WGMA Grand Masters European Cup & Trophy
How are our Masters doing so far? Update from Jeff Robinson
Saturday Wales v Germany: 1-1 – a good result with a goal from Mike Powell of Whitchurch providing equaliser against a country predicted to reach semi-finals.
Sunday Wales v Scotland: 3-3 – desperately disappointing draw after leading three times and a very strong suspicion that the final Scottish equaliser came after a Scottish foot in circle unseen by either umpire. Goals from Andy Ible (Chester HC) in the second quarter, Steve Sparkes of Cardiff in the third quarter and Bob Beaumont (Beckenham HC) in the final quarter.
Monday Wales v Italy: 2-0 – if qualification for the semis comes down to goal difference, Wales will kick themselves as they had countless chances from open play and set pieces but only scored through a Steve Sparkes double to leave him as joint top scorer in the O60s group at this stage with 3 goals.
Wales currently lie second in the table and have to play the leaders, the Netherlands, in their final pool game on Wednesday. Scotland and Germany both have 2 games to play so Wales’ fate could be out of their hands!
Saturday Wales v German: 0-5 – Germany scored in 3rd minute but Wales then competed strongly until a final quarter capitulation when Germany scored 4 goals in 8 minutes.
Sunday Wales v Belgium: 4-0 – Wales regained some pride and confidence with a win which could, however, easily have been much more convincing. Goals from Mike Jones (Horsham) after 10 minutes, a penalty corner and field goal within 3 minutes around half time from Captain Richard Chapman (Hampstead and Westminster) and a final goal from Richard Harbottle (Ross on Wye). However if goal difference becomes important in the final round robin standings, Wales will rue the final goalless 25 minutes when they created a string of chances.
Monday Wales v Ireland: 2-1 – a battling Welsh performance full of character, coming back from behind with fourth quarter goals from Antony Wyatt and another penalty corner from Richard Chapman to gain a hard earned victory.
Wales are currently third in their round robin of seven nations but have a very difficult run-in with matches against Scotland, England and The Netherlands to come.
Saturday Wales v Germany: 0-2
Sunday Wales v England: 0-3
Despite two defeats, Wales have been encouraged by two good performances against the sides topping the round robin table. In both cases early goals were conceded but Wales re- grouped and had a number of opportunities to score, particularly through Martin Day, and grew more confident and resilient as each game progressed. They have still to play the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland.
Over 60 Tournament Trophy
Sunday Wales v Alliance: 1-4 – the scratch Dragons side started slowly at the unpleasant hour of 9.00am and conceded 3 goals to a skilful Alliance side in the first half. However, there was a significant second half improvement including a goal from Peter Williams (Haslemere).
Monday Wales v Southern Cross: 1-5 – a second 9.00am push back saw a similar poor start by the Dragons who were 3-0 down to a very strong, fit and skilful Southern Cross side after 7 minutes, pulled a goal back through a Nigel Sanchez (Swansea) penalty corner, only to concede 2 more before half-time. Again, the performance was much stronger in the second half but the match was halted and abandoned in the third quarter in a potentially tragic situation when Wales’ Mark Flawn-Thomas collapsed with heart failure. Through the instant administrations of our own doctor, Nigel Wood who was playing in the Dragons team, and the on-duty paramedics, Mark was revived and is now well on the mend in hospital. We owe an enormous debt to those three individuals.
Games continue on Thursday 24 August…