Thailand won the first ever Asia and Oceania Floorball Confederation Cup by beating Singapore in the finals with 8-4!
The AOFC Cup was played in Bangkok, Thailand from the 1-6 July and replaced the former international tournament, the Asia Pacific Floorball Championships. Eight men´s teams participated including China who made their international debut in men. India also participated after a long absence and was welcomed back to the international scene.
The final became a clash between Singapore and the host country Thailand. Both teams had been unbeaten so far and also had an impressive goal difference. When the two teams met in the WFC in December, Thailand was better by six goals.
Thailand started best and scored after just two minutes of play. They didn’t stop there and even set the 2-0 six minutes later. This was a wake-up call for Singapore who started playing better and scored their first goal of the finals. The last goal was again by Thailand when Sattaya Phoosinoi scored the 3-1 just 67 seconds later.
Singapore started the second period much better, when Tristan See completed a nice combination from the assist of Jian Hong Lim, closing the gap to only one goal again. However, Thailand would score again. Pawat Thaidit picked up the ball from Phoosinoi in front of the Singapore goal. The tournament´s top scorer took the ball, kept his calm to deek the goalie out of his position, and shot into in the Singaporean net. Thailand was again up by two goals, but Singapore refused to give up. Tristan See put on his leader boots and scored his second goal to make it 4-3. The pressure was again switched to Thailand. Thaidit got a pass to the right wing from Alexander Rinefalk in a short counter attack but missed the net. Rinefalk got the ball again on the left side of the rink and picked up a one-time pass to reach Thaidit again from the right wing and this time the sniper didn´t miss. He shot a powerful one-timer past the Singapore goalie to stop the digitals at 35:36, giving his team a 5-3 lead.
Soon after the third period was kicked off, the hero of Thailand completed his hat trick with his 11th goal of the tournament, making it 6-3. Singapore kept fighting, but Thailand was able to keep their defense together. Finally, at 48:13, Santipong Sukkasem extended Thailand´s lead and it became even more of an uphill battle for Singapore. During the final ten minutes, both teams scored once but there was no stopping the Thailand train which ended up in lifting the first ever AOFC Cup trophy with the scoreline 8-4 over Singapore.
At the bronze match, Korea won against Indonesia 4-2.