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DBBL and Beko BBL in Germany

What a weekend !!!

Now, that’s of course the way to start a post that will tell how magnificent it is to be a sports photographer and how traveling is the best thing since sliced bread and no-one else should attempt to do sports photography…. 😉

DBBL action from Germany
DBBL action from Germany

During the weekend I was lucky enough to get the chance to cover to basketball games in Germany. A Women’s DBBL game in Wasserburg with Tiina Sten and then Sunday a BEKO BBL game in Ludwigsburg with Shawn Huff, both who are Finnish International players for the senior national teams.

DBBL action from Germany
DBBL action from Germany

Two very different games, with Sten’s Wasserburg running clear winners over Rhein-Mein and in Ludwigsburg a late heart-break for Huff’s MHP Reisen as they lost to Phoenix Hagen, who made a strong come back in the second half of the game.

DBBL action from Germany
DBBL action from Germany

Photography-wise also very different approach to both games, with different things to look for in the action – and for myself the focus was mainly on the two Finnish players to get good pictures of them in action.

DBBL action from Germany
DBBL action from Germany

But as a photograph (who happens to enjoy covering basketball) I couldn’t help but take pictures of the whole game while there.

BEKO BBL action from Germany
BEKO BBL action from Germany

Also – for some reason while in Wasserburg, even I got interviewed, now I am used to doing the interviews from the otherside.. but someone interviewing me. That doesn’t happen too often – hope I made some sense with my answers.

BEKO BBL action from Germany
BEKO BBL action from Germany

Positive things to notice was that around 1000 fans had come to the Women’s game – a sport that doesn’t always get the limelight and amount of fans it deserves. Drums and all..  In Ludwigsburg – once again almost full house and great presentation of the event.. I have been to two games in Ludwigsburg and can’t wait to get to the third!

BEKO BBL action from Germany
BEKO BBL action from Germany

Travel-wise, some time spent on the Germans autobahn – bit of free-time photography in Wasserburg (beautiful little town) – delayed flight due to fog in Munich, so got to spend an extra night on the road as I missed my connecting flight to Birmingham.

BEKO BBL action from Germany
BEKO BBL action from Germany

Did also get to use skills from my old job of being a Chef, as I got to use the kitchen to cook a dinner for three Finns in Germany… makes a change to trying to find the nearest McD’s of KFC 😉

BEKO BBL action from Germany
BEKO BBL action from Germany

Big thank to Tiina Sten for everything over the first two days, and also to Shawn for coming to have a chat after the game! Looking forward to catching up with both either during this season or during the ‘Susi-summer 2015’

Few photos of the two games attached – to colour things up a little. The interviews will be put online LATE tonight!!

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Kataja Basket – EuroChallenge in Mons

Small re-cap of the past weeks EuroTravel to Belgium for first EuroChallenge game of 2014-2015 season.

Kataja fan and the cheerleaders
Kataja fan and the cheerleaders

For the last three season I’ve been lucky enough to cover Kataja Basket in EuroChallenge, and it has taken me to exciting places in Latvia, Cyprus, Turkey, Romania.. to name few. Since the ‘regionalisation’ of the competition the visits have been closer to home.. but games have been good (mostly).

Pete still knows how to handle the ball.
Pete still knows how to handle the ball.

So the first trip of this season took me to Mons in Belgium – where Kataja faced the Mons-Hainault team. Traveling to the game with the flu, wasn’t the greatest experience while driving Folkestone to overnight and then continue to Mons.

THREEE !!!
THREEE !!!

Game itself is something Kataja might quickly forget – only five players scoring and home team were comfortable winners in the end. But at least one Kataja fan took advantage of the local hospitality (see picture!!) – where as the team certainly know they can perform better.

Wiring images abroad can at times be challenging – despite all the help from the club, giving me THREE different passwords to THREE different networks.. none worked for me during the game. My mobile didn’t want to connect to internet and my Mi-Fi didn’t want to either. So it was lots of frustration as you battle against print dead-line on a timezone an hour ahead of 8.30pm tip-off.

From my own point of view – Mons seemed nice enough city and enjoyed the art installation that they were building there, also took in the sights of the funfair and ate fries&sauce while watching the locals enjoy late night out.

When photographer gets bored with the game
When photographer gets bored with the game

Second part of the ‘road-trip’ took me to Women’s Volleyball Champions League game… but more of that in my photo blog (so as to keep these pages just for basketball).

Next weekend – off to cover some BBL and DBBL in Germany!!