Wales v England

Wales Walking Football Federation travelled to St Michaels FC, Boldmere for the Anglo/Welsh internationals vs England on September 5th 2021.
6 Welsh Teams travelled to Englands Home :-
Mens Over 50's - 2-1 Win
Mens Over 60's - 3-3 Draw
Mens Over 65's - 1-0 Win
Mens Over 70's - 1-0 Win
Women's Over 40's - 2-0 Loss
Women's Over 50's - 6-0 Loss

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Mens Over 50's

12pm KO

The Over 50's, played a strong and competitive game which had the coaches 'on the edge of their seats' as such. 
Scott Mahon scored a tremendous opener to make it 1-0. Rob Owen doubled the lead in the second half which relaxed the players a little. 
England were awarded a penalty to make it 2-1 but Wales' strong and committed mindset got them over the line to secure the win.
Squad :-
1.Kevin Smith (GK)
2.Stuart Smith (GK)
3.Kelvin Sirrell
4.Alan Whiston
5.Gary Owen
6.Steve Roberts (c)
7.Steve Evans (vc)
8.Martin Jones
9.Rob Owen
10.Scott Mahon

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Mens Over 60's

10am KO

The over 60's started slow, with Mark Jones hitting the post within the first 2 minutes. Wales went 3-0 down, but a tactical change from the coaching staff changed the game and the second half seemed like a different Wales team, with Mark Jones grabbing himself a hat-trick to level the scoring to 3-3. Wales kept pushing but couldn't find a winner and the game finished 3-3.
Squad :-
1.Steve Ashton (GK)
2.John Ll Pritchard (GK)
3.Phil Treharne (c)
4.Alan Carter
5.Colin Watkins
6.Russell Thomas
7.Gareth Davis
8.Meirion Evans
9.Gary Ley
10.Nick Beckett
11.Mark Jones
12.Pete Hazeldine

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Mens Over 65's

11am KO

The 65's entered a team based on the players who recently triumphed in the over 65s tournament in Copenhagen, supplemented by several players who were new to the squad.     A dominant performance from the start, and a well taken goal from the golden boot of the Copenhagen tournament (Alan Carter) secured the win for the 65's. Good game management from the Welsh players and strong discipline were evident until the final whistle.
Squad :-
1.Paul Davies (GK) (c)
2.John Ll Pritchard (GK)
3.Owen Morgan
4.Alan Carter (vc)
5.Geoff Pilmoor
6.Richie Roberts
7.David Donaghy
8.Farag Alfutmani
9.Elfan Dan Griffiths
10.John Oliver

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Mens Over 70's

10am KO

The well-drilled Welsh team took early control.  Gareth Jones and Captain Mike Parfitt were a rock solid pairing at the back with Parfitt pressing forward at every opportunity to make a midfield trio with Graham North and Eddie Thomas.  With North and Thomas excelling, Wales were assured in possession and kept the ball well.  With the ever-green Jeff Dudley holding the ball upfront and moving the England defence around, Wales created numerous openings to keep the England keeper busy.  

Dominating the possession and dictating the pace of play, Wales always looked like scoring with North sending several good strikes just wide or high of the target.  Wales should have been in front before the interval.  However the English side were always a threat, especially on the break and although Rob Locke in the Welsh goal was rarely troubled, he was called to make a sharp save from an England breakaway. 

With Wales clearly on top, Mike Soroko was sent on to capitalise on the possession and he soon delivered.  Twisting and turning he created the opening for a great ball across the English goal area that caused enough panic for a defender to enter the box.  

Thomas coolly converted the resultant penalty to give Wales a 2nd half lead.

Alun Smart came on for Jones, giving another a solid performance alongside Parfitt to restrict England’s chances.  The England side gave Wales a few late jitters as they pressed for an equaliser although second half goal-keeper Mel Jenkins was rarely troubled.  

Wales came close to extending their lead late on with substitute Terry Bishop having two shots on goal that had the English keeper scrambling.  The Wales team welcomed the final whistle to celebrate an historic but well-deserved win over a very good England team.

Squad :-

1.Robert Locke (GK)

2.Mel Jenkins (GK)

3.Gareth Jones

4.Alun Smart

5.Terry Bishop

6.Graham North

7.Jeff Dudley

8.Eddie Thomas

9.Mike Soroko

10.Mike Parfitt (c)

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Womens Over 40's

11am KO

Squad :-
1.Tracy Fulstow
2.Catherine Bryden-Smith (c)
3.Maria Bailey
4.Deborah Gwyther
5.Aimee Protheroe
6.Mandy Gonicki
7.Juliet Payne (c)
8.Jane Price
9.Helen Edwards
10.Jo Davies
11.Karen Phillips

Football Player

Womens Over 50's

12pm KO

Squad :- 
1.Tracy Fulstow
2.Catherine Bryden-Smith (c)
3.Maria Bailey
4.Deborah Gwyther
5.Mandy Gonicki
6.Alison Osmond Draper
7.Helen Edwards
8.Helen Collins
9.Karen Phillips

 

Over 50's Squad to Face England and to travel to the World Cup in Sweden

Click Right to view the 60's squad

 
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Over 50's Squad to Face England and to travel to the World Cup in Sweden

July 21, 2021

National Training Camp

Date Posted : 13/04/21

Today the first set of squads for our first session back on May 9th were released. The session will take place at Airbus and National & Development squad will both train alongside each other.

