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Did You Know...

... that it was a battle of the front pieces in Round 10?

Teams boarding for the last round
posted Sep 6th, 2013 - It's all over in Germany, and there was no jump-off. Paratec-Saar, the reigning champion and Germany's national team, took the lead for the first time in Round 8 and defended it successfully for two more rounds.

Solly Williams provided once again the story line for Friday when the teams completed the remaining three rounds. He had mentioned during yesterday's update that he remembered the first time the two teams competed for the German national 4way title in 2005.

EADS was the reigning champion by then, and Paratec-Saar, competing under FSC Remscheid by then, was the new and young challenger. Solly Williams was correct with his recollection. One team was up by one point going into Round 10 in 2005. It was also the reigning champion by then, EADS, who eventually defended the title successfully - for the last time.

German Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassB,7,11P,C,4,5J,D,O,216,18,151,L,2M,9,K,1319,N,Q,12G,22,14E,H,A,8F,20,3TotalAvg
3Gamma Ray Kassel1615191314171612191115215.2
The meet averages were significantly lower by then. In fact, this week's competition is the first time that two German teams posted 20+ averages at the same competition. Both teams obviously pushed each other to new record levels. EADS had never broken the 20-average level before.

Both teams had different lineups in 2005. Three original Paratec-Saar members (Joern Thiele, Markus Bastuck, Dieter Schwarz) competed with Petra Van Overveld this week, who replaced original Point Max Thiele. Only two EADS members of 2005 (Olaf Biederman, Goeran Meyer) had Thomas Mack and Christian Schaefer in their 2013 lineup.

Even the team in 3rd place is almost the same as it was in 2005. Uli Sehrbrock and Henning Stumpp competed for X-Ray Remscheid in 2005, together with Steffen Schiedeck and Uwe Soppa. Petra Stumpp and Janine Tillenburg are now Gamma Ray members and posted a higher average than in 2005 in this lineup's first year. It was the first German bronze medal for the team's new Point, Janine Tillenburg, as well as it was the second 4way gold medal for Petra Van Overveld. Paratec-Saar and EADS also won the German 8way gold medals together.

German Nationals 2005Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA Class10,12,118,5,CQ,A,M,18L,7,H,1321,K,O,31,4,BB,22,J,619,16,F2,20,G15,14,PTotalAvg
2FSC Remscheid1317242019181721171418018.0
3X-Ray Remscheid1112171715131516131314214.2

Solly's Coaching Corner

It's a new clear blue sky day in Bad Saulgau, southern Germany. The meet director has elected to start with 4way and perhaps we will even go through to Round 10. The 8way finishing order is almost set, so all eyes are on the 4way leader board.

Both teams are having a lot of fun with the situation, but make no mistake, the stakes are high here, and I can only begin to wonder how the atmosphere is in the plane. Gamma Ray has secured a comfortable third place and is having a great meet too. Perhaps Round 7 being their most confident so far. They are the 3rd team in the plane enjoying the electric like atmosphere.

Round 8 might be the slowest scoring round, and a G exit out of a Caravan can create some heart burn. Round 9 is above average with some quick randoms and Round 10 has memory for the front piece. All in all a good test.

Round 8 went well for both top teams. However, Paratec-Saar took advantage of a slow Block 22 from EADS on the hill and managed to eek out the 16th point on the freeze frame. EADS were on their way to 16. Once again, it's under a second separating these guys, but for the first time we have a new leader with the reigning champions. Now they need to be defending the 1-point lead, so we wait in suspense.

Both teams had good a Round 9, and very little separated them until the freeze frame. The judges watched three times before changing a 25 to a 26, meaning this time around EADS were fractionally ahead in sequence. The show goes on. It's more or less a sudden death now, even though EADS are one down. With the extra memory on round 10 it's down to a battle of the front pieces.

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