Frank Hirth (Eng)




50 Shades of O Shea (Eng)


The 2016 Prague Tournament Plate Final was to be contested by Frank Hirth and 50 Shades of O'Shea. With six games down and one to go the teams would need to summon up one last effort to collect those winners medals and the coveted trophy.

Frank Hirth were bidding to add themselves to a list of teams that had won multiple Plate trophies. The current leaderboard read:

4 - CSF (2008 Krakow Trophy, 2009 Algarve Open as CSF Porto, 2009 Amsterdam Fives, 2009 Valenica Fives as CSF)

3 - New Milton Eagles (Eagles OB 2010 Krakow Trophy, Eagles UnAthletic 2011 Algarve Open, Eagles 3:36 2014 Mallorca Veterans Tournament)

3 - GBS Reds (2010 Prague Trophy, 2012 Berlin Fives, 2016 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament)

2 - Rigford Seahawks (2009 Prague Trophy, 2011 Amsterdam Fives)

2 – Slavoj Consumer – (2012 & 2013 JNJ Euro Soccer Tournament)

2 – St Paul's College OB (2014 Amsterdam Fives, 2015 Bratislava Fives)

2 – Naranjitos – (2014 Barcelona Fives, 2015 Budapest Fives)

50 Shades of O'Shea were bidding to win their first trophy as they had reached their first final at the second attempt. It did not start well for 50 Shades of O'Shea as Steven Cameron gave his side a 1-0 lead and almost made it 2-0 soon after but for a good save by the 50 Shades ‘keeper. The man between the posts was having a good game as he made a couple more good saves to keep the score at 1-0. Tony Wood then had 50 Shades of O'Shea's best chance as his shot was partially saved and looked like it was looping in until headed behind for a corner. At half-time it was 1-0.


The score remained 1-0 for much of the second half and the longer the game went on the more crucial the second goal would be. It came midway through the second half and it was Steven Cameron again – his fifth of the tournament – that put Frank Hirth in full control of the Plate Final. 50 Shades of O'Shea went up the other end and forced a good save from the Frank Hirth ‘keeper to keep it at 2-0. An instant reply could have changed the momentum in this final.

The next goal could have sealed the game and was arguably the best of the lot. Dan Spackman was left unmarked at the far post from a throw-in and he volleyed it home first time for 3-0. It looked all over but almost immediately 50 Shades of O'Shea hit back for 3-1 through Matt Berka. Could this be the start of a late comeback?

Time was against 50 Shades of O'Shea and increasingly so was the scoreline. Nick Wastell hit the bar for Frank Hirth but they were soon 4-1 up through CJ Walford and then 5-1 up through Dan Davis as 50 Shades of O'Shea tired once the game was gone.

We offer our commiserations to 50 Shades of O'Shea but commend them on a good day's work. Semi-Final in Barcelona, Runners-Up in Prague – could it be winners in their next destination of choice?

Our congratulations today though go to all at Frank Hirth who would collect a winners' trophy and winners' medals as they added their name to the illustrious list of multiple Plate winners.

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