International Challenge Match Victory for UK Police Men’s Hockey Team versus Dutch National Men’s Police Team
PSUK Men’s Team 3 – Dutch National Men’s Police Team 1
The UK Men’s Police Hockey Section combined their trials event for the forthcoming 2020 squad selection, with an international exhibition challenge match against the Dutch National Men’s Police team, who also played a Wakefield Hockey Club select team during their visit to the UK.
Both matches were hosted by Wakefield Hockey Club, with the police challenge match taking place at 1400 hrs on Wednesday 9 October 2019. The UK Men’s Police team featured players from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, as well as England.
A very talented Dutch team started the match well and took the lead from a short corner early in the match, however, the UK starting eleven (with only 3 regular squad players) started to gel as they got familiar with each other and drew the score level with a well-executed goal mid-way through the half.
Half time 1 – 1
The match ebbed and flowed until mid-way through the second half when the Dutch overturned an advancing UK attack and a clever aerial pass sent two forwards descending on the UK second half trialist goal- keeper, who somehow managed to delay one attacker, who had taken the ball around him long enough, that when he squared the ball for the other attacker to pass into what should have been an empty net, he managed to somehow get himself up from the floor, across and down to save and deflect the ball wide. This was the catalyst for the UK team to step forward and score a fine goal to make the score 2-1. After some extended Dutch pressure, the UK team moved forward with 5 minutes remaining to score a third and put some gloss on the final score line.
Full Time 3 – 1
Overall, a hardworking and talented display, which the UK Captain and the players can be very proud of.
Wakefield HC played against a Dutch Police team last Tuesday, 8 October, night at Wakefield Sports Club
The Dutch squad was composed of players coming form all over Holland and linked to some very famous clubs, such as, Kampong HC in Utrecht.
The game started at a high pace and proved to be a very even encounter. After 12 minutes Wakefield made the first breakthrough when Sam Shute fired home a penalty corner shot. Wakefield started to take control of the game in the second quarter and Kieran Barker scored with a fierce drive from top left of the shooting circle.
Dutch police still looked dangerous on the counter with 2 of their players showing good pace and Jakob van Bentum had to be on his toes in the Wakefield goal.
Barker sealed the game with 2 more goals but Dutch police had the final say when they fired home a penalty corner with minutes to go.
4-1 to Wakefield, but a very useful match for both teams.
Aftermatch entertaining went on late into the night with fine food and drink for all.
Tuesday evening, the Men’s 1st team wore green shirts and Police Service UK wore white shirts.
Wednesday afternoon, Netherlands wore orange and blue shirts and UK Police wore navy blue shirts.