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

13:53
Emily King who is all set for the Badminton meeting

East Devon rider Emily King is hoping a strong showing at the Badminton Horse Trials will improve her chances of selection for the GB equestrian team for the Rio Olympics.

Read more
13:36
A great shot of a soccer ball Doni and I shot with the rest of the sports stuff. Man, the sun was hot that day!

Beer Albion continue to seek a new manager for the 2016/17 Devon and Exeter League season.

Read more
13:27
Shelley, Tally and Georgina on the podium

Honiton Gymnastics Club took 51 gymnasts to Tunbridge Wells in Kent for the Next Dimension Gymnastics Academy (NDGA) Invitational last weekend, returning with five gold medals, seven silvers and four bronzes.

Read more
11:06
Withycombe on their way to a 24-5 victory over visiting Heathfield and Waldron. Ref exsp 13-16SH 9026. Picture: Simon Horn

Withycombe player-coach Dave Sims is aiming to bow out on a high with a winner’s medal from Saturday’s RFU Senior Vase final at Twickenham.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:16
Cricket - generic picture

Ottery St Mary Cricket Club 1st XI will this weekend embark upon their first ever campaign in the third tier of Tolchards Devon League cricket under new leadership following the close season departure of title-winning skipper, Lewis Townsend, writes Ian Townsend.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:13
East Devon Hunt's Point to Point event. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 10 1273-10-11SH

It was a memorable day at the picturesque Devon venue of Flete Park for Ottery St Mary trainer Ed Walker and his jockey Josh Newman, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Tue, 14:47

Week three in the Honiton Netball Summer League was completed and now all the teams have played at least one game, writes Graham Ingram.

Read more
Tue, 14:27
Football generic picture

Feniton were 4-0 winners when they visited Chard Town Reserves.

Read more
Tue, 14:19

Honiton Town Reserves ended their magnificent Fresha League Division Four season with a 2-2 draw against Pinhoe.

Read more
Tue, 13:45
A great shot of a soccer ball Doni and I shot with the rest of the sports stuff. Man, the sun was hot that day!

A second hat-trick in the space of 72 hours from Max McKewan led Upottery to a 5-0 success at Westexe on Bank Holiday Monday.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°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
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications