Second Grand Masters Hockey European Cup Tournament
Amstelveen 25th - 28th August 2009
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Clean Sweep by England and LX Club.
England GM, GGM & SGM all win Gold as also do LX Red & LX Blue.
England GM had a hard tussle against Holland in the Final and were 2 down at half time .After the break England began to take control and won a number of short corners resulting in England evening the score by full time. The match was then decided on penalty flicks. Following the first barrage of 5 flicks everything was still all square and it then moved into sudden death which England were fortunate enough to win.
England GGM went into the final as runners up to Holland. At half time it was goal-less but in the second half Purshouse scored a goal in open play and then Longden put away a decisive penalty flick to end the game at 2- 0 in England's favour.
England SGM won all four of their matches and in fact were outright winners after their first three games. In their first game they beat Germany 3 - 0 (goal scorers Hazell 1; Wilkinson 1; Pearce 1). The second game on the same day was against Holland which they won 5 - 0 (goal scorers Wilkinson 1; Hazell 1; Montgomery 1; Warrender 2 -one with PF). The next day they played Germany for a second time when Germany changed their tactics and England look rather ragged. Nevertheless England still dominated the match and won 1- 0 (goal scorer Warrender 1 and 1 saved PF). The game on the last day was England's second match against Holland which England won 4 - 0 (goal scorers Kort 1; Hazell 1; Bann 2). Throughout their 4 matches there was only one short corner against England and their goalie Fripp touched the ball on less than 4 occasions.
LX Red being the winners of Pool A2 beat the runners up of Pool A1 to play Germany in the final. The final was a close run thing but LX Red managed to slot in the winner in the dying minutes of the game to come out winners at 1 - 0 and winners of the Tournament A Trophy.
LX Blue won all their matches (which in the end were played in the first two days) without conceding a goal and were clear winners of the Tournament B Trophy.
Message & Congratulations from the LX Club Chairman
Heartiest congratulations to all the players, coaches, managers. Not forgetting and Ben Rae
and Ben Rae
PS. It is now 6 Gold’s – England 5 Germany 3
All in all a very successful Tournament for England and the LX club