End clap for the hens of National 1! Annecy and Gonfreville are the two teams that have shone with prestigious successes against Bordeaux (31-27) and Pau (29-35).
Like the whole season, the last day of National 1 elite was not without twists and turns. The leader Bordeaux was defeated in Annecy, in a game without stake, Frontignan was badly damaged at home by the Elite Val d’Oise and Gonfreville achieved a superb feat in Pau, which lost its 5th place in favor of of Saints. In the other matches, Mulhouse and Cournon shared the points while Paris and Saintes made short work of the two relegated Dreux-Vernouillet and Poitiers.
Annecy ends with a great victory
In front of a full house, the players ofAnnecy were able to close their season in the best possible way by overcoming the leader Bordeaux. The men of future Nice coach Raphaël Planchet led throughout the meeting, with a Ludovic Le Goff very present in his cage, and Vinatier, Mayayo and Scotto effective in attack (6 goals each). A full game in short (31-27). A defeat however without impact on the classification, Annecy consolidating its 4th place and the BBL remaining first. While waiting to play the final of the championship against the best team of the other hens.
It was recalled during the feat at Saintes in Béarn, the trips to Pau Nousty are among the most complicated, but Gonfreville to perfectly manage his meeting. A week after their almost surprise defeat against Mulhouse, the Normans had a perfect match, achieving a huge boost in the second half (16-19, 30′; 18-28, 40′). Perfectly avoiding the proposed defensive duel, and with Pierre Fitte Duval (10/14) and Mathieu Diaz (8/11) still prolific against the cage, Ibrahima Diallo’s men largely won away from home (29-35). A result that lost Pau its 5th place, but did not advance Gonfreville in the standings, which remained 9th.
Tied at 3 in the soft belly
Ninth, behind theElite Val d’Oisewho came within a whisker of a feat at Frontignan. For the last one at the Halle Ferrari, the captain Pedro Alves Delgado was making a comeback and was efficient with 6 goals, like his partners at the back base Ayhan Alexander and Lucas Pelegrin. But opposite, the strong men were also there with Simon Lavialle (8 goals), Mehdi Alaoui in pivot and Fabien Segarel (6 goals each). The mano a mano continues throughout the match, and it is Safwann Khoudar’s men who are in front with less than 5 minutes from the end (33-34, 55′). But thanks to two well-received saves by Kévin Mesnard, and an attack that does not tremble, it is indeed the future residents of Proligue who impose themselves (36-35).
Also at 43 points, alongside Gonfreville and Elite Val d’Oise, it is the Alsatians of Mulhouse-Rixheim who do the best and finish 7th in a tie at 3. Mehdi Ighirri’s men have indeed carried out the right operation by sharing the points with Cournon d’Auvergne. In a hotly contested match, where the Auvergats lead in the first half, with a Max Bouquet still just as dangerous (10/12), the locals will regain the lead, just a little. The Alsatian executives are solid but rarely count more than 1 but in advance. In front, Enzo Pelissier is once again very good in his cage (16 saves) and helps his people to stay in contact. But while the partners of Thomas Thuet (7/11) thought they had done the hardest part, Mario Rego (8/11), not kept next season, plant 3 goals in the last two minutes to hang up the draw (38-38).
Paris and Saintes make no quarters
Finally, in a match of extremes, the young people of Paris Saint Germain only took a bite out of Dreux-Vernouillet. Folded from the break, the match was an opportunity for Thierry Perreux to make a broad review of the squad for the last of the season, and to allow all his players to shine (41-29). Similar scenario for Saints on the side of Poitiers, who quickly stifled the Griffons (4-12, 18′). All the Saintais players were also able to score there, while opposite it is Thomas Bardon who released his best performance of the season with 9 goals (25-34).
At the end of this last day of the hens of National 1, there remains one last challenge: the title of French champion of National 1. For this, Bordeaux will first have to wait to see the result of the tournament between the first 4 of the others poules, which will take place with the “best first”, either at Lancaster, big winner of pool 2. The Morbihannais will cross swords with Hazebrouck, Belfort and Martigues. The winner will face the BBL for the championship final.
Find the result of this last day and the final ranking of the N1 elite on the Results space!