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Dutch Visit 2017

10-Aug-17

 

After another successful exchange the previous two years it was our turn to return to Naaldwijk, Holland with a brand new team. Unfortunately we were only able to take over 13 players to participate in the exchange with our Dutch friends from R.K.V.V. Westlandia this year. The squad was managed by Chris Galvin and he was assisted by Daniel Galvin and Joe Sallis-Chandler. The team consisted of; Charlie Morris, Luis Clarke, Will Drane, Josh Larkin, Zakaria Saidi, Freddie Mellors, Adam Jones, Damon Page, Ben Truman, Ollie Goodall, Brian Gentry, Jonathan Allan and Luca Ash-Braser.

 

We set off on Good Friday (14th April 2017) in three minibuses at 4:15am and after much travelling we arrived at Westlandia by around 3:00-4:00pm. The team were introduced to their Dutch host families who took them to their homes for the weekend. Both teams returned later in the evening to play in the traditional Friday game against each other. The boys worked incredibly hard but the travelling, early start and bigger pitch made the game that much more tiring for them. The team unfortunately lost the game 6-1 with Ollie scoring our only goal. Dinner was served up at the clubhouse with food for both teams.

 

The next day we took part in a 8 team 11-a-side tournament with Westlandia and Kingston participating along with six other Dutch teams. Teams were split into groups of four and play each other once. Kingston began their first game strongly with a solid display of defending. Unfortunately we couldn't test the oppositions goalie and a late long shot, which our keeper could do nothing about, consigned our team to a 1-0 defeat. Kingston lost their next game as well against a more physical side but performed well in their final group game drawing 0-0 and they could have easily come away with a win on another day. A penalty shootout was needed to determine who finished in 3rd between Kingston and the team they just played. Both teams took some great penalties but Kingston came out of the shootout finishing 4th in the group. Kingston's next game was to get into the 5th/6th place playoff game but despite a good performance we lost. Our final game of the tournament was the 7th/8th place playoff which Kingston lost as well in a penalty shootout.

 

After the tournament we watched Westlandia's first team play against Be Quick FC with one of the Westlandia players participating in one of the very first exchanges. Both Kingston and Westlandia teams walked onto the pitch with the two senior teams which was a great experience. Westlandia won the game 3-1 helping their chase for promotion. In the evening we were taken to see a Dutch Eredivisie game between PSV Eindhoven and ADO Den Haag. It was great to see a top flight Dutch game which included one of the best Dutch teams. ADO Den Haag were the home side and despite initially trailing they came back to draw the game 1-1.

 

On Easter Sunday a traditional Easter breakfast was put on at the club for both the English and Dutch players. After breakfast they all went off to De Tuinderij to take part in a number of activities which included toilet racing, human football and a variety of other games.

 

On the Easter Monday (17th April 2017) we came back to the clubhouse to say our goodbyes. We left Westlandia at 10:00am and set off on our long journey back to England. Each minibus returned to Latchmere shortly after the other with parents kept informed what time their child would return.

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Peter Hoogerwerf who arranged everything in Holland and provided great entertainment for all and a thank you to all of the Dutch families who hosted the team.

 

Also may we thank those who came up to help the side and provide support (Kevin Galvin, Chris Galvin, Daniel Galvin, Joe Sallis-Chandler, Richard Morris, Andy Mellors and Bob Ash) as well as those parents who came to watch and cheer on the team and Gill Arbane who helped communicate and make arrangements with our Dutch counterparts.

 

Everyone who played can be proud of themselves as we are of them, they performed admirably and behaved exceptionally. We look forward to welcoming Westlandia to England next Easter.

 

Dutch Visit 2016

30-Mar-16

 

This Easter our friends from Westlandia came over to England and were hosted by the same team that went up to Naaldwijk, Holland last season. Westlandia arrived at Latchmere Recreation Ground on Good Friday (25th March 2016) at around 1:15pm. Both sets of players met once again and went off back to their host families to settle down before the traditional friendly between the two sides. Everyone met at Dinton Field at 4:00pm to prepare for the game which was scheduled to kick off at 5:00pm.

