Cup Quarter-Finals saw the elite 8 teams of the
20 team draw come head to head to see which team
would emerge as 2011 Algarve Open champions. We
had 3 nations still with a chance of grabbing
glory so would it be England, Holland or Portugal
celebrating at 5pm this evening?
first Quarter-Final saw the defending champions
meet RS Ocean Village FC. Athletico Do Hollande
were a force to be reckoned with an no-one would
want to play them at this stage of the tournament
although nothing was impossible – just ask France's
Luminy Wolves who were the strongest team in the
2011 Barcelona Fives but crashed out at this equivalent
stage to Spain's Rapid Bosco Navas.
John Longman put RS Ocean Village 1-0 up, the
team from Southampton could well have been thinking
a giant-killing was on the cards but sadly for
them the Dutch showed just why they are the defending
champions as they roared back and roared back
in sensational style. The key was they got back
on level terms quickly through Toufik Haddouchi.
From there they moved into a 3-1 lead by half-time
and extended that to 5-1 by full-time.
Haddouchi was the main assassin as he claimed
four of the goals with John Hanst claiming the
other and Athletico Do Hollande march on. We had
to say farewell to RS Ocean Village FC who had
had a great group performance but had a tough
task in what proved to be their final game. We
hope to see them in action again next season.