teams came to do battle in Krakow , two remained.
The Rigford Seahawks and Wola were those two.
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
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
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.
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
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
winners of the 2009 Krakow Trophy – Rigford Seahawks.
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.
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
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.
hope to see you all again at a tournament very