A fantastic 2 days spent with the under 12 girls team from Oosterbeek mixed hockey club, Holland.
Fareham fielded a mixed aged team combining some of our under 12 and under 14 girls.
To encourage the girls to bond and get to know each the first match was a mix up game with girls from each team playing together. It was a close fought match with the "Sparkles" team winning 4-2 against the "Frankensteins" After the game all the girls enjoyed a post match meal, followed by some Halloween madness, featuring hair chalk, nail varnish and face paints.
The following morning the Dutch girls took the opportunity to get some pre match training in at HMS Collingwood for the afternoon match Holland v England. There were many references made to the Olympic 2016 iconic win for England.
The teams lined up and sang their National Anthems. Fareham had consistent pressure, good passing and hard running which undid a resolute Dutch defence, whilst the balance of the game was Fareham's favour the hard work from the Dutch team meant that nothing could be taken for granted and some of their individual performances were notable. However England won 3-1.
Following a convincing win from Fareham both teams elected to take part in a whole team penalty shoot out using the new format from the 23. This resulted in a great spectacle and ended with a 5-5 draw with some special performances including the goal keepers from both sides.
Both teams finished off the tour with a Halloween themed social evening.
Everyone who experienced the tour is hopeful that a reciprocal visit can be planned for next year to see who can be the cup holder in 2017.
The efforts of both teams were recognised with a presentation of medals which were generously be provided by both clubs.