Semi-Final time and things were getting interesting.
First up was Kazakhstan FC versus Athletic 8Minute
Bilbao. Kazakhstan FC had dropped down a level
from the 2013 Mallorca Tournament where they went
out in the Cup Quarter-Finals but they had Plate
experience from the 2011 Barca Fives where they
went all the way to the Final but missed out 4-1
to HMS Sultan FC. Could they reach a 2 nd European
8 Minute Bilbao as part of the County (Re)United
set-up also had Plate experience and there was
a trend. At the 2011 Valencia Fives, as County
(Re)United, they reached the Plate Quarter-Finals,
at the 2012 Krakow Trophy, as D'ya Want Florentina
they reached the Plate Semi-Finals and in the
2013 Barcelona Fives JF & The Pullbacks went
all the way to the Final. On that occasion they
missed out on success but if the trend continues
maybe they will have glory this year?
which of these two teams would make a second Plate
Final? It was due to be a heavyweight contest
at this level as each team had only suffered one
loss in the five games they had played to date.
Athletic 8Minute Bilbao got off to the faster
start as they looked to book their place in the
the second half Kazakhstan FC had quite a mountain
to climb and that mountain became Everest when
Athleitc 8Minute Bilbao extended the lead to 3-0.
Their goals came from Mark Robinson, Mark Arthur
and Pete Humphries.
lead was an unassailable lead and Kazakhstan FC
were out of the competition for this year. There
are rumours we may see the lads at our Algarve
event next year and we certainly hope that will
be the case.