but not least was Shahs of Sunset against Beercalona.
mentioned before but we'll say it again that the
overall quality at the 2016 Barcelona Fives was
pretty high. As testimony to that we had three
previous winners in the draw and not one qualified
for the Cup. We had teams that were used to playing
in the Cup reaching the Plate and teams used to
reaching the Plate now playing in the Trophy.
Shahs of Sunset were one such team.
their previous 5 tournaments they had reached
the Cup three times and the Plate twice. They
had a pretty good record in Quarter-Finals – they
were unbeaten. They progressed on four of those
previous five occasions. Only a 3-2 penalty shoot-out
defeat after a 2-2 draw with Mestallaban on their
debut at the 2011 Valencia Fives prevented the
perfect record. It is worth noting that Mestallaban
were from Ireland – the same as Beercalona who
were their opponents here.
could boast 2 wins and 1 draw in their group compared
to the 3 wins for the Shahs of Sunset. Beercalona
were -3 over their 7 games compared to Shahs of
Sunset who were -6.
of Sunset finished their group strongly with two
successive wins and continued their momentum into
this fixture. Anes Jusic was on fire in the goal-scoring
stakes with 5 goals already today and he was the
man who provided the winner in this fixture. The
game finished 1-0 and Shahs of Sunset extended
their proud Quarter-Final record.
like to offer our thanks to Jim Stephenson for
organizing his troops and bringing the Beercalona
and Real Sosobad sqauds to the Barcelona Fives.
It was a pleasure to host you and we trust you
had a great tour weekend.