up was Di Stefano Peluguira of Spain against
Inter Women of England. Di Stefano Peluguira
were making their debut so we would find out
much about them over the course of this first
game. Inter Women are past winners vacating
their Amsterdam crown in a bid to reign in Spain.
Regular followers of our tournamnets will have
heard of Athletico Do Hollande's exploits (Algarve
Open winners in 2010 and 2011), well, Inter
Women defeated them 4-1 in the final of the
2011 Amsterdam Fives on their debut. They are
certainly a team to watch in Mallorca.
was the home team that struck the first blow
in this one as Alberto Fernandez Fernandez (so
good they named him twice!) went 1-0 up but
a stunning Neil Pennington strike from wide
on the left touchline squared things up at 1-1
in an entertaining first half. There was no
further score in the second period and both
teams could be reasonably happy with a well
earned point to begin the day.
Women proved slow starters in their Amsterdam
campaign opening with a draw and that's exactly
what they had done here. So, what did we find
out about Di Stefano Peluguira? Given that Inter
Women are proven winners in these tournaments
to get a draw shows the Spanish are a very capable
team and could go far.