Pociatek Pohar - 15th September 2012

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Pociatek Pohar 2012

The 2012 tournament witnessed the return of Wilderness to the competition for the first time since 2009 and with the Akkies pulling out days before the tournament, we were fortunate to get a last minute entry in the way of B-Akkies.

GROUP I - Holders TIP had a very worrying start to the competition as they lost their opening encounter 3-1 against Sfera and then lost their 2nd match by the same score against Takeda. However, they got their act together to win the final 2 group games to end up in 2nd position eliminating Sfera in the process. Like in previous years, Takeda won the group meaning they went straight through into the semis. 2 FC Tryskac finished 3rd and joined TIP by booking their place into the quarters. PSE-MCS finished 5th despite beating Sfera 1-0.

GROUP II - Old foes Wilderness and SEWS paired off in their opening group game and a close match was won by SEWS winning by the odd goal to nil. SEWS continued their winning ways as they then went on to win 8-1 against the Rebels and B-Akkies. IDS Scheer were also firing on all cycliners as they too won all their opening 3 group games, however, they had an extra bonus point so they just needed a draw against SEWS in the final game to claim top spot. In a tense encounter, SEWS came away with a slender 2-1 advantage to finish group winners while IDS Scheer proceeded through to the quarters. Vying for the last quarter spot, it all went down to the last game as to who would go through. The Rebels had beaten Wilderness 3-2 while Wilderness had beaten B-Akkies 2-1. Wilderness could do nothing more and all the Rebels needed was a draw or even a defeat of 2-1 or less. Having been beaten 0-5 and 1-8 and the narrow defeat to Wilderness, it all came down to this... B-Akkies won 4-1 and gleefully snatched a spot in the quarters!

CLASSIFICATION MATCHES - PSE-MCS were awarded the 9th place match against the Rebels as the latter went AWOL. Wilderness, upset that their return to the competition had not yielded more success, certainly made amends in the 7th place play-off smashing Sfera 5-1.

QUARTERS - So with Takeda and SEWS earning byes to the semi finals, 2008 winners 2 FC Tryskac took on IDS Scheer in the first quarter final - IDS Scheer have not previously been able to pass the quarters to date. After a tense 1-1 draw, the match went to penalties - only 1 goal was scored from 6 and this was scored by 2 FC Tryskac. In the other quarter, TIP met B-Akkies and despite the scoreline, B-Akkies gave a good account of themselves, equalising after having gone a goal down before TIP ran away with the victory 5-1.

SEMIS - Having drawn in the group 1-1, Takeda stepped it up a level in the semis to beat 2 FC Tryskac 4-2 booking their 2nd consecutive final berth. In the other semi, having avoided them last year, TIP came up against tournament legends SEWS. TIP scored first early in the 1st half before SEWS were awarded a penalty which they scored. TIP once again restored their lead before bagging another one to make it 3-1. It wasn't over though as SEWS got another one back to make TIP uneasy, but that's how the score finished.

FINALS - SEWS earned their 10th tournament top 3 placing in the history of the competition (12 tournaments) as they scored 2 more than 2 FC Tryskac winning 4-2 in the 3rd place play-off. In the final, it was a repeat of the 2011 final line-up as TIP were once again paired off against Takeda. TIP once again dug deep and overcame Takeda in the all-important match and in the process made tournament history as the first team to win 3 tournaments in succession.

AWARDS - previously the most goals scored at a tournament was 10 by Miso Kukol of TIP in 2010. This was beaten by Milan Marusin of SEWS who scored 11 goals... unfortunately, Milan was surpassed by another scorer on the day who bagged an amazing 14 goals: Miso Kukol of TIP averaging 2 goals a game. Stano Fancovic collected the 3rd placed trophy for SEWS, while Roman Slovinec was given the 2nd placed trophy for Takeda. Once again, a delighted Maros Madaj picked up both trophies for TIP.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Takeda and Coca-Cola for their continued sponsorship of the event, the Rebels for their help in transporatation of drinks and the referees for doing a very professional job on the day.

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