England Women's 060s - A Season to Remember

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England Women Over 60s 2018

After tough competition at trials, Sue Williams selected a squad with ten new members to represent England Over 60s. Sue Sutton was appointed as coach, Julia Bower manager, Ruth Hine captain with Sue Merry her vice. The first competition was the International Super Veterans Tournament at HC Tilburg in April. This was a great opportunity for the squad to get to know each other and gel together. We played 8 games, winning all, beating the Dutch girls in the semi-final and LX in the final. Winning the huge glass trophy and scoring 43 goals without conceding was an excellent start to the season.

In June at the Home nations in Swansea, the Over 60s played England Over 65s and Scotland scoring 18 goals without conceding, winning the lovely Scottish Quaich.

To win the Grand Masters World Cup was the aim of the season and the five pool games in the heat of Barcelona was to be a challenge. The first game, against a completely unknown Argentina, was a tentative start but we managed a 4-0 win. We improved throughout the competition including beating the Netherlands 12 – 0 in the group game. We met Argentina again in the final where we beat them 7-0 to win the Grand Masters World Cup gold medals. Scoring 45 goals again without conceding in this tournament demonstrated the strength of the squad.

As neither Australia nor New Zealand entered this Grand Masters Tournament, the 60s squad decided to face a further challenge of entering the IMHA Legend Cup in Terrassa just three weeks after returning home from Barcelona. Ruth Hine and Sue Merry took on the role of player / coaches as Sue Sutton was unable to join them; Stewart MacTaggart assisted as Manager. The five pool games in even more difficult conditions of heat and humidity was another test for the squad. The experienced New Zealand side proved to be strong opposition but one early goal was enough for us to win the pool game. We conceded two goals against Australia but scored four to keep the unbeaten record complete. The final on pitch one against New Zealand in 35 degrees was not easy, but the squad yet again rose to the challenge. Watched by many at home on the live streaming, we won 4-1 in a fun, high standard game. The statistics here were played 6, won 6 goals for 26, goals against 3. Standing on the podium singing the National Anthem with more gold medals round our necks and a lovely glass IMHA Legends trophy was a fantastic finish to a perfect season.

New coach Sue Sutton worked hard with the squad in training; she introduced a new system and a more professional approach, so the squad were well prepared for the challenges ahead. Acclimatising in Tilburg and the practiced warm ups and cool downs led by Miranda MacTaggart helped prevent injuries and having Amelia ‘Midge’ James on the bench to assist with all medical problems, including rehydration and nutrition was a huge asset to the squad.

The management team and players worked well together to make the season such a success and though it is a team game, special mention has to be made of Sue Merry who was our top scorer, scoring at least one goal in all 22 games of the masters’ season. Congratulations to all.

Ruth Hine Captain England Over 60

England Over 60 Squad

Julie Abson, Sarah MacDonald, Jean Scott-Miller, Ruth Young, Liz McVey, Sally Privett, Kim Spencer-Pell, Caroline Baggs, Carol Rodgers, Ruth Hine, Helen Royan, Mags Bottomley, Chris Allberry, Sue Merry, Di Levitt, Carole Tucker, Jayne Carter, Miranda MacTaggart.

Statistics 2018

Played 22, Won 22, Goals for 132, Goals against 3