 

The team were managed by Chris Galvin and assisted by Daniel Galvin. The players in the squad were: Lucas Pichler, Spencer Coleman, Samuel O'Clery, Cameron Cheema, Sebastion Burns-Pegler, Miles Robinson, Daniel Murray, Ben Queenan, Abbie Morris, Oliver Coleman, Ethan Davies, Zain Hamid, Reuben Bull and Charlie Sherain Reed. Kingston threatened early and nearly scored after a corner was met with a header by Abbie and had to be cleared off the line. It wasn't long before Kingston took the league after Zain was brought down in the area earning himself a penalty which he calmly placed into the bottom corner. The team pressed Westlandia continuously and were rewarded scoring three more goals within 13 minutes making the score 4-0. Ollie had scored the second of the game with Cameron grabbing the third and fourth respectively. Before the close of the half Westlandia increased the pressure and pulled one back through a long ranged shot that Spencer, in goals, could do nothing about.

 

A few changes were made at half time to freshen up the team and regain some structure. Kingston regained their four goal lead when Ollie scored his second of the game with a left footed lob from range. Kingston sixth goal came after Ethan played a weighted through ball over the top to which Cameron's pressure forced the Westlandia player to score an own goal. The next goal of the match went to Kingston when Charlie fired a shot into the bottom right corner from the left side of the penalty area. Spencer had made a few fantastic saves to deny Westlandia a goal throughout the second half but they did end up beating him to make the score 7-2 which was the score after the final whistle. Some excellent performances all round and both teams played the game in good spirit. Afterwards everyone was treated to a Fish and Chip supper inside the pavilion.

 

On Saturday both sets of players were taken up to Thorpe Park for the day. They went off in small groups and everyone looked to have enjoyed themselves. Everyone was to meet back at the entrance at 4:00pm where they would be taken back to Latchmere to be picked up by their families. In the evening bowling was organised by some of the parents at Charington Bowl for the players while the staff from Westlandia were taken to Deea for a curry.

 

On Easter Sunday Kingston Little League hosted a four team tournament at the YMCA Hawker Centre. The following teams took part in the tournament; RKVV Westlandia, KLL Select, KLL Nationals and Kew/KLL. Each team played each other twice in 20 minute games where the winner of the tournament was whoever finished first in the group. KLL Select (managed by Gary Cheema and Daniel Galvin) came 1st, RKVV Westlandia (managed by Peter Hoogerwerf and Jan Valstar) finished 2nd, KLL Nationals (managed by George Ozolins) came 3rd and Kew/KLL (managed by Ab Hamid) ended in 4th place. Despite a few spells of bad weather the tournament was a success. A big thank you to all the players who came and played from Kingston Little League and Kew Association FC and those that managed the sides on the day. In the evening the two teams were taken up to London for a bus tour around the City. Unfortunately the rain soaked everyone on the top but the adults on the lower deck were left warm and dry. Even though the players were cold and wet from the British weather they enjoyed seeing London in the evening.

 

The next day everyone met at Dinton Field for 9:45am where everyone said their goodbyes and our Dutch counterparts left for Naaldwijk.

 

We would like to thank everyone involved over the weekend who made it a successful trip, this include both sets of players and the host families. A big thank you to Gill Arbane who organised the activities for everyone and to Kevin Galvin, Chris Galvin and Daniel Galvin who helped out over the weekend.

 

We look forward to going back to Holland next Easter with a new group of players.

 

Dutch Visit 2015

8-Apr-15

 

This season Kingston Little League had to select a new squad to send over to Naaldwijk, Holland to be hosted by our Dutch counterparts from Westlandia. We took over a squad of 15 who were managed by Chris Galvin and assisted by Daniel Galvin and Gary Cheema. The squad consisted of; Joss Andrews, Lucas Pichler, Spencer Coleman, Samuel O'Clery, Cameron Cheema, Sebastion Burns-Pegler, Miles Robinson, Daniel Murray, Ben Queenan, Abbie Morris, Oliver Coleman, Ethan Davies, Zain Hamid, Reuben Bull and Charlie Sherain Reed.

 

We set off on Good Friday (3rd April 2015) at 4:15am and after much travelling we arrived at Westlandia by around 4:00pm. The team were introduced to their Dutch host families and left before coming back to the club to play the traditional game against Westlandia. Despite the early start and being on the road for most of the day the team worked hard and played well. They went into half-time 0-0 which does not usually happen as the team are exhausted but this year we played through the tiredness in the first half. The second half was under way and we took the lead after a wonderful passing combination and a quick one-two between Daniel and Zain with Zain rolling the ball past the Westlandia keeper. Unfortunately Kingston were running out of steam towards the end and Westlandia slotted home three goals to win the game 1-3. Even though we lost the whole team should be proud of their efforts and it was an accomplishment to have such a close game. Dinner was served up at the clubhouse with food for both teams.

