Rain Dragons made sure it wasn't as they hit back
in the second half to level things at 3-3. They
then moved ahead to make it 4-3 and as we entered
the final stages they looked destined to be crowned
Plate champions. However, a late Team Koopman
goal in the first half put them ahead and now
a late second half goal put them level at 4-4.
It was a goal that would take this Plate Final
to a penalty shoot-out.
a penalty shoot-out it was! We often run through
the penalties one by one but to do so here would
take forever as we saw an exceptional display
of how to convert a penalty. The 3 regulation
penalties were all scored by each team and we
went into sudden death. 3-3 became 4-4 which became
5-5…….which became 9-9 and then the 10 th round
of penalties proved the decider. Team Koopman
scored, Rain Dragons didn't and it was the Dutch
team who claimed the 2016 Amsterdam Fives Plate
victory – many congratulations to them.
nothing away from Rain Dragons though who had
performed well during the day and particularly
in the afternoon and it was a cruel way to miss
out on the title. So close but no cigar.