Frank Hirth A (Eng)




Groundforce Lisboa (Por)

Where's Dave? (Eng)




Red Cow Belgrade (Eng)


We were down to the final four teams in our Trophy competition and first up was Frank Hirth A versus Groundforce Lisboa.

Frank Hirth A would no doubt have been tipped off on their opponents by their B squad who met Groundforce Lisboa in Group C. That game resulted in a 0-0 draw. The two teams came into the game with a similar record – Frank Hirth A had 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats with 7 goals scored and 6 against. Groundforce Lisboa had 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats but just the 2 goals scored and 5 against. Could the Portuguese team's lack of goals be their Achilles heel?

Groundforce Lisboa had played in the Plate Semi-Final two years ago here in Lisbon and beaten Hungarian side Csabagyongye 3-0 on their way to lifting the Plate trophy. They had been free-scoring on that day with 18 goals in the tournament but goals were conspicuous by their absence again in this game. We went into half-time level at 0-0.

Whilst Groundforce Lisboa were goal-shy in front of goal they were solid at the back. Frank Hirth A were struggling to break them down as their B team had but that was to change in the second half. Harry Klingenspor scored his fourth goal of the tournament as he coolly slotted the ball under the goalkeeper in what was to be the match-winning goal. Frank Hirth A were going through to the Trophy Final.


So, who would meet Frank Hirth A in the Final? Would it be Red Cow Belgrade or Where's Dave?

Both these teams had reached this stage via the so-called lottery of penalties – but you try telling the goalscorers and the goalkeepers saving the penalties that it's down to luck and not down to skill, technique and temperament. The two teams would need to summon up that skill, technique and temperament to extend their stay in the tournament and hopefully, for them, do it in normal time.

Both teams had experienced life in a final before with Red Cow Belgrade reaching the 2014 Barcelona Fives Plate Final. Where's Dave? came from the Bure Park Old Boys stable that had won 2012 Valencia Fives Trophy and 2011 Valencia Fives Wooden Spoon and also collected Runners-Up medals at the 2010 Valencia Fives Plate and 2013 Krakow Trophy Plate. One more win and these two team would be guaranteed another set of medals.

There was nothing to separate the two teams at the break with 0-0 a common half-time score in this tournament. The second halves of games had given us many more goals and was to do so again…although just the one. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and that man was Daz Bray who scored for the second game in a row to send his team through to the Trophy Final.

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