23.06.2016: Wales win the EuroHockey Championships III with a 2-0 win over Switzerland. Perfect conditions in Gibraltar today as the Rocks unique microclimate produced a cloud layer, dampening the direct impact for the hot summer sunshine.
With the game scheduled for a morning start, the Welsh and Swiss arrived at The Victoria Hockey Stadium to warm up. With good numbers of supporters for the Welsh and Swiss it was soon to be the final to discover who will be promoted to the EHF Youth Championships II. With both teams led onto the pitch by the Umpires, heart felt national anthems were sung at full voice by the players and team members. Push back and the Welsh soon took the possession and the game to the Swiss with a high percentage of the first periods play being in the Swiss half. With end to end action, players fully committed to support each other especially the Swiss goalkeeper, who made some excellent saves, deservedly winning keeper of the tournament. The Welsh having several short corners were soon to score by the Welsh number 5, Jessica Roe. The first period ended with Wales up by 1 goal.
The second period started with the Swiss applying more pressure to the Welsh, who in return played some lovely hockey, switching the ball around the back and down the side of the pitch. The second goal was again scored by Jessica Roe, who was recognised by winning the top goal scorer award. Wales now 2 – 0 up. With the Swiss putting pressure on the Welsh the team found it difficult to score, even through penalty corners, the welsh defence and goalkeeper looked solid. In the closing stages of the match the Welsh became a team of 10 with a player being issued a yellow card. A hard final push by the Swiss team came to no avail with the sound of the final hooter.
Well done to the Welsh team for becoming ranked 1st place and gaining promotion. The prize ceremony followed with the above named players receiving their awards. In addition, the Captain of the Welsh team Lauren Dunne was awarded ‘Best Player’ by the teams. Lauren also collected the winner’s trophy, presented by Jo Pennycook, EHF Tournament Delegate.
The Gibraltar Hockey Association would like to thank the EHF, Swiss and Welsh Hockey on making this a remarkable tournament and one to remember for the players, officials and visiting supporters. We wish everyone the all the best for future Hockey Competitions in the future, you are always welcome back here in Gibraltar for training camps and games, or just to see the Macaque Apes!!!!
Our Championship and Championship II (boys and girls) events kick off on 24th in Cork and Glasgow respectively. With the boys Championship II in Albena starting on 27th July.
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Thanks to David Devincenzi-Clemens for the update and photographs from Gibraltar