Rigford Seahawks (Eng)




Wola (Pol)


Twelve teams came to do battle in Krakow , two remained. The Rigford Seahawks and Wola were those two.

A precedent for this match had been set in the final game of Group B when the two table toppers met to decide the fate of the Group B title. Wola ran out 3-1 winners on that particular occasion. Having spoken to the Seahawks before the final there seemed to be an acknowledgement of the mistakes made in that game. They were determined to use that game as a dress rehearsal for the final and use it as a learning experience on how to beat their opposition. The Rigford Seahawks were in confident mood and would not tell us their master-plan. We would have to watch and see how the action would unfold.

Wola came into the final with a record of six wins out of six scoring a massive 26 goals in the process and conceding just 2. This would have to be some master-plan!

The first half began and there was nothing to split the two teams. There was a lot of determination and honest endeavour but nothing to split these two well organized sides. Half-time came and went with the score still 0-0. The second half continued in much the same fashion.

With just 4 minutes to go the deadlock was broken and it was Tom Hallam of Rigford Seahawks who was the man to claim the goal. 1-0 up and with minutes to go the Rigford Seahawks knew that if they could see the rest of the game out they would be champions. It was kitchen sink team as this match now resembled an attack versus defence training game. Wola of Poland poured forward to find the equalizer as Rigford Seahawks defended for their lives. At times there were 7 or 8 people in the Rigford box but each time they managed to clear the ball to safety.

When the final whistle went the score was still 1-0. The cheers of delight came from the Seahawks and, after the respectful handshakes with their opponents, they left the field with arms aloft and heads held high.

The winners of the 2009 Krakow Trophy Rigford Seahawks.

So, what was the master-plan? The post-tournament social after the competition revealed that it was to put Tom Freer on Tomasz Gorowski and mark him out the game. Easier said than done but a job performed admirably. This tactic had not gone un-noticed by other teams who had spotted the tactic in action and complimented the Seahawks on an astute tactic executed to perfection.

Although there was no Polish team victory, there was one Polish man who picked up a trophy the Top Goalscorer trophy. This particular prize went to Tomasz Gorowski of Wola who scored an incredible 16 goals. A great achievement.

Our congratulations also to Borussia Dorchmen in the Plate competion. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. It was a pleasure to host you all and great to share a few beers at our post-tournament drinks in the evening.

We hope to see you all again at a tournament very soon.

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