Greg Van Meeuwen has returned from a three month European tour with the Australian Over 45s side. The selection was bitter sweet for Greg, missing out on the last tour due to a knee reconstruction.
Competing in the World Masters Cup in Canterbury, England, the Australian’s finished Bronze medallists, falling to the eventual Gold medallist Germany in heart breaking strokes in the Semi Finals. Greg himself was excellent throughout the tour, hitting the third most goals at the tournament, all of them field goals. He was subsequently named named Australia’s Most Valuable Player.
After the tour, Greg spent some quality time with Sue travelling around Europe and meeting old and current Gunners including Julius in Holland and Moz in Italy.
“It was an amazing trip to play with and against world class players and to see a bit of the world. It is harder to sledge the opposition due to language barriers, something that I need to improve on.”
It’s been a big hockey year for the Van Meeuwen family with Greg’s son Jackson earning his first State selection earlier in the year before joining brother Dane at Greensborough, winning a State League 1 Premiership in his first year. This adds to the Premership won last year along side Greg in State League 4, and Dane’s flag in 2003 in State Leauge 3 for La Trobe.