24 January 2015

EKA Staff

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Europa Cup 2015: Final Day

England’s national champions, Trojans, played for 5th/6th place at the IKF Europa Cup on Saturday 17 January 2015 against Vallparadis from Catalonia.

Trojans coach Gary Brooks started with: Lia Matthews, Hannah Goodridge, Stan Dunn and Matthew Brooks in attack and Amy Turner, Steph Allen, Tony Woodvine and David Brooks in defence.

There was nothing to separate the two teams at half-time with the scores level at 12-12.

The trend continued throughout the second half with very little to separate the two teams.

When Trojans’ Neala Brennan scored a penalty in the last minute of the match to level the scores at 21-21 it was looking like the match would go to golden goal extra-time. However, a contact foul by Trojans resulted in a free-pass for the Catalan champions… the resulting free pass was scored by Jurado Cruz. With only seconds remaining on the clock there was no time left for Trojans to comeback.

Final score 21-22 to Vallparadis.

Vallparadis’ Jose Luis Jurado Cruz top scored in the match with nine goals. Trojans top goal scorer was Matt Brooks with six goals.

Trojans captain David Brooks scored four in the final match and also ended the tournament as joint top goal scorer with a total of 25 goals.

Trojans played 5 matches at the Europa Cup, scoring 94 goals and conceding 73. The England Korfball champions won 3 and lost 2. The two matches that Trojans lost, they lost by a single goal.

The final of was between TOP/Quoratio (NED) and Royal Scaldis (BEL) refereed by England Korfball League referee Dean Woods. TOP/Quoratio won the match and the Europa Cup trophy 17-31.