SB5 2015 – CHALLENGER #8

In the last 4 seasons our next Challengers have proven beyond any doubt, they can go the full distance. As multiple EBRA tournament winners, their consistency in Europe has been 2nd to only 1 team. We know who they are, you know who they are, and most importantly, they know who they are…….together with new title sponsor, Tuinen Steppe, be upstanding for SB5 2015 Challenger #8, The TUINEN STEPPE MAGNETS.

Magnets SB5 2014

Since 2011 these Belgian sandmasters have been knocking at the door of European glory only to see French & European Champions, OVALE BEACH MARSEILLE, snatch it away by the slimest of margins. These original ‘Sons of the Beach’ are as skillful and determined as they come. Always ready to push their levels higher, over the last few seasons THE MAGNETS have seen many of their squad members graduate to both international status with the Belgium International 7s squad as well as top flight European club rugby with the likes of Stade Francais and USA Perpignan in France’s Top 14.

Semi-finalists once again in SB5 2014, the draw unfortunately pitted them against their arch rivals, the men from Marseille. In what would have been a match worthy of the final, under Lignano’s scorching afternoon sun, the MAGNETS were unable to sustain their first half pressure and ultimately OVALE took the honour in a hard fought victory. Not surprisingly the French went on to deservedly clinch both the 2014 SUPER BEACH 5’s title and the EBRA European Beach 5s Series Crown for the second year running.

SONs of the BEACHSpeaking this week with Sander Van Wassenhove, MAGNETS team manager, generous as ever, he said, ‘yeah, for the way they played in 2014, OVALE deserved it. What a perfect season it was for them.’

And so what about THE MAGNETS for 2015 ? Sander confirmed the squad is in top form and with new sponsors on board, he’s confident they are ready to deal with all challenges and challengers. “We’re delighted to welcome new team sponsor, Tuinen Steppe. You remember Mathieu Steppe,’ said Sander. “He played with us in the original MAGNETS line-up in 2011. He knows what it takes to put a team like ours on the road. So it’s amazing for us to now have his company’s backing and support.’

While it’s still a little early for final team sheets, Sander mentioned there’s also a strong possibility that two more of their original 2011 high flyers, Emiel Vermote & Jaco McLachlan, will make their return to action this summer.

Holy cow, it’s April……THE MAGNETS are on the horizion and sand temperatures outside the SB5 Beach Clubhouse are so hot you could fry an……eh, if only we had an……..C’MON !

Where else would you rather be ?…….That’s right, JUST BE THERE !


18-19 JULY 2015


Friuli Venezia Giulia, ITALY.


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