Back in Stavanger again, and another year with only men playing. If you want to see the Norwegian players, you have to go back in this blog.
It seems that people were interested in my images from the finals, since I reached a record number of visits, ever! 2015! No, I don’t mean the year, but number of visits. Therefore, I went through the images once more and found that I could show some more. I hope you will enjoy them as well. I also would appreciate very much comments (see below the images). So here we go…
Since this site is now concentrating on the beach volleyball tournaments in Stavanger throughout the years, we needed to stress the fact that todays post does not belong to that series. Yesterday I visited the finals of the Norwegian National Championships and tried to get some usable images with gear that is really not for sports. The event was the best ever, and we witnessed two matches of very high standards. The women match was played between Stod (in blue jerseys) and Oslo Volley (in red shirts). On the background of their fine results in the European Cups, Stod was the distinct favourite for their second cup. However, the team from Oslo showed a fighting spirit that we have not seen before, and won the match 3-1.
The two teams in the mens class were last years winners, BK Tromsø, and Nyborg from Bergen. Nyborg (in red shirts) had recently beaten their opponents 3-2 in the league, and would have to be called the favourites, with a very small margin only. And they lived up to it, and won in three sets under the direction of their legendary coach, Ivar Bakken.
This is the last imagepost from the first tournament in Stavanger. The event was a great success, which meant it would not be the last one. I did not know then that I would be the organisers photographer for eleven more years! The podium was occupied by Brazil. Emanuel/Loiola beat Para/Guilherme in the final, and Ze Marco/Ricardo tok the bronze medal ahead of the Laciga brothers from Switzerland. The best Norwegian were Kvalheim/Maaseide and Kjemperud/Høidalen on 9th place. I have already put out images of Norwegian players through all the years, you will find them here.
If you wonder why I only show male players, it was because the first year of these tournaments only were open to men. I guess the organisers did not want to start with the full package the first time. The weather was, as you can see, good, and the tournament was a great success from the beginning.
As you can see, I have not identified all the players. If you can halp me with that, I would be very grateful. Please write missing names in the comments.