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Cologne Cup 2015 Tournament Report Print E-mail
Written by Keith Ball   
Thursday, 30 July 2015

Touch München was only able to send a small team to Cologne but a fantastic team effort more than compensated for the numerical disadvantage.

The first game against Kituro was all about getting into the rhythm and finding the flow of play. The start looked a little shaky but in the second half things improved. Kituro were not playing a full mixed team so taking the penalty into account there was never any real doubt that Munich would prevail ­ the final score was 10-­3.

The second game saw us against Frankfurt, one of our old domestic rivals. Munich was unlucky to fall behind twice but managed to fight back both times and in the end we felt very unlucky not to have won the game.


The draw against Frankfurt meant that we needed a result, preferably a win, in our last group match against Amsterdam in order to remain in contention to win the tournament. Amsterdam were a highly rated side and this was clearly the most important match of the day. When it mattered most Munich put in the best performance of the day, quickly securing a 2­-0 lead mainly thanks to a great team effort in defence. Duncan had already started the match with a slight muscle injury and in the second half both Jonno and Patrick simultaneously limped off clutching their hamstrings. Munich had started the tournament with only very few substitutes so this was clearly not going to be easy. In the end our defense proved too robust for Amsterdam and we held on to the final 6­-4 lead with relative ease.

The match against Amsterdam already meant that our final result was going to be a success but unfortunately, and possibly due to the three minor injuries, Munich did not manage to win another game after that. In the next round our first opponent Berlin, certainly the strongest team in Germany in 2015, proved to be too much of a test and we lost 2­-5, next we lost to Brussels Celtics 0­-2. At this point it was starting to become clear that the inability to sub off often enough was taking its toll.

In the final play­off match for 3rd place against Amsterdam we were determined to finish on a high, especially as we has already beaten Amsterdam earlier in the day. Svennie put in a captain's performance along side Flo, Amelie and Eva who were all able to dig deep for the final effort of the day. The match went to a drop­off and at this point Munich couldn't hide from the fact that this was only a 9-­player team. Amsterdam won 5-­4 leaving Munich on 4th place.

Obviously we felt slightly unfortunate to have lost three players to injury and there was this nagging question, what if? Nevertheless, this was a great success and a brilliant team effort. Svennie was deservedly voted players' player. Congratulations!

Touch München