|12.01.2015 U13s successful in Heiden|
|Monday, 12 January 2015 20:57|
Norwich have sent an Under-13 team to the „Euro-Cup“ indoor tournament in Heiden, Germany for several years now. They are always made very welcome, but with the tournament including quality teams from the best clubs in the country of the World Champions, it is fair to say that in previous years the performances fell firmly in the category “experience gained”. Out of 24 teams, City were often left to fight out places 17 to 24.
Not so in 2015. While a little experience was missing to challenge for the very top places, City finished in a decent 9th place after of two good days of competition.
The young Canaries played their Group games on Saturday afternoon.
First up were Arminia Bielefeld and Norwich competed well, holding their own throughout the game. City’s keeper was in fine form and a penalty save kept the Canaries in the game, but the game ended in an unfortunate 1-0 defeat.
In the match against hosts Viktoria Heiden the lads did what was required and ran out 5-0 winners.
With Bayer Leverkusen the third game looked like being a real test, but in many ways it was a repeat of the Bielefeld match with Norwich having their chances before losing unluckily 1-0.
There was no let up with Borussia Mönchengladbach providing the next stern test. The Canaries produced a fine all-round display to draw 1-1 and demonstrated that they had arrived in the competition. The fact that Gladbach went on to reach the final on Sunday only underlines that.
And City continued in similar vein against Paderborn in their last group game, recording a 1-0 against the club newly promoted to the Bundesliga.
With that Norwich had finished third in the group, ahead of Leverkusen and went into the play-offs for 9th – 12th place on Sunday. Here two win and a draw against Marcet,Bocholt and St. Gallen saw City secure a best-ever 9th place.
Congratulations to the team together with Greg Crane, Jimmy Unwin and the rest of the support staff on a successful weekend.
Photos from Saturday can be found: here
Report and photos from Paul Standley