Jeux Sans Frontičres 1997

Entrants 1997: Switzerland (CH) • France (F) • Greece (GR) • Hungary (H)
Italy (I) • Netherlands (NL) • Portugal (P) • Slovenia (SLO)

Presenters of International Heats / Commentators:
Caterina Ruggeri (TSI - CH)
Olivier Minne and Jean Riffel (FRANCE 2 - F)
Dafne Bokota and Kostas Sgontzos (ERT-ET1 - GR)
Maria Borbas and Gábor Gundel Takács (MTV - H)
Maria Teresa Ruta (RAI UNO - I)
Jack Van Gelder (TROS - NL)
Ana do Carmo (and Eládio Clímaco, Final only) (RTP - P)
Eva Longyka (RTVSLO - SLO)

International Referee: Denis Pettiaux

National Referees:
Beertje van Beers (NL)

Games Designers:
Gianmaria Verda (CH)
Yann Goazampis (F)
Sophia Spyratou (GR)
Attila Apró (H)
Armando Nobili (I)
Speer Stok (NL)
Matjaž Pavlovec (SLO)
Denis Pettiaux

Produced by TSI (CH), FRANCE 2 (F), ERT-ET1 (GR), MTV (H),
RAI UNO (I), TROS (NL), RTP (P), RTVSLO (SLO)

 

Key:
International Heats
 
l = Qualified for International Final / l = Heat Winner (Silver Trophy)
International Final
l = Gold Trophy   l = Silver Trophy   l = Bronze Trophy

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Heat 1

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Maria Borbas (H)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 27th June 1997, 8.10-9.45pm (1st)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 27th June 1997, 8.30-10.05pm (1st)
RTP (P):
Friday 4th July 1997, 10.20pm-12.10am (1st)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 5th July 1997 (1st)
France 2 (F):
Monday 14th July 1997, 8.55-10.40pm (3rd)
TROS (NL): Thursday 13th November 1997, 7.10-8.19pm (1st)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Vedeggio (CH) v. Lyon (F) v. Tinos (GR) v. Gyöngyös (H) v.
Castel Goffredo (I) v. Maarssen (NL) v. Aveiro (P) v. Lasko (SLO)

Team Members included:
Maarssen (NL) - Gaby van der Bijl, Ben Verkroost, Saskia de Vries, Henk Verschuur, Erik Broeke, Marijke de Jong, Erik Akeboom, Anneriek de Jong.

Games: The Steam Rollers, The Frogs and the Flies, The Clowns and the Globes, The Astronauts’ Flags, Romeos and Juliet, Harvesting the Grapes, The Ghostbusters, The Water Mill, The Towers of Glasses, Pirates to the Rescue;

Jokers: Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

12 7 6 6 5 1 6 6 2 14
F 2 2 1 5 6 4 2 4 4 6
GR 8 1 3 3 4 2 4 3 1 2
H 8 6 7 8 8 8 8 16 8 16

I

1 5 2 14 1 6 5 7 5 8
NL 3 6 4 1 3 5 7 1 6 4

P

5 8 5 4 8 8 1 4 3 12

SLO

7 16 8 2 2 3 3 5 8 10
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

12 19 25 31 36 37 43 49 51 65
F 2 4 5 10 16 20 22 26 30 36
GR 8 9 12 15 19 21 25 28 29 31
H 8 14 21 29 36 43 51 67 75 91

I

1 6 8 22 23 29 34 41 46 54
NL 3 9 13 14 17 22 29 30 36 40

P

5 13 18 22 30 38 39 43 46 58

SLO

7 23 31 33 35 38 41 46 54 64

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th
7th
8th

 H • Gyöngyös l l
 CH • Vedeggio
 SLO • Lasko
 P • Aveiro
 I • Castel Goffredo
 NL • Maarssen
 F • Lyon
 GR • Tinos

91
65
64
58
54
40
36
31

The Games in Detail

Game 5 - Romeos and Juliet

The fifth game - 'Romeos and Juliet' - was a standard game which was used throughout the 1997 International Heats (but not in the International Final). It was based on the famous play by English playwright William Shakespeare. Two men (both playing Romeo) had to place a beam over a pit and cross it, after which they had to retrieve sections of flower stem. The idea was to build a flower which would reach up to the height of the raised balcony on which a female team member (playing Juliet) was standing. However, the pieces were of different lengths and it was not possible for the competitor to see beforehand whether the piece he was choosing was long or short. For every country, there was an equal number of long and short pieces and the players needed luck on their side to select the longer pieces quickly. When the flower was tall enough and the girl on the balcony was able to grab the top section of flower and place it in a pot, a mechanism was triggered which allowed a rope ladder to fall. The game finished when one of the men climbed it.


