Last weekend the entire STI Euroteam travelled to Phillipsburg/Germany to participate in the “Infinity Euro Open”.
And it was a great match with interesting stages and good match organization – as usual.
Approx. 400 shooters in total participated in the match. Most of the very best European shooters had come, making it a good indication of what might happen at the European Championship later this year in Serbia. Even a few top guns from the US and Canada had shown up as well (Chris Tilley, Mike Burrell, just to name a few).
The stages were challenging and interesting to shoot and despite HEAVY competition the STI Euroteam did very well indeed: At least 1 team member made it into the Top-5 in each category they participated in.
Open Division: Winner was Eric Grauffel (big surprise), with no. 2,3,4,5 and 6 all being with 3% of each other, so it was a very tight race indeed. STI Euroteam member Emile Obriot finished a strong 4th. place (ahead of Chris Tilley (USA) who was 5th.). Way to go, Emile! Saul Kirsch (the STI Euroteams team captain) finished 6th.
Lady Open had some very good shooters. Winner was Lorena Ballesteros (Spain) with STI Euroteams Irene Canetta on 2nd. place. Irene once again shot a very strong match with Swedens Marianne Schön close behind.
Standard: The division was crowded with the absolutely best European shooters, making it almost a mini European Championship. I’m happy to report that the STI Euroteam dominated standard division, by claiming 3 of the spots in top-5. To make things perfect, the winner of Infinity Euro Open was STI Euroteam member Juan Carlos Jaime from Spain, who shot a near perfect match with no mikes, fast times and high Alpha-percentage. Oliver Damm (Germany) finished 2nd., Julian Boit (France) was 3rd. STI Euroteams Gregory Midgley took 4th., and STI Euroteams Ralf K. Jensen finished 5th. STI Euroteams Fabrizio Pesce finished a respectable 13th. place (ahead of Czech top gun Roman Podlesak).
Attached a couple of pics from the match where you can see the team in action – including JC being drowned in champagne at the award ceremony!
Thanks to the organizers for a great match!