arrived at the Plate Quarter-Final stage and we
would shortly see eight teams reduced to four
teams. The first two teams to do battle were SV
Zoo and All of Ronan's Men.
Zoo were somewhat specialists at this level having
won the Plate competition at the 2012 Krakow Trophy.
There was even some banter that they deliberately
lost their first two games to make sure they didn't
qualify for the Cup. They finished the group phase
in style with two 4-0 wins in a row.
of Ronan's Men were resurgent. Having lost their
two opening games (both 9-2) they marked an incredible
turnaround by beating the (then) league leaders
4-2 in their final group game.
the match in action, SV Zoo took a 1-0 lead for
the fifth time today (Johannes Filler scoring
the goal). Having gone on to win two games today
and gone on to lose two games today this could
go either way. Ultimately it went neither way
as we finished 1-1 thanks to a Ronan Silke equalizer
in the second half.
periods of Golden Goal extra time ensued with
no further addition to the score and the dreaded
penalty shoot-out awaited. It was All of Ronan's
Men who emerged victorious 3-2 as they became
the first Irish team to win a penalty shoot-out
since Italia '90 and SV Zoo became the first German
team to lose a penalty shoot-out in the history
of the world – ever.* (*Disclaimer – these facts
are almost certainly not true).
was a tough exit for SV Zoo who are always a great
joy to host in our tournaments and we look forward
to seeing them at the 2014 Barcelona Fives in