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  17 April 2007

 

‘DAM FINE FARE!

HBOS Colleagues Serve Up a Treat

 

The FOURTH Eurofives HBOS Trophy produced some engrossing futsal.

 

Over 200 goals were scored and there were countless thrills and spills as teams from five different countries launched themselves into the action.

 

In the end, the free-scoring Bristol Financial Services side (left) notched the overall title but there were some splendid showings from the likes of BoS Glasgow (who scooped an historic FOURTH Eurofives trophy), Birmingham Midshires, Equity Solutions Croydon and many others.

 

Winning manager Andrew Procter of Bristol FS commented: “We had to play at our best to win because the standard of the other teams was very good.”

 

Paul Covell of Claims@Home/GI added: “A fantastic tournament - we will be back in 2008!”

 

Here’s how the groups were won:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Reports:

 

 

 

GROUP D

BRISTOL FASHION

Financial Services Bristol, under the management of Andrew Procter, showed some devastating form in the opening group. Ant Treacy’s superbly-organised CIT Liverpool finished second, just ahead of Rob Timms’ new-look BosCAF. And although James Mountain’s Reading will again be cursing their luck in front of goal, they more than played their part in an enjoyable programme of matches.

 

 

GROUP E

CROYDON BLEU

Group E proved an entertaining series with over 30 goals and plenty of action. Dave Russell’s lively young Croydon side (left) finished top of the pile, just edging out Matt Brooks’ talented Legal Products outfit from Leeds. Garry Harding and his Equity Solutions team found a rich vein of scoring form while Erich Beil’s Treasury Services belied their lack of experience with a very impressive debut performance which bodes well for the future.

 

 

 

GROUP A

CHESTER MINUTE

Paul Covell’s sprightly young Claims@Home team played themselves into a great position in Sporthallen Zuid with back-to-back wins over surprise-packets E-Commerce Belfast and veterans Renault FS. In the group finale however, Ronnie Johnson’s free-scoring CIT Chester overcame the loss of an early goal to clinch the win they needed to take the trophy.

 

 

 

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GROUP C

MIDSHIRES MAGIC

Comeback kings Birmingham Midshires topped the ‘Group of Death’ after a thoroughly convincing performance saw off 2006 champions Computercall. Captain Dan Fisher led from the front, netting some crucial goals, but he was ably supported by his team who all weighed in with some important contributions. Tony Kenefeck’s ever-improving Southampton side finished a highly-creditable third, while T-M-B’s points tally didn’t tell the full story of their excellent attacking play.

 

 

GROUP B

THE HISTORY MEN

There was a sensational end to the big Sunday action at Van Hogendorp when Bank of Scotland Glasgow came back from the dead to pip Stephen Fu and his impressive debutants from Rightmove. The goal-difference victory secured an historic fourth Eurofives trophy for David Hillhouse and his team. Clerical Medical Maastricht and newcomers Dunfermline RCC, led by Andrew Flockhart, scrapped out an exciting, end-to-end match for third place, Michael Quartey’s Limburg-based side sealing it with a late equaliser.

 

 

 

 

GROUP F

IRISH EYES SMILING

This was an enjoyable affair with guest side FSL Amsterdam providing some stiff opposition for the British and Irish teams. However it was Brian Cotter and his BoS Ireland A side who took the HBOS silverware, helped by victory in a rip-roaring Dublin derby against their colleagues in the B team. Stewart Beatty’s men claimed the group runners-up spot ahead of Sam Husband’s BoS Bristol who battled the odds to put on a plucky debut performance.

 

 

 

GROUP G

SOUTHERN STARS

This tri-cornered contest produced some hot action as BoS Southampton and CCR Chester’s A team went head to head for the trophy in a gripping final game. Alan Darling’s southerners just managed to hold off Matt Russan’s men who came oh-so-close to snatching the vital win. And despite being on the wrong end of the scorelines, Alex Dinsdale’s Chester B team won many friends with their cavalier approach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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