Adel 1’s vs Lindum

Adel 1’s vs Lindum Match report

After starting the season with arguably two of the most difficult away games of the season at Huddersfield and Hull and coming away with battling wins, the Men’s first team took to the Church Lane turf for their third game, entertaining Lindum second team.

The first team squad continued to be troubled with availability issues due to poorly planned holidays. This weeks absentees Watto, Harris, Sim, Tino and Gaz, just showing the strength and depth of this years squad. Phil Bayford got his chance following a strong start in the 2’s – rumour has it he paid Ben and Nathan as he was too scared to take on Ramgaria!

12 of Adels finest began the game with Simon Ball rushing up after doing a morning clinic in Sheffield making it 13 for the match. During the drive Bally had aspirations of turning up with the team struggling and stepping onto the pitch to save the day…

Making good time on the drive, he ran up tearing his shirt off like Superman with his Adel top underneath…He had just missed the first 12 minutes – The boys already 3-0 up – his dream shattered as he mumbled “well played boys”! 1 goal for Purdy, 1 for captain Hemming (a classic off drive that was more suited Headingley than the hockey pitch) and 1 for the Phil “backpost bandit” Bayford. The link up play from Moorhouse tearing the Lindum defence to pieces and he duly put another on a plate for Bayford who celebrated in his usual subdued fashion whipping out his pom poms hidden in his socks and jumping around like an over excited cheerleader. 4-0.

Adel spent the rest of the half camped in the Lindum half creating chance after chance however by this time Bally had made it onto the pitch and the previously clinical Adel turned somewhat wasteful. A short corner converted by Purdy made it 5-0 at half time.

Back down to 12 men for the second half (by now Paul “Club Captain, leader, coach, team player, no hair” Lewis had decided that his day was done and he would rather go and head to Manchester for the rugby final than see the game through) – we gathered in the goal to hoping for some wise words from Coach Hendley…none came, so out we went for the second half.

Adel continued to dominate with excellent press and pressure all across the pitch and when the ball did get through Green and Bird tidied up with aplomb – 5 minutes into the second half Birdy bent down to tie his shoe lace and felt a pop in the back of his leg – his hammy had gone, back to 11 with Paul “ronny the rhino” Lewis well and truly in the distance.

Despite the injury forcing a change in formation Adel continued to create chances. The forward line of Purdy, Moorhouse and Bayford worked well and combined to find the latter in the centre of the ‘D’ with a sharp turn and reverse stick finish into the corner – Hatrick – cue the Eric Cantona god celebration.

Moorhouse then turned from provider to scorer with a bobbled back stick reverse hit. Further good work from Purdy down the baseline and a terrible pull back somehow led to a stroke and whilst the players all looked for guidance from the Coach, Moorhouse had snaffled the ball was sat cross legged on the penalty spot refusing to budge unless he took it…a trick he has seen work time and time again for name sake – Greg at Wakefield.

Mayhew added his first of the season from a well worked short corner and the Bayford rounded off the scoring from another corner with a deflection from a Mayhew cross, he finished off his celebrations with the Klinsmann. 10-0.

A convincing performance however by no means perfect – increasing availability will begin to prove a headache for Coach and Captain.

Next weeks game is away to Boston Spa which sees former Spartans, Ball and Harris take on their former club in what is sure to be a feisty affair especially after Harris’s deadline day move and Spa not being able to find a replacement.

MOM – Phil “four goal” Bayford

DOD – Simon “should have stayed in Sheffield” Ball

Men’s 5s v Rotherham 3s

In a 3-1 win against Rotherham 3s, the total age of our Men’s 5s goal scorers was 41, and there were three of them, which tells you everything you need to know. Fair play to the opposition, who also brought a mix of youth and experience up the M1, and it was an enjoyable game played in the right spirit. Big thanks to Pam and Polly for helping it flow.
Unusually we had subs – not quite sure how that happened – but our 14 man squad looked well balanced in all areas. Mikey M. made a series of crucial saves from short corners, and kept Skully, Dave Marg and Greg on their toes which was great to see. In midfield the silky skills of Joe Grier, Andy and Ball jr were complemented by robust contributions from Tom Poll and Holden senior. Up front the electric pace and tireless running of Matty Snow, Finlay Holden and Max Holley gave the Rotherham defence a torrid time, and the wizarding skills of Charlie Sutton looked a class apart. Sniffer Phillips ran from end to end – honestly – and looked back to his best until he had to retire with a niggling injury.
Snow scored early in the first half, finishing off a nicely worked move and some great work by Grier, but then we relaxed and somehow allowed Rotherham to equalise. The view on the touchline was “we could lose this” which would have been a travesty, so it was a big relief when Charlie finished off one of his mazy runs by spanking a shot across the keeper to score from the far side of the D. After that Adel kept it solid and as legs tired our superior passing and strong defending began to tell. Some legs never tire, and the juniors had one trick left up their sleeve with a nice passing combo sending the ball to the far post where Holden jr. slid in with a trademark dive to seal the win.
We didn’t really do awards as only three old lags made it to the bar afterwards , but DoD was probably Greg for getting carded in front of his family (again); MoM could have been any one of several but let’s give it to Mikey for the key saves, and not being afraid to give his defence some tough love.
First win of the season under our belts, and great to see the Adel juniors Friday night academy now making an impact right through the 5s, 4s and 3s. The future is Orange!

