Plate Group would see 3 teams playing for the
Plate Title by winning the group. The team finishing
in 2nd place would earn Plate runners-up medals.
Each team would play each other twice i.e. ‘home'
and ‘away' and so have four games to prove they
were the rightful and worthy winners of the 2009
Valencia Fives Plate champions.
first game would see the opening CSF derby not
just in this tournament but in overall eurofootballfives.com
competition. In six previous tournaments from
the Algarve to Prague with stops in between in
Amsterdam , Barcelona and Krakow (twice) they
had managed to avoid each other – not anymore!
Kiwis were entered as the ‘A' team and
results so far would suggest that was the case.
They were firm favourites and made no mistake
in ramming home this advantage against their friends
and colleagues as they opened up a 5-0 lead by
half-time. The second half saw CSF
Oz earn some credibility narrowly losing
3-2 troubling the scorers twice through Ryan Moore
and Michael Ofori. The overall result was an 8-2
win for CSF Kiwi. Alex Thomas scored his first
goals of the tournament by helping himself to
a hat-trick, James Nott scored twice along with
goals from Tom Mottram, Graeme McGregor and Oz
goal from Zamora meant he had scored in 7 different
eurofootballfives' tournaments – a record. This
tournament was also his last before emigrating
to Australia . He has already vowed to return
next year making the journey from down under.
Fantastic commitment and we take our hats off!
Oz were back in action versus Art
Hosteleria who had Spain 's hopes of Plate
victory on their shoulders. CSF Oz, having lost
to their sister squad, were hoping to do their
colleagues a favour by taking points from their
hosts. Linden Hutchinson sent the watching CSF
gallery wild as he put CSF Oz ahead for the first
time in the tournament. They were playing some
good football and Art Hosteleria were struggling
to get into the game. The CSF almost preserved
their lead until half-time but fell just short
when Carlos Gutierrez Cuallado sent the Art Hosteleria
supporters crackers with the equaliser. In the
2 nd half the Spanish went ahead and never looked
back. They pulled away from the CSF team as they
earned a 4-1 victory to go level at the top with
game was also important as it marked the first
game in eurofootballfives.com history to be refereed
by former Premier League referee Graham Barber.
Referee Barber has officiated in the Premier League,
Champions League and an FA Cup Final but surely
the Valencia Fives has to be top of the lot????
Ok, the jury is still out on that one!