This week London RHC spoke with London’s No.1 Dan Milne, the Dragon between the sticks for a third consecutive season.
Q: Why did you move to London and why have you stayed for your third consecutive season?
A: I was approached by the club as they were starting to build a team. They explained that they were entering into the national league and asked me if I wanted to be their goalkeeper.
The reason I stayed with the club isn’t just because of the Premier League, but because the players are more than just a team. We all socialise together, have a laugh and generally respect each other. They are like a family and I have never been part of a team like that before.
Q: Describe the pressure you face as London’s no.1?
A: It’s a difficult position as the team rely on me (just as much as I rely on them). There is pressure on me not to concede silly goals and to help guide the team throughout the game. Honestly, I don’t feel much pressure during the games as the team are reliable and rarely cause any problems for me in goal, other than the occasional direct free hit. There is always the pressure of not being the reason the team lose any games, but with the team and the training, I’m sure that will never happen.
Q: What do you make of London’s chances in the Premier League this season?
A: Personally I think we have a big chance of winning the title this year and getting into the CERS Cup or European League in 2018. We have a very strong team who put in 100% every time they have their skates on. We always put up a good fight and can beat anyone on our day. Seeing everyone evolve from the start of last season to the final match, I think it puts us in good stead to be contenders for this year’s trophy.
Q: What are the biggest differences between the club this year and last season?
A: As most people know, we have a new coach. That has made the biggest difference in our club, with training, game play etc. We had a hard pre-season, with lots of training and fitness, more “off the ball” training… which I have also been involved in.
We have also had new players start at the club, with some training and others who have registered for the upcoming season.
And if you would like to join us as a player or feel you could compete with Dan for the no.1 goalkeeper spot then e-mail us at email@example.com
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SECRHA Results from 5th November 2017 at The Den:
London 6-5 Farnham
London 4-2 Invicta
London 5-5 Maidstone
Team (Goals): Dan Milne (GK), Nik Bartlett, Michael Maruszak (1), Joan Nualart (6), Hanwei Lim, Jackson Martin, Marc Gonzalez (2), Jaime Perez (4), Rodrigo De Carvalho (2)
To see the updated SECRHA Division 1 league table visit the competitions page.
On the weekend of 21 – 22 October London RHC took part in EHRC Marathon’s 70th Anniversary International Invitational Tournament at The Hague’s illustrious Zuiderpark Sports Campus.
In the same complex as the club’s outdoor rink, London were fortunate enough to compete in the 3,500 capacity stadium, home to many of Europe’s top athletic competitions.
The competition itself featured clubs from different age groups from all over Europe. In the senior pool there were clubs from Belgium, The Netherlands, England and Germany.
In the first game of the tournament London took on K.V. Rolta RHC Leuven from Belgium. The Belgians weren’t a match for London and despite the majority of possession and conceding no more than one or two chances London could only stretch to a 4-0 win against a very tight defense… but a comfortable win nonetheless.
In the second game London took on host team Marathon and again were a league above their opposition. Despite being unable to get out of second gear after their long journey to Holland, London still controlled possession and created a number of chances. Although they hit the woodwork more than they would have liked, London still grabbed a comfortable 2-1 win.
In the tournament final London played RESG Walsum, a different kind of team to the others previously faced. Walsum are currently 4 games into the Bundesliga campaign and train 4 times per week, preparing for their CERS Cup game in Lleida in two weeks time. London on the other hand are yet to start their domestic league and with a depleted squad had to make a big effort to stand up to the Germans. After going 2-0 down inside the first 15 minutes, London soon rallied back with Daniele Biancardi scoring from the penalty spot before Joel De Figueiredo flicked the ball past the Walsum goalkeeper on the counter-attack. As London started to gain momentum the Germans held the ball behind the Dragons goal to close out the score at half-time to 2-2.
In the second half fatigue started to hit London unlike Walsum who could rotate an entire squad. Despite chances at both ends of the rink it was the Germans who controlled the second half and with 10mins remaining grabbed a third. Following this two goalkeeper plunders led to two more goals offering Walsum a comfortable finish to the game to win 5-2. This was a valiant effort from London against an in form Walsum side who we hope to meet again soon.
