Sunday, 8 May 2011
Vilanova i la Geltrú in a European Roller Hockey Final
Roller Hockey is a big sport in many Latin countries - not the least in Catalonia. One of the stable teams in the Spanish top league - OK Lliga - comes from here, Vilanova i la Geltrú and is famous for its load supporters.
This weekend the finals of the CERS Cup – the roller hockey equivalent to the European League in football – took place in this town and to our delight CP Vilanova had managed to qualify. The competitors were three Portuguese teams and in the semifinals Vilanova surprised many of us by beating HC Braga 5-3.
Today it was time for the final against SL Benfica, but unfortunately we did not see another miracle. Benfica which is technically stronger won 4-6 in an intense match. Personally I was still very impressed - neither the local team nor its supporters gave up until the match was really over.
Congratulations to the silver medal CP Vilanova!
CP Vilanova won the CERS Cup as recently as 2007.