Game 10 - Pirates to the Rescue

The tenth and final game - 'Pirates to the Rescue' - was the other standard game that was used throughout the 1997 series (but again did not feature in the International Final). When the game started, cannons were fired and two competitors had to swim across a swimming pool and climb on a pirate ship via its netting. On the ship, a girl was tied to a pole and had to be released. When she had been released, all three competitors had to swim to the starting point to finish the game.

Additional Information

The Hungarian team Gyöngyös won this heat in fine style, beating their nearest rivals by a whopping 26 points. Their score, a hugely impressive 91 out of 96, meant that they dropped just five points all evening and accrued 94.79% of the points available to them. Quite remarkable!

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Heat 2

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Caterina Ruggeri (CH)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 4th July 1997, 8.30-10.05pm (2nd)
France 2 (F):
Monday 7th July 1997, 8.55-10.40pm (2nd)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 11th July 1997, 8.05-10.00pm (2nd)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 12th July 1997 (2nd)
RTP (P):
Saturday 12th July 1997, 10.35pm-12.20am (2nd)
TROS (NL):
Thursday 20th November 1997, 7.10-8.21pm (2nd)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Chiasso (CH) v. Troyes (F) v. Katastari-Zakynthos (GR) v. Pápa (H) v.
Otranto (I) v. Almere (NL) v. Amadora (P) v. Bovec (SLO)

Team Members included:
Almere (NL) - Suzanne Augustijn, Ruud Brants, Danielle Brockhoff, Christie Brouwer, Jaques Epping, Marian Epping, Patrick Matthiessen, Jan van Zandvoort.

Games: Feeding the Babies, The Cradle Swings, Walking the Cylinder, The Descending Platform, Romeos and Juliet, Hanging the Coconuts, The Building Blocks, Bath Time Tug-o-War, Clogs and Cheeses, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

1 3 8 1 4 5 3 4 2 12
F 6 1 2 4 1 12 5 5 5 10
GR 5 2 16 6 8 7 2 2 1 6
H 7 16 5 8 7 3 1 6 3 14

I

2 7 2 3 3 2 12 7 7 2
NL 4 4 3 2 2 1 7 6 8 8

P

8 5 7 5 6 4 16 1 4 16

SLO

3 6 6 7 5 8 4 8 12 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

1 4 12 13 17 22 25 29 31 43
F 6 7 9 13 14 26 31 36 41 51
GR 5 7 23 29 37 44 46 48 49 55
H 7 23 28 36 43 46 47 53 56 70

I

2 9 11 14 17 19 31 38 45 47
NL 4 8 11 13 15 16 23 29 37 45

P

8 13 20 25 31 35 51 52 56 72

SLO

3 9 15 22 27 35 39 47 59 63

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 P • Amadora l l
 H • Pápa
 SLO • Bovec
 GR • Katastari-Zakynthos
 F • Troyes
 I • Otranto
 NL • Almere
 CH • Chiasso

72
70
63
55
51
47
45
43

The Games in Detail

Game 7 - The Building Blocks

In Game 7 - 'The Building Blocks' - a woman had to hoist blocks up to a man who was standing at the top of a ladder. Between them, they had to build a house from six blocks (two of which were already stand as a base) and a roof. After the first run with 4 countries, one of the roof boards broke and it was decided that an additional third run was necessary to let all the countries have a chance to play the game with unbroken equipment. During their attempt, the Hungarian team's house fell down when they placed the roof on top of it. With a score of 2 blocks in 1 minute and 9 seconds, they placed 8th on this game.


Game 8 - Bath Time Tug-o-War

Game 8 - 'Bath Time Tug-o-War' - was a single-elimination tournament of the well known sporting contest, the tug of war. The Dutch team (Almere) played their Joker on it, but were eliminated in the first round aby Italy (Otranto). The reason for the loss can be blamed on the their team members wearing the wrong shoes. The Almere team had been told they had to play the eighth game with special shoes, but it transpired they should have been told that this requirement was for Game 9, not 8. The Almere team protested, but their claim was rejected by officials and Almere ended in a poor sixth place on their Joker game.


Game 10 - Pirates to the Rescue

The teams of Otranto (Italy) and Bovec (Slovenia) were penalised on Game 10 - 'Pirates to the Rescue' - for climbing from the wooden part of the ship rather than from the netting.

