Home Nations Report - 050s retain the Cup

England Masters Over 50s Men

Home Nations Championships 2018 – Southgate

 England O50s men continued their campaign with the normal tricky fixture vs Ireland.  A side that over the last few years as caused them issues.  After taken on board the lessons from Fridays game England were looking to increase the level of performance across all four quarters.  With the coach varying some playing positions across the lines to look at players for the up and coming World Cup if was a chance for players to demonstrate their all round capabilities and how versatile they may be over a 10 day tournament.

England dominate the first 10 mins but had nothing to show for it. However, there was a bit of a loss of intensity when they sat off and let the Irish come at them.  This was well controlled by the defensive unit and they began to pressure again and after a couple of short corners Rob Hill dragged one through the keeper’s flailing arms and England ended the quarter one up.  The second quarter saw England really step up through the gears and had a number of chances to tie the game up but unfortunately could not find the target until Rob Hill again fired in with a low drag on the stroke of half time.

It was now a matter of going through the gears and the third quarter was possibly the best of the weekend so far with people raising the intensity well and not letting Ireland dwell on the ball.  Again a number of other chances went astray.  Colin Cooper started to get physical in midfield and ended up with a green card .  England coped well down to 10 which was helped by Ian Brown taking the pace out of the game by taking a knock and having to be patched up. All good though and he will be back fighting tomorrow for the final game against Scotland.

All the players are now starting to understand the demands of international hockey and the effort that is required.  Hopefully the final game with show another increase and the coach and management team will have a hard job with selection for the World Cup and it was good to see some member of the extended training squad down to encourage the lads and look at the way we are trying to play.

A good 2 – 0 win with some very good passages of play

The squad was Stoneley, Plastow, Brown, Hill, Camilerri, Watson, Stokes, Von Der Hyde, Jones, Pendle, Cooper, Brady, Langley, Pendle, Nash, Miller, Brady, D’Mello.  Manager – Ollerenshaw, Coach - Dixon

Their next game is against Scotland on Sunday at 1400.  This will be an interesting challenge with an ex- England player in the Scottish team and the fact they have already won the Gold Medal. 

The results are available at www.masters.altiusrt.com.