Home Nations International Tournament 2016

The England O45s opened their Home Nations campaign with a hard fought 4-2 with over Ireland. Ireland started strongly and deservedly went 1-0 up within 5 minutes and were it not for some great saves from Gary Stoneley the gap could have widened. As England's structure started to fit together and connections began to be made between the team they got more and more into the game and a late equaliser in the first quarter by debutant Richard Lloyd was a fair return for their efforts. Ireland again started the second quarter well and were quickly 2-1 up through a penalty stroke. This strirred England into full action and they dominated for the rest of that quarter and the third quarter coming in 4-2 up with another debutant goal through Peter Hayward along with strikes from Nick Morris and Gary Brown. Ireland piled on the pressure for the final quarter but couldn't dent a defence including the other player making his debut: Adam Orduna, and Sean Parker fine saves ensured the 4-2 victory.

The England O45s continued the 2016 Home Nations with a 5-2 victory over Scotland. Playing against a Scottish team that sat deep in defence and were very quick to break it was important England played with patience. England broke through the Scottish defence through their captain Ian Hammond early on a few times but had to rely upon a short corner strike from Nick Morris for their 1-0 first quarter lead. Scotland came back into the game with their own short corner goal leading to deadlock at half time. The third quarter saw England halfbacks Ian Brown, Chris Duerden and David Oatley push the Scottish defence right back onto their heels and with the midfield of Done, Dover, Cogdell and Jones dominant it was no surprise when a resurgent England went back into the lead through a series of rapid goals from Morris, Dover and Stokes. England then absorbed Scottish pressure in the final quarter and sealed their win with a well taken goal from Lloyd.