1st Grand Masters European Trophy
Braxgata, Belgium 2nd - 5th June 2010
Report of LX Senior Grand Masters 'A' Team by Bill Warrender
Day 1 - 3rd June 2010
LX SGM ‘A’ 4 v LX SGM ‘B’ 0
Playing their first game in glorious sunshine, both sides
were determined not to concede an early goal and early nerves were on show. With
the ‘B’ sides first attack being repulsed , the A’s swept upfield and a Tony
Henman cross ran to John Land who put the ball into the goal with a reverse
stick flick. Stung by this reverse LX B swept forward but were unable to
penetrate the LX A defence. As the LX A were largely in control of midfield LX B
struggled to develop their moves but achieved one short corner which was
convincingly saved on the line by Alan Jackson. LX A then consolidated their
lead when a cross from the right from Tony Henman was deflected into goal by
Bill Warrender. Gerald Wilkinson added a third with a solo effort but Brian
Woolcott had a chance to reduce the arrears before half time.
Day 2 - 4th June 2010
LX SGM ‘A’
Having negotiated the difficult first match against LX ‘B’, LX ‘A’ now needed a convincing win against the Dutch in order to put themselves in pole position to win the over 70 section of the competition. Taking the game to the opposition from the start, LX pressed forward and created good scoring opportunities both from short corners and in open play. However, the Dutch were robust in defence and worked hard to deny the LX forwards time to finish. With half time approaching, a Dutch foot prevented a goal and Bill Warrender slotted home the resultant penalty stroke.
Rearranging the forward line for the second half brought Tony Perryman into the attack. Moving forward again with purpose LX should have gone further ahead when Tony Henman laid a great cross onto the penalty spot, only for Tony Perryman’s effort to go sailing over the crossbar! Continuing in the same vein, a sweeping move up the left with Colin Pearce and John Land finished with the goalkeeper having to make a smart save. In spite of the pressure, LX failed to add to their tally and had to be content with a 1 goal win.
Day 3 - 5th June 2010
LX SGM ‘A’ 1
This match would once again prove the decisive game to decide
the winners of the SGM competition, but with LX holding a single goal advantage,
only a win for the Germans would be good enough.
G. Hazell (Capt.); A