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It was much more exciting right behind the two German 4-way top teams. Dark Energy had finished in 3rd place last year and had the same opponent for the same ranking spot, Bardarbunga 2.0 with one half of the Airbus Illertissen 8-way team.
Both teams had different lineups in this year's battle. Airbus 8-way coach Marco Arrigo replaced Luc Vereecken for Dark Energy and was the direct opponent for the four Airbus 8-way members. Carl Enders took his 8-way team mate Olaf Biedermann's slot for Bardarbunga, who competed only in 8-way. Both teams had new videographers, as well.
Dark Energy won the previous battle last year only because Bardarbunga had to forfeit a score for the last round to accommodate the more important 8-way agenda. This year, both teams completed all ten rounds, while Dark Energy once again got some help from Bardarbunga, this time in the form of six video penalties.
German Outdoor Nationals 2019
|6||NeVa FSZ Saar||19||14||15||10||11||13||13||15||11||14||135||13.5|
|7||HorschD FSZ Saar||18||12||14||10||10||12||10||9||11||11||117||11.7|
Dark Energy finished with exactly the same meet average (15.0) as in 2018, while Bardarbunga dropped from 15.7 in 2018 to 14.8 at the end of last month. All team members of both teams confronted each other again in 8-way, where Marco Arrigo switched sides and guided the Airbus 8-way team as the coach to the 2nd place behind Qatar Falcons and the German 8-way title defense.
Petra Bärenfänger, Uwe Soppa and Henning Stumpp have been Veloce QRF members for a while, where Martial Ferre is coaching and managing the 8-way team. Marco Arrigo is frequently working together with Martial Ferre, and all Dark Energy members have also competed together for Veloce QRF in the past.
It was a completely new Veloce lineup in Germany, even though all team members were well trained 8-way competitors from different lineups.
He found a video of the Daedalus 4-way team in his own archives, which dominated 4-way competition in Germany between 1991 and 1999. Thomas Spielvogel, Dieter Kirsch, Christoph Aarns and Pitt Weber performed a very similar sequence 21 years ago, which was drawn for the German Nationals 1998 in Schweighofen.
Airbus Illertissen posted the 28-pointer highscore for the fastest sequence (9-K-L-O) at this year's national championship in Round 3, and Thomas Spielvogel compared the 2019 performance with the video of his own Daedalus team in 1998.
The 1998 sequence was not exactly the same (O-Q-9-J) and slightly easier. However, Daedalus was able to tie Airbus Illertissen's 28-pointer at the national championship 21 years earlier...