Frank Hirth A (Eng)




The Crazy Gang (Eng)

Groundforce Lisboa (Por)




Casa Amarela (Por)

Spider Mans & Eagle (Eng)




Where's Dave? (Eng)

It's Back (Eng)




Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)

* Where's Dave? (Eng) won 5-4 on penalties.

* Red Cow Belgrade (Eng) won 2-1 on penalties.

For the seventh time in history we had a Trophy competition to supplement our traditional Cup and Plate competitions. This was the fifth time we had a 24-team event and there was also the 25-team 2013 & 2014 Barcelona Fives. This was a great opportunity for the teams finishing 5th and 6th in the morning group phase to turn their fortunes around and walk away with a trophy.

Frank Hirth A and The Crazy Gang would get us underway. Frank Hirth A went all the way to the Cup Final in their previous appearance compared to The Crazy Gang playing in the Trophy on that occasion. Based upon today's results Frank Hirth A had not lived up their form in Berlin but would still go into the game as favourites on today's evidence with 1 win and 1 draw in the morning compared to the 1 draw for The Crazy Gang.

It was honours even in the opening period with neither team able to make the opening breakthrough. We began the second half as we did the first half – level at 0-0. In the second half Frank Hirth A made inroads into their opponents. Yousuf Shahid made the initial breakthrough before Mark Funnell (twice) and David Crabtree booked Frank Hirth A's place in the Semi-Finals. Final score, 4-0.

It was the end of the day for The Crazy Gang on the field in 2015. We hope to see all the lads again in September 2016…wherever that may be.


On Pitch B the referee could take an extended lunch break as due to Casa Amarela's withdrawal from Group D we had a space in the knock-out schedule. The 6th placed team in Group D were due to play the 5th placed team in Group C which was Groundforce Lisboa. This meant Groundforce Lisboa received a bye to the Semi-Finals.


On Pitch C it was Spider Mans & Eagle versus Where's Dave.

Spider Mans & Eagle played pretty well this morning but they had too many draws to make real progress in Group B. They only suffered one defeat but the draws meant they finished 5th in the table. Spider Mans & Eagle had qualified for the Cup in their two previous tournaments so would be one of the teams to watch in the Trophy competition.

Where's Dave? had experienced a tough morning that featured 3 teams used to qualifying for the Cup (Ealing Expendables, Frank Hirth A, Spider Mans & Great Hawk) plus too quality Portuguese teams that finished above these 3 sides. The Trophy Quarter-Final was no let up for them.

Despite a tough group Where's Dave? had been competitive in all games and even against the league winners the margin of defeat was just two goals. They continued to compete in this tie as they went into the break all level at 0-0. In the second half they were to take the lead through Richard Holliday. The lead did not last for long as Liam Angel equalized for Spider Mans & Eagle. Neither team could find a winner as Spider Mans & Eagle had their 5th draw in 6 games. A penalty shoot-out would decide this one.

Spider Mans & Eagle would shoot first and scored first through Liam Stevens and when Joe McNamara saved John Preston's spot kick the men in Batmen shirts were in control. When Justin Shelley made it 2-0 they had one foot in the Semi-Finals. Ian Mansley kept Where's Dave? in it to make it 2-1 before Wayne Tingey performed heroics to save the potentially winning penalty from Spider Mans & Eagle. Chris Weedon then converted to ensure this would go to sudden death.

Spider Mans & Eagle made it 3-2 before Richard Holliday (goal scorer in the game) made it 3-3 and exorcised demons from a penalty miss in a previous tournament. 3-3 then became 4-4 and then the vital round of spot-kicks. Wayne Tingey saved his second penalty - this time from his opposite number. Darren Campo then thumped it high down the middle to send Where's Dave? into the Semi-Finals.


Last but not least was It's Back against Red Cow Belgrade. It's Back came into the game as 5th position in Group D versus 6th position in Group C.

In 5 previous tournaments, It's Back had struggled in the knock-out phase having won 1 of 6 previous contests. In the early days this was due to some tough opposition. In 2010 (Barcelona) and 2012 (Budapest) It's Back qualified for the Cup and went out to Magic Monkeys (eventual winners) and Luminy Wolves (2009 Barca Fives winners). In between, they had their victory in the Plate Quarter-Finals and it was a comprehensive one, 5-1, against FC Dad. They then lost in the Semi-Finals to Saipan FC (2015 Mallorca Tournament winners). In the last couple of years there have been Plate Quarter-Final exits at the 2013 Krakow Trophy (3-0 to Contejus Hurricanes) and 2014 Berlin Fives (2-1 to Scandittack FC).

Could they claim their first knock-out win since Prague 2011? They had difficult opponents as they were facing the 2014 Barcelona Fives Cup finalists who had played pretty well this morning for no reward but did run out of steam in their final group game. Red Cow Belgrade will have hoped that the lunch break enabled them to recharge their batteries.

The first half finished 1-1 with Jamie Hall (It's Back) and Thomas Goyski (Red Cow Belgrade) scoring for their respective teams. The second half was to be goal-less and for the second Quarter-Final in a row we had a penalty shoot-out to decide matters.

Red Cow Belgrade would have the honours of kicking us off. Kevin Roome lead from the front to make it 1-0 before Dave Coleman quickly restored parity at 1-1. Joe Smith converted to make it 2-1 before Jamie Hall, scorer in normal time, was unable to square it off at 2-2. So, with a goal advantage Daz Bray had a chance to put his team through but Simon Hawkins in goal for It's Back was up to the challenge and kept his team in it. Tom Brunt was up next to take us into sudden death but Dom Leonard became the hero of the hour for Red Cow Belgrade and they were through.

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