In the thrilling finale of the Danish Table Tennis League, the play-off finals went to the third game to see Nestvæd emerge as champions with a 2-1 aggregate score. All the matches had an exciting development, 1-1 was written with away victories of the finalists and the decisive final at the home of Nestved was decided with a score of 5-4 and in the golden set!
Our Men’s National team athlete Giorgos Stamatouros scored victories in all the finals, earlier in the semi-finals of the playoffs he had a big contribution to the elimination of Roskilde, the traditionally top power of the country and in general he did extremely well in this new and very useful his experience in the Danish league.
The play-off finals took place back-to-back last week following Stamatouros’ matches at the qualifying stage 2 of the European Team Championship in Osijek, where he, together with his team-mates in our representative group, celebrated qualifying for the finals in Sweden.
In favor of the team that would reach the first of the two victories, the final of the playoffs in the so-called Herre Bordtennisliga Slutspil would be decided. B 75 had a home disadvantage and played the first match at Hirtshals as a home team. In the first strong match, Nestved, which had finished first in the regular season and eliminated Hillerod in the playoff four with 2-0 wins, won 5-3 sets.
The 2021 Greek champion in men’s singles first defeated the Czech Michal Obeslo with 3-2 sets and then lost 3-0 to the Swedish Simon Arvindsson.
Obeslo is well known to Greek fans, as this year he competed in the A2 National Division with Aris Nikias and celebrated promotion to A1, while in the recent past he has won two Greek championships with AEK. Fans of the sport also have pictures of Arvindson from his short stint at Olympiakos.
In the middle of the week, the second final followed in “M?rk N?stved Hallen”. Another sensational match was held, where, after four hours, B 75 won with 5-4 sets and tied the series at 1-1. After the 4-4 draw by the guests in the ninth individual match, the federation’s regulation for the golden set was applied.
Sweden’s Barrius edged compatriot Tornqvist 11-9 and B 75 kept their title hopes alive. In the second final, Stamatouros again prevailed over Obeslo with 3-2 and a marginal score in the fifth set. In fact, the website of the Danish federation pointed out that the Piraeus international had an injury and took a medical time-out before the start of the fifth set.
In his second singles match, he was 3-1 down from Arvindsson, but he was not at 100%, with the Dane’s report noting that he “struggled with his injury, it was obvious that he could not move normally and often tried to to settle the balls quickly.”
In the same hall, the decisive third match took place on the 12th of the month, which gave new emotions to the fans. After a tough match, the opponents reached 4-4 again, where the Romanian Cirita and the Swede Barrius met for the second time, but this time in one set (golden set).
Chirita won 11-9 and Nestved celebrated the title. Earlier, Stamatouros was particularly effective as he got back into fit. At the beginning of the match he got past Arvindson 3-1 sets, and then achieved another victory against Obeslo, this time 3-0 sets.
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