Budapest Celtic Tigers (Hun)




Olympic Phil Babb (Eng)

* Olympic Phil Babb (Eng) won 2-1 on penalties.


Before the tournament we were asked who our favourites were and we mentioned Olympic Phil Babb how could we not after 3 tournament appearances and 3 tournament wins. The challengers Budapest Celtic Tigers were stronger than we could have imagined and these two teams were made to work very hard to reach the 2011 Budapest Fives Final. They both needed penalties to get this far and the make up of this Final could well have looked different. They did reach the Final though and that is testimony to their quality and fighting spirit.

The Final also marked a special moment as Eszter Bartkd became the first female referee to officiate in a final.

Both Semi-Finals had proved to be classics and so we were looking forward to this game with relish. Maybe the Semi-Finals had taken too much out of the teams but the Final proved pedestrian in comparison. It may also have been that with so much riding on this match the teams were a little cautious in their approach. The watching crowds were treated to an enthralling encounter if not a spectacular one.

The main talking point of the game came when Budapest Celtic Tigers won a penalty. Dan Andews had saved two penalties thus far and maybe his presence here put off the Hungarian penalty taker as the forceful penalty struck the crossbar and came back out. It was a golden opportunity for the Tigers and one that went begging. Olympic Phil Babb were clinging on to a potential fourth tournament but they were still in it fighting.

At full-time the whistle blew with the final score 0-0. As with the Semi-Finals, we had another penalty shoot-out.

Budapest Celtic Tigers took the first penalty. Michale Globits, as he did in the Semi-Final, stepped up and converted. The first penalty for Olympic Phil Babb, as in the Semi-Finals, was taken and converted by Dan Andrews. Then, momentum swung strongly in favour of the English team as Andrews was the hero again making a vital save. Following the same Semi-Final order, Chris Jarrett converted the Olympic Phil Babb second spot-kick and they could virtually taste glory.

Up stepped Leo Kronberger for Budapest Celtic Tigers third penalty and his miss, or rather Dan Andrews save, sealed victory for Olympic Phil Babb. In the last two games Andrews had faced 6 penalties and only conceded one a remarkable achievement by any standards.

It was a fantastic result for Olympic Phil Babb who had won their fourth title in four tournaments. Can anyone beat them? They are off to our Mallorca Tournament in 2012 so be there if you want a crack at them!

Our commiserations go to Budapest Celtic Tigers on coming so close to a debut victory. Surely no-one has come closer to beating Olympic Phil Babb to a tournament win.

We send our congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. The tournament had everything and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

Group Phase
Wooden Spoon
Plate Knock-out
Cup Knock-out



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