One Swedish and two Czech teams achieved victory at Prague Masters
The players from Vitkovice faced Elite Elements before play-off and the match resulted in a 2:2 tie. The same two teams then competed for overall victory in the female category final - and it was a battle full of suspense. The first goal was achieved by Vitkovice in the 32nd minute of the match - and after that, the same team scored again and secured victory. The former extraleague players achieved their third Prague Masters victory. The newly formed Elite Elements team led by Zuzana Macurova took the second place.
In the category of men over 35, the Finnish team SBS kings surprisingly lost during the round of eight, despite comprising of several players that used to play the highest European leagues. The Latvian Riga team won the match after the final shootout. The Latvians proceeded all the way up to the final, where they faced the excellent Hlasna team, which had beaten Sparta in a semi-final match 1:0. Even the final was tight - at first, the Czech team took the lead, then Riga managed to turn the tables. However, Hlasna had Dusan Privara in their ranks. This player, who still plays for Kladno in the highest Czech league scored with a hat-trick and gained victory for his team.
The men 40+ category play off brought some surprises as well. Hattrick Brno had bested P.CA Milada in the round of sixteen 5:2, eliminating a team that includes the coach of the Czech national team Radim Cepek, as well Michal Jedlicka, the coach of the superleague team Bohemians. Hattrick then stood against Lockerud, a team of Swedish stars, in contest of the overall victory. Lockerund fielded, amongst others, the Swedish national team coach Jak-Erik Vaara, who will decide on the final roster for the Riga world championship on Monday. The Swedish team won the final 4:2, Esa Karjalainen achieved three points, Vaara shot one goal and made one assist.
The most successful country in the tournament was the hosting Czech Republic with 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. The Swedish follow with 1 gold and 2 bronze medals. The third most successful country is Latvia with 1 silver and one 1 bronze medal.
1. Hlásná (CZE)
2. Riga (LAT)
3. - 4. FBI Přírodní vany (CZE), Sparta 66 Masters (CZE)
1. IBK Lockerud Veterans (SWE)
2. FBŠ Hattrick Brno (CZE)
3. - 4. Divupe 2 (LAT), Umea City Veterans (SWE)
1. 1. SC TEMPISH Vítkovice (CZE)
2. Elite Elements Team (CZE)
3. - 4. FBŠ Bohemians Praha B (CZE), Lillvreta - even stronger and faster than ever (SWE)