55s Tournament of Nations - Verona, Italy June 2016
By walesdragons, Jun 11 2016 08:25PM
A good build-up tournament for Wales in preparation for the Home Internationals later this month.
Wales 0 Italy 1
Wales 0 Germany 4
Wales 1 Ireland 0 (S.Warr)
Wales 1 Switzerland 0 (D.Impey)
In temperatures reaching 30 degrees Wales used this tournament to get ready for the impending Home Internationals in Swansea.
The first match, against Italy, was a close run affair, marred by some very inconsistent home umpiring, with neither side particularly dominant. Wales short corner routines were full of errors, a feature which continued throughout thr tournament. In the last few minutes the italian forwards pushed went straight through a defender to slot the ball home to win the match. The goal was allowed to stand despite protestations - the italians were very lucky to come away winners.
Two hours later and Wales faced a strong & fresh german side. This was always going to be a big ask and a combination of fresher legs and a more effective set of penalty corner routines was enough to see Germany come away 4- 0 winners, although Wales could take heart from the fact that in open play they completely matched the Germans.
Day 2 saw Wales face the Irish, who they had seen off in April's World Cup. Wales proved that the World Cup result wasn't a one-off by some dominant open play, with Steve Warr scoring his first international goal to give Wales the victory.
On the final day Wales played Switzerland, and were completely dominant. In the second quarter, against an excellent swiss goalkeeper, Dave Impey scored with a clinical shot into the corner of the goal. Wales continued to camp in the Swiss half throughout the match but were unable to add to their tally, and only a superb goal-line clearance by Howard Atkins from a rare swiss penalty corner ensured that Wales ran out winners.
So third place to Wales overall. Special mention to Jon (Savage) Wild for an excellent performance at left-back. Wales know that if they can get their penalty corner routines working they can make so much more of their much improved field play.