21st July 2016, Brussels: In this the Summer of Youth Hockey or #EHYouth2016, the EuroHockey Youth Championships Under 18 got underway in Gibraltar yesterday.
The opening match of the Championships III commenced under the warmth in Gibraltar and the host team faced the Welsh. With travelling Welsh fan base and local support in the stands support was strong for both teams. Played at the Victoria Hockey Stadium with its unique setting adjacent to to the main runway the opening national anthems were delayed whilst Monarch Airlines landed! The team’s embraced their anthems, players singing from their hockey hearts, the game then commenced. The Welsh started off strongly, giving the local team some work to do. With the Gibraltarian team playing good hockey throughout in both offence and defence, the Welsh team outplayed the host in the first half. The second half was action packed, keeping the Technical Table busy with green card suspensions and more goals scored by penalty corners and a penalty stroke. Both teams played some excellent hockey leaving the pitch in high spirits at the the final whistle.
During the evening Gibraltar Hockey Association (GHA) hosted a function where they present the Tournament Designate (TD) for the EHF with an association plaque and on behalf of the Minster for Culture and Sport a glass trophy of the Rock of Gibraltar. In return the EHF TD presented the GHA president with a gift in appreciation of hosting this Championship in special circumstances in short notice.
We are delighted that the games can be viewed online via the @gibraltarhockey twitter page, via Periscope, 15 minutes before the match start time.
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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There will Live Streaming of the Finals in Cork and Glasgow, links to follow!
Thanks to David Devincenzi-Clemens for the update and photographs from Gibraltar