Bologna Invite 2019: Day 1 Pools Status

Check out the action from Day 1 in Bologna!

Game results from Day 1

Day one has just wrapped at the Bologna Invite with hosts of senior and U24 national teams preparing for their big championships in July. In both divisions: pool winners go straight to finals, the second place of each pool cross over for the third place game, etc. There are still some rounds left in pool play, but here is the status of each pool after day one.


Pool A

RankTeamWinsTeams Yet to Play
1Italy3Germany U24
2Great Britain3None
3Poland1Switzerland U24
4Germany U241Italy
5Switzerland U240Poland

Italy has already wrapped up the pool by defeating Great Britain in the final round of play today 10-6. Even if they lose to Germany U24 they will have the head to head victory over Great Britain and stay at the top of the pool. Great Britain is locked in at the second place of the pool meaning they will go through to the third place game tomorrow against whomever comes second in Pool B.

Pool B

RankTeamWinsTeams Yet to Play
1Italy U243Switzerland
2Czech Republic2Austria
3France2Great Britain U24
4Switzerland2Italy U24
5Austria2Czech Republic
6Great Britain U241France

Pool B is a hot mess right now because of Italy U24’s loss to Austria in the final round. Anything can still happen depending on the final round. If Italy U24 beat Switzerland then they are guaranteed to go through to the finals since they will be the only team with four wins in the pool. However, if Italy U24 lose that game then there could be up to four teams with three wins in the pool and it will come down to the record between those teams1 to see who advances to the final against Italy. The Czech Republic is in a good position to get in the top two since they have wins against Switzerland and France already, but any of those teams can still mathematically make the top two positions depending on how the last round shakes out.


Pool A

RankTeamWinsTeams Yet to Play
1Italy U244Austria, Germany U24
T2Great Britain 13Austria, France
T2France3Slovakia, Great Britain
4Germany U242Italy U24
5Austria2Italy U24, Great Britain
7Slovakia0France, Switzerland

Italy U24 shook things up by coming back from a 2-5 deficit to beat Great Britain 1 on double game point. They are undefeated, though the Swiss did give them a fight in another double game point thriller. The still have to face the German U24 and Austrian sides, but right now they are definitely the favorites to win this pool.

The battle for second place is being lead by the French and Great Britain 1. If they both win their first games tomorrow morning then the game between them will determine who gets second place in the pool. Great Britain has a slightly better point differential against the top opponents, but the French have been playing pretty well this weekend and have a slightly bigger roster.

The Austrians are not mathematically out of the running yet but they will need wins over Great Britain and Italy U24 to make their way to the top of the table.2

Pool B

RankTeamWinsTeams Yet to Play
1Germany4Denmark, Italy
2Italy3Ireland, Germany
3Denmark2Germany, GB2
4Ireland2Italy, Czech Republic
5Great Britain 22Switzerland U24, Denmark
6Switzerland U241Great Britain 2
7Czech Republic1Ireland

Germany is still undefeated in Pool B. They almost lost to Great Britain 2 but managed to edge out a win after some confusion with the cap rule. Theoretically Italy, Ireland and Great Britain 2 could still win their pools if Germany lose to Denmark tomorrow, but if Germany win that game then they are through to the final. Denmark is out of the running for first place because if they win their last two games, they need Germany to lose to Italy to have the same number of wins as Italy and Germany. However, in that case, Italy will already have wins against both Germany and Denmark so they would progress to the finals.

The race for second place is still almost anyone’s game aside from Switzerland U24 and the Czech Republic who each only have one win and will only have one more pool game tomorrow.


  1. And then point differential between those teams if the record is tied 

  2. They also need Great Britain to defeat France for this to work 

  1. Ravi Vasudevan

    Ravi Vasudevan has served as Ultiworld's European editor and a host of the podcast EuroZone. Emails about EuroZone should go to [email protected]. Ravi played for WPI in the US until 2008. He has been living and playing in Europe since 2009 and has competed at WUGC 2012, WUCC 2014 and WUCC 2018.

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