Son Gual (Spa)




Policia Local (Spa)

Saipan FC (Ire)




Centrale Paris (Fra)

Pelugeria Mariano (Spa)




Dynamo Gunt (Eng)

La Briocha (Spa)




ZVC Indoor Gent (Bel)

* ZVC Indoor Gent won 3-2 on penalties. 

As the 2015 Mallorca Tournament Quarter-Finals were about to get underway we were down to the elite 8 teams in the tournament with Belgium, England, France, Ireland and Spain (x4) all represented.

We started on Pitch A with Son Gual versus Policia Local. These were our two most experienced teams in the Mallorca Tournament with it being appearance #5 for Son Gual and appearance #6 for Policia Local. Only once had these teams met before - back in the 2013 Mallorca Fives. On that occasion it was a group game and they played out a 0-0 draw.

For Son Gual this was the first time they had qualified for the Cup whereas Policia Local had only missed out on the Cup once. Usually you would put Policia Local as favourites for this fixture but not this year. As Group A winners, Son Gual, were playing better than they had done before. Policia Local finished 3rd in their group and were yet to reach the heights that saw them win the 2011 tournament and finish 2nd last year.

As today's form book suggested it was Son Gual who took the lead when Paul Roman doubled his tally for the day. It was the only goal of the first half and at half time the 2013 Mallorca Fives Plate winners looked on course for a Cup Semi-Final. Policia Local hit back after the break though as Jose Delfa equalized and then put Policia Local ahead 2-1.

Son Gual were unable to level it up and they were out – it was their only defeat of the day but just at the wrong time. It was their best performance to date and we hope to see them back in 2016 for another crack at the title!


So, who would meet Policia Local in the Semi-Final? It was Saipan FC against Centrale Paris. Saipan FC was a team on the up and up. In five tournaments before this year they had reached the Cup on one occasion. This was their second appearance in 2015 and their second Cup appearance of the year. They won the 2014 Valencia Fives Plate, qualified for the 2015 Bratislava Fives Cup in 2nd place and qualified for the Cup today as Group B winners. Momentum was with the team in blue and white stripes.

Centrale Paris qualified for this stage as the second best third placed team in the group stage but should not be taken lightly. They started slowly with two defeats but were now 3 games unbeaten with 7 points out of a possible 9 since. In their fifth appearance they had reached the Cup on every occasion. They had mixed results in the Quarter-Finals with 2 wins (2012 and 2013 Algarve Open) and 3 defeats (both teams at 2011 Budapest Fives and here at the Mallorca Tournament last year).

The team from France was facing a fellow French national as Alex Gros was keeping goal for Saipan FC and he frustrated his countrymen all game and earned his second clean sheet of the tournament.

At the other end, a goal in each half for Max Halley and then Ignacio Mochales Cuesta sealed Saipan FC's safe passage through to the Semi-Finals. To coin a corny hashtag #WeMarchOn


Quarter-Final three was Pelugueria Mariano versus Dynamo Gunt. This promised to be the closest Quarter-Final tie yet as it was the winners' of Group C versus the 2 nd placed team in Group B.

Pelugueria Mariano had won Group C in style with 15 points out of a possible 15, scoring 12 goals and conceding just 1. They were on debut and making a name for themselves as one of the team's to watch for ultimate glory. Dynamo Gunt were not far off that with a haul of 10 points, scoring 11 goals and conceding 8. We looked forward to a cracker of a game as England's last remaining hope tackled the fearsome Spanish side.

It was Mariano Llamas Andreu who dealt the first blow as he gave Pelugueria Mariano the lead. He scored not once but twice in the first half to put the Spanish team in control. It was his fifth and sixth goals of a successful day thus far. In the second half Pelugueria Mariano went from strength to strength knocking in a third through Rafael Rivero Rigo, a fourth through Marcos Gutierrez Martinez and a fifth through Miguel Sigil Slos. With every goal the stuffing was knocked out of Dynamo Gunt and the shoulders dropped. They should not be disappointed though overall as they'd put in a great effort in the group phase.

In their last Cup Quarter-Final at the 2011 Valencia Fives they lost 5-0 and it proved to be against the eventual winners. It was 5-0 again today and you wouldn't bet against Pelugueria Mariano going all the way here in Mallorca.


The final Quarter-Final was La Briocha versus ZVC Indoor Gent. It was the Runners-Up from Group A and Group C respectively so the two teams should have been well matched and they proved to be so.

There was nothing between the two teams in the first half as they played out a 0-0 opening half. In the second half we had two red cards (one for each team) as the stakes and tempers rose but there was still to be goals. The two teams were unable to be divided and defences were on top as the game finished at 0-0.

We went into penalties in what was an enthralling shoot-out. It was ZVC Indoor Gent to strike first….

1-0, Up stepped Anthony Chimkovitch and as Juanjo Roberto dived to his left, Chimkovitch pushed it inside the goalkeeper's right post.

1-1, Enzo Rogusa was the first penalty taker for La Briocha – left foot strike to the goalkeeper's left and the scores were level.

2-1, Kenneth Blancquaert was the next man up for ZVC Indoor Gent and he made no mistake to keep the Belgian team with the upper hand.

2-2, Cristian Manuel Somoza De Illano was the next man for La Briocha. He struck a right foot beauty, goalkeeper David Van Der Borght went the right way but it was hit with such power he couldn't reach it.

3-2, Michael Ingels, with four goals in open play in the tournament stepped forward and powered his shot to the goalkeeper's right – no mistake.

3-2, Alexis Ferreyre, also with four goals in the tournament was the man to try and take us to sudden death. David Van Der Borght made the save and was the hero of the shoot-out to send his team through.

ZVC Indoor Gent had 2 goalkeepers in their squad – a rare luxury. It appears they made the correct choice for the shoot-out with Van Der Borght saving the decisive spot-kick. It was a great penalty shoot-out that had so much drama but commiserations to La Briocha. Not only is penalties a gutting way to go out but La Briocha exited the tournament without conceding a goal – we're yet to check the records but we think this is a first in tournaments. Congratulations to ZVC Indoor Gent who were now 2 wins from glory.

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