nicolaï represented Norway, one of the favourites, but the team unfortunately disenchanted many, finishing 13th.
Léo played for France. The team had a hard start but managed to pull themselves together and ended up in 3rd place in the heats. 🥉
As for Christian, he played for Denmark. Like France, they had a very difficult start with two losses in a row. However, the team finally managed to reach the 6th place.
Léo and Christian engaged in a merciless duel and played a series of strategic and successful moves. It was finally Denmark which won a close victory 128-111.
Only the top two teams could choose their opponents in the quarter-finals. So, the France-Denmark clash was inevitable! 🤜🏻🤛🏻
Margaux, Valentina and Federica
Margaux and the French team finished 2nd in the heats. They brilliantly defeated the Danish team in the quarter-finals 141-106.
Margaux and the other French players (Clara, Constance, Wilhelmine, Eulalie, Ninon) played against the Polish in the final.
The Italian women’s team with Valentina and Federica, as well as their other sister Eleonora, came 3rd. But they lost 88-149 to the Dutch.
In the semi-finals, the French avenged the Italian defeat and beat the Dutch with the final score of 145-107.
Congratulations to our Team Funbridge on bringing home two medals!
A big bravo to Christian and the Danish who continued their winning streak and won gold. 🥇😍
And a big bravo to Margaux and her team for their stunning performance leading them to the second place and silver. 🥈🎉
“I am very pleased to tell you about the successful journey of Team Funbridge at the World Championships. Let’s congratulate our young talents! Feel free to share your comments and stay tuned for their next competition.“
Jérôme Rombaut – Team Funbridge Coach