LUC Ronchin Super Veterans Tournament
16th to 18th March 2014
LX had probably their youngest ever squad in Lille this year with nine of the twelve man squad making their first trip to the tournament and six were not even members at the time of last year’s tournament. We had a couple of late cry offs so just a squad of 12
Cliff Peck , Stuart Forrest , Steve Branson , Stephen Crute , Sudesh Nayar, Roger Lomas, Lu Piscina , Geoff Lucas ,Graham Ramsden , Imtiaz Sheik , Brian Hiscock and Trevor Dennison
We were blessed with much better weather this year with wall to wall sunshine on the Friday and Sunday
The first game of the tournament was
against Scotland , who turned out to be the second best team there.
We then had to hang around for four hours before taking on the Dutch Zestigplussers. We dominated this game and scored a couple of good goals from Brian Hiscock and Graham Ramsden and could have had more.
We had an easy time on Saturday and played well beating the Belgian Eburons 5-0 with goals spread between Graham Ramsden, Imtiaz Sheik , Lu Piscina (2) and Trevor Dennison and then in the quarter final beat Alliance 4-0 with goals from Graham Ramsden, Trevor Dennison (2) and Stephen Crute.. Cliff Peck even had to make a save from a short corner - the first time he had touched the ball in anger. Steve Branson had a slight pull and decided to rest so no subs to worry about on Saturday.
The quirks of the draw meant we then met Scotland again in the semi final , the first game of Sunday. Our tactics to keep the playmaker quiet worked with Geoff Lucas giving him no space but not before we conceded a short corner and only a combination of Cliff Peck and Roger Lomas kept the ball from going in our left hand corner. An open play goal starting from half way through good build up play and finished by Lu Piscina with about ten minutes left steadied our nerves , and we held on without adding to the score line despite some good chances , for in the end a comfortable win.
We dominated the final against the Italians without creating many clearcut chances but with 10 minutes to go Brian Hiscock converted a good move to give us the win our team play and quality deserved.
A really good performance and the team gelled quickly and the whole party enjoyed each others company and had three good meals out together including the now usual private room on the Friday at La Paix., where we remembered Richard Clarke who introduced us to this with Sarah three years ago. It was good to see no fewer than 8 partners and their company and support was very much appreciated throughout the weeekend.
Big thanks to Sudesh and Pam for organising everything. The Holiday Inn Express did not bother to tell them they were undergoing major refurbishment and some areas had to be seen to be believed. Other thanks to Roger for providing leadership on the field, and Geoff for keeping our limbs working in the warm up and downs.
Comments from our chairman and some of the new recruits summed up the weekend.
Thanks to Roger Lomas and Sudesh Nayar for arranging such a successful tour, both on and off the field. My particular thanks to all new members who seem to settle down well and were great fun to be with.
I would like to take this opportunity in thanking Sudesh and Pam for the meticulous planning of the Lille weekend. All we had to do was turn up on time and play, (one of us was kicking his heels watching most of the time but hey...the record book will state six games , six clean sheets).
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire weekend
The comradeship was first class as was LX hockey.
Many thanks for organising and inviting me to the tournament. A great weekend which could not have gone better. I look forward to the next one!
Holiday Inn Express - slight wiring problem!!!