Another busy weekend….

Plenty of matches for all our senior teams at the weekend, plus the start (and end) of some cup runs and then some excellent news from our junior teams playing in the Yorkshire Youth Hockey Leagues.

Saturday began in wind and rain with the ladies 2s having to get out of bed early to play against Slazengers who are looking to bounce straight back up to the North East leagues after being relegated last season.  A competitive game saw the lead exchanged several times, the frames of both goals helping defenders, some goal line clearances helping goalkeepers and one memorable save well above her head by Lily Reynolds to deny the Slazengers forwards.  With the game evenly poised at 2-2 and the clock ticking down, Adel had defended like Trojans as Slazengers tried to throw the kitchen sink in search of the winner.  Just when it looked like the Adel dam would burst, the ball was overturned in the Adel half and two quick passes later Katie Wood was through on goal in a 1 v 1 against the Slazengers keeper.  Those on the sidelines knew what to expect and Woody did not disappoint as she feinted one way and went the other leaving herself the chance to roll the ball into an empty net to secure a 3-2 win and her own personal hat trick.  First 100% record maintained and the 2s are top of the league after 3 games.

The Mens 3s followed in what can only be described as a lesson in how to play the game with an exceptionally strong Scarborough team playing with pace, skill, movement and clearly a team playing far too low down the divisions.  The 9-1 scoreline looked a tad harsh on the 3s who stuck to their task and worked hard but the Scarborough team have bossed all their games this season and look to be heading for promotion even at this early stage.

The next game also saw 10 goals although this time the Adel team were on the right side of the scoreline as the 11 men from Lindum 2s were further reduced due to a back injury to one of their players and the Adel forwards ran riot by scoring double figures for the first time this season.  Another 100% record maintained, a top of the table slot after 3 games and goals shared out between the recalled Bayford (4), Moorhouse (2), Purdy (2), Mayhew and the goal of the day with a well executed cover drive from skipper Hemming.

The ladies 3s then finally got their season up and running with a 3-0 home win v Sheff Uni Bankers to put a birthday smile on skipper Gaby’s face and the ladies 5s rounded off the day with a similar scoreline against another team from Sheffield, but this time it was Sheffield Hallam making the trip back down the M1 without the points.

Our away teams did not fare quite as well with the ladies 1s battling hard after a long journey to Chester but going down 2-0 and the mens 2s with a shorter journey away to Ramgarhia losing narrowly 2-1 with the opposition scoring a controversial winner.  The Mens 4s had a closer game than they might have expected with a 3-2 win away at Wakefield and the mens 5s came back with a point from Huddersfield with the excellent write up elsewhere giving the full story of the game.  It sounds like a policy of playing the youngsters up front to score the goals whilst the oldies at the back try and keep them out but they nearly came unstuck in the last few minutes but some valiant goalkeeping from Mikey secured a point.

And finally the ladies 2s came from behind at Cleckheaton to get a draw in a 2-2 game.

Sunday saw the boys under 16s have another successful day (well written up by John Holden once again) and then the Mens 1s supplemented by half of the mens 2s took on Doncaster 3s in the first round of the cup.  In a ding dong game where both sides held the lead on at least 2 occasions, the game looked to be heading for penalties but Doncaster stole a late winner to go through to the next round.  In a game when penalty corners looked like being crucial, Jackson had opened the scoring from open play after good work by Moorhouse, Hendley making a rare foray onto the playing surface had taken the lead from a penalty corner and Moorhouse scored in the second half from another penalty corner but only having 11 players finally told as an injury to Tom Ibison and the lack of fresh legs on the bench gave Doncaster the advantage late in the game.

Thanks to all spectators but in particular our umpires this weekend especially Jim Cockburn who managed to do 3 games on Saturday and another on Sunday (just don’t be in the same room as Jim and Sam Jackson in the next few weeks and bring up officiating!).

weekend round up

Another full set of league fixtures although the Mens 4s were unable to complete their game due to an injury to the opposition keeper leading to the game having to be abandoned.  We hope the Huddersfield keeper is recovering well and fit for when the game needs to be replayed.

As a club overall it was a net win for the weekend with the 9 teams who completed their games scoring 21 goals and only conceding 17 goals.  Adel teams collected 16 points and the opposition only mustered 10 points between them.