 

The next day we took part in a 4 team 11-a-side tournament with Westlandia and Kingston participating along with two other Dutch teams. It was a round robin tournament with everyone playing each other, each game would consist of a 15 minute each way game and then a penalty shootout. The squad played against Westlandia first giving them a chance to even the up the score, the penalty shootout was first with Westlandia winning 3-4. Afterwards we played them in the match and after a hat-trick from Zain we won the game 3-1 (we have never beaten them in Holland since the exchange began). The next game could have been closer but there were some tired legs out there and we lost 0-5 to a team that had some players from Feyenoord academy. However we were successful in the penalty shootout beating them 4-2 with Joss making a fantastic save despite the opposing player's attempt to deceive him. In the final game we came up against a strong physical team and were unable to topple them and we ended up losing to them 0-5 as well. We were not as successful in the shootout as we were in the previous match after a 3-4 loss and finished the tournament in 4th place. Later in the evening both sets of players got together and played some Boules. Everyone was partnered with their Dutch hosts in teams of two and played against each other.

 

On Easter Sunday a traditional Easter breakfast was put on at the club for both the English and Dutch players. After breakfast they all went off to De Tuinderij to take part in a number of activities and in the evening they played in an indoor 6-a-side tournament. The two teams were split and mixed up into four teams and everyone played each other once with the winner having to be decided by a penalty shootout after they both finished level on points, goal difference, goals for and head to head. The winning team was captained by Spencer and consisted of Daniel, Sam, Lucas and a few of the Dutch boys.

 

On the Monday we came back to the clubhouse to say our goodbyes and leave back to England. We left Westlandia at 10:00am and arrived back at Latchmere by 8:00pm.

 

We would like to say a big thank you to Peter Hoogerwerf who arranged everything in Holland and provided great entertainment for all and a thank you to all of the Dutch families who hosted the team.

 

Also may we thank those who came up to help the side and provide support (Kevin Galvin, Chris Galvin, Daniel Galvin, Gary Cheema, Pete Coleman, Richard Morris, Paul Queenan, Jonathon Murray, John Andrews, Eddie Brooks and Stella Brooks) as well as those parents who came to watch and cheer on the team and Gill Arbane who helped communicate and make arrangements with our Dutch counterparts.

 

Everyone who played can be proud of themselves as we are of them, they performed admirably and behaved exceptionally. We look forward to welcoming Westlandia to England next Easter.

 

Dutch Visit 2014

8-Apr-15

 

During the Easter break the boys from Westlandia came over to be hosted by us. They arrived on the Friday played against the team that went over last year in the evening at the Hawker Centre. The game finished 2-2 with the result could have easily going Kingston's way. The next day we took both teams bowling before travelling to Upton Park to watch Crystal Palace beat West Ham 0-1.

 

The next day everyone participated in a 6 team tournament at the Hawker Centre which was organised by Chris Galvin. The following teams played in the tournament; Shelton Athletic, Banstead Athletic Youth, Ewell Saxons, Kew Association, Kingston Little League and Westlandia. Kingston started the day against Ewell Saxons and narrowly lost but could have secured a result. We then played against Westlandia, followed by Banstead, then Kew and finally finishing the day against Shelton. Unfortunately the team were unable to get any wins under their built but they worked hard and played well for a team that had never previously played together and were a mixture of ages and as mentioned earlier could have beaten an already established Sunday league club. Westlandia went on to win the Main Cup against Shelton with Kew beating Banstead to claim the Plate. In the evening we took both teams to travel around London on an open top bus.

 

On Monday we bid farewell to our Dutch friends and wished them a safe return journey.

 

Once again a big thank you to Peter Hoogerwerf who organised things from the Dutch side as well as Kevin Galvin, Chris Galvin and Gill Arbane who organised all of the activities for the children. And of course a massive thanks to all those families who hosted the team from Westlandia and looked after them.

 

Dutch Visit 2013

25-April-13

 

After the Dutch boys came over last year it was our turn to send a new set of boys over to be hosted. They arrived at Westlandia's clubhouse where they met up with the families they would be hosted by. They went off with their families and returned for the traditional Friday night game. The boys were clearly exhausted from the travelling earlier and could not muster up the energy resulting in a 6-1 defeat. The score line could have been closer as the team had a number of chances in the second half but the Dutch keeper produced some good saves to keep the ball from hitting the back of the net. It remained 3-1 until the last 10 minutes when Westlandia scored three more goals.

