The biggest national competitions are the European and World Championships. England regularly compete in these competitions against the best countries in the World.
The trophy cabinet!
European Championships - 12
World Championships - 2 (as Great Britain)
As the creators of the sport England dominated the game in the 1930s and 40s. More recently the latin countries have been taking home the silverware , mostly due to professional structure to their club hockey.
This year’s competition took place in La Coruna, Spain from 15th to 22nd July 2018.
It has been a long time since so many countries have entered. This year saw a total of 11 teams.
With an average age of 21 Years & 9 Months, our team was the youngest team in the competition.
For the first time in 22 years I was able to field a team in which all the players had come through the Development Plan, which helped on our tactical side.
Group A – Portugal, France, Andorra, Switzerland and Austria
Group B – Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Holland and Belgium
In the group stage the team managed to score a total of 29 goals, however we also conceded 33 goals meaning that we had a minus goal difference. Despite that, we ended with a good goal difference taking into consideration that that we played against two of the top countries in this competition – Spain (Europeans Champions) and Italy (Bronze Medal).
England qualified for the quarters-final as we finished 4th in our group.
During this phase the team showed tiredness as we had played every day and the games were 25 minutes each way, stop clock.
In the quarter-finals we played Portugal and we lost 14 – 2. This put us into the playoff games for 5th – 8th places.
In those last two games the we lost to Andorra 8 – 2 and then to Germany 12 – 6, however our main objective was achieved finishing top in the top eight places.
By finishing in 8th position, this put us on FIRS Cup for the 2019 Roller Games.
There is always a problem for the England teams regarding their competitiveness and fitness areas of the game. However the team showed a great attitude on and off the rink which helped to get the best of them.
I am pleased to say that we scored in every game that we played and in most of the game we were very competitive in the first halves. The main problem was the fact that the team always showed tiredness in the second halves.
I would like to congratulate the players on the professionalism they showed throughout the competition.
I am looking forward for next year’s Roller Games in Barcelona.