Adel 1s v Huddersfield 1s Away

After a prolific cup performance in which they had served up a an 8-0 drumming to the side they were facing up against for their first league game of the season the Men’s 1s were on a high. However, they were very aware that the Huddersfield Dragons were missing a few key players the week before and were now at home so were told very sternly by Ben Hendley to not get complacent.

The lads obviously listened well as they were 1-0 down inside 10 minutes……

Nonetheless, they did not let this phase them. Adel quickly came back to remind the Dragons why they had walked over them the week before with some quick play into the Dragons D saw Pete Sim score a goal so good that fans are saying should be given goal of the season award immediately. Swamped by defenders the new big money signing somehow found enough space to get a fierce strike away from an impossibly tight angle that screamed past the terrified keepers left ear lobe. Rumor has it the keeper hasn’t slept since. 1-1….game on.

As the half went on momentum ebbed and flowed with Adel struggling to find consistent pass completion. To be fair to Huddersfield they were doing a good job of causing a lot of disruption to the distribution from the back 4. Then in true Huddersfield fashion they crashed a ball through the middle which got deflected by an Adel midfielder in a effort to intercept resulting in a perfectly weighted through ball to a goal hanging Huddersfield striker who seized the opportunity to score……2-1

Half time

After some inspirational words from Ben and Captain Will Purdy (aka that was s**t) the lads came out to the second half fired up. 5 minutes into the second half it became apparent that the pep talk had the desired effect. Some silky play from the back through the midfield produced an opportunity for striker Sam Harris who had controversially transferred from Boston Spa, only getting pen to paper minutes before the transfer deadline. But no shock he showed the manager why he was worth the cash, goal…2-2

Unfortunately Adel struggled to kick on with the momentum they had gained from the goal and preceded to fall back into the similar pattern of play they were in just before the first half. This led to a goal from the dragon that can only be described as a carbon copy of their previous one. Crash ball, deflection from Adel player, perfectly weighted through ball, goal….3-2.

Following this play began to get very frantic with only 15 minutes left. Leading to both teams losing players to green and yellow cards due to what can only be described as physical challenges. Time was starting to tick away…..

But then with only 3 minutes to go Pete Sim had a free hit 7 meters out, he dribbled exactly 5 meters, no more, no less and slapped the ball into the D. The lads hearts were in their mouths as they cast their gaze to the back post, praying there was an Adel player awaiting the ball……..but of course there was. Who else could it have been but El Capitán Will Purdy. He received the ball and smashed it into the back of the net!! He looked up as though he was about to pull his shirt over his head and run the length, however, he knew there was still a job to be done……3-3

With only 2 minutes to go both teams were pushing for the win. Huddersfield launched a dangerous attack ending up on the edge of the Adel D. However, man of the match Jim ‘the rock’ Robinson turned over possession and launched a counter attack. The ball was quickly dispatched up to a breaking James Moorehouse. Screams from Ben Hendley on the sideline of ‘its a two on one’ were rumored to have been heard in Headingley. James continued to charge forward with Sam Harris along side him. Then as Ben had pointed out, it was in fact a two on one. James slipped the ball to his left giving Sam the chance to secure a heroic victory from the jaws of defeat……….he once again showed why he’s paid the big bucks and drove the ball into the back of the net!! ADEL WIN 4-3!!!!

The ecstatic crowd immediately invaded the pitch! (also known as the next teams on) The lads looked mentally drained, yet were victorious. Just another day at the office.

Youth and Experience combine for Three Points

The 3s started the season with a trip to Airedale. Having caught the end of the 2s triumph against the same opposition the 3s started in good fashion

The happily paired coupling of Fozzy and Bingham controlling midfield and Greg and Mark at the back cutting out danger before it really worried Sholto making his debut for the 3s after an impressive season with the 5s last year.

The opening Adel goal came from our two resident right backs. The assisting cannon Luke Taylor firing a 30 yard through ball into the new and improved Dave Mattinson (thanks Primal) who slotted home neatly. Adel were quickly pegged back by an Airedale short corner 1-1.

2 quick goals came from Adel in response. The first a well worked short corner routine converted by the wise old fox Fozzy who cleverly disguised his slap shot, and deceived the keeper with a mix of fade/top spin a couple of bobbles and a cry of anguish. The Adel 3rd was a proper hockey goal with a neat one two from Beale and Bingham down the left flank. Bingham carried the ball out wide fired in to the Beale who carried on the run and dived in at the near post to deflect home.

3-1 Adel half time.

The second half was a lot more frantic with mistakes and turnover in possession from both sides halting the flow.

Adel scored a 4th courtesy of neat play by Mattinson and neatly deflected by the glowing Matt Lilley who suffered in the September warmth.

Airedale grabbed a second but Adel were able to hold strong for a well deserved 4-2 victory.

4 different scorers, 2 3rd team debuts for Simon and Sholto who impressed and the most ground ever covered by Matt Brayshaw in an Adel shirt made for a good start to the season.

