Brighton & Hove Rockets (Eng)




Radio Taxi Barbakan (Pol)

Borussia Dorchmen (Eng)




DHL Prague Blue (Cze)


The Plate Semi-Finals would see two English teams, one Polish team and one Czech team battle it out to lift the trophy.

The first semi-final saw Brighton & Hove Rockets face Radio Taxi Barbakan. Brighton & Hove Rockets having won their first three games had lost their previous two to slip out of the Cup reckoning and into the Plate competition. They would have to arrest this slump in results if they wanted to extend their run in the Krakow Trophy and reach the Plate Final.

Barbakan's form on the other hand was the reverse. They had just come off the back of a 3-0 win and made the Plate without really expecting it so they would be dangerous opposition.

Brighton & Hove Rockets managed to find their early form and although they were beginning to look tired and carrying a couple of injuries they had enough in the tank to edge past their Polish opposition. Matt Pell was the goal-scoring hero scoring twice (his fourth and fifth of the tournament) whilst Lzerwiec got on the scoresheet for Barbakan. A 2-1 victory and Brighton & Hove Rockets had made the final.

Borussia Dorchmen lost their first two games before picking up a maximum 9 points from their final 3 games. Once the hangover had subsided they began to show their true form and were looking the strongest of the four teams remaining. Having eliminated DHL Prague Red in Group B, they now found themselves up against DHL Prague Blue who would be looking for revenge for their ‘Red' counterparts.

Just like the Dorchmen, DHL Prague Blue had struggled early on with 1 point from their first three games before winning their last two games to go through. These were the two form teams in the Plate and a tight game was expected.

A tight game is what we got too. Steve Guppy opened the scoring before Eric Walker of DHL found the perfect time to open his tournament account to level the scores. At 1-1 the game was perfectly poised. There would be just one more goal in this match to determine who would meet the Brighton & Hove Rockets in the Final. The decisive strike came from the boot of Steve Wilson. Borussia Dorchmen had done it, a 2-1 win and the Plate Final awaited them.

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