Team Extreme (Eng)




CIS Committee (Blr)


So, with 36 games under our belts it would be game #37 that would decide the winners of the 2016 Prague Tournament. We had a great final in store and a fantastic crowd assembled by Pitch A to watch the game and see who would be crowned champions.

Our challengers were CIS Committee and Team Extreme. The record of CIS Committee speaks for itself with wins at the 2014 Budapest Fives and 2014 Bratislava Fives. They were also runners-up at the 2015 Budapest Fives and at the 2011 Prague Masters and 2016 Budapest Fives only went out on Golden Goal/Penalties after a draw in normal time. In normal time, CIS Committee had tasted defeat just once in 41 previous games.

Team Extreme had a mighty task ahead of them but had proved in the past they could go toe-to-toe with the best and at the 2014 Amsterdam Fives were seconds away from beating 3-times winners Athletico Do Hollande in the Cup Semi-Final. Could this be their moment in their debut Cup Final?

Team Extreme certainly had momentum after a great second half in the Semi versus The A Team and they got off to a flyer here with Phil Kemp coolly slotting home for 1-0 and his sixth of the tournament. Team Extreme could barely enjoy their advantage before Ihar Fedarynchyk thumped home a crashing drive from distance to make it 1-1. It was his 11 th goal of the tournament as he went on to pick-up the top goal-scorer award.

After the equalizer momentum was swinging in favour of CIS Committee as Fedarynchyk clipped the post. Team Extreme ‘keeper Dean Tinney then made a good save from Ihar Shcherbich. Dean Tinney was then called into action again saving from Valeri Ivashka as CIS broke from a Team Extreme corner. It was 1-1 at half-time.


The second half kicked off and things were much more even. Team Extreme had a couple of shots from distance but there was nothing much clear cut in the way of chances for either side. We then witnessed the third goal of the game and it was Valeri Ivashka who made it 2-1 to CIS Committee. The next goal of the game looked to decide it as Siarhei Paliakou broke down the right who crossed for Ihar Shcherbich to side foot home unmarked at the far post.

Not long after it was to be 3-2 as CIS Committee conceded a cheap throw-in. From the throw-in it was Chika Kalu who was unmarked at the far post this time as he swept home for 3-2 but it was to be practically the last kick of the game. Once we re-started the final whistle blew and CIS Committee were champions.

We offer our commiserations to Team Extreme who could not have come closer to a trophy win in their 5th appearance. If it is any consolation we have had Cheesecake FC and Saipan FC become first-time Cup winners at their 6 th tournament appearance so it is possible. Team Extreme would collect Runners-Up medals in the afternoon's presentation.

CIS Committee moved up to joint second in the all-time winners list so offer them many congratulations:

4 – Olympic Phil Babb (Eng): Amsterdam Fives (2008), Algarve Open (2009), Prague Masters (2010) and Budapest Fives (2011)

3 – CIS Committee (Blr): Budapest Fives (2014), Bratislava Fives (2014), Prague Tournament 2016.

3 – Athletico Do Hollande (Hol): Algarve Open (2010 and 2011), Amsterdam Fives (2014)

2 – ABC United (Rom): Budapest Fives (2012) and Berlin Fives (2013)

2 – Goldsmith Williams (Eng): Prague Masters (2008) and Amsterdam Fives (2010)

2 – Lozenetz City (Bul): Prague Masters (2009) and Manchester Fives (2010)

2 – Rigford Seahawks (Eng): Krakow Trophy (2009) and Berlin Fives (2012)

2 – Skidmarks (Eng): Valencia Fives (2011) and Krakow Trophy (2012)

2 – FC Radbroke (Eng): Prague Masters (2011) and Algarve Open (2013)

We send our thanks and congratulations to all the teams who participated in what was a great day's competition. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon.

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