Cannock, representing England, failed to gain a medal in the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup which they hosted, despite being the only one of the eight clubs to reach a double figure score - twice.
They finished in fifth place yesterday after thrashing Stroitel Brest of Belarus 10-0, having on Friday scored 15 goals against the Czech champions Slavia Praha.
It took 12 minutes to open the scoring when Graham Moodie's through-ball allowed Great Britain and England international Barry Middleton to slap a shot inside the far post.
Penalty-corner specialist Simon Ramsden's low drag flick made it 2-0 seven minutes later but then Cannock eased up and did not add their third until the 41st minute when Martin Jones ran from the halfway line before executing a perfect reverse-stick shot.
Stroitel's Aliaksandr Biarynchyk was sin-binned for a foul on Middleton at the top of the circle and Ramsden scored his second from a penalty corner move. Richard Lane was also yellow-carded in the 49th minute but while he was off Cannock added a fifth through Andrew Lang-lands' stinging reverse-stick strike.
The back-to-back Premier Division champions then hit five goals in the last seven minutes with Andy Brodgden scoring twice before Ramsden completed his hat-trick ahead of goals from Jones and Hard-eep Jawanda.
But a disappointed Cannock, who narrowly lost their opening match, missed the chance of a medal when on Saturday they were held to a 2-2 draw by the Spanish club Athletic Terrassa who equalised six minutes from time after Middleton had scored both the host club's goals.
The German champions, Stuttgart Kickers, won the gold medal beating Athletic Terrassa 3-1 and the Dutch team Oranje Zwart beat the Polish side KS Pocztowiec 5-2 to take the bronze medal.
Coach David Mayer was disappointed not to have contested a medal and accepted their defeat to the Poles was the critical error.
"It is unbelievable that a team which scored 30 goals in the tournament finishes fifth," he said. "It is a fine line but we didn't start well. But the really disappointment was being 2-1 up (with six minutes to go) against Terrassa yesterday and letting it slip through our fingers.
"We came to the tournament to win it but we are also representing our country and if we had lost today we would have let ourselves down and whoever is representing England next year."
That team could yet be Cannock again as the Midlands club host the domestic Super Cup in a fortnight's time with victory guaranteeing a place.
n Birmingham University also failed yesterday in their attempt to win promotion to the English Hockey League women's Premier Division, losing in the play-offs at Wakefield to Old Loughtonians 4-2 on aggregate.
On Saturday they lost 1-0 and were defeated 3-2 yesterday.
Beeston gained promotion to the men's Premier Division at the expense of Old Loughtonians, winning 6-5 on aggregate.
They won 4-1 in the second leg with the decisive goal arriving just ten minutes from time.