Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974
West German Domestic Series

Presenters:
Hartmut Brühl
Erhard Keller

Referees:
Hermann-Josef Bremen
Egon Bröse

Designer:
Willi Steinberg

Producer:
Marita Theile

Director:
Günther Hassert

An ARD-WDR Production
 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 1

Event Staged: Sunday 7th April 1974
Venue: Platz Pfalzbau (Pfalzbau Square), Ludwigshafen am Rhein,
Rheinland-Pfalz, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Sunday 7th April 1974, 3.15-4.30pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Ludwigshafen am Rhein v. Singen

Team Members included:
Singen -
Brigina Densel, Erhard Fischer, Frank Fischer, Thomas Fulmarr, Heinz Gerstner, Peter Muehler, Erved Ruiz, Peter Strümeyer, Waltreise Wergens.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 S • Singen
 L Ludwigshafen am Rhein

14
10

Singen qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Barga, Italy:
staged on Wednesday 10th July 1974

Additional Information

As with last year, the winner of each Domestic Heat was not assigned to the same numbered International Heat. However, the winning margin of each heat was the deciding factor in this year’s competition and was split into two distinct halves. The team that had had the closest finish in the first three heats was assigned to International Heat 1, and the one with the biggest winning margin was assigned to International Heat 3. This was the reverse for the other three winners, with the team with the biggest margin being assigned to International Heat 4 (the 1st of the second set of three heats) and the one with closest margin being assigned to International Heat 6 (the 3rd of the second set of three heats). The final qualifier was the losing team that had scored the highest number of points against their competition.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 2

Event Staged: Sunday 14th April 1974
Venue: Burg Bentheim (Bentheim Castle), Bad Bentheim
Niedersachsen, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Sunday 14th April 1974, 3.15-4.30pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Bad Bentheim v. Porta Westfalica

Team Members included:
Bad Bentheim -
Gerhard Hendricks, Orta Hilner and Gerhard Mückenheim.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 B • Bad Bentheim
 W Porta Westfalica

12
10

Bad Bentheim qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Zandvoort, Netherlands:
staged on Wednesday 12th June 1974

Made in Colour • This programme exists in German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 3

Event Staged: Sunday 21st April 1974
Venue: Städtische Stadion (Municipal Stadium), Rheinhausen,
Nordrhein-Westfalen, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Sunday 21st April 1974, 3.10-4.25pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Rheinhausen v. Rosenheim

Theme: Im Kinderland (In a Children’s World)

Team Members included:
Rosenheim -
Richard Horner (Team Trainer), Reinhard Gellart, Kristof Kopf, Peter Rochof, Peter Wiesner.

Games included: Baby and Pram, Monkey Catch, The Climbing Frame.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 RO • Rosenheim
 RH Rheinhausen

12
11

Rosenheim qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Bouillon, Belgium:
staged on Tuesday 28th May 1974

Additional Information

The town of Rosenheim first applied to WDR to participate in the programme in 1972, but it was not until the end of 1973 that it received confirmation that it would be in the 1974 series. The local council were somewhat disappointed when it was told that Rosenheim had not been considered as the venue for the Domestic heat and that the team would have to travel to Rheinhausen.

Local councillor and leisure manager Richard Horner oversaw the training and selection process of the twelve participants - ten male and two female.

Made in Colour • This programme exists in German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 4

Event Staged: Saturday 27th April 1974
Venue: Stefansplatz (Stephen’s Square), Wasseralfingen,
Baden-Württemberg, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Saturday 27th April 1974, 7.15-8.45pm
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Theme: Walt Disney

Teams: Groß-Gerau v. Wasseralfingen

Games included: Pluto's Bones.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 W • Wasseralfingen
 G Groß-Gerau

14
10

Wasseralfingen qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Aix-les-Bains, France:
staged on Wednesday 7th August 1974

The Venue

Stefansplatz (Stephen's Square), Wasseralfingen

On 21st June 1975, just over a year after this competition, the town of Wasseralfingen was merged with the city of Aalen. With the initial name of Aalen-Wasseralfingen, the area of the new city had increased by a third. However by 1st July 1975, the new city was renamed to Aalen, and Wasseralfingen no longer existed under its own identity.

