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A greater number of teams have entered this years competition forcing the organisers to increase the championships from six to seven days. Countries entered this year are Andorra, Austria, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Alcobendas, Spain from 1st September to 7th September.
A greater number of teams have entered this years competition forcing the organisers to increase the championships from the usual six days to seven days. Countries that have entered in this years championships are Andorra, Austria, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.
Roller Hockey Photos will be covering the last six days matches posting all the action photos and scores.
This years Eastern Counties Cup Finals Day held at the Bushfields Sports Centre had two VIP’s in attendence. Fernando Graca President of the CERH (Roller Hockey European governing body) and Luis Rei Vice President of the CEA.
The eastern regions big day started at 9.15am with the first of 10 under 9, 10 minute matches. In addition to the new comers to the sport the action packed days schedule included cup matches ages for under 11, under 13, under 15, under 17, and under 20′s. The ladies match was a close call which was full of flair and determination, finally the last two games of the day were by the senior’s.
To see all the match results go to www.ecrha.co.uk
France, Switzerland, Germany, Angola, Portugal, Spain, Brazil and the host club Montreux wil compete over the holiday weekend for the Coupe des Nations trophy. This bianual event is hosted a few months before the Mens senior World championship which this year will be hosted in Angola.
During a recent trip to Oviedo Spain I took in a a match which turn out to be a local derby between Areces and FM Roller. A fast end to game with eleven goals and abuse at the refs, a great game to watch and a pleasure to see the home team win.
This years Copa del Rey will be hosted in Oviedo, Spain where some of the best teams in the world line up. FC Barcelona, Reus Deportiu, C P Vic, ICG Software Lleida, Coinasa Liceo, Mopesa Vilanova, Moritz Vendrell and Igualada HC. ICG Software Lleida v Coinasa Liceo starts the competition at 19.00hrs on 28th February with two matches on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday finishing Sunday with the final starting at 12.45hrs.
ICG Software Lleida 3-7 Coinasa Liceo
Reus Deportiu 5-3 C.P. Vic
Mopesa C.P. Vilanova 2-3 Moritz C.E.Vendrell
Igualada H.C. 1-7 F.C.Barcelona
Coinasa Liceo 3-4 Reus Deportiu
Moritz C.E. Vendrell 7-3 F.C.Barcelona
Reus Deportiu 3-4 Moritz C.E. Vendrell
In a cracking match in Grado near Oviedo, Areces were victors over Barcelona last weekend in their home game in the Spanish National Division one. The 2-1 win lifted them to ninth place in the league table.
Herne Bay United will take on RHC Uri (Switzerland) in their home leg of the 2012 CERS Cup. Uri’s home Roller Hockey match took place on 10th of this month and HBU took a hit to the tune of 7-0. To see HBU take on the swiss team you’ll need to be at the Herne Bay Arena, Gate 4, Herne Bay High School, Bullockstone Rd, Herne Bay, CT6 7NS on Saturday 24/11/2011 starting at 6pm.
We’ll be there to get all the action.
Courtesy of HBU
The Senior National Cup was challenged by two northern teams this year, Grimsby RHC National League champions and runners up Middlesbrough RHC. The match had a slow start as both teams testing each other as Grimsby wanted the double and Middlesbrough needed a title this year after losing the National League to Grimsby on goal difference.
The fifty minutes of play seemed even but Middlesbrough had a little more luck as Gimsbys Marc Waddingham and Captain Andrew Simm rattled the goal post on several occasions and Boro’s Owen Stewart and Sam Kay had the accuracy.
The match ended with a final score of 6-3 to Middlesbrough.
Its now twelve years since Ian Morrison ex Letchworth RHC player went out to Spain to play Roller Hockey, and is still playing. He currently plays for the asturian club CP Areces in the Spanish National Division 1 and has done so for the last six years. Over this time he has put his roots down and has fitted into the Spanish way of life mastering the language and traditions.
Recently Ians regional newspaper wrote an article on him and the club outlining his club career and personal life which you can read the translation. In addition to this you can see Ian in the photos of Areces v CP Cerceda played last month.
He came first for the Hockey then everything else followed. What can we say about the love story between the Englishman Ian Morrison and Spain. Its a passion that he shares with Arece’s as a goalkeeper and English Roller Hockey. He came to Asturias six years ago.
Ian was born in 1983 in Luton, Bedfordshire. But he was 15 when his love for Roller Hockey found him in Catalan town of Vic, where he attended a Roller Hockey summer school.
When he was 17 he was part of the first team of Vic, he also played in European Competitions for England Roller Hockey. He then joined G.E.I.E.G. in Gerona. Ian found it very hard at first being in a country where he did not know anyone or speak any Spanish.
He found it very difficult in Catalonia as people had there friends and it was very difficult to become part of those groups. But when he came to Asturias it was different people were much easier to make friends with.
Ian then signed up for a Team in San Sebastian, a beautiful city but the level of hockey was quite low. It was there that he met an Asturian girl whom he is to marry in August 2012. Everything seem to come together and he found himself living in Asturias. The level of roller hockey was of a high standard and his future wife was here. Ian said this whilst sipping a beer in a bar in his neighbourhood Florida, Oviedo.
It has been a long time and Ian now feels Oviedo is more like home, where he has many friends, a job and a wife to be. He does not think he will return to England even in death. After 12 years in Spain he has lost touch with friends and feels his life now is in Oviedo where he teaches in San Ignacio & Santa Teresa School. He also tutors students and last summer started a small business to bring some of his students to England to improve there level of English.