EUROPEANS KICKSTART FOR MASTERS MEN IN ROTTERDAM
With two depleted squads due to last minute drop outs both the teams put on good shows today in 30 degree heat against tough opposition. The Men’s over 35’s played a seasoned Germany team and held them at 0-0 until deep into the first half, firstly while on top Wales missed and PF, and while heads were down, Germany managed to squeeze a goal from near the baseline. Within a couple of minutes wales were two down, this time a PF going against. Struggling with the heat and lack of numbers times were hard, but not deterred, the over 35’s played on. The result didn’t reflect the effort, 4-0 loss.
The over 40’s were equally depleted, down to just two sub’s and in the heat at 15:00 the game against World champions England was not going to be easy. Wales were pumped and up for the challenge and for long periods were on top, missing the goal by knats whisker on a few occasions in the first half. It wasn’t until the end of that half that England managed to score, a short corner given and England converted. Wales fought on and again went close on a few occasions, hitting the post and having a penalty stroke appeal waved away. Pushing for an equaliser, England broke and again had a short corner given very easily. 2-0 final score but on reflection, Wales should be the happiest team.
Wales masters men over 35’s had a 11:30 start against Denmark today, and after a strong start found themselves 2-0 down, Toft Soren scoring both goals.
The heat was ridiculously hot, and the Wales players were using every bit of there energy to stay in the game, with players putting there bodies on the line, the increased pressure finally paid off and Adam Davies found himself in the D to slot home on 26 mins.
After regrouping at the halftime interval, Wales came out and applied more and more pressure on the Denmark goal. Firstly Josh Watkins slotting a goal away from the top of the D and quickly after Adam Saunders finishing from close range. Going into the last quarter Denmark tried but failed to break the welsh back line, they stood firm to the end. Final result, an excellent 3-2 win to Wales.
Reported by Daniel Makuruk