1 year ago
By Fenno Outen
Big day out at Lee Valley Olympic Park an inspirational hit for our hockey stars of the future
Thanks to the organisational skills of Kyoko Leadlay, a large contingent of BEHC Juniors and parents were able to enjoy the Men's World League Semi Finals at Lee Valley together.
On a beautiful summer's day, we were treated first to India's demolition of Pakistan, featuring a couple of belting finishes from Akashdeep Singh. Coaching point #1 (demonstrated by Pakistan) brilliant individual skills don't make a brilliant team.
Next up England against the Olympic champions Argentina. Argentina half asleep for the first part of the game and England quickly 3-0 up. Thanks in part to a fluffed 10 yard push pass from Gonzalo Peillat, the world's greatest drag flicker! Coaching point #2: look after the basics!
At this point Argentina decided to play like Olympic champions again and it was quickly 3-3. England clung on, indebted to George Pinner's penalty flick save and the well coordinated support of the BE youngsters, to escape with a draw.
After the games, on to the serious competition: Isla Nisbet defeating all comers in the autograph hunt! Our Juniors happy to get some photos with England men's captains past and present, and then even happier to come across a couple of gold medallists on the way out.
Thanks to Kyoko for organising a great day. When's the next one?
Updated 14:55 - 7 Aug 2017 by Matt Wilde