Austria CC Future Challenge Cup 2008

Thu, Jul 24, 2008 3:39 PM

The Annual Future Challenge Cup took place during the weekend of the 1st to the 4th of May 2008 in Vienna, Austria, at our Austria Cricket Stadium, 7. Markomannenstrasse, 1220 Vienna.

During this Youth Tournament we played a lot of cricket, we caught up on friendships made with players from the visiting teams, supported our club teams, enjoyed the lovely sunny weather with friends and family and most of all had lots of fun!!!

There were forty matches in a limited time period of 4 days. There were 14 different teams from 7 different countries. They all played fairly, and played their best. Win or lose, we all had a great time and enjoyed getting to know each other as well as meeting new people. There was a lot of sportsmanship and everyone supported the teams playing at the time.

The teams participating were:
• Austria U11 HB, U11 SB, U13, U17 Whites, U17 Reds
• Swiss U11
• Munich U11, U13
• Slovakia U11, U13
• Czech U13
• Vienna Bilingual School U13
• Tegernsee U17
• Hungary U17

The First Places went to:
Swiss U11
Austria U13
ACC U17 Reds
We had wonderful weather all round, except for Saturday evening, so the last match had to be re-scheduled for Sunday morning!

We made history!! Girls Playing Cricket!!!!!
The highlight of the tournament occured on Saturday afternoon when the 'all girls' match took place. We made history!! For the first time ever, there was an ALL GIRLS match! It was made up of two teams consisting of eight players each. Austria Women against a combined German and Hungarian Women's team.

It was a very good game, considering we had sixteen players who were on different levels, from complete beginners to advanced cricketers. It was a great experience playing an all girls' friendly game. We were very excited and tactics were discussed and offered not only by our coaches but also by our very supportive club members. Hopefully next year this tournament will have more than just one 'all girls' game.

We had a wonderful time, having delicious curry, bread, cakes, cookies, snacks, drinks, making great friends and having a ball of a time. We couldn't have asked for better weather, food, matches, coaches, support or players.

We would like to thank…
~The sponsors, for providing us with delicious food and drinks
~The coaches, for teaching us all we know about cricket.
~The Parents, for supporting us and for providing tasty food throughout the weekend.
~The teams, for participating in this tournament
~The organisers, for making this tournament possible
~The players themselves, for enjoying yourselves and for trying your best
Thank you too everyone, and thank you coming to Vienna for the Viennese Annual Future Challenge Cup. Hoping everyone had a great time.

Simone Viljoen
Girls Team Captain

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