Top dogs this week were the Mens 2s with a 5-1 win for the 3rd week in a row with goals shared between Bayford, Stroomer and Buller.  The Mens 1s had a tricky away trip to Hull who were also promoted with us last season and a 4-2 away victory was sweet after this fixture being the 1s only defeat last season.  Sadly the Mens 3s could not continue the run going down 5-1 away at Bradford but the Mens 5s bounced back from losing their opening game to the 4s with an impressive 3-1 win against Rotherham and some impressive juniors on display with a great first goal created by Charlie Sutton for Matty Snow to coolly finish for his first goal in senior hockey.

On the ladies side, the 1s bounced back after defeat away at Bowdon last week and with 3 of the GSAL juniors unavailable due to a school fixture, the squad of 12 knew they would have a tough game against the 16 students from Newcastle University.  Katie Wood equalised for Adel and then Adel had several further chances to secure victory including putting the ball in the net with 10 minutes to go, only for the disengaged umpire to correctly spot that an offence had taken place much to the disappointment of the team and Adel faithful on the sidelines.

The 2s had a tricky away game at Dewsbury who have often been a bogey team in the past but a determined performance saw them secure a late winner to retain their 100% record.  The 3s lost narrowly in a much improved performance but the first clean sheet of the league season went to the 4s with a 2-0 win.  The 5s sadly lost narrowly going down 2-1 in the first game of the day.

Thanks to all who coached, umpired or supported the Adel teams at the weekend.  Please make sure you tell your skippers of your availability for this weekend and beyond at the earliest opportunity so that teams can be sorted out in good time next weekend!

Time to be sociable….

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the planned Oktoberfest social event scheduled for 28th October has had to have a late change of plan due to the band Gaby had booked now beginning their world tour that week so they have given backword on performing live at the Adel War Memorial.

But don’t be despondent and down in the dumps, as your social secretaries, Gaby and James have swiftly made alternative plans and the legendary BEER-PONG will take place on 28th October instead.  Tickets and further info are available via the usual social media outlets.  Having seen some of the photos from last Saturday, it looks like the Mens 2s in particular are already practicing for the event.

Hopefully, the good starts made by most teams this season will be continuing and everyone can come along and have a great evening together.

There’s no substitute for experience….

….but having some youthful fresh legs in your team is a welcome addition.

Saturday afternoon saw the first league game for the Mens 4s and the Mens 5s with the YHA fixture schedulers kindly ensuring a home game for both teams by allowing them to play each other in their curtain raiser.  I am not sure who was home and away but the 4s commandeered the home dug out and played in the day-glo fluorescent orange whilst the 5s spread themselves in the other 2 dug outs in black shirts and enjoyed the hospitality in the bar afterwards generously sharing the Michelin starred teas.

The Invincible 4s, fresh from their unbeaten last season when they won the league (but then bizarrely due to a lower league restructure don’t seem to have been promoted) were missing a few regulars with some also called up to support the 3s.  The 5s were also looking to start where they left off last season with a top half position, and were a mix of the usual old lags and the next supply of talented juniors coming through the Simon Sutton production line.

Indeed the average age of the 5th team was around 35, but this cleverly disguised the fact that half the team were under 15 with 4 league debutants, and half the team were over 50.  The age difference between youngest and oldest in the team was 57 years although the 5s were actually including 2 international players in their ranks (Wales and Scotland over 70 Masters players….).

Skipper Poll had a fraught week trying to raise 11 players, not helped by 24 or more players not being available in higher teams for the club.  For the first league weekend of the season, this level of unavailability is disappointing, primarily as it meant the 5s had to drag me out of retirement to warm up the bench.

Another challenge was the lack of a second umpire at the start time, with Jim Cockburn having been held up in traffic coming back from umpiring at Huddersfield (Jim – if you are running late, end their game early next time, although this may have then not seen the mens 1s late comeback in the final 3 minutes to secure an away victory).  President Poll kindly agreed to step in as temporary umpire to ensure a prompt start whilst simultaneously trying to impersonate John McEnroe with his natty headband.

The first half began cagily with both teams getting to know each other and few shots on goal.  The pace of Thomas Poll was a constant threat for the 5s and his ability to dribble the full length of the pitch after a 12 hour shift at Leeds Bradford Airport was commendable allowing young Joe Grier and Matty Snow to quickly recognise that the best way to attack was to use their searing pace too.  The 4s were solid as ever at the back with the experience duo of Crocker and Sibley protecting the confident Miles in the net.

