A report from David baxter of the BPA:
Held in Grenoble, France 2-6 October 2002
38th Championnat du Monde
For the record, France are world champions again, Morocco 2nd, Thailand 3rd and Madagascar 4th.
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Compared with the two previous years this was a very well organised championships set in the Palais des Sports which is basically a velodrome. Consequently there was excellent lines of sight but at a distance so there was always a good view if you had remembered to take your binoculars, which for once I had! The entry was very tightly controlled so you could only get to your allocated stand which meant it was very difficult to give proper support to your team. I much preferred the intimacy of the previous two years when you could follow your team from terrain to terrain.
Were the semifinals with Morocco only just getting through against Madagascar, 13-11 and in the most exciting game of all France by the skin of their teeth 13-12 against Thailand. By contrast the final was a one sided affair over in only 5 ends. Awesome play by France throwing 18 perfect boule to score 4, 5 and 5 over the final three ends delighted the home crowd but deprived us neutrals of much spectacle!
There were good opportunities for doing lunch which enabled me to phone through the results to the Bouletin. My 'schadenfreude moment' was the expression of absolute glumness on the face of the French Coach when Thailand came up with a 5 to go from 6-7 to 11-7 in the semifinal.
Great Britain 2002 Dave Chalkly, Michel Hourcatagnou, Mathew Horrigan, Barry Wing
Great Britain team 2002
The GB team who were aiming for a top 16 spot were a little disappointed to finish just outside that in 17th place.
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