 

Welsh Gov updated COVID guidance

Date Posted : 01/04/21

The Welsh Government has announced a timetable for relaxation of Covid controls (provided numbers of cases remain low). So the following are the key dates for Welsh walking footballers :
Monday, 12 April
Travel between England and Wales (both ways) will be permitted
Monday, 3 May
“Organised” outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be permitted. “Organised” means with close control of numbers, risk assessments, and a Covid protocol that is circulated to all participants ahead of time. Just as we did before the December lockdown, we will follow FAW guidance when that is published.
The Wales 50s/60s training sessions at Airbus on 9 May will therefore go ahead as planned - unless the Welsh Government imposes further delays.

 

Welsh Open 

Date Posted : 01/04/21

Welsh Open Information Sheet
Dates: August 20th/21st/22nd
Venue: Caldicot Leisure Centre, Mill Lane, NP26 4BN
On the day:
On Friday 20th August, 2021, Caldicot Leisure Centre will have a number of events taking place in addition to the Welsh open tournament and therefore some facilities will be restricted. During the summer period, MonLife co – ordinate a sporting children’s provision who will have access to a large proportion of the building. As a result, there will be one way systems in place on the day to ensure that the Welsh Open competition is kept separate from already occupied facilities at the Leisure Centre. This will mean that changing room access will be limited within the main building, and therefore the majority of changing facilities will be located within the Comprehensive School which is on the same site. MonLife and tournament organisers will ensure that all of this information is explained on the day. For both days 2 and 3 of the Welsh open, less restrictions will be place.
Parking:
Across the full weekend of the Welsh Open, Caldicot Leisure Centre will also be fully operational to all of its members and the general public. In order to ensure a smooth transition across the weekend, we will be encouraging all players and spectators to park in the adjacent school car park next to the Leisure Centre. This will be clearer signed as you approach the facility to prevent any confusion. Parking will be free for the whole tournament weekend.
Changing rooms:
As stated above, on Friday 20th August all changing facilities will be predominantly be located within the Comprehensive School on site, with very limited access to the Leisure Centre changing rooms available. On both Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, changing will predominantly take place within the School, however there will more access to the Leisure Centre if required. All changings room have access to showers and these will be made available for you.
Food and refreshments:
Food and refreshments will be made regularly available on each day of the event. Next to our 3G pitch a catering pod will be pitched up for the full weekend, where players and spectators will have the opportunity to buy bacon rolls, teas and coffees, and other additional refreshments. In addition to this, all teams/players will have the opportunity to purchase meal tickets after their games in the Leisure Centre café where they will be able to purchase a hot meal and a drink for a small fee. Seating areas will be made available at the facility for players and spectators to socialise/watch the remaining games.
N.B. Please note this is subject to change as we await Government guidance in regards to the Covid – 19 pandemic.

 
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Wales Win in Italy

February 16th, 2020

Wales walking footballers win in Italy

The Welsh national walking football teams (over 50 and over 60s) both travelled to Italy to play their first overseas international on 16th February 2020.  They were friendly games in Pisa at the invitation of the Italian UNVS (Union National of Veterans in Sport) in collaboration with Walking Football Wales.  The games took place on a beautiful spring afternoon at the Garibaldi Arena, in the shadow of the famous Tower of Pisa. 
Both games were closely fought in a spirit of friendly rivalry, but Wales came out victorious in both games –despite the presence of two former Italian Serie A players – namely Verona’s former captain Domenico Volpati and Pisa’s Franco Ipsaro Passione.
The first match, for the Igor Gorgozola Trophy, was played by the over 60s. That was a five goal thriller, with the lead changing three times – and four goals in the second half. Wales took the lead in the first half as a result of a fine strike from Russ Thomas of Connah’s Quay Nomads. That was the score at the end of the first half, in which Cardiff’s Steve Ashton kept a clean sheet.  However, in the second half Italy scored two goals in quick succession though Pierfranco Dellavesa and Augusto Musso.    Wales were undaunted however and quickly  pulled  a goal back through their number 8, Peter Hazeldine also of Connahs Quay Nomads, who got clear of the defence and finished calmly. The score remained at 2-2 with both sides going close, but  with 5 minutes remaining, Peter Hazeldine scored his second goal by once again getting one-on-one with the Italian keeper.  And Wales held on to that lead until the end to win the trophy, and for Peter Hazeldine to win man of the match award.
Italy’s hopes of getting revenge in the over 50s (for the Luigi Francoli Trophy) were soon dented when they conceded an early penalty for a defender encroaching in the goalkeeper’s area. This was converted by the Wales No 8 and Captain Steve Roberts from Amlwch.  The score remained 1-0 through most of the closely fought first half, until just before the break, Steve Roberts popped up  to slot the ball past the Italian keeper.  Italy came out with determination in the second  half and Maurizio Valentino hit the inside of the post (the ball then rebounded for a throw in)   . He then went on to score with a powerful shot and at 2-1 the match was in the balance.   Wales defended solidly until they earned a second penalty near the end as the Italian goalkeeper came out of the goal area.  Steve Roberts again stepped up calmly to put the ball in the net - thereby completing his hat trick.   He became the first  Welsh player to do so in a walking football international. So the final score was 3-1 to Wales, completing the double for the visitors.
Hedley Austin, Chair of Walking Football Wales said “the two Wales teams played magnificently with every member of the two 9-men squads making a significant contribution.  It shows that we are on the right track with our over 50s and over 60s working together -  Together Stronger.  And while the results were gratifying, even more important was the spirit of friendship between the two nations.   We must pay tribute to our Italian friends for organising the games and entertainment.   They were excellent hosts and we cannot wait to receive them in the reverse fixture, when the walking football community in Wales will try to emulate the hospitality shown to us by our Italian friends.”