Thursday, 23 April 2015

Holland - 11th and 12th April 2015

Good afternoon,
This is just a very brief update of the April Tour to Holland, a more complete report will I am sure take a little time.  We played the A side on Saturday and somehow got a 3-3 draw, Paul Sharratt getting a hat-trick (keeper had his Labrador nearby!!!).  Fair result would have been about 7 or 8-3 to them, Richard played well in goal, so 2 easy 'Men of the Match'.  All this followed by a BBQ and a few beers.
On Sunday we played their B side that were a tad less skilful but much younger (their eldest player was still younger than our youngest Paul Sharratt).  Going behind to a goal within 2 minutes didn't help but we recovered to come out winners 3-2, two more goals from Sharratt (1 a penalty stroke) and one from Frank.
This was followed by yet more beers and nibbles and sandwiches.  A slightly longer coach drive back (normally 5 minutes) but today the driver took us on the scenic route.
Sunday evening we had the traditional End of Tour Dinner, even though it was just a weekend.  We were honoured as 2 of our Sunday opponents joined us, which was really appreciated.  A few "taking wine" toasts duly took place and a short impromptu and entertaining speech was duly given by John Carrick.  Photographs will become available after all the blackmail money has been collected.

All the best to you all.
Phil Hall

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