European Super Veterans Trophy
Sant Cugat, Nr Barcelona 22nd to 24th March 2008
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England Grand Masters.
England played 5 games winning four and losing one.
Unfortunately it was the loss to Holland that proved to be decisive. Holland
took one of their few chances through an English mistake to score the only goal
of the game. England had at least 3 clear chances in front of goal and many more
short corners than Holland but were unable to convert them into a goal. Holland
won the Gold medal and England the Silver
England initially played three games. The first game was against Scotland which
England only managed to draw 0 - 0. Their next game was against Holland where
England played much better and used more of the full width of the pitch to win 3
- 0. Their third game was against their old adversaries Germany which was drawn
1 - 1. After three games Germany had won two games and drawn one and England had
won one game and drawn two. Germany therefore had 7 points and a goal difference
of plus 2 and England 5 points but a goal difference of plus 3. It was therefore
England v Germany in the play off between the first and second placed teams - a
very familiar and hitherto often repeated scenario. In this final playoff
England started poorly and were soon one goal down. However they fought back
well and soon equalised and then not long after scored a second goal to take the
lead. In spite of occasional attacks by Germany England held them out and the
game finished with England winning 2 - 1.
England Senior Grand Masters
This was the first time this age group(over 70's)
of Grand Masters had competed in this bi-annual event. Because there were only
three Countries taking part - England, Holland and Germany they played each
other twice so that each team played four games. England were not perhaps as
strong as they could have been and as a result only managed to draw two games and
loose two games. Germany came out the winners.
This trophy is competed for by the non National
teams and due to the late withdrawal of Egypt (not able to obtain visas)
comprised a league of six teams. LX Red captained by David Gill were the clear
winners winning all their games.
LX Red Team