Oliver Juzst was one of two goalkeepers selected to attend the England U16 hockey International matches this last weekend ( Saturday 29 April – Monday 1 May) at Lillieshall, Shropshire. The England U16 team were up against Ulster U17 boys.
The first match was played by the older goalkeeper James Mazzerello on Saturday 29 April and resulted in a win to England 2-1. Ollie’s turn came on the Sunday, after a full day of training and waiting, and with the Ulster boys looking for a win. It was a tight game and ended in a 2-2 draw. Penalty shuffles took place after the final whistle and Ollie made 4 out of the 5 saves with the Ulster keeping letting in several shots, although these do not count and were played for experience leaving the final result a draw.
On the final day, Ollie and James shared the game with James playing the first half, Oliver the second. Both our keepers conceded two goals in the game and the final score was 4-3 to Ulster in another tight game.
All-in-all a respectable result considering the England team were playing up a year and we were missing some of our outfield players to club finals commitments.
Congratulations to Oliver on a fantastic debut with the England Team.