IMHA World Cup - Barcelona 050s Final Report from Barcelona

England Masters Over 50s Men

Match 6 – Sunday 5 August vs Germany

England Mens O50s defence of their World crown finished with a disappointing defeat to Germany in the bronze medal match on Sunday.

They team had to pick themselves up after narrowly losing to Australia in the semi-final and got off to a great start with Jeff Longden firing in a trademark goal. With England on top another goal should have quickly followed but the chances created could not be converted.

Possibly it was the effect of the continual heat but England’s accuracy fell away and a number of unforced errors meant that they allowed Germany back into the game and they capitalised and quickly scored a brace of goals. Half-time came and England looked to change things up but again errors cost dearly with Germany twice scoring from turnovers and the game ended with a 4 1 loss.

The consensus among the players is that it was just an off day with the majority of this group being undefeated for two years.

Manager, Tim Ollerenshaw, summed it up well when stating that the potential was there but the execution just went missing. He is sure this group will bounce back with just one squad member moving on and a number of players competing for places it will be an interesting 12 months

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