With the U18 Girls EuroHockey Championship now fully underway, we caught up with Head Coach, Gwyn Williams to find out how he and the team are feeling ahead of their game against Russia later today.
Two really competitive games to start with and coming out with a win and a loss has set us up for a chance to make a semi-final if we beat Russia. I’ve been pleased with the manner in which the girls have conducted themselves, both on and off the pitch. Coming away and having to adapt to a new environment and culture possess some problems but the group have responded positively and ultimately have put in two good performances.
Williams anticipated a challenging game against Scotland, knowing the team after matches held against them earlier this year:
We knew Scotland and the threats they presented but they managed to punish our errors and we were unable to convert our chances when they appeared. Although we started slowly against Lithuania, the girls showed fantastic temperament in a high pressure match to get the job done and score a well created goal.
The girls take on Russia today in a ‘winner takes all’ clash, one that’ll come with challenges but Williams is confident the team are strong and ready:
Over the past two matches we’ve learned a lot about ourselves as a group. We know the game against Russia will be a physical one and it’ll demand a lot from us but it’s a challenge we’re ready for.
Watch the game live today at 10:15am (BST) via EuroHockey TV