One Swedish and two Czech teams achieved victory at Prague Masters

13.11.2016 | Gustav Ondrejčík

Foto: Pavel Růžička
The eleventh Prague Masters championship set new records. 73 teams originating from 9 nine countries took part. In the women category, Vitkovice can celebrate victory, in the men 35 category Hlasna triumphed. As for the category for men over 40, that was dominated by a Swedish team full of legends. Prague Masters 2016!

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. 


Men 35+
1. Hlásná (CZE)
2. Riga (LAT)
3. - 4. FBI Přírodní vany (CZE), Sparta 66 Masters (CZE)


Men 40+
1. IBK Lockerud Veterans (SWE)
2. FBŠ Hattrick Brno (CZE)
3. - 4. Divupe 2 (LAT), Umea City Veterans (SWE)


Women 30+
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)

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