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A Memorable Game!

Vienna, Austria

May 23, 2005 -19:09 UTC (20:09 local time)

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In the second final play of the Austrian handball-league the young team of the Aon Fivers had to win against the experienced troop of A1 Bregenz for retaining a chance at the championsship title.

Although handball in Austria is by far not as popular as soccer or skiing, the sportshall of the Aon Fivers was bursting full on May, 23rd.

The spectators were not disappointed! The regular end of an extremely thrilling play brought the score 30:30. After the first extension (2x5 minutes) again we had a tie (34:34)!

At least at that time no one of the spectators was sitting on his place. All over the hall the people were standing - supporting their teams with shouting, clapping and making noise with all sorts of "instruments". The mood was singular!

Towards the end of this first extension I shot my pano - in the midst of the Aon Fivers fan club.

Only the second half of the second extension brought the final decision (44:38) and the championsship for A1 Bregenz.
Further informations about the two teams can be obtained at their websites:

Aon Fivers
A1 Bregenz

See also a (german) article in the newspaper "Wiener Zeitung" about that play.
Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 8mm, custom made pano head, 6+1 photos. Soundrecording with Edirol R1, custom made binaural microphones. Stitched with PTGUI and Panotools. QTVR: PanoCubePlus
Ein denkwürdiges Spiel!
Im zweiten Finalspiel der Österreichischen Handball Liga mußte das junge Team der Aon Fivers gegen die routinierte Truppe von A1 Bregenz unbedingt gewinnen um noch eine Chance auf den Meistertitel zu haben.

Obwohl Handball in Österreich bei weitem nicht so populär ist wie Fußball oder gar Skifahren war die Heimhalle der Aon Fivers am 23.5.2005 zum Bersten voll.

Das Publikum wurde nicht enttäuscht! Nach einem äußerst spannenden Spiel stand es nach Ende der regulären Spielzeit 30:30. Die erste Verlängerung (2x5 Minuten) brachte wieder einen Gleichstand (34:34)!

Spätestens ab diesem Zeitpunkt gab es keinen Zuschauer mehr, welchen es noch auf seinem Platz hielt. Stehend wurden die Mannschaften angefeuert. Die Stimmung in der Halle war einzigartig!

Gegen Ende dieser ersten Verlängerung entstand dann auch das Panorama - inmitten des Fanclubs der Aon Fivers.

Erst die zweite Hälfte der zweiten Verlängerung brachte dann die Entscheidung (44:38) und den Meistertitel für A1 Bregenz.
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
First I planned to use a tripod, but being in the crowd there was no chance for it. So the photos were shot holding the camera over my head (using ISO 1600 - which explains the high amount of noise). Sound was recorded with an Edirol R1 (you may see my "sound engineer" - my daughter Julia - in the pano).

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