Complex (Pol)




Rigford Seahawks (Eng)

Wola (Pol)




Atlantic Star (Eng)


The 2009 Krakow Trophy Cup Semi-Finals saw two Polish Group Winners meet two English Runners-up. Could this be the year that a Polish winner emerges to win the tournament?

The first semi-final saw Complex meet the Rigford Seahawks. Complex had come closer than any other Polish team to date when they finished Runners-Up to a very strong Red Light Runners of Scotland just 12 months ago. Their bid for a second successive final was looking good when they opened the scoring in this semi-final through Pavel Sobczyk. Sobczyk was a surviving member of that squad a year ago and this was his third goal in the 2009 tournament.

Having lost their final group game and losing in this semi-final, the Seahawks had to turn things around fast. Not only did they comeback but they came back in style. The Seahawks rattled in 4 goals in quick succession to turn this semi-final on its head. Richard Butterworth slotted home the equalizer before Tom Freer put the Seahawks ahead. A double from Chris Howard then put the Seahawks in a commanding position.

There were further goals but the result was done and dusted. Richard Clements (Rigford Seahawks) and Stanislaw Derszniak (Complex) both found the net to make the final score 5-2. Complex were out and their dream of going one better than last year was over. A special congratulation to Stanislaw Derszniak though who scored 8 goals in the tournament.

So who would the Rigford Seahawks meet in the final? Wola and Atlantic Star were the challengers. The Polish team, Wola, were the strong favourites with a 100% record so far in the tournament against an improved Atlantic Star team. Atlantic Star had improved considerably from their 2008 Prague Trophy campaign but you felt they would have to improve again from their group performance to really trouble Wola.

As hard as they tried they didn't have enough to trouble their Polish opposition. Tomasz Gorowski proved the thorn in the side as he had done to so many teams already. He bagged a brace and took his tournament total to 16 goals. Szczepan Pluta scored his first of the tournament and Wola were on their way to the final with a 3-0 victory.

Commiserations to Atlantic Star and good luck in your next tournament campaign.

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