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The Weekender – w10 – 17 Nov 2018


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W2  D2  L3  PP1

GF: 13    GA: 15




How was it?  Were we good?

Well, no.

So we were bad??

No, not really.

Well what, then?  What were we???

Sort of, er, well… Meh.

You see the problem is that my expectations have been put up there.  Perhaps too ‘up there’.  But then up comes an ordinary week in the office.  You turn up.  You do something.  Nobody really notices and nobody says anything.

Perhaps that’s harsh.  Particularly on Jack Metcalfe who performed a trick-of-the-hat.  But what do you do?

So we lost more than we won and conceded more than we scored.  But neither of these margins was appalling in the big scheme things.

What about Team of the Week?  Do you even care?  Oh, OK.  Best we award one then really.

Well M3 and L1 earned a valuable point each against high-flying oppositions and L2 went one further with a win.  But the Team of the Week must go to M1 for their convincing win over the league leaders to restore some balance in their favour.

M1 beat Yateley 6-3 at home to move up a place to within a point of their opponents.  Jack’s aforementioned hat-trick earned him Man of the Match.  They are now third and within three points of top place.

L2 travelled to Haslemere and pulled off a 2-1 win courtesy of goals from Bernice and Lisa.  Lisa and Ruth shared the Player of the Match vote.  The win sees them keep third place, level on points with second whom they face next.

L1 were held to 2-2 draw by second-placed Hamble with a goal apiece for Ellen and Jodie.  Becky Geoghegan’s speed and skill earned her the Player of the Match title.  Thanks to a win for Isle of Wight, L1 remain top but it is as tight as a tourniquet at the top of Div 2 so you dare not blink.

M3 put in a strong performance to take a point off third-placed visitors, Hamble.  Alex Sommerville’s equaliser saw it finish 1-1.  Man of the Match went to Sahil Upadhaya for several fine saves and his marshalling of the defence.  They move up to seventh but there is little separating all the bottom half of the table.

M2 lost 0-1 at Camberley & Farnborough.  That is all I know, other than that they are somewhat peeved at the result.  But who knows?  They are third on GD in another tourniquet-tight table with the top four sharing the same points.

M4 travelled to Yateley for the evening game (it was that late I had been expecting to find it on Sky..).  Thomas Briggs found the net but it finished 1-3 in an otherwise close game.  Man of the Match was shared between Will Hobkirk and Oliver Baily-Gibson.  They remain eighth.

L3 visited Southampton University for their lessons – which turned out to be in hockey, from one player in particular- that saw the hosts win 4-1, Latisha getting the consolation.  Emily Wall’s fine saves and Maddie Saunders’ running saw them share the Player of the Match.  L3 drop a place to fifth but are only a point behind second.

L4’s opposition pulled out entirely.  Gosport were unable to field a team and so sink to the bottom of the table with their second 3pt deduction of the season.  As a result L4 move up a place to seventh.  So much for hockey being the winner -it clearly wasn’t for Portsmouth and Southsea whose defeat saw L4 leapfrog them.

Some choice games next with M2 facing leaders Alton with whom they are level on points (and a mere 26 behind on GD).

Third placed L2 have a ding-dong derby against second side Aldershot & Farnham for local bragging rights.

M1 will be looking to improve on their 1-1-3 away record as they travel to lowly New Forest whilst L1 will probably need to beat fifth side Southampton to hold on to top spot as Hamble play the bottom side.




W2  D0  L1

GF: 15    GA: 12

Following last week’s success, the Juniors played fewer games and scored more goals.  All exciting games with at least eight goals in each.

U14g fell to their first defeat of the season but U12b1 managed a narrow win.  However it was U14b1 who were the Young Harts of the Week with as they recorded their first win of the season.

U14b1 shared the goals evenly in their 7-3 away win over Chichester.  Alex Thompson and Charley Ivey scored two each and Angus Watson, Arthur Gent-Eggett and William Caine each got one.  They were already fifth thanks to their Goal Difference but their first points put them only a win away from second.

