European Super Veterans Trophy
Sant Cugat, Nr Barcelona  22nd to 24th March 2008

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England Grand Masters.
England played 5 games winning four and losing one. Unfortunately it was the loss to Holland that proved to be decisive. Holland took one of their few chances through an English mistake to score the only goal of the game. England had at least 3 clear chances in front of goal and many more short corners than Holland but were unable to convert them into a goal. Holland won the Gold medal and England the Silver

England Great Grand Masters
England initially played three games. The first game was against Scotland which England only managed to draw 0 - 0. Their next game was against Holland where England played much better and used more of the full width of the pitch to win 3 - 0. Their third game was against their old adversaries Germany which was drawn 1 - 1. After three games Germany had won two games and drawn one and England had won one game and drawn two. Germany therefore had 7 points and a goal difference of plus 2 and England 5 points but a goal difference of plus 3. It was therefore England v Germany in the play off between the first and second placed teams - a very familiar and hitherto often repeated scenario. In this final playoff England started poorly and were soon one goal down. However they fought back well and soon equalised and then not long after scored a second goal to take the lead. In spite of occasional attacks by Germany England held them out and the game finished with England winning 2 - 1.

England Senior Grand Masters
This was the first time this age group(over 70's) of Grand Masters had competed in this bi-annual event. Because there were only three Countries taking part - England, Holland and Germany they played each other twice so that each team played four games. England were not perhaps as strong as they could have been and as a result only managed to draw two games and loose two games. Germany came out the winners.

Tournament Trophy
This trophy is competed for by the non National teams and due to the late withdrawal of Egypt (not able to obtain visas) comprised a league of six teams. LX Red captained by David Gill were the clear winners winning all their games.

LX Red Team

 


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