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.


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, 09:30
Sidmouth RFC Under-8s

Sidmouth Under-8s travelled to South Devon to take on hosts Teignmouth for their latest action.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29
ssp week 48 sailing Lisa Craig wins most improved female.

Saturday evening saw the members of Sidmouth Sailing Club gather together with friends and family for their annual Trophy Night held at the Port Royal.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28
Sidmouth Bowls Clubs Ann England organised a celebration presentation evening for the 27 members who played in the Sunset Umbrella during the Outdoor season.

Sidmouth Bowling Club was honoured to receive a visit from the president of the Devon County Ladies Indoor Bowling Association (DCLIBA) and her team, write Jenny Fricker and Ron Cook.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28
Sidbury Utd suffered a home defeat by two goals to nil by Chard 2nds. Ref shsp 5571-44-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Followers of Sidbury United would have been forgiven for a rendition of: “Crisis, what crisis?”, after their teams 2-0 win at high-flying Honiton Town in last weekend’s Fresha League meeting.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28
Sidmouth Chiefs at home to Wadebridge Camels. Ref shsp 4627-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Chiefs were 15-10 victors when they entertained Wadebridge Camels.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:28
Seaton Town played against Sidmouth Town at the weekend. Ref shsp 4589-48-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth Town exited the Graddon Vending Devon Premier Cup, beaten 2-1 at Fresha League Seaton Town.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27
Sidmouth Town 3rds at home to Sandford. Ref shsp 6863-47-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth Town Reserves came back from two goals down to win 5-2 when they met Witheridge Reserves in a Fresha League Division One game.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27
Football flag. Ref exsp 7256-33-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Under-9 Warriors had very mixed results in their latest matches in the Exeter and District Youth League.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27
Sidmouth Under-7s action

Sidmouth Under-7s were engaged in a series of terrific matches at a chilly Teignmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:26
Football generic picture

Sidmouth Raiders Under-13s produced an excellent fight-back to recover from a two goal deficit and eventually defeat Moors Youth 5-3.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°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
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications