Good evening fans!
The sad, soggy supporters have grown webbed feet! It has poured with rain all day and not even rain hardy Brits could survive this enslaught!
News from the camps… Apparently Suryan is confident enough to not need any paddles, he lost them earlier but some nice person returned them. Little brother Shiv is now fully recovered after carrying the flag yesterday. Pete Montgomery has had his car door wrecked by some young German driver, but he is using duct tape to keep the water out, Pozer is very impressed. Alan Vessey and family and Ginny Coyles arrived today to sample to Essen rain… Not impressed!
Sadly several GB brollys are struggling under the weight of the water.
The day of course, was brightened by the Polo, the Men opening with a 9-2 win against Russia; the Women ripping up the Czech Republic 10-4, despite some decidedly dodgy ref calls, new members to the squad Deano and Louise scored their first Championship goals; the U21 boys sparkled their way to a 13-1 win over Lithuania, with young Shiv opening the scoring, brother Suryan getting 5 and Jack on a hat trick; and the U21 girls found their team ‘feet’ in a tricky match against Germany (they lost 6-1, but put up a great competition).
Goal-fest arrived on pitch 1 when the Men played Ukraine, winning 24-0 (unheard of!) Apparently coach Adrian was asked by the ref at half time to go easy on them!*!*! sadly GB Men could not contain Denmark in the closing grey light of the day, losing 3-2. The Danish coach was exasperated with the vocal support from the GB Women. One more group match versus Italy tomorrow.
Great news for the Women, they beat Denmark 9-1, Aimee Robson scoring a double hat trick.
The U21 Men had a storming game against France late afternoon, leading 2-0 after three and a half minutes, with goals from Nathan and Jack. France eventually clawed their way back to win 4-2.
[check out the score]
The U21 Women had a hugely impressive win against Italy 6-1 with Holly Pratt demonstrating just how easy it is to tip the Italian girls in! This became infectious and everyone was up for some one on one action. They later lost to Poland 7-1 which we don’t want to talk about!
Looking forward to a rain free day tomorrow, more news later.
[Louise and Deano!]