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Heat 3

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenters: Olivier Minne and Jean Riffel (F)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 30th June 1997, 8.55-10.40pm (1st)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 11th July 1997, 8.30-10.10pm (3rd)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 18th July 1997, 8.10-10.00pm (3rd)
RTP (P):
Friday 18th July 1997, 10.20-11.50pm (3rd)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 19th July 1997 (3rd)
TROS (NL): Thursday 11th December 1997, 7.05-8.15pm (3rd)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Schattdorf (CH) v. Poitiers (F) v. Skiathos (GR) v. Budapest, V Kerület (H) v.
Laigueglia (I) v. Loon Op Zand (NL) v. Moura (P) v. Šentjernej (SLO)

Games: Reforming the Bread, The Wedding Party, The Spiders’ Webs, The Flat-Bellied Frogs, Romeos and Juliet, The Breeding Penguins, Extinguishing the Fire, The Unpolluted River, The Siamese Dolls, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

8 4 5 7 3 6 16 6 8 12
F 4 2 6 2 2 2 3 2 4 4
GR 6 6 7 8 6 3 4 1 6 10
H 2 5 8 2 8 5 2 16 2 14

I

1 1 1 5 1 8 6 5 1 8
NL 3 3 5 12 4 7 1 3 4 8

P

5 7 2 16 7 1 5 4 5 2

SLO

7 8 3 3 5 16 7 7 8 16
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

8 12 17 24 27 33 49 55 63 75
F 4 6 12 14 16 18 21 23 27 31
GR 6 12 19 27 33 36 40 41 47 57
H 2 7 15 17 25 30 32 48 50 64

I

1 2 3 8 9 17 23 28 29 37
NL 3 6 11 23 27 34 35 38 42 50

P

5 12 14 30 37 38 43 47 52 54

SLO

7 15 18 21 26 42 49 56 64 80

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 SLO • Šentjernej l l
 CH • Schattdorf
l
 H • Budapest, V Ker
ület
 GR • Skiathos
 P • Moura
 NL • Loon Op Zand
 I • Laigueglia
 F • Poitiers

80
75
64
57
54
50
37
31

Looks Familiar?

Some shots from this and the subsequent heat were used in the title sequence of the 1998 and 1999 series of Jeux Sans Frontičres.

Additional Information

The team from Budapest, V Kerület were shown on the scoreboard as 'Belváros-Lipótváros', the name of the district. We have elected to use the district number to keep consistency throughout the JSFnetGB site.

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Heat 4

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Dafne Bokota (GR)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 18th July 1997, 8.30-10.05pm (4th)
France 2 (F):
Monday 21st July 1997, 8.55-10.40pm (4th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 25th July 1997, 8.10-10.00pm (4th)
RTP (P):
Friday 25th July 1997, 10.20pm-12.00am (4th)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 26th July 1997 (4th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 18th December 1997, 7.12-8.27pm (4th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Valle Bregaglia (CH) v. La Clusaz (F) v. Hania (GR) v. Komáron (H) v.
Portici (I) v. Vlissingen (NL) v. Lamego (P) v. Vuzenica (SLO)

Games: The Pearl Fishers, The Caterpillars, Chinese Chopsticks, Knights on Hippopotamuses, Romeos and Juliet, Stringing the Doughnuts, The Attic Treasure, Human Bowling Orbs, The Circular Maze, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

1 4 10 3 1 5 4 5 7 8
F 5 8 4 4 8 1 16 6 1 12
GR 16 2 3 1 6 6 1 7 4 10
H 3 14 6 6 4 7 3 3 5 16

I

14 3 1 7 3 2 2 8 6 6
NL 2 1 7 16 3 8 7 1 2 4

P

4 5 2 2 5 3 5 2 16 14

SLO

6 6 8 5 7 4 12 5 3 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

1 5 15 18 19 24 28 33 40 48
F 5 13 17 21 29 30 46 52 53 65
GR 16 18 21 22 28 34 35 42 46 56
H 3 17 23 29 33 40 43 46 51 67

I

14 17 18 25 28 30 32 40 46 52
NL 2 3 10 26 29 37 44 45 47 51

P

4 9 11 13 18 21 26 28 44 58

SLO

6 12 20 25 32 36 48 53 56 58

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th
7th
8th

 H • Komáron l
 F • La Clusaz
l
 P • Lamego
 SLO • Vuzenica
 GR • Hania
 I • Portici
 NL • Vlissingen

 CH • Valle Bregaglia

67
65
58
58
56
52
51
48

The Games in Detail

Game 6 - Stringing the Doughnuts

In Game 6 - 'Stringing the Doughnuts' - the eight countries had 3 minutes to catch or pick balloons which were falling down in an enormous bunch. These balloons where shaped in a ring and had to be threaded. The Dutch team won this game by collecting an incredible 35 balloons.


