After the last year’s undeniably successful event of the RSM European Football Tournament held in Torino, the time has come for some more football competition, this time in the Netherlands. Like last year, RSM Poland entered two football teams into the tournament, one female and one male. Apart from participating in the competition, our contestants had an opportunity to walk down the beautiful streets and enjoy a barge cruise.
The following players defended our team colours: Ewa BILLIP, Dominika GAWROŃSKA, Natalia KOTOMSKA, Łucja PADRAK, Mariola PRZERWA, Natalia SKIBA and Marta STANOSZ. The girls performed very well, with two wins and a draw. They would have gone into the semi-final had they scored one more goal. Ultimately, they lost to the host team and players from the United Kingdom who came second in the tournament. Clearly, we see our female teams play better and more mature football as the years pass, and that is why we hope that next year our female colleagues will return home with medals.
The male team line-up included Arkadiusz BUDKIEWICZ, Marcin KAWKA, Łukasz ŁAKOMIEC, Rafał PAZDYKA, Hubert SKRUKWA, Piotr STASZKIEWICZ, Paweł SZMAŃKOWSKI, Przemek WOJCIECHOWSKI and Marcin ZIELIŃSKI. After last year’s success (silver medals won in Torino), the organiser of this year’s tournament assigned our players to the ‘group of death’, in which they faced, among others, the United Kingdom, France and the hosts.
W matches deciding on their qualification to the quarter-finals, the team did not perform as good as last year, with 0-1 and 1-2 defeats meaning they were knocked out at the group stage.
We had great fun. Like every year, we had a chance to get to know better our colleagues from other European branches, spending time together actively in the open air.