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)