Game 8 - Human Bowling Orbs

In Game 8 - 'Human Bowling Orbs' - the Dutch competitor, whose team were at that point placed 3rd in the competition, was unable to move the ball and consequently, he made no progress at all in the 2 minute time limit and the Dutch were placed last. This was the start of a slow descent down the leaderboard, as they scored poorly in the last two games as well. They eventually finished in a disappointing 7th place.


Game 10 - Pirates to the Rescue

The Slovenian team of Vuzenica was penalised on the last game - 'Pirates to the Rescue' - for not following the rules and were consequently relegated to last place on the game.

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Heat 5

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Maria Teresa Ruta (I)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 25th July 1997, 8.30-10.10pm (5th)
France 2 (F):
Monday 28th July 1997, 8.55-10.40pm (5th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 1st August 1997, 8.10-10.00pm (5th)
RTP (P):
Friday 1st August 1997, 10.20pm-12.00am (5th)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 2nd August 1997 (5th)
TROS (NL): Wednesday 24th December 1997, 6.18-7.33pm (5th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Coldrerio (CH) v. Biarritz (F) v. Agrinio (GR) v. Gyula (H) v.
Belmonte Mezzagno (Sicilia) (I) v. Laarbeek (NL) v. Vila Franca de Xira (P) v. Ormož (SLO)

Games: The Airport Check-In, The Five Eyes, The Pteranodon Eggs, Flame Torches Across the Water, Romeos and Juliet, The Star-Firing Missile, Constructing the Rocket, Transporting the Cows, The Cabinet of Toys, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

5 4 6 6 3 5 3 16 2 10
F 4 3 8 7 7 8 2 1 8 6
GR 2 16 5 1 2 2 7 4 3 6
H 3 1 4 5 7 6 5 10 1 8

I

1 5 7 2 2 1 1 2 8 12
NL 6 6 1 3 5 7 8 12 7 2

P

7 7 3 8 8 3 6 7 5 14

SLO

8 2 2 8 4 8 4 3 12 16
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

5 9 15 21 24 29 32 48 50 60
F 4 7 15 22 29 37 39 40 48 54
GR 2 18 23 24 26 28 35 39 42 48
H 3 4 8 13 20 26 31 41 42 50

I

1 6 13 15 17 18 19 21 29 41
NL 6 12 13 16 21 28 36 48 55 57

P

7 14 17 25 33 36 42 49 54 68

SLO

8 10 12 20 24 32 36 39 51 67

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 P • Vila Franca de Xira l
 SLO • Ormož
 CH • Coldrerio
 NL • Laarbeek
 F • Biarritz
 H • Gyula
 GR • Agrinio
 I • Belmonte Mezzagno (Sicilia)

68
67
60
57
54
50
48
41

The Games in Detail

Game 9 - The Cabinet of Toys

In Game 9 - 'The Cabinet of Toys' - teams had to climb and enormous cabinet and look for toys which were hidden in its drawers. The toys, once found, had to be placed on top of the cabinet. Amusingly, among these toys - for all eight countries - were the Jokers!

Additional Information

After nine games, the Dutch team of Laarbeek was leading with 55 points, with Vila Franca de Xira of Portugal just behind on 54. However, an 8th placing on the final game put paid to Dutch hopes and they fell back to finish 4th overall.

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Heat 6

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Jack van Gelder (NL)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 4th August 1997, 8.55-11.05pm (6th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 8th August 1997, 8.05-9.35pm (6th)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 8th August 1997, 8.30-10.05pm (6th)
RTP (P):
Friday 8th August 1997, 10.20pm-12.00am (6th)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 9th August 1997 (6th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 1st January 1998, 7.29-8.45pm (6th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Faido (CH) v. Avignon (F) v. Leros (GR) v. Szarvas (H) v.
Courmayeur Monte Bianco (I) v. Heerlen (NL) v. Bragança (P) v. Briše (SLO)

Team Members included:
Heerlen (NL) - Jos Knoop (Team Coach), Marcel Bijlsma, Jack Geraedts, Monique Joosten, Monique Kleijkers, Maurice Quaedvlieg, Astrid Rietbroek.

