LUC Ronchin Super Veterans Tournament
10th and 11th March 2012
LX took a mixed-age squad to the Lille Over-60s tournament
over the weekend of March 10 and 11, and came away as worthy winners of the
tournament. This year’s team was arguably not as strong as the teams we fielded
over the last couple of years, and with the competition getting stronger every
year, our achievement was a credit to the leadership provided by Richard Clarke
as Captain and the skill and effort put in by every single player.
The Supervets Tournament at the Club Ronchin attracted 8 teams, which were split into 2 pools:
Pool A: France, De Zestigplussers (Netherlands), Scottish
Thistles, Welsh GM
In our pool matches we drew 0-0 with Eburons and 0-0 with Italy, and won 2-0 against Alliance. The defence, with John Longden and Roger Lomas at full-back and Martin Ferrett in goal, restricted the opponents to very few forays into our circle. They were well-supported by the half-back line of Peter Ross, Richard Clarke and Sudesh Nayar. The forwards, led by Parmjit Bolina, David Gill and Bob Grenside, created some good scoring chances, but we did not open our account until the last pool game, with Parmjit and Graham George finding the net. These results were sufficient to leave us at the top of our pool.
The other pool was won by Wales, with Scotland in second place.
On Sunday we played Scotland in the first semi-final. This turned out to be our best performance of the weekend. An early goal is a great boost in such short matches, and David Brampton provided that with a subtle deflection past a bemused keeper. Further goals were added by David Gill and Mike Sprange. John Longden has been claiming some assists.
In the second semi-final Wales were surprisingly beaten by Italy, who soaked up enormous Welsh pressure and struck twice on the break.
The final between LX and Italy failed to deliver the attractive hockey of our performance against Scotland, but we ground out a deserved 2-0 win. The defence dealt effectively with any Italian threat. At the other end some fine perseverance by Bob Grenside resulted in one goal for himself and one for David Gill.
Squad: Martin Ferrett, John Longden, Roger Lomas, Peter Ross, Richard Clarke (capt), Sudesh Nayar, David Gill, Graham George, Michael Sprange, David Brampton, Parmjit Bolina, Bob Grenside, Alan Jackson.
Thanks to Eugene Murphy for umpiring and helping with
coordination of tournament umpires, to Roger Girling (who was unable to play due
to a hamstring injury sustained the previous week) for his moral support and for
being kitty-master, and to Richard Clarke for captaining the side.