International Masters Hockey - Update 2
Roving correspodent Fitzy has produced a second report. As always, SUHC players make their mark (wink, wink PB) on the games.
Over 45s v England Test 1
Well the euphoria of the first match was quickly forgotten as a quicker England side scored a reasonably comfortable 2 nil win over the Aussies. It was England’s first match and it showed as they were first to the ball in the first 15 minutes. A one nil score at half time left the Aussies feeling they were still in it and a more competitive second half saw the score remain at 1 nil until the last few minutes when their overlapping right half scored a deflected goal.
The sentiment in the dug out after the match was that we would learn a lot more from our opposition than they would from the game. As there are only four teams in the Over 45 competition a semi and a final will be played Friday and Saturday.
Next game is Wednesday versus Austria
Over 40s v Hong Kong 4 – 0
The Over 40s continued their impressive form with a workmanlike 4 nil win over the hosts. Again the defence was never really threatened and the forwards did enough to ensure another comfortable win.
It is looking like the main opposition will come from the Kiwis who bring a lot of the physical nature of the All Blacks rugby to their hockey and England who are both undefeated to this stage. As this competition is a first past the post system the key games will be played on Thursday and Friday.
Over 40’s v Singapore 5 – 2
The 40’s again jumped their opposition who seem to be a bit overawed when playing the green and gold. 2 soft goals allowed the Singhas to keep a respectable score and a first “yellow” for local boy Paul Barrett despite his protestations “it was a clean tackle sir” marred another convincing win.