As every year on the Whitsun weekend, the Kranzling tournament in Haslach took place. 10 women’s and 20 men’s teams played exciting matches for the 500 points. In addition to Bundesliga as well as Landesliga teams, the Austrian junior national teams (2 teams U18w; 2 teams U18m; 2 U21m) also used the tournament as the conclusion of their annual Whitsun training camps.

Women’s competition:
After a very balanced preliminary round as well as exciting semi-finals, the U18 team “red” and the women of UFG Grieskirchen Pötting faced each other. After a clear first set for Grieskirchen, the U18 team fought its way back into the match. However, they had to admit defeat in the 2nd set. 500 points were added to the points account of UFG Grieskirchen. The women’s team from FBC Linz AG Urfahr also scored points. With a plus of 300 points they finish in third place, behind Sogipa – Sociedade Ginástica Porto Alegre and Sociedade Ginástica de Novo Hamburgo, in the World Tour Ranking.

Men’s competition:
The men’s competition also turned out to be a hot head-to-head race. In the final, the U21m national team 1 fought for victory against the team from Linz/Urfahr. The U21 team started very strong and won the first set clearly. The second set brought a turnaround and then went clearly to the Urfahraner. In the last and decisive set, the U21 team got back into the game and took a clear 6:3 lead. After a fightback by Urfahr and spectacular rallies by both teams, the U21 team came out on top and left the court as winners. The teams from Grieskirchen (4th place), Froschberg (8th place) and Enns (9th place) were able to secure World Tour points. Grieskirchen thus made the leap from 14th place into the Top10.