Dagboek Cup Winners Cup 2009

Iber Lengua Terrasvogels wins CupWinners Cup!For the third time in club-history and first time since 2003, Terrasvogels won the CupWinners Cup on Saturday, August 22 by winning the final vs. SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic), 3-2. Nathalie Gosewehr was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Cupholder Sparks Haarlem was dethroned by the Czechs earlier in the day in a 12-inning marathon semi-final, losing 8-7.

On this site, which was created specially in 2008 to follow all the action of the Terrasvogels-team during the European Cup Tournament in Prague, you can now check out all the action of the team during the CupWinners Cup in Parma (Italy). Daily reports and photos will be posted of the games played by the team, so please follow the mentioned links in the text and you will find all details.

In Parma, Terrasvogels has to do without pitcher Femke van Dusschoten, who is with the team, but is not eligible to participate due to an administrative error. Femke’s name wasn’t mentioned on the provisionary roster, which had to be handed in to the European Softball Federation 30 days before the start of the competition. Efforts to correct the error failed, meaning Femke, who earlier this month was a member of the Dutch National Softball Team that captured the European title in Valencia, is unable to play. Instead, Femke is now with the team as a member of the staff.

The team flew to Italy on Saturday, August 15. After a short one hour, 15 minutes flight from Amsterdam, the Airbus 319 from easyJet landed safely in Milan. There, a bus was waiting to bring the team to Parma, where it arrived after almost two hours at the hotel, where it will stay during the tournament.

On Sunday, August 16, in the morning, the team held its first practice session at one of the playing sites (Field B). In the afternoon, the team was off, some of us went to Parma, but there everything was closed, as this was a holiday-weekend. In the evening, the technical meeting of the tournament was held, which lasted only one hour and 30 minutes.

On Monday, August 17, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels started the CupWinners Cup 2009 with an 11-2 victory against Novi Zagreb Lady Pirates from Croatia. The game was followed by the official Opening Ceremony. Earlier in the day, Cupholder Sparks Haarlem opened with a 15-0 shutout-win vs. Viladecans from Spain, which had started with another shutout-loss in the morning, losing 7-0 to Neunkirchen Nightmares (Germany).

On Tuesday, August 18, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels played its second game of the tournament, which ended in a 2-0 shutout-win against organisor Old Parma. Pitcher Aimee Murch threw a No-Hitter and struckout eight batters.
On Wednesday, Terrasvogels will play two games, meeting Superfund Wanderers from Austria and Brasschaat Braves from Belgium. Earlier on Tuesday, Cupholder Sparks Haarlem remained unbeaten, but had its hands full with SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic) and Moskovia Marino (Russia). Sparks won 4-3 vs. the Czech squad, then trailed 2-0 against the Russians, but won eventually 6-2.

On Wednesday, August 19, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels added two victories to become the unbeaten winner of Pool B. The team started with a 3-2 win vs. Superfund Wanderers from Austria, then shutout Brasschaat Braves from Belgium to claim first place. Cupholder Sparks Haarlem also remained unbeaten after winning 2-0 vs. Neunkirchen Nightmares (Germany). By finishing in first place, Terrasvogels now will play its next game vs. Moskovia Marino (Russia) on Thursday-afternoon, while Sparks will meet Brasschaat. In the evening, the two Dutch teams will face each other.

On Thursday, August 20, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels won 4-0 vs. Moskovia Marino (Russia), but then lost in the evening 7-0 to Sparks Haarlem, which therefore remained unbeaten. However, the day started and ended with injuries, as both Cambria Miranda and Christina Rolla had to be sidelined. On Friday, Terrasvogels will play against SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic). Whatever the result vs. Sparks on Thursday-evening and vs. Joudrs on Friday-morning, Terrasvogels and Sparks will always finish in first and second place, meaning the two will meet again on Friday-evening in the semi-final.

On Friday, August 21, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels clinched a spot in the all-deciding final by winning the semi-final vs. Sparks Haarlem 4-2 in the evening. In the morning, Terrasvogels was shutout 8-0 by SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic). Sparks Haarlem remained unbeaten by winning 2-0 vs. host Old Parma (Italy), but then was handed its first loss in the evening, meaning it has to play in the second semi-final on Saturday-morning to qualify for the final. Friday also marked the return to the line-up of Cambria Miranda, Christina Rolla and Annemiek van Riessen.

On Saturday, August 22, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels defeated SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic) 3-2 in the final to capture the CupWinners Cup for the third time in club-history. Nathalie Gosewehr was named MVP of the event afterwards.

On Sunday, August 23, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels returned home safely, ending an exciting, successful and fairytale week in Parma, which was full of all kinds of happenings, but resulted in a team coming together, building a great attitude and performing on character!

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