U12b1 were also in Chichester and also winning, 5-4 in their case.  Jacob Binfield and Alex Thompson scored two each with Arthur Gent-Eggett getting the fifth.  A certain deja-vu here.  It doesn’t end there.  They, too, remain fifth and are also only a win away from second.

U14g lost for the first time this season at home to Andover.  Maddie Saunders scored two and Sienna Boyce one but it ended 3-5.  They are second but only a point behind Camberley and Farnborough whom they visit next.

Double trouble, Arthur and Alex, who scored a double double in Sussex (or is that a double double double?) move up to share top spot over previous leader, Nathan.  Maddie moves level with Nathan on goals ahead of Sienna on six.

U12g7s were also in action at Yateley where they finished with a win, two draws and a defeat.  They did, at least, outscore their opposition on aggregate with GF 4 and GA 3.

Amelia Stevens scored a hat-trick in the win which was over Aldershot & Farnham.  Sophie Jansen was also on target to secure one of the draws.

Someone let the Minis out again this week which meant, of course, a bucket of goals and a plethora of wins.  Both Harry Scarborough and Nayan Ranade scored hat-tricks for U10a, who didn’t concede all day.  Henry Wood (4), Joshua Parr and William Keep (3 each) were also on target.  Oscar Purcigo scored four of U10b’s goals in their dominating run whilst Noah Horne top-scored for the U8s.

Oscar tops the Minis table by a fair distance but George and Harry are also in double figures.

The full junior goalscorers table can now be found on the ‘Season Report page.




Some. Not enough by the standard I have set you, but some.  We are still well ahead of the rest, of course, but I won’t have you resting on your laurels.

Having exceeded three for the first time last week, GF average fell below two this week to 1.9.

On the team GS front, M1 moved twelve ahead of their nearest rivals, L1 who, in turn, are still being pressed by L2.

M4 now lead the ‘chasing pack’ but it is still close as all four of the threes and fours remain within two of each other.

The good news is that the season’s GD isn’t in the red.  The bad news is that it isn’t positive either as it sits at parity.

This does mean that it is better than five of the previous seven seasons and only three behind 2013-14 but it is a heady 34 away from 2014-15 which was a miserly year at the back.

By team, M1 move back ahead of L1 but for the twos, the ladies are ahead of the men, as they are for both the threes and the fours.




Jodie and Sienna add another one each to keep the board ticking over for the top two.

But the big movers this week are the Metcalfes who’s hat-trick, courtesy of Dad, Jack, moves them up two places to third.

Lisa did score one to put the Hobkirks a goal ahead of the Craddens who, like the remainder of the table, were quiet this week.




This week developed something of a slopey shoulder to the graph in a sort of unmotivated shrug typified by the week’s title.

The win rate for the season fell, too, to 45%.  But thankfully we have a good number of teams out this season which helps in keeping ahead.  But ahead we are – and by eight wins over the next best season.




A second week without a Clean Sheet which means no change to the top two, but Rob jumps straight into third place with his one from one.  Just behind him Sahil jumps up level with Jacob.

The month’s GA average falls 0.2 to 2.7.

Lauren does, however, remain at the top of the season table with three CS.  Behind her Nick leads Sarah on GA average.

The season’s GK table can now be found on the ‘Season Report page.




It was Jack Metcalfe who save the day for this section with his HT for M1.

This moves M1 up to second in the table, level with, of course, L1.

So the Attack have clawed another one back to make it 10-8 in favour of the Defence.




You get little for a draw in the Scott Cup and so L1 slip back nearly 10% to be level with L2.

M1 move level with M2 following their win whilst M3 and L4 are now level with L4 moving up a place in another table without hitting a ball in anger.  I’m not suggesting they should play less often, but..




The two HT scorers now top the table for the month with Jack moving ahead of Lisa on five.

Jamie retains third place with his four and there is just one more week to settle the title for November.


Jack leaps eight places to top the season table whilst Jodie moves level with former leader Frida (no poetry intended..).

Usually we have a runaway top scorer about this time of the season but there is remarkably little in it as we already have 55 scorers on the board.

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




Well, it’s Friday already – two days after publication – and I’ve run out of time again and if M2 couldn’t be bothered to file a match report, well, Meh……





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