Games: The Acrobatic Clowns, The Crocodile Hunt, The Pollinating Bees, The Box Pyramid, Romeos and Juliet, Ice Cream Sundaes, The JSF Logo Jigsaw, The Bank Robbers, Wedding Day Hearts, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

14 5 4 1 2 8 4 4 5 8
F 1 14 1 3 5 3 2 5 2 4
GR 2 1 5 7 1 1 12 1 3 2
H 6 6 8 14 7 4 5 2 6 14

I

10 3 3 5 6 6 8 7 4 12
NL 8 16 6 4 8 5 3 3 7 16

P

4 2 8 6 4 2 1 8 8 10

SLO

3 4 2 8 3 14 7 6 1 6
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

14 19 23 24 26 34 38 42 47 55
F 1 15 16 19 24 27 29 34 36 40
GR 2 3 8 15 16 17 29 30 33 35
H 6 12 20 34 41 45 50 52 58 72

I

10 13 16 21 27 33 41 48 52 64
NL 8 24 30 34 42 47 50 53 60 76

P

4 6 14 20 24 26 27 35 43 53

SLO

3 7 9 17 20 34 41 47 48 54

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 NL • Heerlen l l
 H • Szarvas
 I • Courmayeur Monte Bianco
 CH • Faido
 SLO • Briše
 P • Bragança
 F • Avignon
 GR • Leros

76
72
64
55
54
53
40
35

The Games in Detail

Game 2 - The Crocodile Hunt

The French team from Avignon got a second chance to complete the second game - 'The Crocodile Hunt' - as their first attempt was hampered by a mechanical failure. The team eventually placed 2nd on the game, receiving 14 points for their troubles as they had played their Joker on the game. The Netherlands did even better, winning the game and scoring 16 points - as they had also chosen this game to play their Joker.


Game 5 - Romeos and Juliet

In the fifth game - 'Romeos and Juliet' - Dutch team Heerlen and Portuguese team Bragança's rope ladder mechanisms failed and they had to throw the ladder down by hand. This was not permitted and it was decided the two teams had to repeat the game. In this second run, Heerlen got a time of 1 minute 44 seconds and won the game with it. The team of Szarvas finished second with 1 minute 49 seconds, but they disagreed with this decision. However, their protest was rejected. Bragança finished fifth on their second try with 2 minutes 12 seconds on the clock.

Additional Information

From the fourth game onwards, the competition became a two-horse race between the Netherlands (Heerlen) and Hungary (Szarvas). After nine games, Heerlen was in first place with Szarvas just 2 points behind. In the final game, two men had to swim across a pool to reach a ship, where they had to free a woman tied to a pole. After she was freed, the teams had to swim back to the start. Heerlen finished in 1'09, only one second before Szarvas, who finished in 1 minute 10 seconds, giving Heerlen the first of two Dutch wins in Jeux Sans Frontičres 1997.

Heerlen's victory marked the first Dutch victory in Jeux Sans Frontičres since 1977, when Ooststellingwerf won the Belgian heat in Antwerpen (which was the third Dutch victory of that year). The Netherlands had left the programme after the 1977 series and only returned this year, meaning that the Dutch only took eight events to return to winning ways after Ooststellingwerf's victory twenty years previous.

Heerlen team member Monique Joosten was awarded the Best Competitor Award for her performance throughout this event.

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Heat 7

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Ana do Carmo (P)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 11th August 1997, 8.55-11.05pm (7th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 15th August 1997, 8.05-9.35pm (7th)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 15th August 1997, 8.30-10.00pm (7th)
RTP (P):
Friday 15th August 1997, 10.20pm-12.15am (7th)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 16th August 1997 (7th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 8th January 1998, 7.10-8.27pm (7th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Venue: Obuda Esplanade, Budapest, Hungary

Teams: Lago di Lugano (CH) v. Orléans (F) v. Patra (GR) v. Érd (H) v.
Val di Sole (I) v. Raalte (NL) v. Felgueiras (P) v. Tržič (SLO)

Team Members included:
Raalte (NL) - Robert Vunderink (Team Coach), Truus Bisschop, René Klein Herenbrink, Esther Ogink, Dianne Paalman, Elly Rosenkamp, Thérčse Verdoorn and Robert de Wierik.

