Wednesday, November 29, 2023

EuroHockey 2023: Wales men fall short against Olympic hosts France

Monchengladbach — After the sugar rush of matching the world champions, came the comedown against next year’s Olympic hosts. Wales had won their last three matches against France, along with victory at the last EuroHockey, and a win here would have propelled Danny Newcombe’s team even further.  One still can’t overlook the fact, however, that they are paying to compete at major championships.

Given their 3-3 heroics and France’s drubbing to the Netherlands, they will, then, be understandably disappointed at their 2-0 defeat on Monday afternoon after another heart-felt national anthem belted out to the applause from Sparkassen Park.

“We were only about 15 per cent off it but at this level it took us a long while to get a foothold in the game,” admitted Newcombe.

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