|Selected questions from our interview with captain Mikołaj (Nick) Smogór:
Talk us through the selection process for your team.
We were supposed to have tryouts in the middle of March, but instead of sand there was a rock solid still frozen snow pulp. Fortunately I had have already chosen vast majority of the team and was only unsure about 2 or 3 people. Having no other option but to rely on my personal experience with mentioned guys I decided to choose the ones I had best times during parties, having in mind that team atmosphere is of the utmost importance.
How has your team's season gone so far? What tournaments have you played?
10 people from our team live in Warsaw and 7 of them play for the same club team. Needless to say we practice together on a daily basis. For people outside of Warsaw we decided to organise a weekend long training camp in our city followed by a Goldstrand tournament next weekend, which we won. Half of the team was also playing in Bibione, but I wouldn't call it a real practice as no one was even close to sobering up throughout the event.
Which teams are you looking forward to playing against the most in Spain and why?
It's really hard to say as I enjoyed most of the games at WCBU and can't wait to replay them. I guess that one of the most anticipated games has to be against Ireland as they seem to be favorites for winning the title, but 2 years ago we actually managed to beat them. Who knows, maybe it will be the first upset of ECBU?
I would also love to meet Portugal somewhere on our way to final as (at least in my opinion) they are the most spirited team and playing against them is always a pleasure.
Who do you think will be the big contenders for the title in your division?
Ireland because they have trained hard this year and being 3rd at Paga speaks for itself. Depending on how well they can play with girls, Swedes might be very strong as well.
What are you looking forward to most about ECBU 2013 in general?
Air conditioning (looking at you WCBU). Jokes aside, I really hope that it won't be as hot as at WCBU, because it made watching other teams play a dreadful experience and we missed so many great games just because we were afraid of sun-stroke. Apart from that I just can't forget the one night at Worlds when that Portuguese (?) guy played on guitar and someone joined him on a harmonica and the whole beach bar just went wild becoming a sweaty, smelly dancing madness, but no one gave a single damn about the rather unpleasant conditions and just danced till the last sound faded away. I hope a night or two just like that will happen at ECBU.|