Hockey Royal Gibraltar Regiment versus Infantry
Gibraltar - Hockey Royal Gibraltar Regiment versus Infantry. A Royal Gibraltar Regiment selection, mainly of veterans hockey players played a visiting British forces Infantry selection which included several international players. Coming from 3-1 down after the end of the first half the Royal Gibraltar Regiment put four past the visiting team to win 5-4. The story behind the images by Stephen Ignacio
Infantry outdone by Regiment on the hockey field
On Tuesday morning The Royal Gibraltar Regiment (RGR) hockey team mainly composed of veterans met a British Army Infantry team which included several internationals amongst the players.
The visiting team were a fast paced physical side which saw the vets having to find a counter to their play to minimise the damage which was expected to be caused by the high pace with which the Infantry started the game.
It took the UK side just ten minutes to find the back of the net. However, long enough to see the local side gain confidence and realise that pace was not a winning formula alone.
The Infantry selection were soon stunted when RGR equalised and managed to disrupt their game by somehow slowing the pace. With the match slowing down the Infantry could be seen to feel uncomfortable with the pace and let the RGR find space to manage in the centre more. From it came several clear chances in the first half for the RGR although they were caught out a couple of times when the Infantry found their pace momentarily. The Infantry led by 3-1 at half time.
The Royal Gib Regiment boys (or not so boys) turned their experience to their advantage in the second half. Whilst only conceding one more, they put four past the visiting team as the Infantry felt the effects of their quick pace being slowed down, the heat and the veterans change of pace play havoc with their game.
The score ended 5-4 to the Gib Regiment.
The Infantry next play Eagles and Grammarians as part of the visit to the Rock.