Miles was quick to point out that the last time he let in a league goal was 10th December 2016 and the last time he let in more than one goal in a league game probably stretches back to before half the 5th team were born.  As the half progressed, the 4s finally made the breakthrough with Allan Carvalho opening the scoring despite several brave saves by debutant Mikey McWilliams in goal and some stout defending by Tim “Skully” Ball and David Akroyd.

This should then have been the signal for the 4s to march on and add to their tally but the 5s had other ideas and after another mazy run by Tom Poll he played a 40 yard inch perfect pass to one of the 5s forwards loitering in the D.  A thunderous shot beat Miles at his near post before he had time to move and the 5s were back on level terms.  As the game went on, with the 5s juniors growing in confidence, it was clear that the predictable win for the 4s was by no means a certainty.  Max Holley and Finlay Holden made good in roads down the right hand side of the pitch and the usual solidity from Dave Margerison prevented further shots on goal.  Just before half time, Carvalho doubled his tally (having rather entertainingly put one reverse stick shot into the gardens of the overlooking houses) and the 2-1 scoreline at the interval gave both teams hope for the second half.

The second half saw the 4s suddenly strengthened with the appearance from nowhere of a couple of subs who allowed player rotation and fresh legs to take advantage of a tiring 5s team.  Sniffer Phillips continued to apply pressure to the 4s back line and a flurry of short corners which the 4s managed to defend in a variety of ways (feet, breaking early…) still could not produce an equalising goal and eventually the 4s scored a couple more on the break with a well taken hat trick for Carvalho after several saves from McWilliams had denied him and one of the subs applying the finishing touches to another attack.

But the spirit in the 5s was raised when a training ground short corner move saw Poll senior hammer in a thunderbolt of a pass to young Finlay Holden sliding in at the far post to beat Miles once again.  Spirits were raised, Snow and Grier in particular continued to drive away with electric running and clever stick work but a final goal for the 4s gave them sufficient daylight to see out the victory.

The 4s write up may paint a different picture but it was good to see a friendly yet competitive game at the lower end of the club supplemented by several pints of Black Sheep in the bar afterwards as on pitch rivalries were forgotten and the Adel spirit was evident.   More importantly, it was also encouraging to see some of our talented junior players start out in their senior careers at Adel with many of them already displaying the ability and potential to rapidly progress to higher teams in the club but for the moment its always a pleasure to play along side those with quicker legs!

Thanks to all the parents encouraging both teams on the sidelines – in some cases I hope you are able to supplement the numbers on the pitch in future weeks.

Cup success for Adel men and ladies

Over the last few years we have usually had to wait until the business end of the season to see Adel crowned with silverware, as 6 promotions in 3 seasons will testify.  This year, the trophies have started to arrive before the league season has even begun with success for both the mens and ladies first teams on Saturday.  I am sure there will be more in depth and detailed write ups in due course covering the goals, the injuries and the celebrations but a short summary is below.

The ladies pre-league final preparation usually means a long day of hockey in the North Challenger, this time over at Halifax with 12 teams from Yorkshire represented.  Adel have of course had previous success at this tournament but with a depleted squad, plus some new faces it was going to need some #ATID spirit to bring home the goods.  A long day of hockey saw several injuries, but with the final going right down to the wire, Adel were victorious in a penalty stroke shoot out and Katy and her squad will have celebrated long into the night.

The men keen not to be outdone had a shorter journey to Weetwood for one of the various Yorkshire cup competitions against teams who they will compete against this season in the Yorkshire Premier League plus Brigg who play at a higher level in the North East.  Big Ben’s men with a strong squad including a few new faces to provide additional goal threats went through the whole day without conceding a single goal and along the way they saw off teams from Huddersfield, Brigg and Bradford to cap off a successful day for the top end of the club.  Both the mens and ladies 1s begin their league campaigns next weekend and based on the pre-season warm ups they should both be competing in the top half of their divisions and who knows where they might end up as the league season concludes in March.

Our other teams had final friendly fixtures with the ladies sides having some tough opposition to overcome.  The ladies 2s led several times during their game against Harrogate and a Katie Wood first half hat trick would usually mean victory being a formality.  But a young Harrogate side stuck to their task and fought back several times with the game going down to the wire.  A well taken follow up strike from Sophie Lancaster at a penalty corner gave Adel further hope but in the end the 2s went down 5-4 and will be hoping that they get back to winning ways next week when the league gets under way.  The 3s faced even stronger opponents from Leeds who were well drilled and organised but the Adel 3s should not be too despondent with a 5-2 defeat as they showed plenty of spirit to suggest they will be fighting all the way this season.

