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Wales Battles Against the Netherlands

In a spirited display of determination, the Welsh men’s team faced off against the world's number one team, the Netherlands, in a highly anticipated match. Despite the challenging opposition, Wales showcased their resilience and competitive spirit throughout the game. The final scoreline of 8-1 in favour of the Netherlands may not fully reflect the tenacity and effort that Wales put forth on the field. The lone goal for Wales came during the second quarter, courtesy of Stephen Kelly's skilled execution.

A noteworthy milestone was achieved on this remarkable day, as Ben Francis celebrated his 100th cap for Wales. Starting his journey with Swansea Hockey Club, Ben's dedication and progression through U16, U18, and U21 Welsh age groups have been an inspiration. He has contributed significantly to the team's successes over the years including competing at many Commonwealth Games, as well as a memorable silver medal at the GB EDP Sultan of Johor Trophy in 2017. Ben's club career has been equally illustrious, spanning notable clubs such as Exeter University, Reading, Crefelder, and now Wimbledon in the English Hockey League Premier Division. With 48 wins and 20 goals for Wales, his journey is a testament to his exceptional skills and commitment to the sport.

Pictured: Ben Francis receiving his 100th Cap from Head Coach Danny Newcombe

Photo Credit: World Sport Pics

As the Welsh team now heads to Pool C, their sights are set on a new opportunity. They will face Austria on Friday morning at 08:15 BST, and the fans' unwavering support will undoubtedly be a driving force behind their efforts. While the match against the Netherlands was a formidable challenge, it has only fuelled the team's desire to excel and continue making strides on the international stage.

Photo Credit: World Sport Pics

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