TDAS Blog: Day 5
Its Saturday and its going to be a busy day for Team England as both teams will be playing today for the first time in this tournament.
The women with the early game, kicking off against Ireland, a team they have never faced in International competition. Speaking to some of the players last night they are very much looking forward to finally playing. Team England Men face Sweden, who last night beat the hosts The Netherlands 13-7, so they go into the game with the same record as England (2 wins from 2 games)
The venue was busier today, with more supporters and players from the festival giving the whole place more atmosphere, and it did not rain!!!!
The England women started aggressively and made their intentions clear with Ruby Smith scoring in the first minute, another two goals were added before Ireland had a sniff at goal which they scored from. Unfortunately for Ireland, this made England step up, with a ten goal run. Keeley Watt Bagging a hit-trick on that run streak before Ireland managed to score another goal.
With a first half lead of fourteen goals (16-2), the second half started very much in similar fashion to the first with another goal to England in under a minute scored by Keely Watt. This was followed by a further nine goals, which Ireland could only reply with two.
A great performance from Team England Women, putting constant pressure on Ireland throughout the game, they made it hard for them to clear from defence and limited the number of scoring opportunities. Even with two players serving a yellow card penalty, Ireland could not capitalise and England managed to turnover the ball.
Lots of positives can be taken away from this game, especially when you score twenty six goals and have ten different players scoring, and with so many young players making the step up and a commanding performance by Laura Merrifield, the team can be happy with the result. Special mention goes to goalkeeper Catherine Gaunt who has to wear a gum-shield for 24 hours after being the official spotted she was not wearing one during the game.
Skip forward to 2.30pm and it was the turn of Team England Men to complete a day of victories, facing a Swedish team on a high after beating the host nation the day before and going into the game unbeaten.
A large crowd came to watch this game, including the German team (tomorrows opposition) and they were in for a specticle. Not many people could forsee how they game would start, Sweden scored first and then again and then again and then they scored a fourth. Could England lose this game?
Ady Bennett was the first to step up to answer, the attacker netted two goals before the end of the quarter to bring England back within two. The second quarter started with what looked like a blatent foul against Tom Gallon on face-off duty, but play went on. This did not deter the team as a goal from Bennett and an equaliser from Colin Clive turned the table before Gosney put Enghland finally in the lead. Two more goals from England, matched by one from Sweden put the team into half time up 7-5
A goal each after the break was followed by eight more for Team England as Sweden failed to score anymore goal. In what seemed a nervy start for Team England, ended with the team showing the ability to dig in and work to get a very good result. No doubt that Sweden are a team on the up and will prove a big test for the other blue group teams and have the potential of finishing very high.
So today was a good day (#ice cube)…tomorrow the mens have another huge test facing Germany, while the women take on The Netherlands.
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TDAS Fact: The Dutch people are the tallest in all Europe and second tallest inthe world….some of them are giants!!