Another eventful day in Sheffield, this time it was the turn of a UK Select team to take on a very strong Plzen team and a progressing Team GB.
The UK select team had been drawn together just for this event to try and give the best opposition for both the travelling Plzen team and to provide a stern test for GB guys, and with several guys who had tried out for GB and not made it, they certainly had a point to prove.
So an early morning rise (possibly more to do with Chris Knott's snoring than anything else) and off to the Deli at the Don in what appeared to be the Red Light District of Sheffield. I have to say if the sex they sell is half as good as the bacon and sausage sandwich I got then those ladies must be very good at their chosen profession.
Anyway onto the hockey, and the UK Select (UKS from now on ) had the early faceoff against the team from the Czech republic. The guys from Plzen seemed to raise their game on the previous days events and again took the game to the Brits from early doors. 3 quick goals game them a strong lead at the break, but UKS looked dangerous on the break but couldn't find a way past the Plzen net minder. The second and third period headed the same way with Plzen controlling the game for long periods and UKS trying to hit on the break. The final score on this occasion ended 13-0 to Plzen.
A couple of hours later UKS looked to give Team GB a very stern test and from the off the looked to get stuck in to the hosts. In what was at times a feisty game GB took the lead in the 3rd minute with a powerful blast from the point from Ryan Davis. (I only know this cos I checked on twitter as I still don't know which is which, just as well they are both very nice guys otherwise I wouldn't know which one I didn't like, this is more a comment on how thick I am rather than their individuality). Ryan would go on to score a hat-trick with Richie Worrell, Stefan Corlett and GB's resident mentalist Johnny Tulip rounding out the scoring. UKS did manage to get on the board, scoring pegging Team GB back twice with goals from Rich Spiers and Adam Kelly.
However today's image has to be of those lovely Davis boys. Again, I'm not sure which one is in focus, but I'm sure I will be told pretty quickly
Well played to UKS today and good luck tomorrow for Team GB as they take on Plzen.
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