Games: Mice and Cheese, The Stranded Koalas, Kitchenware on the Ceiling, Constructing the Tower, Romeos and Juliet, The Gi-Ants Slalom, The Apple Trees, Quick-Change Trapeze, Plugging the Leaks, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

4 1 2 6 3 4 5 2 2 4
F 6 5 2 1 2 5 1 6 14 6
GR 7 4 5 4 5 1 4 4 3 14
H 2 6 16 5 7 8 8 1 7 12

I

4 16 4 3 6 7 6 7 5 10
NL 1 4 6 8 1 4 7 8 1 8

P

16 7 7 7 4 6 2 5 8 2

SLO

5 3 3 2 8 2 3 8 8 16
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

4 5 7 13 16 20 25 27 29 33
F 6 11 13 14 16 21 22 28 42 48
GR 7 11 16 20 25 26 30 34 37 51
H 2 8 24 29 36 44 52 53 60 72

I

4 20 24 27 33 40 46 53 58 68
NL 1 5 11 19 20 24 31 39 40 48

P

16 23 30 37 41 47 49 54 62 64

SLO

5 8 11 13 21 23 26 34 42 58

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
6th
8th

 H • Érd l
 I • Val di Sole
l
 P • Felgueiras
 SLO • Tržič
 GR • Patra
 F • Orléans
 NL • Raalte
 CH • Lago di Lugano

72
68
64
58
51
48
48
33

The Games in Detail

Game 6 - The Gi-Ants Slalom

In Game 6 - 'The Gi-Ants Slalom' - two contestants were dressed as an ant and they had to crawl backwards to the finish in the quickest time. They also had an egg between their legs and were not allowed to touch it with their hands. However, the Greek and Slovenian teams did this and were penalised as a result.


Game 7 - The Apple Trees

Game 7 - 'The Apple Trees' - was inspired by the legend of William Tell. The original plan was to play this game with crossbows, but this was deemed too dangerous. Team members had to throw tennis balls instead.


Game 10 - Pirates to the Rescue

The team of Felgueiras (Portugal) was penalised on Game 10 - 'Pirates to the Rescue'. The rules of the game stated that both of the male competitors had to climb aboard the ship and assist in releasing their damsel from her shackles before all three could disembark and swim back to the finishing podium. However, although the second of the male Portuguese competitors climbed aboard the deck of the ship, he immediately dived back into the pool and made his way to the podium. This left his team-mate to rescue the female alone and then they swam back to the podium together. The team were penalised at the point of misdemeanour and were only given a score at that point.

Additional Information

Raalte team member Dianne Paalman had to stand in for fellow team member Esther Ogink in Game 10 - 'The Pirate Ship' - after Esther sustained an injury while participating in Game 7 - 'William Tell'.

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Heat 8

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Eva Longyka (SLO)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 18th August 1997, 8.55-11.05pm (8th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 22nd August 1997, 8.05-9.35pm (8th)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 22nd August 1997, 8.30-10.05pm (8th)
RTP (P):
Friday 22nd August 1997, 10.55pm-12.35am (8th)
RAI Uno (I):
Saturday 23rd August 1997 (8th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 15th January 1998, 7.11-8.27pm (8th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Ticino (CH) v. Cannes (F) v. Xanthi (GR) v. Tiszaújváros (H) v.
Arzachena (Sardegna) (I) v. Zandvoort (NL) v. Viseu (P) v. Kranj (SLO)

Team Members included:
Zandvoort (NL) - Louis Schuurman (Team Coach), Susan Belien, Rob van den Berg, Chanselle Klinkert, Ruud Luttik, Martine Mulder and Sascha Schuurman.

Games: The Geometric Figures, The Water Flames, The Spinning Tops, The Rolling Wheel, Romeos and Juliet, Netting the Frisbees, Conquest of the Castle, Threading the Twine, The Boat Swing, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers: Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

8 2 6 4 3 4 6 7 4 16
F 1 3 12 1 5 7 7 4 4 8
GR 5 6 5 5 7 5 5 6 7 14
H 4 8 8 8 3 1 1 10 5 12

I

3 1 4 6 1 3 4 3 1 6
NL 6 7 2 7 4 6 2 16 8 10

P

7 5 7 2 6 2 8 6 6 2

SLO

4 4 1 6 8 8 3 6 2 4
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

8 10 16 20 23 27 33 40 44 60
F 1 4 16 17 22 29 36 40 44 52
GR 5 11 16 21 28 33 38 44 51 65
H 4 12 20 28 31 32 33 43 48 60

I

3 4 8 14 15 18 22 25 26 32
NL 6 13 15 22 26 32 34 50 58 68

P

7 12 19 21 27 29 37 43 49 51

SLO

4 8 9 15 23 31 34 40 42 46

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
3rd
5th
6th
7th
8th

 NL • Zandvoort l
 GR • Xanthi
l
 CH • Ticino
 H • Tiszaújváros
 F • Cannes
 P • Viseu
 SLO • Kranj
 I • Arzachena (Sardegna)

68
65
60
60
52
51
46
32

The Games in Detail

Game 7 - Conquest of the Castle

In the seventh game - 'Conquest of the Castle' - contestants had to use a battering ram to open three gates. However, the Dutch, Slovenian and Hungarian teams were penalised because they used their shoulders to open the doors and not the ram.


Game 8 - Threading the Twine

In the eighth game- 'Threading the Twine' - two players had to stand on a beam, with one leaning back to catch a cord while the other made counterweight. They had to pass the cord through a ring, without falling in the pool. Were this to happen, they would have to restart the procedure. After passing the first ring, the cord reaches two more team members on a second beam. They had to pass the cord through a second ring, again without falling in the pool, and then had to swim across the pool while passing the cord through six further rings. Hungary was the only team to reach the finish, but they did not comply with the rules. During the passage of the first ring, their players fell in the pool but continued to play rather than restart the action. All other teams protested and eventually Denis Pettiaux reduced the score by only one passage in one minute, still giving them a fourth place, instead of a straight disqualification.


Game 10 - Pirates to the Rescue

The team of Viseu (Portugal) was penalised on Game 10 - 'Pirates to the Rescue' for an infringement which was not clearly described in the transmission.

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Heat 9

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Hajógyári-sziget (Shipyard Island), Óbuda, Budapest, Hungary
Official Presenter: Maria Borbas (H)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 25th August 1997, 8.55-11.05pm (9th)
RTP (P):
Thursday 28th August 1997, 10.50pm-12.35am (9th)
RTVSLO (SLO):
Friday 29th August 1997, 8.05-10.00pm (9th)
TSI (CH-Italian):
Friday 29th August 1997, 8.30-10.00pm (9th)
RAI Uno (I):
Sunday 31st August 1997 (9th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 22nd January 1998, 7.11-8.27pm (9th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Teams: Brissago (CH) v. Strasbourg (F) v. Edessa (GR) v. Eger (H) v.
Norcia (I) v. IJsselstein (NL) v. Paredes (P) v. Majšperk (SLO)

Team Members included:
IJsselstein (NL) - Timo Ruizendaal (Team Coach), Carolien van Baal, Jan Brouwer, Eliane Hofmans, Ronald Moes, Wil Veldpaus, Edward Waterburg and Tineke Witvoet.

Games: The Hippodrome Windmill, The Fishing Pots, The Battling Bottles of Wine, Volleyball Swing, Romeos and Juliet, The Donkeys and the Carrots, Transporting the Fish to Market, Ribbons and Rings, The Soda Dispensers, Pirates to the Rescue;
Jokers:
Hand Puppets.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

3 7 2 8 6 1 6 1 8 10
F 2 2 7 1 2 8 7 4 5 12
GR 4 1 1 4 4 2 1 16 6 16
H 8 6 6 6 8 5 5 2 2 10

I

6 16 8 1 7 7 6 3 7 4
NL 5 4 4 7 1 4 4 12 3 2

P

2 3 3 6 5 14 8 7 4 14

SLO

7 5 5 5 3 16 2 5 1 10
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

3 10 12 20 26 27 33 34 42 52
F 2 4 11 12 14 22 29 33 38 50
GR 4 5 6 10 14 16 17 33 39 55
H 8 16 20 26 34 39 44 46 48 58

I

6 22 30 31 38 45 51 54 61 65
NL 5 9 13 20 21 25 29 41 44 46

P

2 5 8 14 19 33 41 48 52 66

SLO

7 12 17 22 25 41 43 48 49 59

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 P • Paredes l
 I • Norcia
 SLO • Majšperk
 H • Eger
 GR • Edessa
 CH • Brissago
 F • Strasbourg
 NL • IJsselstein

66
65
59
58
55
52
50
46

Additional Information

As part of the opening ceremony of this ninth heat, parachutists descended from the skies towards the venue and had to land in the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the Hungarian and Dutch parachutists both missed their target, landing in the parking lot next to the arena - with nothing but their pride damaged. However, the Slovenian parachutist did not appear and it was revealed that he had refused to jump. Each parachutist had a national flag attached to them - and due to an oversight the Netherlands flag was hung upside down! By time the Hungarian parachutist had landed, her flag was nowhere to be seen.

