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, 08:37
N1 Tri Club member Ellie  Dominey cycling up the Llanberis Pass in the Slateman Triathlon.

N1 Tri Club member Ellie Dominey travelled to Snowdonia in Wales to take on the Slateman Savage double triathlon, writes Steve Birley.

Read more
Saturday, May 28, 2016
N1 Tri Club members Pat and Jonny Livingstone at the Geopark Triathlon, Torbay.

The weekend’s main action in terms of local triathlon events took place in Torbay at the Velo Park, where no fewer than six of N1’s talented academy squad took part in the Geopark Triathlon, writes Ellie Dominey.

Read more
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Exeter Chris Richards Falcons who rode a second half meeting at Somerset on Friday 13th May. Riders numbers 1 Henry Atkins, 2 Craig Nethercott, 3 Stevie Anderson, 4 Saul Bulley with team managers Rob Doran (wearing glasses) and Alan Spencer.
Picture by Kim Wyllie. Ref exsp falcons

The Exeter ‘Chris Richard’ Falcons took to the track, for their first 15 heat encounter of the 2016 season, at Somerset’s Oaktree Arena on Friday, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Friday, May 27, 2016
Exeter Chiefs

The appearance of Exeter Chiefs in their first-ever Aviva Premiership final is not the end of the journey, but merely the start according to head coach Rob Baxter.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Members' race at Ottery St Mary. P1081-10-10TI Point 2 Point at OSM. The 1st Race.

Horse racing enthusiasts are promised a fantastic family day out on Bank Holiday Monday (May 30), writes Donna Harris.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Topsham St James Under-13s bounced back from their last over defeat to Budleigh when they claimed a six wicket win at hosts Sandford, writes Samantha Isard.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016
East Devon Hunt's Point to Point event. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 10 1192-10-11SH

The re-arranged Eggesford fixture at Upcott Cross featured riding doubles for Jamie Thomas and Will Biddick, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Topsham St James Under-13 were beaten by Budleigh Salterton by five wickets, writes Samantha Isard.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Cricket. A view from the score box

Topsham St. James Under-13s suffered last ball heartbreak as they exited the East Devon League Cup at the hands of Seaton, writes Samantha Isard.

Read more
Thursday, May 26, 2016

City Runs presented a 4 x 4km relay event on a hard surface at Exwick in Exeter last Friday and Exmouth Harriers fielded five of the 48 teams competing, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications