|Selected questions from our interview with captain Pirjo Hästbacka:
Talk us through the selection process for your team.
The kick-off for the project was held in November 2012. After this all interested players were invited to the try-out practises. We had around 25 experienced players in total in the beginning at these practises. The coaches selected the 15 players' team in March.
How has your team's season gone so far? What tournaments have you played?
Well, Finland isn't exactly the best country to practise beach ultimate in the winter or spring. Thus we had most of our try-outs on grass, cause there was just no other option. After that we've had one training day at an beach indoor arena and one outdoors. We also participated in Berlin Ultimate Mitte, where we finished second. But with only half of our players present, though. Now that the weather has finally gotten warmer we'll be having a training weekend and weekly practises on the beach.
Which teams are you looking forward to playing against the most in Spain and why?
There's a lot of new countries in the women's division, so I'm excited to play against these new opponents. Also, it's always nice to challenge ourselves against the teams that are used to play more on the beach, like Spain and Italy.
Who do you think will be the big contenders for the title in your division?
GB is always one of the toughest teams in European women's ultimate and will likely finish high this year also. This year probably the Swiss, Russians and Italians will also be fighting for the top spots. I wouldn't be too scared about Germany, cause we have one of their recent years' best players (Sara Wickström) back playing with Finland this year :)|