Tony Van Trapp was putting the finishing touches to a brash meisterplan this week – his bid to unseat Yooro 2012 favourites Germany in Wednesday’s table football tournament semi-final showdown.
TVT’s Oirish outsiders surprised us all with Group C victories over Spain and Italy, then added a 10-7 victory over Ukraine on Saturday night in a quarter-final epic. But the Italian boss – speaking through a County Kerry translator – cryptically admitted his side ‘may have to move Macgillycuddy’s Reeks’ if they are to progress any further, with Joachim Lowenbrau’s Germany ‘standing in the way of a grand finale’ against either Poland or France.
There might have been a couple of stouts involved, but after his earlier fall-out with his own fans, former Eire international, Muncaster United legend and Daftown TV summariser Rory Keynote was having something of a love-in with the Oirish fans after that historic win over Ukraine.
Two goals each from namesake Bobby Keynote, Jack O’Seamus and Danny Duffy did the damage, a perfect display topped off by inspirational defender Johnny St Patrick’s winner amid fantastic scenes at the New Table of Dreams.
Plenty more pints of the dark stuff have been consumed in Downtown Daftown since that shock result, but now Van Trapp’s side face their stiffest test yet. And as Lowenbrau said – similarly mystifyingly – in his press conference, “I am not looking to tolerate any leprechaun shenanigans on the night’. So there you have it.
The following night there was further drama as Laurent Blancmange’s French France side saw off tournament co-favourites Espana to set up Thursday’s semi-final with Polska. And Spanish team boss Vince Del Busker was left speechless at the post-match conference, not least after a hat-trick for until-then out-of-form striker Ferdie Toreador was followed by a late double from Johan Cabbage.
Those two nail-biters were the culmination of a thrilling weekend in which Daftown house-guests the Beans and the Champions played their part in what Brazilian table football legend Hudson Oranges do Natimental – better known as Pilau – would no doubt have labelled the ‘Beautiferous Game’ if he’d actually accepted our tournament invite.
In the first quarter-final, Lowenbrau’s Germany were ‘lager than life’ according to national icon Frank Buchenboomer. The self-styled ‘Deutsch Jungen’ saw off Russian 10-6 – despite a great display from Roman Pavlovachunk – with Luke Podcastski scoring four goals on the night.
Poland kept their nerve in the second quarter-final for a 10-8 win over Orson Morsen’s Denmark, the opposition’s rousing choruses of ‘Wonderful Copenhagen‘ and assured performances from strike duo Dali Rommcom and Nicky Bandido not enough to put off determined Polish keeper and one-hit wonder Gooner Szczesny Hawkes in a stunning spectacle of table football.
And if each of those four victorious nations show similar form in the next two matches, we’re definitely in for further hyperboles and over-exaggerations from here. For sure.
Results: Group A – Poland 10 Greece 6; Russia 7 Czech Republic 10; Greece 10 Czech Republic 4; Poland 5 Russia 10; Czech Republic 6 Poland 10; Greece 6 Russia 10. Group B – Holland 10 Denmark 8; Germany 10 Portugal 5; Denmark 10 Portugal 4; Netherlands 4 Germany 10; Portugal 10 Netherlands 6; Denmark 10 Germany 8. Group C – Spain 10 Italy 4; Ireland 9 Croatia 10; Italy 10 Croatia 6; Spain 7 Ireland 10; Croatia 2 Spain 10; Italy 9 Ireland 10. Group D – France 10 England 8; Ukraine 8 Sweden 10; Ukraine 4 France 10; Sweden 7 England 10; England 7 Ukraine 10; Sweden 9 France 10. Quarter-Finals – Russia 6 Germany 10; Denmark 8 Poland 10; Ireland 10 Ukraine 7; France 10 Spain 8.
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