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06 April 2016

25th Hockey Tour to Holland 

This year’s Shell girls’ Hockey tour to Holland was particularly special as it marked its 25th year.   Twenty nine girls and six staff spent six days as guests of Roomburg, our host club, who once again laid on a perfect trip for us.  

In terms of the Hockey, the As ripped up the record book with a scoreline of 5-1 wins for Canford against Ring Pass, while the Bs played two of the club’s U14 sides, losing 0-2 in the first match but enjoying a gutsy win 1-0 in the second.   Our evening matches against Leiden saw some superb play from all the girls, resulting in a 5-2 win for the As and a 3-0 win for the Bs.

The group also had the chance to see some first class hockey in the Wagener Stadium watching Amsterdam and Rotterdam battle out an intense 2-2 draw in a top of the table clash.  This was a terrific atmosphere and truly inspirational hockey for our young players.

An innovation this year was to stay in Delft between training sessions and matches which was a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Dutch way of life.  The café culture was much enjoyed and staying in the town gave an added dimension to the sports tour.   At the tour dinner the Canford group was joined by friends from Roomburg Hockey Club and two Dutch OCs who had played a pivotal part in setting up the first Canford girls’ tour.   As ever, this was a fantastic social evening.

Patrick Rossiter, Hockey coach and co-ordinator of the Dutch tour each year, commented:

“There were super performances from both our A and B teams during this tour, with, I believe, the As providing the largest winning margin of the modern era.   Every one of the girls had a telling impact on their games, and I was extremely proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the pitch.  They were a real credit to Canford and I thank both the girls and their families for making our historic 25th anniversary tour such a memorable one.”

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