Grand Masters Hockey World Cup- Cape Town, South Africa


Day 1 Wednesday 15th September

England Senior Grand Masters  1 - Australia 0

A solid opening display from England Seniors produced an impressive start to the 2010 World Cup. Taking control from the push back England made a number of scoring opportunities before Gerald Wilkinson got to the by-line and crossed for Bill Warrender to open the scoring. More chances were created after the half time break  but then England had to survive a series of Australian short corners 3 of which George Hazell managed to intercept before England ran out worthy winners.

Day 2 Thursday 16th September

England SGM 9 – Alliance-A 0

Following their opening win against Australia, England raised the standard by putting 9 goals past the Alliance-A without reply. with early skirmishes fairly even England stepped up a gear and were 2-0 up after 10 minutes with copybook efforts from Bill Warrender and John Land. Bill Warrender added a third before half time with a deflection into the roof of the net. A further 6 goals were added in the second half performance with Gerald Wilkinson (3), John Land (1) and David Wright (2) one from a short corner shot and the second a deflected touch from a very good Percy Steele reverse stick strike.

Day 3 Friday17th September

England SGM 4 – Germany 1

With maximum points from their first two matches England needed to consolidate following the Germans defeat to Australia. After repulsing early German attacks England increased the pressure and took a well deserved lead when George Hazell fired home from a penalty corner. John Land added two more to give England a 3-0 half time lead. Following the break England lost some of their early cohesion but moved further ahead when Brian Tubb converted a penalty stroke (England had earlier had a penalty stroke saved). Germany scored a consolation goal before the final whistle to make the score 4-1

Situation at the end of first round robin of 3 games.

Senior Grand Masters          
  P W D L GF GA GD P Seed
England 3 3 0 0 14 1 13 9 1
Germany 3 1 0 2 4 9 -5 3 3
Australia 3 2 0 1 12 1 11 6 2
Alliance A 3 0 0 3 1 20 -19 0 4

The last round robin of 3 games follows the following sequence:-Seed 1 plays seed 3: Seed 2 plays seed 4: Seed 1 plays seed 4: seed 2 plays seed 3: seed 1 plays seed 2

Day 4 Saturday 18th September

Day off

Day 5 Sunday 19th September

England SGM 1 – Germany 0

England SGM seeded 1 played Germany seeded 3. Needing to maintain their 'goals for' advantage over Australia this was a disappointing game for England who were totally dominant but could only find the net once. With Mike Fripp a spectator in the England goal, England opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Andy Holden touched home a Gerald Wilkinson shot. For the remainder of the match desperate defence by the Germans continued to frustrate the England attack and despite numerous penalty corners and other scoring opportunities the final score remained 1-0

Day 6 Monday 20th September

Day off

Day 7 Tuesday 21st September

England SGM 10 – Alliance 0

With the need to establish a superior goal difference over the Australians the England forwards ran amok in the crushing victory over the Alliance. Mike Fripp in goal failed to touch the ball as the Alliance defenders were fully occupied endeavouring to contain the England attack. With John Land opening the scoring after 2 minutes, goals followed at regular intervals, Percy Steele and Peter Danson getting onto the score sheet. A 7-0 half time score suggested a second half deluge but personnel and positional changes and a regrouping within the Alliance defence restricted England to just 3 more goals.

Situation at the end of 5 out of 6 games

Senior Grand Masters      
  P W D L GF GA GD P Position
England 5 5 0 0 25 1 24 15 1
Australia 5 3 1 1 21 2 19 10 2
Germany 5 1 1 3 5 11 -6 4 3
Alliance A 5 0 0 5 1 38 -37 0 4

From this it can be seen that with only one game remaining at which 3 points can be gained that the foregoing positions cannot alter and that England are the winners and Australia the runners up.

Day 8 Wednesday 22nd September

Day off

Day 9 Thursday 23rd September

Day off

Day 10 Friday 24th September

England Senior Grand Masters  2 - Australia  1

Taking the game to the Australians from the push back England were soon in their stride and threatening the Australian goal. Australia retaliated with a penalty corner but the strike was off target. England then took the lead from their second short corner where play enabled Bill Warrender to steer the ball home from a John Land cross. Growing in confidence England penned Australia in their own half and doubled their advantage when a loose ball in the circle was rifled home by Peter Danson.
Australia's hopes were raised when they scored within seconds of thew restart but England were soon back on the attack and the Australian keeper produced a couple of fine saves to keep the Aussies in the game.
With time running out and England well in command the final whistle meant that the World Cup belonged to England having won all 6 matches, scoring 27 goals with 2 in reply.

Reporter for all SGM matches: Bill Warrender.