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Nauka MP defeat Rubene for EFC 2015 title – 10.10.2015

Nauka MP, from Russia, became the first team to secure a place at the IFF Champions Cup 2016, after defeating Lativan champions Rubene 7-3 in the EuroFloorball Cup women´s final.

Nauka previously won the EFC in 2013 and played at the 2014 Champions Cup in Switzerland. They obviously enjoyed the experience and were determined to repeat it here in Cesis, Latvia. In their two group matches they recorded the same score in each match, and did not concede a goal. In the semi-final they had much tougher opposition in MMKS Podhale from Poland and in today´s final, Rubene.

The opening goal of the final was scored by Nauka when Maria Okulova was able to find space to receive the ball in front of the Rubene goal and shot the ball sharply into the net. Rubene equalised soon after with a penalty shot taken by Edite Bankava. The rest of the period was a rather messy affair with neither team able to maintain possession for more than 2 or 3 passes.

Nauka had moved back into the lead shortly before the first break but Rubene managed to cancel that out after just 11 seconds of the second period when Evita Rudzite caught the Nauka team not yet switched on. Nauka scored two quick goals around the 25 minute mark but Rubene regathered themselves and got back in the game. Both teams still struggled with creating any fluid play but there were chances at both ends. A penalty shot was missed by Rubene but they converted the powerplay to again bring the difference back to one going to the last break.

Many of the Nauka team played at Champions Cup 2014 and the final period showed their determination to get there again. When they scored two goals in 30 seconds they gave themselves a comfortable lead. Rubene took a time out but Nauka were able to control the rest of the game and didn´t allow Rubene back in. Final score was 7-3.

Best Players
Nauka MP - Kseniia Makkoveeva
Rubene - Linda Lice

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