Eurospital 2016 took place in Brussels and we asked team captain Dr Chris Bosshardt to give us an update on the tournament and a run-down of how the England team played.
“We had a tough draw, with our first three games played back-to-back on the morning of the tournament.
“We started the football tournament on a positive note with a 2-1 win over Switzerland thanks to Dr Nick Tilbury scoring both goals. We were frustrated against the Dutch in our second match, hitting the woodwork three times. We were unable to break the deadlock coming away with a 0-0 draw. Our third game in a row was against Germany, and we took the lead through a deflected goal from Dr Tim McEwan. The Germans equalized from a long throw, and then scored the winner with a superb curled effort into the top corner to inflict our first defeat.”
“We had a short rest before a crucial encounter against the Irish, and by then the temperature had increased, peaking at a sweltering 35 degrees! We were stocking up on jelly babies and plenty of water, but again were frustrated by a streetwise Irish team who won 1-0.”
“Our final group game was against the cup holders Italy, who fielded a slightly weakened team as they had already progressed to the semi-finals. We had all the attacking play, leading to Italy subbing on their first string of players. England held our own with the best team in the competition, but conceded a late counter attack goal for a 1-0 defeat. It left us a disappointing fourth in the group, with a seventh/eighth place playoff against Slovakia, who were champions in 2014. A slip by our defender gifted the Slovaks a 1-0 lead, which they held on to thanks to some strong goalkeeping.
“We were disappointed with the results but pleased with the effort we put in on an extremely hot and sunny day. Despite this, the team had just enough energy to complete the 22 press up challenge for PTSD awareness.”
“Italy and Germany played in the final, with Italy winning 4-2. We can take solace from the fact that we ran both finalists very close in our group games, and with a bit more luck and composure, we could be threatening at the sharp end of the tournament next year. The Swiss took our Fair Play crown from us, which was more than deserved after they declined a penalty against us, despite the referee awarding a spot kick.
“The Player's Player was awarded to Dr Nick Tilbury for his constant running, effort and goals, and Captain's Player went to debutante Dr Chris Granger. Chris, who was assured on the ball, was a driving force and a rock in defence.
“The team would like to pass on a huge thank you to Medacs Healthcare for supporting us once again. We will be hosting the Eurospital tournament in England in 2019 and look forward to a successful competition!”
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