15 Aug Hockey Master’s World Cup!
Bridgend Hockey Club are extremely proud of club members who took part in the Hockey Master’s World Cup to represent Wales in Barcelona.
Here is how the teams got on.
Over 55’s ladies
Wales 055s Ladies travelled to the Exin Masters World Cup in Spain with Bridgend players Judith Davis & Bernie Bettison in their squad.
They opened their campaign with a game against U.S.A. but gave away an early goal to find themselves behind in the 1st quarter. They fought back to equalise in the 2nd and held on until the final quarter when they lost 2 goals in quick succession to go down 3-1!
Facing a strong Australian squad in the next game, the Welsh women were unable to find their stride and lost the match 4-0 to the experienced hockey Roos.
Changes to the formation led to a hard-fought game against old rivals Scotland but alas despite coming back twice to equalise, the ladies were eventually defeated 3-2 in the closing minutes.
Upwards and onwards to New Zealand where Wales ran out 1-0 winners after a determined effort by the whole squad. The goal was scored by our own Jude Davis to seal a great victory.
This took the O55s in to the play offs for 5th to 9th positions where they would face The Netherlands and Canada respectively. The Netherlands, alas, proved too strong and had the beating of Wales by 2 goals to nil.
Wales then faced Canada in the final game of their tournament and showed true courage and determination to come back from a one goal deficit to come out on top by 3 goals to 1. Jude Davis scored the first and made the 2nd and was awarded man of the match for her fine efforts!
The team therefore finished on a high and came 7th in the World
A wonderful experience was had by all and it was an honour and a privilege to represent Bridgend and Wales on such an immense occasion.
Over 50’s Men
As with the European Cup last year our competition started against European and World Champions England. Game start was 21:10 but it was still over 30 degrees. It was a tight start to the game until a controversial green card and goal put England 2-1 up and then 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. We continued to fight & prevented them getting any short corners in the game but the end result was 5-1.
Next up was France, We controlled the game but were only one up when, near the end of the third quarter, some positional changes backfired and France scored 3 goals in 5 minutes. We continued to press, even taking our goalie off, but couldn’t score & game ended 1-3.
After a day off spent looking around Barcelona we played against Argentina. Again, we dominated the game and ran out 4-0 winners. This left us third in the group with the bad 5 minutes against France costing us a quarter final against Australia.
We played South Africa next on a sticky pitch with pitch temperatures about 40 degrees. Unfortunately it was one of those games when nothing went right; we created well over 20 clear chances but couldn’t score whereas SA scored one of their few chances and then shut up shop and we lost 1-0.
Penultimate game was against USA and was similar to the previous games in that we couldn’t turn pressure into goals and the game ended 1-1.
Final game was against Scotland and was like a local derby. Having drawn with them in the Home Nations it was always going to be a tight game. The game ended 2-2 with Scotland scoring from two identical short corners early in the game.
The results meant we ended 12th out of 16 teams with the France game being the biggest disappointment as it cost us a top 8 finish. In the last 4 games we only conceded 4 goals and only one from open play.
As well as on pitch we had a great time off pitch with a superb squad spirit. Next year there is no European Cup, as the major competitions are moving to a 4 year cycle, but we have a Home Nations in Wales.
Over 45’s Mens
Wales 045s traveled to Barcelona, In the squad were Bridgend players goalkeeper Adrian Hibbert, player coach Lee Marshall, Jon Rubery and debutant forward Jason Arnold. A tough first game against the might of New Zealand saw a 7-0 loss but wales recovered to win a tight hard fought game against Argentina 3-2. Next up was USA and wales took a 2-0 lead but were held 2-2. A tough match against an Australian side with 4 Olympians saw a 5-0 loss but Bridgend Gk Hibbert was voted mom. Finishing 4th in their group wales went into the 9th-12th playoff group.
Next the dragons took on Malaysia and played some great hockey as they prevailed 3-2. In the sapping 40 degrees heat wales went down 3-2 against Ghana before making an almighty effort against the USA again to win 2-0 with Jason Arnold grabbing his first international goal. The dragons achieved a respectable 10th of 15 just losing out on 9th by goals scored winning three drawing one and losing 3 of their matches in a superbly organised tournament featuring over 100 countries and 1800 players across the men’s and women’s age groups.
Over 45’s Ladies
Sarah Boyd represented Wales in the Wales O45’s Ladies team, the team had an exciting tournament winning against Spain, going to Shuffles and playing against teams which included Russia, Argentina and Scotland. Sarah worked tirelessly as ever, in boiling conditions and did Wales and Bridgend Hockey Proud
Over 40’s Ladies
Bridgend Hockey Club had four ladies representing Wales in the O40’s category- Amy Paice, Michelle Hancock, Jo Poupon and Janine Hutchinson. The first pool game resulted in a 5-0 loss to eventual cup winners Argentina, followed by a win against Zimbabwe and a narrow 3-2 defeat to USA. Unfortunately, Wales missed out on the next stage by goal difference but went on to win 2 further games in the play offs beating France 4-0 and Belarus 5-1. Some days the temperature reached over 40 degrees which was a challenge itself! However, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the high standard of hockey, also to meet players from around the world extending our hockey family.