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The Weekender – w22 – 17 Feb 2018

 

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W3  D3  L1

GF: 16    GA: 8

 

Clean house

 

You might be forgiven for thinking I was advocating staying in and keeping up with the housework.  But, with the exception of keeping up to date on the Winter Olympics, I’m sure you have had much better things to do.  Not least of these is keeping a clean sheet.  After all, cleanliness is next to godliness.

There were a number of clean houses this week -in addition to the GB curlers, who are the most athletic cleaners of the house imaginable.  One of these came from M3 who, had they only found the net at the other end, might have earned themselves this week’s title but alas not.  Championship hopefuls, L2, kept up their winning run whist fellow hopefuls, M1, couldn’t find sufficient opposition so look like having a busy end of season.  But this week’s Team of the Week is indisputably L1 who not only kept a clean sheet in their win on Saturday but they repeated the feat in their win the following day too.

L1 hosted lowly Gosport Borough and pulled off a convincing, if perhaps unsurprising, 4-0 win.  Ellen Knighton continued her domination of the league’s top scorers with another two whilst Leah Coney and Velvet Elson were also on target.  Frankie Williams was in goal to record her first clean sheet.  L1 move up another place to fourth, just two points behind A&F.

L2 travelled to former top side, Winchester, to record their eighth consecutive win.  Goals from Amy Cradden, Bernice Gunn and Velvet Elson saw them run out 3-1 victors and cast their opponents five points adrift.  They remain top of Division 5 with A&F two points behind.

M2 drew 2-2 away to Camberley & Farnborough.  Richard Meakin and James Islip scored the goals.  The point sees them move up a place to sixth as Romsey lost to the leaders.

M4 similarly drew 2-2 away -theirs at sixth-placed Yateley.  M4 remain ninth but are only a win behind their opponents on the day, in spite of their moving up to fifth.

M3 also drew, this time 0-0 at home to bottom side Fareham.  They will be disappointed to have missed the chance to move level with eighth place but instead remain ninth.  Matt Pryor’s clean sheet ensured they did at least earn a point.

L3 hosted a free-scoring Winchester who were second and averaging 6.3 goals a game.  L3 managed to restrict them to three but goals from Emily Love and Latisha Convery weren’t quite enough to prevent a 2-3 defeat.  They slip a place to fourth.

M1 had their match postponed due to Blandford being unable to field a side.  This will add to their end of season fixture pile up against Dorset sides.  They are now five points behind the leaders with two games in hand.

L1 faced Winchester 2 in the Hants Trophy on Sunday and continued the weekend’s form with a 3-0 victory.  Two goals from Jodie Bennett and one from Ellen Knighton together with a clean sheet kept by Lauren Slack see them safely through to the Quarter-Finals.

 

Two big games for M1 this week.  Firstly they must live up to the form guide and defeat second bottom side, Fareham.  But, perhaps more significantly, second side US Portsmouth -whom M1 still have to visit- host top side Havant.  A draw would probably be the best result for M1 here.

L2 continue their championship campaign at home to sixth side Gosport whilst L1 are playing overseas on the Isle of Wight.  L3 will seek to move back up the table in their 4th v 5th tussle.

M3 have the hardest game of the week, away to the leaders, whilst M2 could move up another place with victory over fifth side Fareham.  M4 could move up as many as three places if they defeat eighth side Basingstoke.

 

 

YOUNG HARTS

Young Harts of the Week this week goes to both the U10 boys and girls sides competing in an in2hockey tournament.  They were both undefeated in four games each -the boys proving invincible- and each only conceded one goal all day.

Top scorers were James Viney, who scored in all four games, and Sophie Jansen.

The full Junior goalscorers’ table is on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

CLUB GOALS

This was another full weekend with a further sixteen goals taking the total to 278 for the season.  The projection currently puts us on just shy of 350 for the season but I hope that with a bit of a push we can break this barrier.

GD was a wholesome +8 this week moving the season ever closer to the black at -15.

The full season’s GS chart can be found on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

FAMILY FOCUS

The Bennetts, having been affronted by the temerity of the Kellys and Craddens scoring goals in their absence, combined their forces to move back to second spot, Chris and Jodie adding two each to the family total.

Amy’s goal saw the Craddens move ahead of the Kellys.

We also have a new family on the table as Simon, rather than score himself, passed to son James to put the Islip family in lights.

But I still have a problem with the photograph, right.  I mean a blue loo-seat cover with brown walls.  What were they thinking?

 

 

WINS

Another three wins puts the club on fifty for the season to date at a win rate of 40%.  This is only three behind last year, although we managed an unprecedented six wins in w23 last year: Weekender w23 2016-17.

But we have seven games this Saturday so we can always go one better.  Why ever not?  Just don’t tell M3 they let the side down last year losing, albeit narrowly, to the leaders.  Just saying.

 

 

GOALKEEPING

Frankie and Matt put themselves into third and fourth with their clean sheets but it was Lauren, who added a third to her month’s total, who reigns supreme.

And don’t forget Robert.  Not least because if you do his mother will be on to you.. (sorry, Mum!).

For the year to date it is all change at the top as Lauren has proved to be better than sticking a Wall in front of your goal.  Now that’s solid.

But it’s the club total that reaches a record this week as we have already beaten all of the previous six seasons with a record 27 clean sheets.

The season’s GK table is on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

HAT-TRICKS AND CLEAN SHEETS

Lauren and Frankie help L1 jump up two places to fourth in the CS table.

Matt, meanwhile, ensures M3 aren’t adrift at the bottom.

 

 

SCOTT CUP

No change in the grand order of things but wins for L2 & L1 ensure the ladies continue to dominate with the singular exception of M1 in spite of their game being cancelled.

 

 

GOLDEN STICK

Well you can’t keep a good woman down as the season’s, and the division’s, top scorer gracefully slides to the top of the February chart.

Amy and Velvey join Becky on three to ensure Ellen doesn’t have it all easy.

But the only thing missing in this otherwise very successful month is a hat-trick.

 

Ellen’s three in league and cup this week extends her lead to six at the top.

Leah moves up to fourth with her goal while Richard keeps pace only one behind.

Velvet’s two also keeps her in the running for third spot whilst Bernice moves on to double figures as the L2 scorers still dominate their division.

The full season’s table is available on the ‘Season Report page.

 

 

AND FINALLY…

 

At time of going to press the ladies are through to the Semi-Finals of the curling and the men need to win a tie-breaker to match them.  The crowd-funded two-woman bob also did a fantastic job and there were many other slippy/slidy success stories -albeit not for our Elise who seems to prefer macabre drama to romcom happy ending. 

But for me it’s the ‘sweeping the house’ game that I’d stay up most to watch -partly due to the potential for success, but also due to the intriguing combination of strategy and sport together with the ludicrous equipment and, if you are Norwegian, trousers.

But that’s all for this week.  I’m off for a kip before getting up early to watch the next one.  Or was it stay up late?  What day is it?  Can’t believe I’ve got jet-lag without even leaving home.

 

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