Additional Information

This Domestic heat was the only one this year that was not held and transmitted live on a Sunday afternoon. Instead, it was held and recorded on a Saturday afternoon, with its broadcast being delayed until the evening of the same day.

The original broadcast ended abruptly after 75 minutes - while the final game was in progress - at which point a continuity announcer advised that the broadcast had come to an end and that the next edition would be coming from Kempten the following week. Prior to the final game, the scoreboard revealed that Wasseralfingen were leading by 14pts to 8. Wasseralfingen finished their heat of the game in 1 minute 43 seconds, a time which Groß-Gerau were beating comfortably in their heat when the transmission ended. It seems likely that they must have won this game, bringing the final score to 14-10, which is reflected in our mocked-up final scoreboard shown above. As the.surviving recording was taken from transmission it is therefore also incomplete.

Made in Colour • This programme exists incomplete in German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 5

Event Staged: Sunday 5th May 1974
Venue: Marktplatz (Market Square), Kempten im Allgäu, Bayern, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Sunday 5th May 1974, 3.15-4.30pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Bayreuth v. Kempten im Allgäu

Team Members included:
Bayreuth -
Anton Engelbrecht, Karin Engelbrecht, Emgard Fücher, Karen Schrüdel and Peter Zeitler
Kempten im Allgäu - Robin Anschleißen, Peter Holsberger, Reuber Krepen, Angilica Spartel and Helmut Vachter.

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 B • Bayreuth
 K • Kempten im Allgäu

12
12

Bayreuth qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Bayreuth, West Germany:
staged on Wednesday 4th September 1974
Kempten im Allgäu
qualified as the highest scoring losing team for
Jeux Sans Frontières
at Northampton, Great Britain:
staged on Wednesday 21st August 1974

Additional Information

For only the second time in eight years, a West German Domestic Heat ended in a draw. A reserve game - a tug of war to be contested over three heats - was played with Bayreuth emerging the victors by 2-0. The game was played purely to decide a winner and the official result remained at 12-12, with the scoreboard remaining unchanged.

From 1974, the West German Domestic series ran in tandem with Great Britain's It’s A Knockout series, whereby the losing team with the highest points qualified for the International series. However, unlike its British counterpart, this team did not necessarily participate in the West German International Heat.

The first losing team with highest points were Kempten im Allgäu, beaten by Bayreuth in this heat. After the result of Heat 6 was confirmed, Kempten im Allgäu were assigned to participate at the British International Heat in Northampton and competed against the British team with the same status, whilst Bayreuth were awarded a place at the West German International Heat scheduled to be held in Bayreuth itself. If this heat had ended with the result reversed, then Bayreuth would have found themselves playing in Great Britain, whilst the West German home crowd would have had to watch national rivals Kempten im Allgäu!

Made in Colour • This programme exists in German archives

 

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Spiel Ohne Grenzen 1974

Heat 6

Event Staged: Sunday 19th May 1974
Venue: Sportplatz Zittelstadt (Zittelstadt Sports Arena),
Bad Urach, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany

Transmission:
ARD-WDR (D):
Sunday 19th May 1974, 3.15-4.30pm (Live)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Teams: Bad Urach v. Weil am Rhein

Game Results and Standings

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd

 U • Bad Urach
 W Weil am Rhein

14
8

Bad Urach qualified for Jeux Sans Frontières at Avenches, Switzerland:
staged on Wednesday 24th July 1974

Additional Information

This heat was held in the Zittelstadt Sports Arena in Bad Urach, which is located in the south-western arm of the town. The Arena is home to TSV Urach 1847 e.V. (Turn und Sportverein Urach), the local Gymnastics and Sports Club Association. As its name suggests, it was established in 1847 primarily to promote sport in the community. These sports include table tennis, handball, cycling, basketball, mountaineering, hiking and even skiing. In addition to these, local residents are able to attend fitness classes and athletics events.

The town of Weil am Rhein although located in West Germany, is actually a suburb of the Swiss city of Basel!

Made in Colour • This programme exists in German archives

 

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