POSITIVE WEEKEND FOR WALES MEN AFTER TAKING ON SPAIN LAST WEEKEND
Last weekend Wales’ men took on international heavyweights Spain in Barcelona as they stepped up their preparation for this years Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Taking on the 8th ranked nation in the world, Wales can feel proud of their performances during the series, however after two tight games Spain came out on top in the two match series securing one win.
A tight first game saw Wales put in a strong performance from the outset with both teams having chances to get the win, however with both sides having chances the game finished 2 – 2. Game two was equally as tight with Wales taking the lead in the first half before the Spanish hit back just before half time. In a nervy second half, the third quarter saw Spain hit a quick-fire 3 goals to come out on top 4 – 1.
Head coach Zak Jones was pleased with the weekend considering the limited contact time pre match;
Barcelona has been a positive start to 2018 and our preparation for the CWG. We knew before we went that the margins would be small and so they proved to be. We performed pretty well considering how little hockey the guys have played in the last six weeks. We competed well with a side that recently beat both Argentina and the Netherlands in the World League finals, for all of three minutes of the series. That spell proved costly, but I am confident that the experience will aid our learning and development going forward
Having fully utilised this opportunity against one of the world’s best, the squad can confidently look forward to this weekend’s three match test series against France in Nice.
Match Schedule Friday 26th January @14:30pm Saturday 27th January @14:30pm Sunday 28th January @11:00am
David Kettle GK (Teddington Hockey Club) Jack Tranter GK (Nottingham University Hockey Club) James Fortnam GK (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) Gareth Furlong (Surbiton Hockey Club) Jonny Gooch (Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club) Dan Kyriakides (Reading Hockey Club) Hywel Jones (University of Birmingham Hockey Club) Ioan Wall (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) Rhys Doherty (Richmond Hockey Club) Jacob Draper (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) Lewis Prosser © (Surbiton Hockey Club) James Kyriakides (Southgate Hockey Club) Andy Siemann (Richmond Hockey Club) Rob Mugridge (Oxted Hockey Club) Rhodri Furlong (University of Birmingham Hockey Club) Dale Hutchinson (Reading Hockey Club) Rupert Shipperley (Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club) Owain Dolan-Gray (Reading Hockey Club) Alf Dinnie (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) Steve Kelly (Hampstead & Westminster Hockey Club) Luke Hawker © (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) Ben Francis (Reading Hockey Club) Rhys Gowman (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club) James Carson (Reading Hockey Club) Rhys Bradshaw (Cardiff & Met Hockey Club)