Spider Mans & Eagle (Eng)




Tommy Hilfiger (Hol)


The first even 2017 Amsterdam Sixes Plate Final would be contested by Spider Mans & Eagle and Tommy Hilfiger. Let's have a look at the two teams' form today:


Spider Mans & Eagle

Played 6, Won 4, Drawn 0, Lost 2, For 19, Against 6.

Group finish: 4th.

Won last 3 games in a row.


Tommy Hilfiger

Played 6, Won 3, Drawn 1, Lost 2, For 9, Against 6

Group finish: 4th.

Won last 3 games in a row.


In terms of results, the teams are fairly similar but the stand-out statistic for us is goals scored. Spider Mans & Eagle had scored more than double their opponents. How Tommy Hilfiger coped with the English team's attack would be the crucial factor in this final.


Of their 6 previous tournaments, Spider Mans & Eagle had qualified for the Cup on 5 occasions. So you could say they were dropping down a level here in Amsterdam and this fact, combined with their prowess in front of goal, made them favourites for this Plate Final. They had appeared in one European final before the 2016 Krakow Trophy Cup Final where they finished runners-up. Would they picking up winners medals here in Amsterdam?


With the game underway it was honours even in the opening period. A Justin Shelley goal for Spider Mans & Eagle and a Luis Moreno Tello goal for Tommy Hilfiger ensured the two teams would kick-off the second half still level, 1-1.


In the second half it was Spider Mans & Eagle who took the lead with Ryan Stevens making it 11 goals of the day. Sam A'Court then put daylight between the two teams when he made it 3-1. The English team were seemingly on their way to success.


Doubts may have crept in when Scott reduced the deficit to 3-2 for Tommy Hilfiger but Spider Mans & Eagle had enough left in the tank to see out the victory. 5 wins from 7 games is a pretty decent return by any standards.


For Tommy Hilfiger it was disappointment to fall just short. For now they had to be content with Runners-Up medals but we hoped we would see them again at the event for another crack at the title.


There would also be disappointment for Ryan Stevens in the individual honours. His haul of 11 goals would put him level with Tim Van Gelder in the goal-scoring charts. When 2 players are equal we have the following tie-breakers:


- The player who played the fewest games is crowned top-goalscorer.

- If still level, the player who played in the higher competition (i.e. Cup over Plate) is crowned top-goalscorer.


In this instance it was Tim Van Gelder who played for Toros in the Cup. However, Ryan Stevens should be immensely proud of a great return. 11 goals in 7 games is a superb effort.


We leave the Plate competition for today though by celebrating our winners. We offer huge congratulations to Spider Mans & Eagle! Enjoy your victory it was thoroughly deserved.

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