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SEASON 1996/1997

The US help in the playoffs


Advancing in the first year of its existence made the fans hungry for the next year. It was time to change the place for the matches, as the Gdańsk AWF hall was too open. From that moment on, Trefl played at the Sopocki Klub Tenisowy (just a couple of hundred meters next to the current Hala Stulecia).

The way to the coveted ekstraklasa was not year. Star player Chad Faulkner felt the hardships of the league and was not able to carry the team to victory in every match. In the regular season Trefl took third place in the table, whereas Faulkner became injured. Chairman Kazimierz Wierzbicki sought a replacement in order to fill in the US defender's position. After the playoffs Sopot welcomed Antoine Gillespie, who led the team in the next phase of the matches. In the playoffs, Trefl has not lost a single match. In a great finale they have defeated Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski. Winning 87-76 in the first match in front of their own fans was reason for apprehension, which was waved aside after a rematch and a 90:77 win. Ekstraklasa came to Trójmiasto!