Over50s EVRA2017/18 – IV European Festival, Siedlce (Poland), september 14th – 18th 2017
To all EVRA Team players
After 2013 (Esztergom, Hungary) and 2015 (Farnham, England) EVRA put together one international team for European Festival , this time OVER 50s.
The players that responded the invitation of the Team Manager Marko Protega (GER) and the Coach Guy Quaranta (FRA) and came to Poland were:
Elio De Anna, Rosario Biunno, Fortunato Oteri – Lucky, Renato Dalla Ragione, Fabio Dalla Corte, Nicola Da Rold, Maurizio Callegari, Alzetta Pierangelo (all Italy)
Attila Kovacs, Jozsef Herzceg, Balla Michally, Egon Borics, Laszlo Sazbo, Tibor Ban
Denis Velickovic, Goran Trkulja, Nenad Semenov (all Croatia)
Zoran Maslic (Bosnia & Hercegovina)
Thierry Dias (France)
José Redondo (Portugal)
The Team Captain (after 2013 Tihomir Vranesevic, CRO) was Rosario Biunno (ITA) again, after 2015 Festival in England.
In spite of the last minute cancellations (of the reason of vis mayor) of Tihomir Vranesevic (CRO), Antonio Maria De Grandis (ITA), Dragomir Puric (SWE – BiH),
Ilija Krizic (GER – BiH), Antun Stanesic (CRO) we were able to field the Team that played as follows:
- Goran Trkulja – Krba
- Nenad Semenov
- Zoran Maslic, Balla Mihally
- Fortunato Oteri – Lucky, Laszlo Szabo
- Denis Velickovic – Kirbi
- Elio De Anna
- Thiery Dias
- Rosario Biunno
- Jozsef Herczeg
- Fabio Dalla Corte
- Tibor Ban, José Redondo, Alzetta Pierangelo
- Attilla Kovacs,
- Egon Borics, Renato Dalla Ragione
- Nicola Da Rold, Maurizio Callegari
- Lastlo Szabo, Fortunato Oteri
Oposition teams were:
Polish Old Boys Over 50s – two matches 15.IX 5:5 and 17.IX 0:0
Festival Europe Team Over 50s – one game 15.IX 5:0
EVRA delegated Andrew Stevens (Netherlands) for the refereeing the Festival games and the Organisers accepted him as the part of “Referees panel”
Andrew whsitled one EVRA game and five other games, each of two playing days.
At the Festival Gala Dinner following prizes had been awarded to the members of EVRA delegation:
EVRA Association – Festival plague, Plague “Rugby-Friendship.Fun” from ORB Odessa Veterans from Ukraine
EVRA Select XV Team Over 50s – Festival plague
Elio De Anna – “Master of Rugby” sculpture
Andrew Stevens – Prize as “The best Festival referee”
Marko Protega – Silver badge of Polish Rugby Union with Honour Membreship, (Member Nr. 427)
The plan for 2018 is to take part with EVRA Select Team at 25th Anniversary Tournament in Auterive (France) on May 19th.
Conditions of EVRA participation had been given to Guy Qaranta, Team Manager of Les Lougauros Veterans (from Auterive).
The conditions are: EVRA players will bear flight/travel costs to Auterive and back,
Les Lougarous Auterive to bear three overnight stays (Hotel B/B) May 18th – 20th for 22 persons (players & officials).
EVRA will need the response by the end of this year to be able to organize the Team for France.
Marko Protega, Team Manager
E V R A Secretary
Heidelberg, September 22nd 2017