Results
 

BabyBlaauwe Beesten (Hol)

2

V

4

ZVC Indoor Gent (Bel)

Kawlow (Eng)

9

v

1

FC Mallard (Sco)

 

We were at the 2019 Amsterdam Sixes Cup Semi-Finals stage and from the 12 teams who signed up for the tournament we were down to the final 4. We had travelling teams from Belgium, England and Scotland looking to take the prized trophy on the return flight home. We also had a Dutch team looking to keep the aforementioned trophy within the borders of the Netherlands.

The first Cup Semi-Final would be contested by BabyBlauuwe Beesten and ZVC Indoor Gent. We had one Benelux Semi-Final and one British Semi-Final. BabyBlauuwe Beesten were the stand out team in Group A with 4 wins and 1 draw from their first 5 games. They scored a sensational 12 goals going forward whilst being strong at the back conceding just 2.

This was ZVC Indoor Gent's third semi-final in four attempts at our tournaments. Up until this point they had a 100% record as they went on to reach the Cup Final at the 2015 Mallorca Tournament and the Plate Final at the 2019 Algarve Open.

It was the Belgian team who struck first and it was no surprise that Tommy Jacobs was the man to score. It was his 13th of the day but not unlucky for his team who went on to increase the lead to 3-0 with a double from Michael Ingels. Sander Meester scored for the Dutch to make it 3-1 and when Kris Laan made it 3-2 the comeback was on. ZVC Indoor Gent extinguished hopes of a comeback when they went 4-2 up and it was that man Tommy Jacobs again.

The day was over for BabyBlauuwe Beesten on the pitch at least. It was a great debut and on another day they could easily have gone a step further into the final.

 
 
 

So, who would take their place in the Final from the second Semi-Final? The two teams set to do battle were Kavlow against FC Mallard.

Both teams were on debut and both could be proud of their group record as they were both unbeaten. Kavlow had 4 wins and 1 draw, FC Mallard had 3 wins and 2 draws. Kavlow were the second top scoring team in the group phase (16) whereas FC Mallard had the second best defence in the group phase (4).

However, Kavlow were to make a mockery of that defensive record as this was a game too far for FC Mallard. We thought we saw something special last year at the 2018 Amsterdam Sixes when CIS Committee (Blr) defeated Ross Kemp FC (Eng) 7-0 in the Semi-Finals but Kavlow were to set a new record. Chad Bryce Borthwick set them on their way and there were further goals from Jeremy Tudorpole and Fraser Mackenzie. It was 3-0 to Kavlow and only half-time.

In the second half the goals continued to flow with Chad Bryce Borthwick going on to complete his hat-trick. Jeremy Tudorpole grabbed a second of the game before Tom Murray made it 7-0. Fraser Mackenzie then scored his second of the match to make it 8-0. There was some reprieve for FC Mallard as Daniel Craik reduced the lead to 8-1 but there was still time for Kavlow to have the final say as Oliver Hird made it 9-1. It was, unsurprisingly, the biggest win of the day.

We had to say farewell to Kavlow this final match should not take anything away from their efforts today. A magnificent debut.

 
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