The other mens teams took the risky option of playing inter club games which always run the risk of injury if the games get overly competitive.  The 2s played the 3s in the early morning start and Andy Boag heroically played on with a hand injury before heading to hospital to find out he had broken a bone and looks to be now spending a few weeks on the sidelines.  The 3s integrated several of our promising junior players who were making a step up from their junior sides and the 5th team commitments last season and they equipped themselves well.  However, experience (Partner, Primmer and Taylor), goal threats (Boag, Holford and Jackson – who missed more than he scored and somehow managed to get 2 DOD awards in the same day (jug avoidance for DOD awards?)) and the welcome returns to Adel for Wade and Powley (jnr) gave the 2s the edge and a 5-1 victory may have been harsh on the 3s but both sides will have benefitted from the workout.  Sholto, Paddy, Simon and Charlie all showed enough promise and potential to progress into higher teams as they gain more experience at this level with the wise old heads of Hilton

Later in the day the 4s took on the 5s and a 1-0 scoreline in favour of the 4s showed the competitiveness of all of our teams this season.

So now we get down to real business with the league games starting this weekend.  Good luck to all our sides as we look to repeat our success of recent years but more importantly I hope everyone enjoys their hockey on and off the pitch at Adel and contributes to the growing success of the club.

Chairman’s welcome

As the rain hammers down outside in early September, its clearly a sign that summer is over and the new hockey season is ready to begin.  For some people the season never ends with summer leagues, representative teams and social hockey but for others the early weeks of September mean that you have to remember where you left those shin pads back in March and then a quick check that your kit was washed after the last game.

For those of you who don’t already know me, I am starting out in my third season as chairman of the club having first joined Adel back in 1986 when I came to Leeds after completing University.  Since then I have played in most of the mens teams (1sts to 8ths), coached the junior teams, umpired most sides at least once and seen both of my children progress through from under 10s to the senior teams at Adel but more importantly I have made many friends along the way.  My playing days are now behind me and you will usually find me umpiring at Adel on a Saturday or cheering on our home teams from the sidelines.  Throughout all this time I can safely say that Adel is one of the friendliest clubs in the country and we pride ourselves on offering hockey for everyone as well as giving all of our opponents a warm welcome to our club (although this hopefully does not extend to giving them 3 points as well).

Whilst we pride ourselves on being one of the best clubs for socialising but we are also ultra competitive on the pitch.  In the last 3 seasons we have seen 2 of our teams promoted each year and we also had two near misses last season with 2 of our ladies teams losing in play off finals.  Many of our talented juniors have gone on to play representative hockey (including one former player, Suzy Petty who has represented England this summer) but we also have two over 70s who play international hockey for Scotland and Wales so we can claim to offer hockey for everyone of all ages and ability.

The new season got off to a great start (partly as it coincided with the Adel Beer Festival) as the Mens 1s dusted off the cobwebs and had a competitive match against Keswick.  Our opponents came across to Adel last season for an EH Cup game and they were keen to stretch themselves in their pre-season friendlies by playing tougher competition than they can get locally.  Keswick’s squad of 14 against an Adel squad of 12 was probably a decisive factor in the away team winning 6-3 but a good work out for Ben and Nathan’s team ahead of the new season the Yorkshire Premier League following last season’s title success.

Sunday saw the annual hockeyfest event at Adel organised as ever by Gaby Neusenbaum with the support of James Moorhouse.  The morning also saw a similar event for the juniors under Pam Hardaker and Simon Sutton’s tuition and the weather just about behaved to give everyone a day of enjoyable hockey, meet new club members and sneak in for another beer at the festival to complete the weekend.

This weekend we see more friendly fixtures and training for men (Wednesday) and ladies (Tuessday) are now up and running with attendance a key criteria when it comes to selection.  The other critical factor is of course paying your subs on time so watch out for the emails requesting payment towards the end of September.

Whilst we said goodbye to a few people at the end of last season we have also welcomed several new players and hopefully a few returnees from University who are back in the area.  I hope you all quickly settle into your hockey careers at Adel and enjoy your time with us.

