Grand Masters Hockey European Tournament Trophy 2011- Neuss, Germany.
ENGLAND LX Club Red over 60's
|Day 1 Monday 22nd August 2011|
England LX Red over 60's 3 v Germany two 0
Playing the host nation in the opening game of any
competition will always be a challenge. However under the excellent guidance
Barry Mills the squad had made good use of preparation time at Bowden and at
Oxford and was in confident mood.
Day 2 Tuesday 23rd August 2011
England LX Red over 60's 5 v Nederland Two 0
The second match of the LX Red campaign in Neuss was against The Netherlands 2 team. In the first few minutes there were some fairly robust challenges for the umpires to consider as the Dutch team tried to impose themselves on their opposition. Fortunately, no injuries resulted and possession was more or less evenly contested until Parmjit Bolina managed to wriggle through some intended tackles in the circle before passing the ball neatly to Trevor Denison to tap in for the first goal. Soon before half time Brian Hopkins gathered the ball from a goalmouth scramble and struck a fierce shot from a narrow angle, which was stopped on the goal line by a Dutch foot. He then stroked home the resulting penalty flick for a 2-0 lead for LX at half-time.Almost immediately after the start of the second half Parmjit Bolina gathered a pass deep into the opposition circle, neatly turned his marker and somehow squeezed the ball into the goal at the near post. A few minutes later Trevor Denison recovered the ball near the corner flag from a misdirected penalty corner attempt and crossed it to “Man of the Match” Parmjit Bolina, who again eluded his marker and this time passed across the face of the goal to Lloyd Wood, who scored at the far post. After this LX spent most of the rest of the game encamped in the Dutch half and it was no surprise when Brian Hopkins deflected a firmly struck pass from skipper Barry Mills past the Dutch goalkeeper to secure a comfortable 5-0 win for LX
England LX Red over 60's 9 v Wales Two 0
Alarm at 0600, a lot of breakfast, bus at 0730 for an
0840 start. The skippers rousing team talk contributed to a good opening
spell of passing and pressure on the opposition. However we soon lost shape
as a feeling of 'my turn' produced a series of abortive goal scoring
attempts. With fine tuning of positions and some later substitutions by AB,
assisted by NB our shape returned to force home our advantage. First half
goals came as a result in open play from centre striker Pami Bolina (2) and
Lloyd (1), Brian (1) following Trevor's fine tap in goal from a Mike Harris
cross. Half time 5 - 0.
Day 4 Thursday 25th August 2011
England LX Red over 60's 5 v Alliance 0
With 3 victories and 19 goals under their belts the LX
reds were surprisingly subdued as they approached their game against
Alliance, needing only a draw to secure gold position.
All four victories were achieved by a technically strong team but underpinned by a close team spirit, created by the management skills of Mills, Barnes and Watson, enhanced through the changing room banter of Bolina and Goodridge and the seemingly bottomless pot of kitty-master Ewing. And then, of course, there was always German!
Day 5 Friday 26th August 2011