had a share of the lead at the top of Group B
and that was between CIS Committee and Skidmarks.
If you'd looked at the fixture before the tournament
then it would probably be no surprise to see this
as a top of the table clash given each teams impressive
record in past events. The teams boasted 5 tournament
wins between them.
was certainly a tough draw and I guess the compensation
was that by being in the same group, assuming
no slip ups, they would not meet again until the
Cup Final. These two teams had history and this
match was a repeat of the 2014 Bratislava Fives
Cup Final. On that occasion, CIS Committee won
had a quick check of the line-ups from that 2014
fixture and Skidmarks had 6 members of that Bratislava
squad here in Vilnius. CIS Committee had 3 surviving
members from that title victory three years ago.
in Vilnius it was CIS Committee who hit the front
when Aliaksandr Viazhevich gave them the lead.
Luke Hatfield then equalized for Skidmarks but
it was CIS Committee who would take an advantage
going into the change of ends. Aliaksandr Viazhevich
was the man on target again.
the break Aliaksandr Viazhevich completed his
hat-trick to give CIS a two goal cushion. It proved
enough to earn all 3 points for the Belarussian
team. Could these two teams be meeting again in
the tournament finale this afternoon?