 

The boys took part in the tournament on Saturday and started of the day well with a win in their first game (2-0 with Art Geraghty and Oisin Waddington scoring the goals). KLL went on to win the next game 2-0 (Tom Adams and Marcus Hoban being the scorers) and then came the third game which proved to be very physical game It ended 1-0 in Kingston's favour after Art G scored a long range free kick. The squad went straight in to the final where they won the game 1-0 against Dutch team who had won their last game 8-0. Tom Adam's heading home the only goal. This is the first time that the boys have successfully won a Dutch tournament since the exchange had taken place.

 

The boys were treated to an Easter Breakfast on the Sunday and then went off to take part in a survival adventure with only a few boys falling into the water below them. In the evening the two sets of boys combined into 4 teams for an indoor football tournament which everyone enjoyed.

 

After the boys had their fun it was time for the adults to suit up and show them how to play. England went 1-0 up when Ty Fetuga found the back of the net after a great passing movement. Holland had a few chances which saw their attempts saved towards the end of the 1st Half and at the beginning of the 2nd. Eventually the Dutch broke through and scored 2 giving them a 2-1 lead. The English kept battling and eventually pulled one back through Pete Coleman to draw level and take the game to penalties. Holland won the shootout with the final score ending; Holland 2 (3) - 2 (2) England.

 

A big thank you to Peter Hoogerwerf who organised everything for the boys.

 

The squad was managed by Chris Galvin with the help of Matthew Galvin and Daniel Galvin.

 

Dutch Visit 2012

25-April-13

 

After one year since the boys from Kingston went to Holland, it was now their turn to host. The boys played on Westlandia on the Friday which resulted in a 3-1 defeat but the game was much closer and KLL had opportunities to score but failed to convert those chances. Both sets of boys were taken to see Brentford square off against Bury with the home side winning 3-0 on Saturday.

 

On Sunday the Dutch took part in a four team tournament, even though they lost their first game they went on to win the tournament. The Final ended in a draw and had to be decided by a penalty shoot-out.

 

Besides the football, the boys went swimming at Hampton Open Air Pool, participated in 10-pin bowling at the Rotunda and went on a London Tour Bus.

 

Dutch Visit 2011

25-April-13

 

Kingston Little League took 15 boys over to Holland during the Easter Weekend where they were each hosted by a Dutch family. Chris Galvin managed the team. After arriving late on the Friday, Kingston and Westlandia faced off in what had become a traditional game. This was the first time that the boys had played on a full sized artificial pitch and they found after a long day the game challenging. Westlandia took the spoils inflicting a heavy defeat on KLL.

 

On the Saturday of the weekend KLL took part in a tournament where the boys played 3 games in one group stage and 3 in another. The boys won 2 out of the 3 games in their first group seeing them finish 2nd. The next group stage combined all the teams that finished 2nd in their respected groups, the team won all 3 games seeing them finish 1st of the group and 5th in the overall tournament. They came back with a trophy but unfortunately it was not for an overall first place in the tournament.

 

On the Sunday the boys got to watch a Dutch Eredivisie top of the table clash against Feyenoord and PSV. Later on the boys played a small sided tournament with the Dutch and English boys mixing up to make 4 teams.

 

Dutch Tournament Report 2008

03-Jun-08

 

14 boys from Kingston travelled to from Kingston to Holland over the Easter weekend to play a game against FC Westlandia on the Friday evening of their arrival and participate in a tournament. Once again the trip was organised through Peter Hoogerwerf and parents of players who Kingston Little League were playing hosted the boys in their own homes. Those who had played in 2007 re-established old friendships with their Dutch counterparts and others made new friends. Sadly the weather was bad and although the Friday game was played under floodlights it was bitterly cold and wet. The weather unfortunately meant the tournament to be played on the Sunday was cancelled. Luckily our hosts were able to arrange a friendly against another Dutch youth side in its place. The Friday game resulted in a defeat but honours were even after Kingston won the Sunday game.

 

Everyone had a great time, including the adults who accompanied the boys, and looked forward to returning the hospitality shown by hosting the FC Westlandia team at the Gala Day which was to take place on Sunday May 11th, 2008.

 

Dutch Tournament Report 2007

16-Jul-07

 

14 boys from Kingston travelled to Naaldwijk on 5th April 2007 to take part in the Hekelingen football tournament.

 

Their trip was organised through Peter Hoogerwerf and the Westlandia Football Club. Parents of the club hosted the boys in their own homes. This was obviously a big commitment, which the Dutch took on enthusiastically and with great generosity. Over the weekend the English boys struck up firm friendships with their Dutch counterparts. To see a full report download the PDF file (Note this file is 3Mb)

 

 

 

     
     
     

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