Goal scorers: Biancardi (4), De Figueiredo (2), Lim (1), Gonzalez (1)
London will embark on another international adventure this Friday to take part in EHRC Marathon‘s 70th Anniversary International Tournament in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The Dragons will play four games against German Bundesliga outfit RESG Walsum, host club Marathon and Belgian team Rolta Leuven.
And we cannot wait!
Team to travel: Jim Seal-Driver, Joel De Figueiredo, Hanwei Lim, Daniele Biancardi, Inaki Arroyo, Dan Milne, Marc Gonzalez
Head Coach: Marc Gisbert Lacruz
London dismantled Letchworth today in a friendly at The Den. After a fast start with both teams testing one another with possession it was London who took a 3 goal lead with goals from Joel De Figueiredo (2) and Rodrigo De Carvalho. After two dubious penalties for the visitors and some nice one twos from the Dragons the score at half time was London 6-2 Letchworth.
In the second half the game got a little scrappier as both teams tired. London continued to test the goalkeeper however and were rewarded with a further 6 goals with Letchworth grabbing just 2.
LONDON (Goals scored): Joel De Figueiredo (5), Daniele Biancardi (3), Rodrigo De Carvalho (3), Joe Gotts (1), Michael Maruszak, Dan Milne, Marc Gonzalez, Hanwei Lim
Roller Hockey’s longest standing competition is the Kent League. Run by an affiliation separate to the National Roller Hockey Association of England, the Kent League is a home and away format, and looks to promote a high standard of hockey to the South East regions best clubs.
Teams for participation in the 2017-18 Season Men’s League include:
London, Herne Bay (x2) Herne Bay United (x2), Invicta (x2), Maidstone
London RHC began the defence of their SECRHA Seniors crown with three wins out of three on Sunday 1st October in Herne Bay.
The team began their day at 5.30am to arrive in time for an 8.40am start in the first SECRHA Seniors Division 1 tournament of the new season.
Maidstone 1 -2 London
In the first game of the day London defeated Maidstone in what was not a close a game as the score suggested. With 80% possession London dominated the game from start to finish, but just couldn’t get into a fluid enough rhythm to test the goalkeeper on enough occasions. After going up 2-0 with goals from Michael Maruszak and Daniele Biancardi London conceded a scrambled late goal, which snuck in under the goalkeeper to leave the last few minutes of the game quite anxious. London however held on, controlled the ball and ran out deserved winners.
Farnham 2-4 London
In their second game London took on Surrey based club Farnham and again controlled the match from start to finish. Going three goals up through Inaki Arroyo, Joel De Figueiredo and Marc Gonzalez with some excellent team goals, the Dragons were sailing before a clash between goalkeeper and player, saw the ball bounce off a knee and into the net for 3-1. London got their fourth a minute later through Arroyo, before an individual defensive error saw the game finish 4-2. London controlled the game and gave away minimal chances, although it became scrappier than we would have wished.
Herne Bay 1-9 London
In the final game of the day London defeated the home team in what was a relatively straight-forward victory. Patient play and team goals, as well as some individual brilliance meant that London beat the hosts to top the league from the first tournament. Goals from Biancardi (4), De Figueiredo, Arroyo (2), Maruszak (2) ensured a good win.
Thank you to our hosts Herne Bay and we look forward to the next tournament.
See the current league table below or on the competitions page.
London Roller Hockey Club are proud to announce a relationship with Lacatoni that will see the Portuguese manufacturer provide playing kit, training kit and club apparel for the 2017 – 2018 season.
We are delighted with the quality and design of the merchandise and cannot wait to begin playing in it.
Check out the home (white) and away (black) playing strips below:
London Roller Hockey Club will compete in the following competitions for the 2017 – 2018 Season:
- National Premier League
- National Cup of England
- South Eastern Counties League (SECRHA)
- Kent League
- International Tournaments (Holland, Spain, France)
The National Premier League consists of seven clubs with London’s first game taking place on 12th November at home to Middlesbrough where they were victorious last season. Before the year ends they will also take on King’s Lynn (home), HBU (away) and Soham (home).
In regional competition (SECRHA and Kent League), London kick-off on 1st October in Herne Bay playing against Maidstone, Farnham and Herne Bay. The following week they take on Letchworth in a friendly at The Den before heading off to Den Haag, Holland, where they will take on teams from France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland in their second international tournament of the year.
Check out the full fixtures list and results in the Competitions pages.
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