European Goalball League's (SEGL) third season finished with the final stage that was held 4-6 December in Espoo, Finland. The final stage, organized by Old Power Association, included live broadcasting provided by Mr. Anthony Telfer and the Disability Sports Network.
At the top of the standings after the two tournaments was Saltinis from Lithuania. This Finnish team, Old Power, trailed Saltinis by a single point. Unfortunately, Old Power lost their two star players when Erkki Miinala was injured and Jarno Mattila played on the other Finnish Team ( Napaja) during the tournament. Saltinis was really dominant throughout the tournament and won their sixmatches with a great goal ratio (70 made goals and 16 missed goals). With this victory, Saltinis won their third championship in SEGL history--huge congratulations!
FIFH Malmo from Sweden also had a very good tournament and fought Candian team Nova Scotia for second place. Nova Scotia defeated FIFH Malmo 5-2 in the second to the last match of the tournament and ended up in second place. FIFH Malmo finished third. Old Power didn't have their best tournament, finishing seventh and without any points. This means FIFH Malmo rose to second place in the 2015 SEGL season standings.
1. Saltinis (Lithuania) 18 points
2. Nova Scotia (Canada) 12 points
3. FIFH Malmo (Sweden) 12 points
4. IFAS Stockholm (Sweden) 9 points
5. Napaja (Finland) 9 points
6. Vancouver Goalball Club (Canada) 3 points
7. Old Power (Finland) 0 points
The most valuable player of the tournament, selected by the teams, was Martin Enggaard Pederson from FIFH Malmo.
The tournament's top scorer was Nerijus Montvydas from Saltinis, who scord 23 goals during the weekend. Nerijus Montvydas was also the top scorer of the 2015 SEGL season. This was the third time in SEGL history Nerijus Montvydas won that title.
The top three teams of the 2015 SEGL season:
1. Saltinis 43 points
2. FIFH Malmo 27 points
3. Old Power 24 points
The top three scores for the 2015 season:
1. Nerijus Montvydas (Saltinis) 81 goals
2. Jarno Mattila (Old Power/Napaja) 55 goals
3. Erkki Miinala (Old Power) 46 goals
Next season we will be joined by a new main team, RGC Hansa Rostock, from Germany. We will soon publish the dates for the next SEGL season, but for now it seems the SEGL season 2016-2017 will begin in November 2016.
We will also soon publish all the matches from the 2015 SEGL tournament, Espoo, on YouTube.
Please stay tuned and check our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seglfinland