Sidmouth and Ottery coach leads Zimbabwe into top eight at Masters World Cup in Holland

10:59 19 June 2014

Sidmouth hockey club coach Gus McVey is presnted with a mini stick fro the Zimbabwe players by the captain of the Zimbabwe Masters team and former cricket captain of Zimbabwe, Stuart Carlisle.

Sidmouth hockey club coach Gus McVey is presnted with a mini stick fro the Zimbabwe players by the captain of the Zimbabwe Masters team and former cricket captain of Zimbabwe, Stuart Carlisle.

Archant

Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club coach Gus McVey is back in East Devon after a two-week stint as coach to the Zimbabwe Masters team competing in the Masters World Cup in Rotterdam, Holland.

Sidmouth Hockey Club coach Gus McVey (in the red top) with the Zimbabwe hockey team he coached at the Masters event held in HollandSidmouth Hockey Club coach Gus McVey (in the red top) with the Zimbabwe hockey team he coached at the Masters event held in Holland

Prior to the competition McVey took a phone call from the Zimbabwe Hockey Board. Given that he retains strong ties with the country it did not take him long to answer the call to go and coach the masters team in the tournament!

His task was to take control of the men’s Over-40s team and also act as consultant to the Zimbabwe and South African ladies’ Over-45 team.

McVey said: “At first I was a bit apprehensive with the massive responsibility as the team were coming from world wide and had never played together some only having picked up sticks six months ago after ten years. I had four players come in from Australia, two from Dubai and the rest from Zimbabwe. They were all self-funded so the pressure of results came into play. All the players have played international hockey before so the job of gelling the team was a big factor with only four days before the opening match against the power house Germany, followed by Scotland and then Italy. The team worked hard adapting well to the hot wet conditions and the different surfaces they were to play on.”

In the first game, played in front of a huge crowd, Zimbabwe lost 6-1 to a very experienced and clinical Germany 6-1. Later the same day they returned to the pitch for match two and, at one stage, led Scotland 2-0 before going down by the odd goal in five.

They then took on Italy and, after a very physical game, won 4-0. At the completion of the pool rounds McVey had to leave his charges to return for work at Bicton College.

In his absence the team played a quarter-final tie against the worlds best in their age group, Australia. Four goals down at half-time, Zimbabwe came back well with two of their own before being beaten 7-2.

They finally played South Africa to decide who finished seventh and eight and lost this match 7-1. However, the fact they finished eighth was not lost on McVey who said: “So we finished in the top eight in the world for the Over-40s age group, which, in its own right, is an amazing achievement considering we all got together just four days before the tournament started! I am so very proud to have been able to be an active and contributing part of an amazing experience.”

When asked about his future, McVey smiled and said: “I am at the moment, but anything is possible! I am coaching for England Hockey at one of the regional centres starting at the end of June. On top of that I am also preparing for the coming club season with Sidmouth and Ottery Ladies.”

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 16:50
Sidmouth 2nds batsmen Harvey Sargent and Dec Lines at the Maer on Saturday. Ref shsp 30-16SH 3200. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth IIs powered their way to an emphatic 168-run win over Exmouth II at their Maer ground home.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:48
Exeter Chiefs tackle some tug-of-war during their two-day stay at the River Dart Park complex

Holne Park House and CRS Adventures, based on the River Dart Country Park in Devon, ran a two-day training programme for the Exeter Chiefs in preparation for the squad’s pre-season campaign.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:47
The 2016 Honiton Triathlon was held frOM the Allhallows field on Sunday which in turn raised funds for the town's rugby club. Ref mhsp 27-16SH 1120. Picture: Simon Horn.

The N1 Tri Club’s prolific racing pair Lisa Braunton and Vanessa Glyn-Jones travelled to Eton Dorney Lake for the VOTWO Events standard distance (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run) triathlon, writes Ellie Dominey.

Read more
Mon, 12:26
Football corner flag. Ref exsp 7253-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Town are looking for a linesman to join them this coming season.

Read more
Mon, 12:11
Sid Valley CC rider Doug Parker on his way t a new PB at Buckfastleigh

After several weeks of setbacks and cancelled races Honiton-based Sid Valley CC rider Doug Parker finally got first personal best (PB) of the season last weekend.

Read more
Mon, 08:41
The Exeter City Ladies new management team Pictured left to right- Chris Heayns, Maxine Coupe and Tommy Wheeldon

The familiar face of Tommy Wheeldon is heading up the new team in charge of Exeter City Ladies Football Club in what will be an exciting new era for the women’s game in the south-west.

Read more
Mon, 08:12
Harry Webb with Paddy Fitzpatrick

East Devon boxer Harry Webb will turn professional at the end of August.

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Golf generic picture

Sidmouth based ladies featured well in the recent Captains Day competition at Honiton, writes John Pawley.

Read more
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Sidmouth Under-19 action at Bradninch

Sidmouth Under-19s continued their unbeaten run in this season’s ECB Club Under-19 T20 with an emphatic 100-run win at Bradninch.

Read more
Friday, July 22, 2016
football generic picture

After a fruitless search during the close season for a new manager, Beer Albion have re-appointed Richard Walker as player-manager for the forthcoming season in the Macron Devon and Exeter Premier Division, writes Richard Honnor.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications