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WRAP UP FOR SUCCESSFUL SERIES AGAINST SCOTS FOR U16 & U18’S

As the sun shone on the National Hockey Centre this bank holiday weekend, for our Wales vs Scotland Test Series, we saw families and friends of players and staff pitch side showing their support for those #playingforthedragon.

With all squads in their infancy, we caught up with Team Managers and coaches to hear their reflections on the test series. First up from the boys:

The series versus Scotland was an excellent opportunity for our players’ to experience international competition, with over 10 of our players receiving their first international cap. Although the series was lost 3-0 the matches were highly competitive with a chance to implement different styles of play throughout. The boys performed admirably in all three matches, particularly in each second half where we were able to apply more pressure and create numerous chances on goal. We are looking forward to further develop tactically and technically as the international season continues Ian Haley, U16 Boys Coach
The U18 boys had a competitive and close fought series against Scotland drawing the first two games and then losing the final one. It’s always great to have good contact time with the boys in a high performance setting and it allows us as management to develop the players and make good progress ready for major competitions. I’m incredibly proud of the players and staff for the level of professionalism they continue to bring to this environment. Harry Jones, U18 Boys Coach
It was great to be part of my first Test Series with such a talented group of Players & Staff. Both squads performed superbly during the three matches, they remained professional throughout & they can safely say that they proudly represented their country. All the boys & coaching staff would like to thank everyone who made the effort to come & cheer on all the Welsh squads at Sport Wales over the Easter weekend, it was great to see the stands full with a real atmosphere, it did make a huge difference. We now look forward to developing the boys further as we get into the international season which we are sure will bring positive results both on & off the pitch. Joe Gleeson, NAG Boys Manager

Not only is it an honor to put on the Welsh shirt and play for your country, but for some there’s the added bonus of scoring for their country, and there was plenty of these across the weekend.

U16s Boys:

Goals scored by Euan Dyer (First goal for Wales) & John Bennett, James Godden (First goal for Wales)

U16’s Girls:

Phoebe Davis x2, Sophia Smale (both scoring their first goals for Wales)

U18’s Boys:

Goals scored by Dan Barclay x2 (First goals for Wales), Aled Bennett, Tim Hodges & Joseff Moyse (First goal for Wales)

U18’s Girls

Goals scored by Lily Roberts x5, Jess Hill, Louise Loughlin, Beth Collier (First goal for Wales) & Tegan Waters

Now we hear from the NAG Girls coaches and manager:

This series was fiercely competitive, although we did not achieve the results we had hoped for over the 3 test matches there has been so much learning taking place both on and off the pitch including some sterling performances. All of the games were tense affairs and went down to the final few minutes of each last quarter. I have been impressed how the girls have really grasped the notion of representing their nation and the pride associated to wear the red shirt. Playing in front of a packed national hockey centre will put them in good stead for their future international careers. The NAG girls are in a good place as we look to take this momentum forwards into the remaining part of our summer schedule with Ulster, Euro 5s and Futures Cup Gwyn Williams, U18 Girls Coach
This squad has made such impressive progress over the course of the Test Series, both on and off the pitch. It’s been amazing to see the athlete’s belief in themselves and eachother grow since they’ve come into the programme and this Series really showed how far they’ve come. We’re hugely excited to build on this Series and see what they’re capable of moving forward Joe Rooney, U16 Girls Coach
An awesome experience for my first test matches and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls and staff to have this experience with. It was great to finally see the girls play after all their hard work they had put in at the training camps. I’m really proud of how the girls played and upheld our values and principles on and off the pitch as the team manager I couldn’t have asked any more from these girls. Along with the girls my team made the weekend fun with everyone pitching in and being able to have a few laughs along the way. Shelley Robinson, NAG Girls Manager

Summary of all the teams progress and results is shown below:

U16 Girls:

  1. Game 1 – Wales 2 – 6 Scotland

  2. Game 2 – Wales 1 – 2 Scotland

  3. Game 3 – Wales 1 – 1 Scotland

U16 Boys:

  1. Game 1 – Wales 2 – 4 Scotland

  2. Game 2 – Wales 1 – 2 Scotland

  3. Game 3 – Wales 1 – 3 Scotland

U18 Girls:

  1. Game 1 – Wales 5 – 5 Scotland

  2. Game 2 – Wales 1 – 2 Scotland

  3. Game 3 – Wales 2 – 4 Scotland

U18 Boys:

  1. Game 1 – Wales 2 – 2 Scotland

  2. Game 2 – Wales 2 – 2 Scotland

  3. Game 3 – Wales 1 – 8 Scotland

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