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U25's Fixtures 2015

2015

     

Jan

20

Training/AU25 v Sonning 1st

Aldershot

Jan

21

Training/AU25 v REME HC

Aldershot

Feb

17

Training/AU25 v Blandford HC

Blandford Camp

Feb

18

1st - Blandford Camp
Training/AU25 v RSHC

Blandford Camp

Mar

7-9

Training

Aldershot

Mar

10-11

Inter Services Outdoor 

Portsmouth 

U23 Development Squad Season Report 2013/14

I would like to begin by thanking the following, Brian Mower for his continued scouting of new players, Lt Col Alan Flavell and Charlotte for their assistance throughout the season and my Head Coaching Sgt Jim Fowler.

The Scotland Tour

The plan was to take 25 players on tour, unfortunately due to Ops, Courses, injuries etc, we only muster 16 players for the tour. Results as follows:

Inverleith HC  9-2      Loss (Indoor)
North U21 7-5       Win (Indoor)
Mixed U21/Aberdeen team 7-7 Draw (Indoor)
Granite City Warriors 6-7 Loss (Indoor)
Highland HC  2-5 Loss (Outdoor)
Gordonstoun School 6-2 Win (Outdoor)

Although not full first team squad, only 3 players had toured with us before and a similar number had any indoor experience, our opposition was as strong as ever, Inverleith are the current Scottish Indoor Champions, Granite City Warriors are also a National League team so our performances against all our opposition on tour exceeded expectations. Mr Jim Patel and Lt Col Terry Lees ensured that we did not disgrace ourselves on the pitch as well. So overall an excellent tour where players learnt how to play Indoor hockey, which I hope to repeat again next season.

Inter Service Indoor

We entered the tournament with high expectations, the squad was well prepared and as strong as possible, our first fixture was against the RAF, although we dominated the first half of the game and were well worth our lead, we could not maintain our dominance and permitted the  RAF to claw their way back into the game, in a closely fought match, the Army sqaud ran out eventual winners by 7– 5.

The RN would prove to be slightly stronger opponents, however, this game followed the format of our earlier fixture, the Army dominated and quickly built up a 5-0 halftime lead, whether it was in experience or complacency we again permitted the RN to claw their way back into the game and in a very tense second half the Army ran out eventual winners by 7-6.

Overall, we had won the tournament, however, our dominance was not reflected in the final scores. That said, this was once again a very inexperienced squad of players, the majority of whom this was their first Indoor Tournament. A number of these players should by now be selected to represent their respective Corps !!!! 

Outdoor Fixtures

Our January fixture this season was against a very strong REME squad with all of their Army players, although the final score of 9-2 would seem to be a hammering, actually I was fairly comfortable with how the team played, with 7 players getting a run out for the first time. February’s fixtures we managed to get the majority of our squad of players that we wanted for this years Inter Services out, an excellent performance against Blandford HC saw us win very comfortably by 9-0. The squad played as a team and worked for each other. Our fixture the following day however, against the R Sigs was a disappointment, a number of players had to return to their units for courses etc, however, the majority of players still remained, a 6-4 loss did reflect the balance of play and just re-enforced the fact that our squad for this year was thin on the ground. Again this was due to course, Op Tours and injuries.

Inter Service Outdoor Tournament

The squad assembled on the Friday before the competition, this we hoped would give us sufficient time to build a competitive team for the tournament. Once again a number of players could not attend due to career course, not released from phase 2 units etc, however, a full squad of 15 outfield players and 2 keepers was put through their paces by Jim Fowler in preparation for the tournament.

The RAF would be our first opponents, having lost the toss of the coin from the previous day, whether it was the early start or the lack of a dedicated finisher, all of the Army’s dominance could not be converted into clear goal scoring chances, the half chances either went over the bar, hit the post or the RAF keeper brought of excellent saves. A breakaway goal against the run of play gave the RAF a 1-0 halftime lead.

The second half was almost a replica of the first, Army dominance but no rewards, as a result, we lost the fixture 1-0.  

Our second game, 3 hours later on what was the hottest day of the year so far would prove to be very challenging against a strong Navy squad who sensed blood. Again the Army dominated the first half but found ourselves 2 goals to nil down, once again the lack of a good finisher was punishing all of the good work in getting the ball to the danger area. However, our levels of fitness in the second half would see this deficit wiped out with 2 good well worked goals from open play and the Army in a very dominant position, but once again, we failed to covert our chances and the final result of 2-2 was probably a fair result on the day.

This left the RAF,  the weakest team, as overall winners of the tournament.

I am still looking for new players for next season as well as 2 assistant Level 1 coaches, CV to the manager please. I have also attached a list of players that are in my squad, these should now be included in Corps squads to further develop their abilities and competitiveness, I have also instructed them all that to develop their abilities, they should all now be playing civi hockey on weekends.

Peter Rosser
Team Manager
Army U23 Squad

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