Prague Masters have found their place on the floorball map

13.11.2017 | zik

Foto: Pavel Růžička
On Saturday, November 11, the twelfth Prague Masters came to their end in Prague. Teams from a record number of countries (11) were in a good mood and played with pace. Battles for titles were fought to the last minutes.

Organizers, including the secretary of the tournament Jan Mikulka, were satisfied: "You can see that Prague Masters have found their place on the floorball map. The tournament is becoming increasingly popular among players. This year's number of teams (82) speaks for itself. This tournament is unique, there are emotional duels, beautiful plays and goals. But mainly, all players are happy to see each other again after a year," Mikulka said after the end of the tournament.


In female categories, home teams dominated thanks to Vítkovice Selection and Ovocné báze. (It's worth mentioning, though, that Norway has won two bronze medals in the Women 35+ group.) Among the men, it was harder for the Czechs. Riga has won the first ever gold at the Prague Masters for Latvia. Riga was second last year, and it was the best in the 35+ category this year.


Among the older veterans, in the 40+ group, the Finnish PRO-09 was rewarded for their great effort with gold. In the final, they beat Fešáci - P.CA Milada, a strong team led by famous Michal Jedlička (overall he scored 12 points in the tournament and became the best player in the age category). "Michal is a legendary player and I enjoyed seeing him play with Beneš and Harapát again," Mikulka said.


There were other stars, too. Martin Richter, Milan Fridrich and Tomáš Kafka. The Engel Brothers. Jan Erik Vaaara. And Mikulka adds: "Juškevičs from Riga looked good, as well. And I would not like to forget the women's category, there we have seen very good performances and matches." 


And what about next year's tournament? Will a new 55+ category be created, which Martin Vaculík, the director of the tournament, joked about? "Everything is possible, but I think with 55 plus we will wait a few more years," Jan Mikulka says. "But I was talking to a lot of players who would welcome the 45 plus category. We have to sit down and think about what we will prepare for 2018."


And he adds: "Finally, I would like to thank the whole team of organizers, referees and all those who make Prague Masters possible."


Thank you and see you next year!

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