Entente-Saint-Pierraise is at a crossroads: From Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29, 2022, it competes in Bourges for the Pro B participation playoffs.
Dominating your National 1 group doesn’t mean getting tickets to the top division, Pro B. Still, you have to negotiate successfully in the playoffs against talented teams. This is the challenge Entente-Saint-Pierraise faces against Montpellier, Bruille and Nice. “Everyone is racing and getting to the top three places. Only one person will remain on the mat. Except for Montpellier, at the top of the lot, the other two are on our level. Anything is possible, you will have to endure the pressure, you will have to endure physically”says President Patrick Parmentier.
Already a decisive match against Bruille
The first game against Bruille on Friday already promises to be decisive. Northerners compose with the Cotton brothers, Adrien (nº352) and Flavien (nº418), two French hopefuls, Benjamin Rogiers (nº145), Alin Spelbus (nº143). On paper, they are the most vulnerable team. “We shouldn’t miss it, undoubtedly the climbing match.” With four players in the French Top 100, including Jérémy Petiot (nº71), Nice looks harder to manoeuvre. The Normans will finish on Sunday with players like Alexis Lebrun (nº45), world No.1 in the U19s, Victor Brodd (nº44) and Michel Martinez (nº 91) against Montpellier, a formation no one thought to drop.
On the side of Saint-Pierrais? Thiego Monteiro will be in charge, he was hired for this at the start of the season. Again, number 26 will be decisive, just like Gaston Alto’s (nº19) performance. But young people will also have a say. Especially Thibault Poret (#137). The finalist of the French junior championship lost to Felix Lebrun (nº66), but the champion of France in doubles chained his performances against 37 and 40 of the French standings at the last Lille Open. Which prompts the president to say: “Right now he is perhaps the strongest, best of our four players. » Martin Baechler (#267) will have to reveal all the stops to race. His role will be crucial in doubles with his accomplice Thibault Poret. The team will be coached by Malin Plotuna.
“If we don’t go upstairs…”
President Patrick Parmentier does not dare to think of the defeat that will leave his team behind. “This rise in Pro B is what we’ve been preparing for for our youth for four years. We brought quality players to accompany them throughout the seasons: Le Breton (#60)EndorEsecky (#31), then Monteiro and Alto. If we don’t go up, we probably won’t be able to go any further…”