A pair of Worksop brothers were California dreaming last week, playing for their country in an international roller hockey tournament.
Harry and Alexander Rushby travelled to Corona in the Golden State, to feature for Great Britain’s Under 10 team in the International American Amateur Union In Line Junior Hockey Olympics.
The boys both play for the Norton Cyclones at the Simply Skate Arena at Rotherham, and were selected for GB following a number of trials games.
The team competed against United States international teams in the international competition and American club teams in a club tournament.
Ten-year-old Harry, the team’s assistant captain and six-year-old Alexander, a forward, played in all the games for GB, and Alexander also played as a guest for an American Under 6 team, the Titans.
In the international competition the GB team put in a creditable performance against the skilful and well-practised Americans and after fighting their way to the semi-finals, narrowly lost 2-1 in the bronze medal game.
In the club competition they reached the semi-final after a 3-2 win in their final round robin game with all Great Britain’s goals being scored by Harry and Alexander, but the team again missed out on a final place, losing 2-1 with the winning power play goal scored in overtime.
The team had to be content with the bronze medal and Alexander finished as joint top points scorer for Great Britainwith two goals and two assists.
Alexander was stood out in his Under 6 games and helped his team to a silver medal, scoring six of their seven goals.