U.S. Masters Sending Two Teams to 2019 Grand Masters Hockey European Trophy this Summer in Belgium

March 13, 2019, 12:01 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – March 13, 2019 – This summer the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Masters Teams will each be sending an O-60 team to Antwerp, Belgium for the 2019 Grand Masters Hockey (GMH) European Trophy. Taking place June 19-29, more than 70 men’s and women’s international teams will be competing in different age categories that range from O-60 to O-75.

U.S. O-60 Men’s Masters Team Head Coach Ian Wilson (Glasgow, Scotland) is preparing the team with a strenuous individual fitness program. The squad will also participate in the Triangular Tournament in Vancouver, Canada with Australia and Canada at the beginning of June, two weeks prior to the start of the tournament.

To prepare for the European Trophy, the O-60 women’s masters will have formal weekend practices from March 30-31 and May 4-5, as well as a few “mini” practices to get turf time. Just prior to the start of competition they will play a friendly match with England’s O-60 and an O-65 women’s team.

U.S. O-60 Men’s Masters Roster:

Peter Bale (Portland, Ore.), Andy Cannon (Atkinson, N.H.), Chamkaur Gill (Placentia, Calif.), Dieter Hillert (Encinitas, Calif.), Peter Jones (Stamford, Conn.), Todd Koch (Quakertown, Pa.), Sankar Ramani (Fremont, Calif.), Alexander Rooks (Belmont, Mass.), Mahesh Saraswat (Northridge, Calif.), Alva Serrette (Lagrange, Ga.), Jaswinder Singh (Woodland, Calif.), Manmohan Singh (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), Jeff Starfield (Marblehead, Mass.), Arvinder Virdee (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Donny Watson (Glasgow, Scotland), Lawrence Zappone (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

The O-60 men’s team will be led by head coach Wilson and assisted and managed by Amir Akhtar (Tuttle, Ok.). On this squad are nine athletes that represented USA at the 2018 FIH Grand Masters World Cup last summer in Barcelona, Spain. Bale, Gill, Hillert, Jones, Ramani, Serrette, M. Singh, Starfield and Zappone all helped the team to the highest finishing Pan American nation with 13th place. Hillert and Jones were also part of the U.S. O-50 Men’s Masters Indoor Team that recently led the team to a sixth-place finish at the 2019 World Masters Hockey Indoor World Cup in Hong Kong.

USA sits in Pool A with Ireland, Southern Cross, The Netherlands and Welsh Dragons. Pool B features Alliance (mixed nations), England LX, Germany, Scottish Thistles and Sixtiberians. They will open up European Trophy play on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:30 a.m. ET against The Netherlands.

U.S O-60 Men’s Masters Schedule:

Thursday, June 20 USA vs. Netherlands 7:30 AM ET

Saturday, June 22 USA vs. Welsh Dragons 4:00 AM ET

Monday, June 24 USA vs. Southern Cross 12:45 PM ET

Tuesday, June 25 USA vs. Ireland 7:45 AM ET

U.S. O-60 Women’s Masters Roster:

Diane Angstadt (Middletown, Pa.), Deb Atkins (Quarryville, Pa.), Jane Cygan (Quakertown, Pa.), Loretta Di Pietro (New Haven, Conn.), Sandra Galea-Martinez (Lakeside, Calif.), Cathy Jackson (Wilmington, Del.) Anne Keating (New York, N.Y.), Linda Kreiser (Middletown, Pa.), Lorraine Lewis (Bethesda, Md.), Susan Mota (Flemington, N.J.), Jeri Myers (Parkesburg, Pa.), Janet Powers (Towson, Md.), Pat Rudy (Mill Hall, Pa.), Pam Sherry (Collegeville, Pa.), Debra Wile (The Villages, Fla.), Josephine Worthington (Owings Mills, Md.)

The O-60 women’s team will be led by head coach Ashley Johnston (Phoenixville, Pa.) and managed by Joyce Angstadt (Fleetwood, Pa.). Five of the rostered athletes were on the U.S. O-55 Women’s Masters Team that competed at the 2018 EXIN Masters World Cup in Terrassa, Spain. Angstadt, Aktins, Keating, Kreiser and Lewis all helped the team to a sixth-place finish.

The women sit in a pool with Alliance, England LX and The Netherlands LT. They will have crossover pool matches with the two teams that sit in the 65+ pool, Alliance 65 and England LX 65, along with one team from the European Cup side, England National 60.

U.S O-60 Women’s Masters Schedule:

Thursday, June 20 USA vs. Netherlands 11:15 AM ET

Saturday, June 22 USA vs. England 1:00 PM ET

Monday, June 24 USA vs. England National 60 12:45 PM ET

Tuesday, June 25 USA vs. England 65 11:15 AM ET

Wednesday, June 26 USA vs. Alliance  10:30 AM ET

For more information regarding the GMH European Trophy including the full schedule, results, rosters and more, check out the official event page by clicking here.