Reports from the finals (Lisebergshallen)
11:00 G16 Final play off A Åstorp/Kvidinge IBS – Tunet IBK
Liseberg arenas first final of Gothia Innebandy Cup 2017 was a battle between two teams with a good match history. The most recent game they played prior to the final was in the third round of the group stage. Tunet managed to get the victory that time. The game before that was last years final where Tunet ended up winning after an exciting penalty shoot out.
The game started with intensity and both teams had good chances to take the lead. The initially very intense game started to drop just before the sound that meant that the first period was over. The eagerness of revenge was clearly visible in the eyes of the Åstorp/Kvidinge players but it was weighed up by Tunet with their very structured way of playing.
The second period starting phase was more cautious that the first. After ten minutes Tunet successfully managed to break the defence of Åstorp/Kvidinge with a hard shot by number 2 Rikke Ingebrigtsli Hansen.
Just one minute later Line Terjesen from Tunet managed to score goal number two by being well placed in front of the goal. Åstorp/Kvidinge fought to get back into the game after a time out that followed Terjesens goal. With the final moments of the game approaching Åstorp/Kvidinge decided to remove the goal keeper to get a better position in the attempt to recover the two goals. Following a quick counter attack Tunet got a free hit opportunity that they used in the best possible way. 3-0 was a fact and it was performed by number 14 Sandra Craig with her shot that made its way through a whole bunch of players from both teams before it ended up in the goal behind Ellen Persson in Åstorp/Kvidinge. 3-0 remained and became the final result of the game.
A very well played game resulted in Tunets 3 straight win. Most valuable player became the first scorer of the game Rikke Ingebrigtsli Hansen.
12.10 B18 Final Play off A Plantagen – Jönköpings IK
The final in the B18 category would be a game between two highly goal scoring teams. Before the final they had scored a total of 77 goals between themselves.
The match started off with quick and tough play from both teams. After eight minutes we saw the first goal, it was scored by number 79 Patric Nemec for the Czech team IBK Plantagen with his shot between the legs of the goalkeeper. It was not long until number 64, Lucas Bernhardsson received a perfect pass and the game was equalized, 1-1. In minute 14 Plantagen got a suspension for 2 minutes. With one more player on the field Jönköping took the lead through number 9, Lukas Andersson.
With many great saves by the goalkeeper in Plantagen, number 55, Jan Handl, created possibilities for the team to equalize. Jozef Kris, number 81 seized the opportunity and scored the match’s second tie in the top right of the goal from the opposite side. The high goal average per game that the teams have show continued in the final. After some intense play on the middle of the field Simon Andersson, number 22 in Jönköping finds a spot where he scores his first in the game giving Jönköping the lead once again.
After two additional goals by Jönköping via Jacob Wadskog and Lucas Bernhardsson Plantagen decides to remove their goalkeeper at the end of the game. They manage to score one more goal with this strategy, but that was not enoguh to beat Jönköpings five scored goals. Congratulations to Jönköpings IK to the win in Gothia Innebandy Cup.
13:20 G18 Final play off A Fristad/Borås Junior – Florbal Vsetín
The final between Fristad/Borås Junior from Sweden and Florbal Vsetín from Czech Republic in the G18 class started immediately with a goal scored just after one and a half minute. The scorer was nr 5 Tereza Goláňová in Florbal Vsetín. The game stays in favor of the Czech girls when they score their second goal of the game in minute 15, done by nr 22, Alžběta Švehlová, assisted by Sára Seevaldová. This fires up the swedes who has proven in the game and throughout the tournament that they have an offence to count with.
18 minutes into the first period Fristad/Borås Juniors Nr 56, Tova Hoffsten reduces the score from 2-0, to 2.1. That was the end result of the first period.
Florbal Vsetín starts the second period in the best possible fashion with two straight goals scored by Lenka Novotná och Alžběta Švehlová. Fristad/Borås Junior fought to get back in the game, much through Josefin Johansson with impressing individual performances. They fought well and managed to put in the two goals they lost in the first part of the second period. But that wasn’t enough to beat the Czech girls this time. End result 3-4. Congratulations Florbal Vsetín.
14:30 B17 Final play off A FBS Bohemians DDM Praha 7 – SV Wiler Ersigen
In the B17 class, Gothia Cup Invitational Trophy, we had FBS Bohemians DDM Praha 7 from the Czech Republic against SV Wiler Ersigen Switzerland. The night before the finals these two teams had a chance to “warm up” in the last game of the group. The match that would decide who was first and who was two in the group stage. A final between Czech Republic / Switzerland was already a fact before this game. The teams therefore took the chance to rest some of their key players, including Noah Püntener and Marc-André Vogt who showed great form throughout the tournament. The match of the group ended 9-3 with Czech advantage. But it is, after all, the final one must win.
The match in Lisebergshallen began similarly as the night before, with high speed and very high-quality floor ball. The first goal is scored by the previously mentioned Marc-Andre Vogt, followed by an equalizer by Bohemians Patrik Segrec. After a couple of goals the first period ends 4-2 with advantage for Bohemians from the Czech Republic.
Second Half shows to be more intense than the first one. Teams score alternately until the result is 7-4 for Bohemians. Noah Püntener hunts feverishly in the final seconds of the match and pushing his team to achieve a similar result, but without success. FBS Bohemians DDM Praha 7 stands pressure and keeps close after the fourth goal. The final result 8-4, congratulations to FBS Bohemians DDM Praha 7 from the Czech Republic.
16:00 B16 Final Play off A Tatran Stresovice – CL98IC
The last final of this year’s Gothia Innebandy Cup was a battle between Tatran Stresovice and CL98IC. The match predicted in advance to be a tight battle between the swedes and the Czech floor ball players. The countries have a history of high percentage of teams reaching the finals in the Gothia Innebandy Cup, so it was great that this last final of the 2017 edition ended with these two great teams.
Already in the start of the game CL98IC made a quick goal by Kevin Sandebäck. 1-0 lead to the swedes until the break but the game was far from uneventful.
The second half included many more goals and moments that kept us in the edge of our seats. Not one, not two, but three times was the result equalized. 1-0, was 1-1. 1-2 became 2-2 and 3-2 became 3-3. The first scorer was also the last. Kevin Sandebäck beacomes match hero as he determines the final result with his second and the team’s fourth goal of the match.
Congratulations to CL98IC and all the other winners of this year’s Gothia Innebandy Cup.