IMHA World Cup - Barcelona 050s Men Semi Final Report

England Masters Over 50s Men

Match 5 – Friday 3 August vs Australia

England Mens O50s defence of their World crown came to an abrupt end today with a disappointing defeat to the Australians.

With a team more than capable of getting a positive outcome it was not to be with a number of players suffering with 5 games in a week in some of the hottest weather Spain has seen. The consensus among the players is that they let themselves down and knew this was a winnable game.

The team got off to a great start with Kevin Miller pouncing on a scrambled ball short corner that had broken down and fired in from close range. This rattled the opposition and for the next 20 mins England were chasing to get a grip on the ball for a sustained period of time. The Australians equalised from a short corner when and intended option for a deflection avoided all players and went in on the right hand post side.

England started to play more to the level required but unfortunately Australia were award a PC. The shot then hit Dom Camilleri on the line and they scored from the resulting stroke . This spurred England on and they pressed hard on the opposition D and a number of short corners were gained but they could not get a shot through on target with Australian defence throwing everything they had at keeping the ball out.

In the end the Australians were teh better side due their execution of the basics to a higher level

England now need to regroup and finish on a high in the bronze medal match against Germany early on Sunday morning

Squad

Plastow, Stoneley, Spooner, Hill, Stokes, Gillett, Von Der Hyde, Camilleri, Phillips, Cooper, Langley, Jones, Watson, Longden, Pendle, Nash, Miller

Manager – Tim Ollerenshaw

Coach – John Dixon