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The Weekender – w01 – 9 Sep 2017

 

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W1  D2  L3

GF: 10    GA: 16

 

Blowing off the cobwebs

 

There were friendlies aplenty with some challenging opponents to sharpen the instincts.  And they won’t get much easier I can warn you, so complacency is not an option here but it’s good to get the cobwebs blown off early…

The Men faced Windsor as M1 took to the road with a much changed line-up and M2 hosted a side they hadn’t faced since 2013.  The Ladies were up against their respective sides from Camberley & Farnborough, with 1s & 3s both hitting the road.  Then on Sunday MV travelled to Guildford in the Wessex Masters Cup.

     Waiting for the season to start..

So as L1 led the scorelines of the day with a convincing win, L2 lost a fighting performance and L3 had a rude awakening against a clearly more practiced outfit.  Meanwhile M2 achieved more than they had four years ago (a 1-4 home defeat) with honours even whilst M1 also levelled the score in their game.  On balance, however, team of the week wasn’t so clear cut.  L1 achieved a dominant scoreline, but against a side without a keeper whilst M2 bettered their previous result by three goals, but didn’t quite manage a win.  In the end the award goes, narrowly, to M1 who secured a draw against a side a division higher, away from home, with a performance that I hope sets the standard for seeking promotion this season.

M1 visited Windsor for a fresh challenge against a side who were promoted from MBBO Div 2 last season (and so are technically two divisions above M1 this year).  Having gone behind, M1 levelled through skipper, Robbie Morgan.  In an even game, the score remained 1-1 – a result that should please the visitors more than the hosts.  Next week they enter the Hampshire Cup in shortened games against Aldershot & Farnham, Winchester and Yateley, all of whom are several divisions above so will be a good test of character.

L1 travelled to Surrey div 4 winners, Camberley & Farnborough 1.  A brace apeice for Ellen Knighton and Leah Coney saw them cruise to a 4-1 win.  Everything but the clean sheet.  Oh, and hat-trick.  And an opposition keeper…  But you can only beat the team in front of you.  And so they did – with aplomb.  This was a good start against a side at the same level in the Surrey ladder and is surely a good sign of a promising season to come.  They face a stiffer challenge next week at home to Romsey 1 (Div 1).

M2 hosted Windsor 2 and put in a rousing performance against the MBBO Div 7 side.  Two goals from Ollie Jones saw them share the spoils with the visitors in a 2-2 draw.  They visit Alton 2 (Div 7 winners) next.

L2 hosted Camberley & Farnborough 2.  In spite of a goal apiece from Amber Jackson and Molly Kelly they were unable to start off with a win, finishing 2-4 down.  They will, however, take away some positives into their next home game – a tricky tie against Romsey 2 (Div 3) on Saturday.

L3 travelled to Camberley & Farnborough 3 – another product of the Back2Hockey initiative.  In spite of a good run-out, they were undone as it ended 0-6 in favour of the hosts.  They play again next week against Romsey 3 (Div 5).

M3 drew 3-3 against M4 in an intramural friendly.  Sadly, for those who started the season with two goals, these don’t count.  But then I make the rules, so I might bribe myself with a beer to change that one.  I will keep you posted…

MV kicked off their 2017-18 Wessex Masters Cup campaign with a trip to Guildford, who finished 2nd in the Wessex Masters League last season.  After going 0-1 down in the first half they held on until the last ten minutes when John McFadzean scored an equaliser.  Unfortunately a slip at the back let in their striker to score the winner two minutes from time.  And so it finished 1-2 and they still are in search of their first point in the mini-league.  Their next match is at home to Woking Old Peculiars on Sunday.

 

 

CLUB GOALS

Double figures is a very good place to start the season off.  But it’s a long way to go yet.

Only another 390 to go to my target!

Ollie going for the hat-trick and winner

 

The full season’s GS chart will appear on the ‘Season Report page when I have finished mucking up the season’s fixtures and got round to setting it up.

 

 

WINS

One.  Sixty-four to go..?

 

 

GOALKEEPING

With a couple of keeper changes I don’t expect the season chart to settle down until the season proper begins, but new dedicated Keeper Training on Wednesdays should give the keepers a boost.  If, that is, they can avoid injury in, or before, the first game of the season.


The season’s GK table will appear on the ‘Season Report page in due course.

  

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

We’ve had words about this before, haven’t we.  You are only this far from sitting on the naughty step.  Now pull your finger out and focus.

In the absence of anything prettier, I am leaving last season’s charts in here by way of encouragement.

 

 

 

SCOTT CUP

Like Tipperary, it’s a long way.  But you know what to do.

 

GOLDEN STICK

On the other hand, it is never to early to look at the top scorers chart.  Unless someone scrubs your perfectly good brace, that is.

 

The full season’s table isn’t available on the ‘Season Report page.  But it will be.

 

AND FINALLY…

All the fixtures are now updated on the club website.  See the ‘Fixtures/Results’ tab under ‘Seniors’ or ‘Juniors’ respectively.

All venues and times are now correct and should agree with the HHA website.  If you think there are any errors please let me know.

You should also bear in mind that the fixtures booklet is out of date almost as soon as it is printed so check the fixtures on this site to be sure.

Festival dates for the diary

The club Festival line-up is complete so keep 17 March free as the whole club will be there.

 

 

In addition there will be a Ladies’ Day Festival on 20 January with all three Ladies sides having league games at home, so keep that free too if you can.

That’s all for this week.

Welcome back and here’s to another exciting season ahead.  Now don’t go and do anything foolish…

 

Match Reports

Weather Forecast

Rain
Thursday 11/23 90%
Rain
Cloudy, periods of rain. Low 3C.
Clear
Tomorrow 11/24 10%
Clear
A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. Turning colder. High 7C. Winds light and variable.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 11/25 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. Cold. High 6C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h.