TDAS Blog: Day 7
Highlight of the day…It has not rained, in fact today is ending with glorious sunshine, its almost like the man above is pleased with the performance of Team England!!
Another two day game, with the women starting proceedings against a Swiss team, that include players that have been playing for under a year. Its great to see the game spreading and players representing their countries but facing a England team on a run would be like doing forward rolls up Everest!
England knew this game should really have been one in the bag, so instead of going all guns blazing, the team used this as an opportunity to test different situations and scenarios. Players used their non-dominant hands (some players are as good on both) and some players had an opportunity to try different positions such as Cat Gaunt and Sally Keogh playing outfield.
Two goalies outfield…. yes, both goalies played outfield….now for those of you who follow football, when you get the situation where you have used all your subs and the goalie gets injured, well that was the scenario. So up stepped to willing volunteers, Laura Merrifield and Lucy Lynch, both playing a half each. Although Merrifield conceded two goals, she stood tall to all the shots, while Lynch left the game with a 100% save record (1 from 1).
Even with a number of conditions and objectives, Team England proved to be a force, with nine different scorers, including Gaunt scoring her first international goal! With the win in the bag, the team had a short rest before a light training session in preparation for a meeting with the Germans.
It was now up to the men’s to complete the job, facing host nation, The Netherlands. A good crowd was in attendance with Dutch media in the stand filming a piece for the news. Unfortunately England had their own news to make, with a display that would make the ten o’clock news back home.
It all started within thirty seconds when Tom Gosney shot a bullet past the Dutch Keeper, a perfect start for the England team. That was not the end, as Andrew Baxter decided that he would get his name on the score sheet with a fine solo attempt, clearing the ball himself, he raced to the Dutch Goal and beat the oncoming defenders to register a goal.
Two goals to the good, everyone was expecting the Dutch to come out storming, after all they had a crowd eager for something to cheer, however that would not be the case as England poured in the goals. England had managed to put in ten goals before the Dutch play-maker got their first goal, but that was soon replied to Ady Bennett and Mike Armstrong.
The second half was a similar story, with more goals from England, eight in total. The Dutch start to pick up their game and take some opportunistic goals, but in large were kept out with a combination of great defence and super save from Nick Anderton.
The aim of today was not to have so many penalties, and although less than the other days, England again had to play a four man zone, however there were also a lot of interesting calls, with some mis-
The men now top the blue group having won all their games, so have a day off tomorrow before the quarter-finals ,while the women face Germany, which will be much more of a test than today.communication between officials. It was not only England that had to go down to a four man zone as the Dutch also faced this problem, one which Sam Russell capitalised scoring the last goal of the game to make it 18-4 to England.
The day can be summed up…..A JOB WELL DONE!!!
TDAS Fact: Most people would cook, smoke, marinate, broil, braise and pickle herring, however the way to eat the fish in the Netherlands is in fact raw…YUM!