5v5 Tournament Nottingham 10.06.18

The University of York Vikings played their final matches of the year on Saturday, in a 5v5 tournament hosted by the wonderful University of Nottingham Floorball club. There were: University of York Floorball, two Nottingham teams (“Green” and “Gold”), Bath and UCL who all played each other once in a league type format, before a third-place play-off ensued between 3rd and 4th, and a final, played between 1st and 2nd places. Each league-style match was 10 minutes in length, and the finals were 15 minutes. York had the largest team present, with three full lines of players eager to consolidate all the hard work they had put in over the year with one last performance of 2017/18.

The Vikings left York at 7am for the two-hour journey down to their friendly rivals. Their first match was against Nottingham Greens. The match, being only 10 minutes long, was high in intensity and skill as the two teams battled for a first win. Even more significant, however, was the fact that York were unbeaten against Nottingham for the year, hoping to continue the streak, while Nottingham were playing to end it. An early goal from Chee Zheng Yang gave York the lead as both teams battled for control. Nottingham equalised soon after with a skilful solo goal, bringing the score to 1-1 in the dying moments of the game. A wonderful second goal for York from Francis Overton-Eccles won the match for the Vikings as their winning streak was set to continue.

The second game was against University of Bath, a team that York had not played this year before. The game was a lot more physical than the previous; a win would be monumental for both teams. York were given the first opening, a second goal for Chee Zheng Yang giving the Vikings the lead. It was short lived, however, with a Bath equaliser creeping in soon after. The match was much cagier thereon, ending in a 1-1 draw which both teams could be satisfied with.

UCL were the next opponents for York, a team that they had played numerous times throughout the year. This game was equal in both attacking and defensive opportunities, neither team getting much of a foothold in the game. With the attacking talent displayed by UCL, for the match to end 0-0 was a credit to the defensive efforts by York. The entire team worked together to block shots and close the opponents down, maintaining an unbeaten run in the competition so far.

The crucial game of the tournament came next, however. This match against Nottingham Gold would decide whether York played in the third-place play-off, or the final. As such, both teams went into the match knowing what they had to accomplish. As the match progressed, it was clear how much both clubs had improved throughout the course of the year, with amazing individual and team performances. Josh Elliott of York scored the only goal of the match, bringing York to a tally of two wins and two draws, enough for second place in the table and a place against UCL in the final.

The final commenced at 12:25. Both teams played exceedingly well, stifling each other’s attacks to the extent that the match seemed to be heading to penalties. All players were fully invested in the match, dropping back to help defend, yet also charging forward to aid in attack. However, it was not to be for the Vikings as a well set up goal from UCL with around 5 minutes to go meant that the match ended 1-0 to the London club and they walked away with the trophy.

Although disappointed to be so close to winning the tournament, the Vikings headed home with their heads held high from incredible performances over the course of the day. York showed how much they have grown throughout the year, punching well above their weight in the most matches they have ever had over the year, playing extremely well as a unit. The club is tremendously proud of all their players and look forward to many more years of floorball at York! As is customary, York players voted on their MVP for the tournament, and the winner was Will Smith, for his outstanding defensive contributions.