07 Dec 2017

There is an air of optimism surrounding the Roskilde Bordtennis BTK61 camp after the Danish side ensured its participation in European competition would be extended beyond the new year.

by Simon Daish

Victory over G.V Hennebont on match day five of the 2017-2018 Men’s Champions League group stage campaign means that Roskilde will secure a top three finish in Group D.

Roskilde remains in with a shout of finishing in the top two positions in the group and will at the very least be guaranteed a spot in the last eight of the ETTU Cup, a feat which the team manager Allan Bentsen feels very pleased about.

“We are quite happy after our win in Hennebont. We had as a goal from the start to go for a lot of good matches and have a lot of fun. Now we are sure to play quarter-finals in either the ETTU Cup or the Champions League.” Allan Bentsen.

Despite somewhat of a difficult start to the match in France it was very much a night of celebration for the Danish outfit with Michael Maze, Zhai Yujia and Laurens Tromer all registering victories against Hennebont.

“The match in France was good. We were a bit sad after the first two matches. We had played two good matches, but the score was 0-2. After that we continued to play well and the luck and small margins were on our side. Again, all three of our players performed well and won one match each.” Allan Bentsen.

Awaiting Roskilde in the final round of group stage fixtures is a tricky encounter with Borussia Düsseldorf.

The previous encounter between the two sides went in the German club’s favour by a narrow 3-2 margin. Timo Boll wasn’t on duty for Düsseldorf in that meeting but Roskilde’s Allan Bentsen is hoping to see the German star make an appearance in the return match in Denmark.

“We look forward to welcoming Düsseldorf in the last round. We play for first place in the group with a win, but if we lose it can be third place. We are very happy and will take what comes. We hope to see Timo (Boll) in Roskilde on 21st December.” Allan Bentsen.

Source: ETTU

2017-2018 ETTU Champions League Michael Maze Zhai Yujia Laurens Tromer Allan Bentsen