Of course, hockey matches do not happen by chance and we are fortunate that we have a number of committed club members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to sort out fixtures, team selections, changing rooms, teas, training etc so please make their lives easy by offering help and responding to emails/texts etc re availability.

Whatever your role, team or involvement I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful season at Adel and I look forward to meeting everyone at some stage during the season (preferably not with a green or yellow card in my hand!).

 

Warning…. how not to get fit for the new season

Many of you will have been finding a variety of ways to maintain your fitness levels over the summer months in anticipation of starting the new season in September in tip top condition in order to steal a march on our opposition.

This might have been a few games of summer hockey, a run in the park, increased attendance at the gym and the odd round of golf.  Some of our members have developed an unhealthy interest in cycling and I want to warn all members of the dangers of this pastime.  At the committee meeting last night we had 2 attendees with arms in a sling.  Umpire coordinator, Jim Cockburn has damaged his right arm and shoulder after being knocked off his bike down the Otley Road and Welfare Officer Bridget Petty has suffered a similar fate whilst out cycling one morning near her home, resulting in a fractured humourus (which isn’t really very funny at all).  Jokes about Adel umpires only needing one arm have done the rounds and it was noticeable that Jim still managed to hold a pint glass last night.  Earlier in the summer, new acquisition Simon Ball also had a cycling accident whilst taking his fitness test for joining Adel by participating in a triathlon.

To date, I have heard of no one suffer a summer injury from the gym, playing summer league or having a jog so the moral of the tale here is that riding a bike is not the best way to maintain your levels of fitness ahead of the new season.  If you are tempted to pretend you are Chris Froom or Laura Kenny then think again and get yourself along to fitness training at the club on a Tuesday evening where as long as you dodge the arrows from the archery section you should be much safer and be sure to be fit to start the new season.

We wish Simon, Bridget and Jim a speedy recovery and suggest they all remember to attach their stabilisers when they eventually get back on the bikes.

Hockey Fest and Beer Festival!

By sheer coincidence, this years Adel Beer Festival organised by the cricket section will be on the weekend of 1st to 3rd September in the club house with a host of other entertainment and activities.  This nicely coincides with the start of season Hockey Fest event and whilst I am sure everyone will have been working hard on their fitness levels throughout August, a couple of well deserved pints in the clubhouse will give you the chance to catch up with team mates and new players.

Details are on the attached header.

 

Club update

Traditionally, the summer months were often the down season for hockey players allowing people to go off and play cricket or golf, visit foreign places or just have a break from the game.  The switch to astro has seen this situation almost reverse with the pitch at Adel  being used more in the summer months than in the winter.  Summer leagues have been running since April and the pitch continues to help generate further funds so that there are monies in place for when it needs replacing next time around (and for those involved 2 or 3 years ago, its not something you want to do too often!).

But with increased use, comes increased upkeep as the venue sees more and more footfall coming through.  The actual playing surface is not the current problem we are facing and thanks to Jim, Katy and Paul’s sterling efforts the tired old goals are now looking a bit more suitable for hockey matches with new nets, a bit of a refurb and plans to give them a fresh lick of paint in the next few weeks.  We plan to remove the worst of the old goals so they are not a liability at pitch side.  I have also asked the groundsman to repaint the Ds for summer league too.

Additionally, there have been many comments about the state of other parts of the venue and this is partly due to increased pitch use but also due to increased trespassers using the pitch without permission.  For some reason, the astro seems to attract people to kick footballs into hockey goals, to hang around and drink beer (and break glasses) or eat takeaways and a variety of other reasons.  This is a big problem for us and use of the pitch is hard to control in view of its location and accessibility but it is something we have been discussing with AWMA for several months.  High rise fencing is not cheap, security guards come at a price and the groundsman cannot possibly cover all of the Adel grounds on his own throughout the day.

So, we need to rely on club members to make sure we protect our greatest asset and be vigilant, responsible and sensible.  Most evenings the first arrivals for summer league will find someone up at the pitch who should not be there.  You may get fobbed off with a comment that they are members, they have been told they can use the pitch by someone from football or cricket and on some occasions the conversation may develop further where perhaps some of the comments lead to potential confrontation.  In this situation I suggest you politely ask the trespassers to leave the grounds, explain they are private property for club members only and the pitch bookings clearly show that they have no right to be there.  Please report to me any situations that arise so that the frequency can be noted and the local bobby on the beat can be advised.  If threats or similar are made then a description of the trespassers would be helpful.

