11 October 2018
Silverfleet’s track record continues as international strategy pays off
An experienced Silverfleet team returned to the Eversheds annual private equity tournament, aiming to defend their title and to raise money for Whitechapel Mission, the charity which has been helping the homeless and marginalised for 140 years.
This year’s competition had an unconventional format, with Silverfleet in a five-team group but only playing three games; apparently it was a coincidence that these were the three strongest teams in that group. With only the group’s winner progressing, the team knew there that was no margin for error and they would need to start with the same intensity as the 5-0 win in last year’s final.
Some observers considered the opening fixture between Silverfleet and long-standing rivals HSBC as a de facto semi-final. Silverfleet’s pan-European tactics came to the fore within the first minute, with the team’s Munich-inspired “gegenpressing” paying off as Boork picked a defender’s pocket and slotted home. The match was tight, but with a few seconds left on the clock, Silverfleet scored the best team goal of the tournament with a move that involved every player and which ripped through the heart of HSBC’s defence for Boork to tap-in for a 3-2 win.
Having then defeated Grant Thornton, Silverfleet entered the final group game against Beechbrook knowing that a win would take them through to their 5th consecutive final. The team started strongly with Knight and Dheir contributing to an early 3-0 lead. Eidem, a defensive rock all tournament, then showed a different side to his game as he skipped past two Beechbrook defenders and calmly rolled the ball into the net to put the icing on the kladdkaka.
Silverfleet versus Inflexion was the final that everyone wanted to see. This match was also tight, but in the closing minutes the ball dropped for Dheir in his own half, who (in his own words) ‘hit a sweetly-struck left foot volley that sailed into the corner of the net’. Regardless of which part of Dheir’s leg the ball came off, it was a goal worthy of winning any final.
The team’s track record in this tournament continues to improve with four wins in five years.