The 2015 Boccia European Continental Cup are currently underway in suburban Barcelona in Spain, with the first lines having finished in the team, BC3 pairs and BC4 pairs events. Great Britain, Slovakia, Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Belgium and Hungary have all put up wins in at least one of those three categories.
In the team event, Great Britain beat Russia 6 – 2, while Slovakia crushes Poland 13 – 1. The two remaining team event lines saw the Netherlands edge out Israel 7 – 4, while Portugal beat Ireland 7 – 2.
In the BC3 pairs event, four matches were played. The first saw Great Britain blank Germany 10 – 0. The second saw Portugal top Russia 7 – 2. Greece totally put away Ireland 16 – 0 in the third match. The last match in the first line saw Belgium win 7 – 1 against Denmark.
In the first line of the BC4 pairs event, another four matches were played. Host Spain went down 0 – 8 to Great Britain. Hungary had a close call in their match against Slovenia, winning 5 – 3. The third match saw Slovakia defeat Croatia 7 – 3. In the last match, Greece destroyed Azerbaijan 14 – 0.
The Boccia European Continental Cup is an important event on the global Paralympic program as it serves as a warmup event for 2016 Paralympic Games qualifying season, and gives competitor additional international experience ahead of the July 2015 BISFed Boccia European Championships, in Surrey, United Kingdom.