Grand Masters Hockey World Cup- Cape Town, South Africa

 ENGLAND GRAND MASTERS


Day 1 Wednesday 15th September

England Grand Masters  2 - New Zealand 0

For the first 10 mins New Zealand pressed England in their own half. After this shaky start England worked their way into the game with some strong passing and gradually exerted pressure creating several good chances.
Although there were many passages of good play England didn’t score until the 25th min after a good pass from Richard Slator to Sarosh Talati and finished off in style by Stephen Stowell on the left.
Half time 1:0
Once again New Zealand started strongly but were soon controlled by England who continued to create some exciting chances. After 10 mins from a good move down the right side a Brian Hopkins pass found Imtiaz  Mahmood-Sheikh who scored with a good shot. Unfortunately soon after this Imtiaz was badly injured and had to leave the field. England took a little while to get back into their stride after this setback but once again dominated and finished strongly.
Man of the Match: Neil Stone.

 

Day 2 Thursday 16th September

Day Off

Day 3 Friday17th September

Day off

Day 4 Saturday 18th September

England GM 5  – Holland 0

England got off to a flying start with a goal by Santa Bansal after 3 mins. Holland responded with some aggressive play but England kept their cool, although they had to cope with 2 consecutive short corners the second of which was deflected over the bar by Captain Alan Muller. England then exerted pressure at the other end resulting in a short corner which was put away convincingly by Santa Bansal. England continued to dominate and finished the 1st half 3:0 up after Santa completed his hat trick with another goal.
It was good to see new comer Brian Stokes immediately involved in the game at the start of the second half with some good passing movements. England were now passing the ball and building up good attacks, from one of these Stephen Stowell scored into the roof of the net. After Santa completed the scoring with his 4th goal England closed out the game.

Man of the match: Santa Bansal.

Day 5 Sunday 19th September

England GM 1  – Scotland 1

A lackluster game resulted in a win for England due to a goal after 7mins by Santa Bansal.

Although England pressed for most of the game and several good chances were created they just could not break through the Scottish defense.

Day 6 Monday 20th September

England GM 7  – Italy 0

England started the match and created several chances. A good pass from Clive Hicks allowed George Johnson to tap in a goal at the far post. The next goal was scored after an exciting run by George Johnson who passed to Brian Hopkins who scored immediately. Italy responded with an attack and created a short corner which was well saved by John Steward and England resumed pressure at the other end. There followed lots of good passing moves which resulted in 4 more well taken goals before half time. ( Greg Hutchings 2, Santa Bansal 2)
Half time 6:0
Although England made several changes at half time they continued to dominate the game and eventually Ian Mellor scored at the left post.

Day 7 Tuesday 21st September

England GM  1 v  Germany  0

This was an exciting end to end game which kept everyone on tenterhooks right to the final whistle.
During the first half England had most of the pressure and created some chances which Germany managed to save. After 20mins of play a powerful shot by Santa Bansal was put away  by Brian Hopkins.
Half Time: 1:0
England started the second half strongly and then Germany began to put the pressure on with well organized play and created several good chances that were cleared by John Steward and the defense. With  Germany looking for an equalizer the game opened up and became fast and furious.
Germany finished very strongly, winning three consecutive short corners at the final whistle but John Steward and his defense kept their clean sheet. 
Man of the Match:  John Steward

Day 8 Wednesday 22nd September

England GM  0  v Australia  3  (The Ashes)

Although Australia exerted the early pressure the game was end to end with half chances at either end.
After 10 mins the Australians opened the scoring with a scrappy goal. England responded with a heroic attempt by Santa Bansal who was thwarted by very good save by the goalie. England was then caught on the break and the Australians scored their second goal with a well taken opportunist goal into the roof of the net.
Half Time: 0: 2
England started the second half with more oomph but Australia defended stoutly and always responded dangerously on the attack. England’s passing and movement was much improved from the first half but they were unable to score and conceded a short corner which resulted in the Australians third goal.
Man of the Match: Clive Hicks.

Day 9 Thursday 23rd September

Day off.

Day 10 Friday 24th September

England GM  3  v Australia  1

The last day and the Final. England started this game very strongly putting together several good attacks one of which resulted in a short corner which was put over the bar by Santa Bansal. England maintained the pressure whilst Australia made a few sporadic attacks which were dealt with comfortably by the England defence. Another England attack led to a short corner against Australia which was converted by captain Alan Muller to ecstatic cheering from the crowd. The pressure began to tell on the Australians and two of their players were sent to the sin bin. 
Half time: 1: 0 
Ten minutes into the second half a wonderful break by Sarosh Talati saw him beat several defenders to shoot and score fiercely inside the left hand post. Although England were generally in control at this point the Australians pressured hard and created two short corners both of  which were well saved by goalkeeper John Steward. A severe umpiring decision saw Greg Hutchings sent to the sin bin and as a result a bad tackle by Neil Stone saw him in the sin bin as well. Australia seized this opportunity to score a goal. However with both players returning to the pitch England resumed their supremacy and with a few minutes to go confirmed their victory from a well worked short corner. This was scored by Imtiaz Mahmood-Sheikh convincingly inside the left post.

 

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