Association Ovale Beach Rugby Five Marseille, in the male tournament and Sport Rugby Porto, in the female are the new European Beach Rugby Association – EBRA Champions. After a tournament played at very high levels in Figueira, Portugal, these are the two teams that managed to win the coveted title of the EBRA Series. In the men’s tournament the fight was fierce, there were, in fact, the Italians of Crazy Crabs who, at the first experience in the European tournament, surrendered only to the Minots in the semifinals; just the French team was the outgoing team defeated by the final, even if one fly proved to be one of the most technical formations and sporting talent. The test of the Portuguese CDUL team was also very positive. The women’s tournament, on the other hand, was won after a beautiful final by the Porto team which, after a very tight race, managed to establish itself against the women’s line-up of Ovale Beach Marseille. In the U16, on the other hand, it is the Dutch Barbarians who win the EBRA Series category. << I am very satisfied and happy about how this Portuguese final went – comments Rui Loureiro, organizer of the event – it was the anniversary of our 10 years and I think everything went great. In addition, I saw teams play at incredible levels and this makes me understand that this rugby movement is constantly and constantly evolving. A positive sign looking to the future. Now the head of us organizers must necessarily already go to the 2020 edition of these EBRA Series >>.
Also the third stage of the EBRA Series, Marseille, was played and for this summer 2019 the guidelines that will lead to the Figueira finals are taking shape. Russia, with its organized way of playing is concrete, has shown on the field to be perhaps the strongest formation of this circuit, at the same time the Minots have given him a hard time, both in the Hague and in Marseille , without being able to beat them. The European champions in charge, the Ovale Beach Marsiglia, are experiencing a year of transition, even if their level of play remains among the highest of the Series. The South Africans Wild Dogs have convinced for play, structure and speed. What awaits us then in this end of season EBRA? Certainly the Padova Beach and the Italian champions in charge of the Crazy Crabs, already from the stage of Lignano, will want to be protagonists and thus raise the general level; without forgetting the other Italian team that will participate in Lignano 2019, the Monsters: young team and very strong ball in hand. It will be two weeks of fun and great beach rugby, that’s for sure. << I expect great things from this season finale – commented Lionel Laugier, president of EBRA – so many teams can compete for the final title and this is an aspect that is good for the whole movement. We all continue to work like this and the results, like the awards for the work we are doing, I’m sure will come. Although it is satisfying for us to see so many teams fighting for the final title >>. Even in the women’s tournament, Russia was the host, even though Marseille, Blagnac Maouka and Sport Porto performed well at high levels throughout the tournament.
In a two days of great beach rugby on the beach of Marseille, Russia manages to establish itself in both tournaments: men and women. In the men’s tournament the Russians have the best in the final on I Minots, which in any case play a very thick game, proving to be a team of great value and level; the third place, instead, is reached by the hosts of the Ovale Beach Marseille, able to impose themselves on the South Africans of the Wild Dogs, authors of a tournament played at very high levels. In the feminine, as already said, Russia dictates law, demonstrating on the field that it is an organized team with individualities of absolute international value. << I am satisfied with how this two days of beach rugby went – commented Lionel Laugier, president of EBRA (European Beach Rugby Association) and organizer of the Marseillaise stage – I saw an important increase in the overall level of play and this is definitely a Positive aspect. Now we must continue to work on this path to redeem this increasingly international and engaging circuit >>.