MOM – Greg Hilton DOD – Brayshaw
Next up Bradford 2s who put 14 past their 3rd team this week. The Phwoars were much more polite to our 5s thankfully.


Leeds Adel L1’s v Bowden

And so it begins again….


The ladies 1 st team embarked on the first on many journeys down the 3 M’s (621 / 62 / 60) separating the light side to the dark side of the North of England. The team a perfect balance of old heads and fresh new faces, all looking resplendent in the electric orange kit.

Bowden, very worthy opponents, fielded what can only be described as a colony compared to the
Adel bare 11, and yet our cheer was still the loudest…… Quaility, not quantity!

Adel started the brightest, nicking the ball back from the centre pass, Jaclyn Smith driving, weaving
and spinning her way down the left flank and entering the D. impossible angled shot number 1…
Saved! Impossible angle number 2 shot, deflects off the keeper’s kicker and goes in! 1-0 Adel.

Thegoal met with raucous cheers from the 2 travelling fans holding their own against the Bowden rabble.

The first half ebbed and flowed. The new look back four of Hannah Jones, Abbie Taylor, Sammy
Gibson and Ceska Akerman staying strong, Abbie Cook making some brilliant reaction saves, one a
great deflection off the stick of Clare Hesslewood. Eventually, Bowden managed to break through, 2-
1 at half time

The second half was much of the same, the defence absorbing pressure, the mid field of
Hesselwood, Wright, Richardson and Blyth tirelessly running to maintain a strong central formation.
Smith and Baker on the wings causing havoc with pace and deft skill, a defenders nightmare. The
breakaway pressure was rewarded with a couple of short corners which unfortunately could not be

The game ended in a 4-1 loss, but an excellent performance by the whole team with added thanks to
those players who stepped up from the 2’s

MOM – Sammy Gibson
DOD- Jaclyn Smith – the slightest player on the pitch being green and yellow carded for being “too

Roll on next week!!
By Katy Blyth

Coaching and umpiring courses

If anyone is interested in any of these course please contact Paul Lewis for coaching and Jim Cockburn for the umpiring ones.

Please find below a list of current coaching and umpiring courses/workshops that are being delivered in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.


08-Aug: UKCC England Hockey Session Coach – University of Leeds

05-Sep: Engaging Games for Children – Hymers College

10-Sep: Introduction to Hockey Coaching – Slazenger HC

Engaging Games for Children Harrogate HC – not yet available to book but likely to be online soon


17-Sep: Level 1 Umpire Course – Scarborough College


Back to hockey and a way to get free match fees…

Once again we are going to be running “Back” (or Intro) to Hockey sessions this summer at Leeds Adel Hockey Club.
We need a big push from everyone in the club to email their mates, AND spread this around social media.
Back to Hockey is free, and will run from 6.30-7.30pm at Adel for 8 weeks from Wednesday 5th July onward.
See attached poster, we really need every member to share this poster around their work and pass onto any one they know. Get it onto as many social networking platforms as you can please.
There is also going to be a very tasty competition run alongside. Basically if you get someone along who then joins Adel you’ll get a free week of match fees for EVERY person you recommend who goes on to join the club.
So free back to hockey and a chance for a free Saturdays match, what’s not to like, please spread far and wide!


Making plans for Fathers Day weekend? Look no further than Adel Sports & Social Club as we have a three days of fantastic events to keep you entertained!
Hosted by resident quizmaster Richard Poll, come down with family and friends to test your general knowledge. Places can be booked here.
Featuring and eclectic mix of local artists, a night of great music, food and drink. Tickets can be bought here or at the door.
We have organized lots of exciting “Have-a-Go” sessions with our Archery, Cricket, Bowls, Badminton, Football, Hockey, Tennis and Lacrosse sections. For a Family day out come and enjoy the craft stalls, children’s sports day, Fire Engine, Bouncy Castle, Leeds Rhinos visit and many more activities.

Adel Summer Fete & Open Day


Adel Sports & Social Club

Tickets £5.50

We’re inviting you to come down on Saturday 17th of June with their family, friends and neighbours to share food, music, beer and celebrate all that we hold in common as part of the “Great Get Together” in memory of Jo Cox.

We have an eclectic and fantastic line-up of local artists:
Jabbawoki (Headliners), Mirrors, Liam Jones, Emi Hall, Les Rustiques and more TBA.

On the night we will be having a BBQ and great selection of craft beer and cider on offer for all.

England Mixed Hockey Club Trials 2017

England Mixed Hockey Club will be holding their trials for the up and coming 2 tests International against Wales on 8th & 9th July 2017 plus a round robin tournament featuring England Lions, RAF, Hockey 4 Hero’s and Broxbourne Select Mixed on weekend of 22nd & 23rd July 2017

Dates of the Trials are:

Sunday 21st May 2017 & Sunday 4th June 2017

Venue: Broxbourne Hockey Club

Mill Lane Close

Broxbourne EN107BG

Time: 10.00 Registrations. Trials 11.00 – 15.00

All welcome

For Further Information please contact:

Alison Auston or

Rory Britten