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International Rock-it-Ball
« on: Apr 30, 2010, 16:59 »
My son, from Teesside, is playing for England who will be playing World Cup winners Scotland in their first meeting since the 2007 World Cup on Sunday May 2nd. Both teams have a very different look but there are still some players from the World Cup who will be meeting again. The two teams will play a series of three matches interspersed with v2 and Pairs matches. Venue for the event is Howe Bridge Sport Centre Eckersley Fold Lane, Atherton, Manchester M46 0PJ. Kick off is 1pm.


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Local Rock-Iteers Make History
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010, 19:54 »
Local Rock-It-Ball players from the North East made history recently when they
represented England in the first England-Scotland friendly international ? the first
meeting between the two sides since the Scots snatched the World Cup from England?s grasp
in 2007.

The Tees Valley Rock-It-Ball club provided half the England squad as Matty Carr from
Stockton, Emily Wilson from Stockton, Graeme Wood from Kirklevington (who was recently
enrolled in to the IRIB Hall of Fame), David Harker from Billingham and  Neil Young from
Thornaby joined Callum Watt (UCLAN), Jonathon Cooper (HellFighters), Alex Nottage (RAF)
and Raptors Tom Hildreth and Carl Alsop, both veterans of the 2007 defeat by Scotland.

The England program has been running well and now has squad members from as far away as
the Midlands and Bedfordshire.  As part of the preparations for the 2011 World Cup, the
England Rock-It-Ball Association arranged the first international friendly against the
old rivals, Scotland, and the England squad have been focussing on the encounter in
recent training sessions.

Although not taking anything for granted the England team were confident and ready for a
tough battle as they had been well-prepared by coach Paul Reed from Hartlepool.  From the
whistle the English side tore into the Scots and the hard work which has been put in by
the England squad paid off handsomely as they totally outclassed the Scots in every
department ? teamwork, communication, tactics, blocking and shooting.  At the first break
England had overwhelmed their opponents and went in 64-19 ahead.  The Scots were fighting
hard and blocking well but England maintained the pressure and went into half time having
built up a comfortable lead of 81 points. They continued to overwhelm the Scots and
finished the match at 233-116, smashing the World Record for the highest score in a match
in the process.

The teams had a break before the next game which allowed the shell-shocked Scots to
re-evaluate their tactics ? but their efforts were in vain.  England carried on where
they left off and went into the first break of the second game leading 71-28.  The
English team totally dominated the match with an awesome power play leaving the Scots not
knowing which way to turn as the English tactics and teamwork allowed them to record
another record-breaking score as they continued to build their lead and again smashed the
record they?d just set to win the second match 254-118 and lead the series 2-0.

The final game was fast and furious as the Scots fought hard to finish on a high ? and
indeed they managed to both reduce England?s total and take more points off them, however
it wasn?t enough and England won the final match 243-130 to take the series 3-0.

IRIBF Commissioner Craig Buttery was delighted with the performance of the Tees Valley
players: ?I have great affection for the Tees Valley Club, as I was very closely involved
at one time.  I?m delighted to see so many of them performing at such a high level ?
Emily was the first English v3 champion, Matty is a Youth World Cup winner and now we
have them providing half of the England team.  The future of Rock-It-Ball in this region
looks very promising!?

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