WALES’ WOMEN FINISH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS STRONG!
Wales’ women returned from the indoor championships this weekend after putting in a number of resilient performances against some of the toughest indoor playing nations. With the indoor programme providing a fantastic development opportunity for the young squad, Wales can be proud of their efforts over in Brussels in a very tough group.
After 3 tough opening group games that saw defeats to Scotland, Croatia and hosts Belgium, Wales showed tremendous fight and application to ensure that the experience was a valuable one for the young squad. Captain Jess Roe and goalkeeper Mia Borely led from the front, putting in some fine battling performances.
In the final game of the weekend Wales were determined to finish strong and showcase the development that had taken place in an alternative format of the game, and did so beating Sweden 3-2 with the Wales goals coming from Heather Francis (Oxford Hawks) and Megan Lewis-Williams (Loughborough University)
Reflecting on the weekend, Head Coach for the tournament Gwyn Williams stated:
Although we did not get the results we had hoped for at the indoor as a group we were able to take away from this experience a substantial amount of learning and created processes that will aid the players in their development as possible future senior internationals. The majority of these players were new to indoor and by the end they had learnt quickly to grasp the intricate nature of this game and its high tempo
With the tournament providing an opportunity for players to aid their senior international development Williams was keen to emphasise the positives he had seen:
The players can take pride in their attitude they demonstrated and showed great sense of resilience in maintaining their faith in the game principles we adopted to ensure we finished with a win at the tournament over Sweden in our final game. Having the opportunity to play a host nation, on this occasion being Belgium in a packed arena certainly will aid these players to cope with any situation that may be presented them on a sporting field in the future