Club played host to the first Grand Masters Hockey European Cup over
the weekend of 22-24th June, which featured teams from England,
Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Scotland.
England Grand Masters (Over 60) opened their campaign with a
hard-fought game against the Netherlands, winning 1-0 after
surviving a penalty stroke in the dying minutes. There were then
more comfortable wins against Italy and Scotland before the deciding
match against world Grand Masters champions Germany. England always
looked in control and had a comfortable 2-0 lead midway through the
second half thanks to goals from Neil Major and Mike Surridge. A
goal from Germany gave brief encouragement to the visitors only for
England to seal an impressive 3-1 win with a final goal from centre
forward Stephen Stowell, well-fed by Imtiaz Mahmood-Sheikh.
In the Great Grand Masters (Over 65) event the title was again
decided on the final morning. Both England and Germany had won their
previous two games but Germany had a better goal difference which
meant that Germany only had to draw to be the winners whereas
England had to win. At half time there was still no score with
England, although having more of the game, experiencing difficulty in
putting the ball in the net. Shortly after half time England scored
from a short corner by John Seear and not long afterwards Keith
Hedley for England deflected a ball into the net but was adjudged to
be outside the 'D'. England then survived a number of late German short
corners to come away the winners.
The Tournament Trophy for non-national and national B teams was won
by England LX Red who were narrow 2-1 winners over their fellow club
members England LX Blue with goals from Martin Kavanagh and David
Gill for Red and David Brampton for Blue. The LX sides had disposed
of Germany and the Netherlands in their semi-finals. England Hockey
Chief Executive Philip Kimberley and Canterbury's Olympic gold
medallist Sean Kerly were guests of honour at the closing ceremony
and presented the winners' medals.