England Shine in Team Performance
After a day of talks and preparations, including an interesting session where we had to get to ‘know our sticks better’, team England were ready for their first match against Ireland.
The objective of the week is to build on every performance throughout the tournament, but we needed to set a good base for this target in our first game and this was very much achieved. England started strong due to some strategic centre draw tactics from Coach Butt that wrong-footed the opponents and gave England control from the first whistle with some good draw domination from the two Lauras (Merrifield and Plant).
Fourteen goals were converted in the first half and only two conceeded, there was good movement and energy within the attack and England came into half time talk feeling confident and positive. Perhaps there was a little too much energy in the team as sticks began to fly and 3 yellow cards were awarded against us in the second half. This is something the coaches have made a focus for the next games.
Another twelve goals were scored with Keely Watt displaying clinical finishing in her 4 goals of the match. In total, there were 11 names on the score sheet, showing the depth of our squad. The coaches set the squad a few challenges to work on such as different situations that may arise in the games during the rest of the week.
Overall an excellent beginning to the championships: 26-4 to England and the team are pumped for their match tomorrow against host nation, The Netherlands.
Laura Plant #33