After nine games, the Italian team of Norcia was leading with 61 pts. The Portugese team of Parades were a distant 9 points behind in second place on 52 pts. The tenth game (worth double points) proved to be the fly in the ointment for the Italians, as they placed 7th on this game, scoring 4 pts. Meanwhile, Portugal placed 2nd and scored 14 pts. This moved Parades into 1st place, one point ahead of Norcia, on 66 pts. This last-minute debacle meant that Norcia not only lost what would have been the only win for Italy in 1997, but also the Italian place in the International Final. Val di Sole proved to be the Italian qualifiers for the International Final with a better 2nd placing (68 points).

The Portuguese broadcaster RTP transmitted this heat one night earlier than usual, to allow for the broadcast of a football match on Friday 29th August 1997.

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Teams Qualifying for International Final

Country

 Team Qualifying Heat Position Points
CH  Schattdorf 3 H 2 75
F  La Clusaz 4 H 2 65
GR  Xanthi 8 H 2 65
H  Gyöngyös 1 H 1 91
I  Val di Sole 7 H 2 68
NL  Heerlen 6 H 1 76
P  Amadora 2 H 1 72
SLO  Šentjernej 3 H 1 80
 

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International Final

Event Staged: Date Unknown
Venue: Parque do Farol (The Lighthouse Park), Belém, Lisboa, Portugal
Official Presenters: Ana do Carmo and Eládio Clímaco (P)

European Transmissions (Local Timings):
France 2 (F):
Monday 1st September 1997, 8.55-11.05pm (10th)
RTVSLO (SLO): Friday 5th September 1997, 8.05-9.40pm (10th)
TSI (CH-Italian): Friday 5th September 1997, 8.40-10.00pm (10th)
RTP (P): Friday 5th September 1997, 10.50pm-12.35am (10th)
RAI Uno (I): Sunday 7th September 1997 (10th)
TROS (NL): Thursday 5th February 1998, 7.12-8.28pm (10th)
Not transmitted in Great Britain

Weather Conditions: Dry and Warm

Theme: The Oceans of the World

Teams: Schattdorf (CH) v. La Clusaz (F) v. Xanthi (GR) v. Gyöngyös (H) v.
Val di Sole (I) v. Heerlen (NL) v. Amadora (P) v. Šentjernej (SLO)

Team Members included:
Heerlen (NL) - Jos Knoop (Team Coach), Arnold Vanderlyde (Team Psychological Coach), Marcel Bijlsma, Jack Geraedts, Monique Joosten, Monique Kleijkers, Maurice Quaedvlieg, Astrid Rietbroek.

Games: The Seal’s Rings, The Ship’s Treasure, The Sea Creature’s Eggs, The Lifebuoys, Raising the Flags, The Aquarium Wall, The Helpful Dolphins, The Chinese Rickshaws, The Lighthouse Lantern, Bridging the Oceans;
Jokers:
Gigantic Jester Hats.

Game Results and Standings

Games

Team / Colour 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)

CH

6 2 6 3 5 7 6 8 8 14
F 2 5 1 1 1 8 8 2 2 4
GR 1 4 3 2 4 5 4 12 3 2
H 7 8 5 6 14 3 2 7 4 8

I

4 3 4 10 6 6 7 3 7 16
NL 8 6 16 7 3 4 3 8 2 6

P

5 7 8 16 8 1 5 2 6 10

SLO

3 2 2 4 2 2 1 5 5 12
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)

CH

6 8 14 17 22 29 35 43 51 65
F 2 7 8 9 10 18 26 28 30 34
GR 1 5 8 10 14 19 23 35 38 40
H 7 15 20 26 40 43 45 52 56 64

I

4 7 11 21 27 33 40 43 50 66
NL 8 14 30 37 33 44 47 55 57 63

P

5 12 20 36 44 45 50 52 58 68

SLO

3 5 7 11 13 15 16 21 26 38

Result

 Team

Points

Final Scoreboard

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

 P • Amadora l
 I • Val di Sole
l
 CH • Schattdorf
l
 H • Gyöngyös
 NL • Heerlen
 GR • Xanthi
 SLO • Šentjernej
 F • La Clusaz

68
66
65
64
63
40
38
34

Additional Information

The final ended with a surprising result. After nine games, Amadora were leading with 58 points, the Dutch team from Heerlen were second with 57 and Gyöngyös were just behind in third place with 56 points. After the final game, Heerlen and Gyöngyös fell back down the leaderboard after getting just 8 and 6 points respectively. Schattdorf and Val di Sole however, who had been placed 4th and 5th with 51 and 50 points, finished in second and first place on the final game and this shot them up the final results into third and second place, while Gyöngyös and Heerlen dropped back to fourth and fifth place respectively.

The awards ceremony at the end of this International Final was not shown in full in all international broadcasts.

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