2015 Bratislava Fives Plate Final was to be contested
by two teams who had grown into this tournament.
Today would see both St Paul's College Old Boys
and Team Bear II pick up medals but who would
take the winners medals and the coveted Plate
five games down and one to go the teams would
need to summon up one last effort to collect those
winners medals. The teams were no strangers to
European Finals with us and both were looking
to register achievements over and beyond the Plate
Paul's College Old Boys had one appearance in
a eurofootballfives.com final – they won the 2014
Amsterdam Fives Plate courtesy of a penalty shoot-out.
They were hoping to join an illustrious group
of 5 teams with multiple Plate wins lead by the
CSF with 4 victories over the years.
Bear II also had one appearance in a eurofootballfives.com
final and they also won it courtesy of a penalty
shoot-out when they won the overall 2013 Budapest
Fives. They could well be just the 4 th team to
win both a Cup and a Plate competition at our
two teams were on the pitch and ready to go and
with St Paul's College Old Boys sizeable entourage
cheering them on it was they who struck the first
blow. James West with the goal that put them in
the ascendency. James West was the hero again
later in the half when he converted to make it
down at the break and Team Bear II had it all
to do and there was a good chance for Dave Hallmark
to reduce the deficit but his effort went over
the bar. A few minutes later the man they call
Bucky made it 3-0 for St Paul's College Old Boys
and it looked game over…or was it?
Tanner banged in goal number 12 of the day for
him – was that a consolation or was it game on?
Any hopes for Team Bear II were soon extinguished
when James West made it 4-1 and completed a hat-trick
in the process. Mark Love then struck the post
on the stroke of full-time but St Paul's College
Old Boys would not care at all. The full time
whistle sparked wild celebrations and the now
customary team huddle and chanting.
Paul's College Old Boys now had the 2014 Amsterdam
Fives and the 2015 Bratislava Fives Plate wins
on their footballing CV. Commiserations to Team
Bear II who contributed much to this weekend and
this tournament but, alas for them, it was not
to be on this occasion.
to today's Plate victors – St
Paul's College Old Boys.