This year’s competition took place in La Coruna, Spain from 15th to 22nd July 2018.
It has been a long time since so many countries have entered. This year saw a total of 11 teams.
With an average age of 21 Years & 9 Months, our team was the youngest team in the competition.
For the first time in 22 years I was able to field a team in which all the players had come through the Development Plan, which helped on our tactical side.
Group A – Portugal, France, Andorra, Switzerland and Austria
Group B – Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Holland and Belgium
- England 1 – 10 Spain
- England 4 – 9 Italy
- England 14 – 2 Belgium
- England 6 – 4 Holland
- England 4 – 8 Germany
In the group stage the team managed to score a total of 29 goals, however we also conceded 33 goals meaning that we had a minus goal difference. Despite that, we ended with a good goal difference taking into consideration that that we played against two of the top countries in this competition – Spain (Europeans Champions) and Italy (Bronze Medal).
England qualified for the quarters-final as we finished 4th in our group.
During this phase the team showed tiredness as we had played every day and the games were 25 minutes each way, stop clock.
In the quarter-finals we played Portugal and we lost 14 – 2. This put us into the playoff games for 5th – 8th places.
In those last two games the we lost to Andorra 8 – 2 and then to Germany 12 – 6, however our main objective was achieved finishing top in the top eight places.
By finishing in 8th position, this put us on FIRS Cup for the 2019 Roller Games.
- The top 4 will play in the World Championship
- 5th to 8th places in the FIRS Cup
- 9th to 11th places in the Confederation Cup.
There is always a problem for the England teams regarding their competitiveness and fitness areas of the game. However the team showed a great attitude on and off the rink which helped to get the best of them.
I am pleased to say that we scored in every game that we played and in most of the game we were very competitive in the first halves. The main problem was the fact that the team always showed tiredness in the second halves.
I would like to congratulate the players on the professionalism they showed throughout the competition.
I am looking forward for next year’s Roller Games in Barcelona.
- Charlie Oakes – GK (Cambra, Portugal)
- Tommy Allander – GK (Kings Lynn)
- Alex Mount (Sanjoanense, Portugal)
- Jack Tucker (Kings Lynn)
- Jamie Griffin (Kings Lynn)
- Josh Taylor (Kings Lynn)
- Michael Carter (Kings Lynn)
- Owen Stewart (Middlesbrough)
- Will Rawlinson (Cambra, Portugal)
- Will Smith (Middlesbrough)
- Head Coach – Carlos Amaral
- Manager – Joe Wheatley
- Assistant Coach – Arthur Corr
- Physiotherapist – Pedro Lourenco
- Alex Mount – 14
- Josh Taylor – 10
- Owen Stewart – 7
- Will Smith – 3
- Jack Tucker – 2
- Michael Carter – 2
- Will Rawlinson – 1