Some of the rubbish at the pitch is sadly as a result of the trespassing but some of it is also due to the legitimate users not taking responsibility to clear away their belongings including empty wrappers and bottles.  On most occasions there is now a green wheely bin at the entrance to the pitch.  If not, there are bins in the car park you can use.  Whilst we cannot get this message across to opposition from other clubs, we can set the standard for others to follow so please do your bit to set a good example.  If the pitch continues to look a mess, with rubbish scattered around, it reflects badly on the club as a whole.  Next season we plan to continue with the experiment from last season of putting some bin liners by the dug outs on each Saturday and then the last team might like to move these to the wheely bin or car park.

Some other reminders…..

  1.  Please do not take glass up to the pitch
  2. Please do not take dogs on to the pitch – yours may be the best behaved and trained dog with a pedigree that would do well at Crufts but sadly others see one dog on the pitch and think its a sign that we are fine for others to run free on there.
  3. Please make sure you padlock the orange goals to the fence if playing the last game.
  4. Please push unused goals to the pitch corners if playing in the first game of the day.
  5. Please try and clean your boots of mud before entering the pitch
  6. Please do all you can to look after the pitch – it took a lot of hard graft in terms of man hours and fund raising to replace the playing surface 3 years ago and trust me, you don’t want to have to do it again in a hurry!

Summer update

Most of you will have already been playing in the summer league hockey at Adel or be ready for the start of the mens summer league shortly.  Traditionally, hockey was always a winter sport but with the switch to astroturf hockey is now very much a sport for all seasons.  Ladies summer league has been successfully up and running throughout May and June, mixed summer league started this week and fitness levels have been maintained ahead of the next league season in September.

But away from the Adel astro, many of our club members (past and present) have been playing representative hockey at a variety of levels.  We now have 2 Welsh internationals in our ranks at both ends of the age range spectrum.  Congratulations to Katy Gannon who played for Wales Under 16s recently and who one day in the future might join Ian Phillips as a Welsh veteran player too!  Ian has been globe-trotting around various outposts of Europe with the Wales over 70s team with trips to France and Ireland and occasionally he competes against the Scottish Grand masters who often include another of our long standing club members, David Margerison.  No doubt the two Adel life members promote the club on the international stage whilst maintaining longstanding hockey friendships.

June also sees the boys junior festival of hockey at Beeston where regional under 13 teams compete against each other in a very well run tournament.  Several of our former juniors have attended this in previous years and its a great opportunity for the boys to compete against players from across all of Great Britain.  Nordest (North East) this year had 4 boys from Adel in their squad with Charlie Sutton, Mikey McWilliams, Tom Aldred and Joe Grier all participating and having an enjoyable weekend where one of the Nordest teams finished a credible runners up in their group.  We look forward to seeing all of these boys further their hockey career at Adel in the senior teams next season, alongside our grandmasters who can no doubt pass on their wise words before the youngsters progress to higher sides in the club.

For those of you able to watch BT Sport, you will hopefully have seen the Ladies and mens England teams participating in the world league semi-finals at Lea Valley, site of the London 2012 Olympics.  Sadly, former Adel junior Suzy Petty is still recovering from injury so has had to watch from the sidelines but she appears to be one of the main cheerleaders for the mens team over the weekend on the Sofa at pitchside.

Last weekend saw the Adel Gala, a collective effort organised by AWMA and the local Adel Neighbourhood Community as part of the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox.  The weather made sure there was a great turn out and each section at AWMA was able to showcase their section with “have a go” sessions and promoting the club, particularly the junior section.  It was great to see so many youngsters wanting to have a go at hockey and hopefully they will come along to junior training when they are old enough.  Thanks to Sophie, Hannah, Phil, Alex and Will for organising the hockey stall, as well as resident guest keeper Ronnie the Rhino who looked like he could give us some healthy competition in the mens section next season for the first team goalkeeping slot.  Thanks too to Richard Poll who attended many planning meetings as the hockey section rep to ensure things went smoothly on the day.

You may have noticed that some of the old goals used for summer league have nice new nets on them – a welcome bonus for umpires who have had to decide if a shot had gone through the side netting in the past.  Thanks to Paul Lewis for sorting these out, as well as acting as Bob the Builder and doing running repairs to the goals so they can last a bit longer.  Please make sure the orange goals are padlocked to the back fencing after use and that the old goals are similarly padlocked when they arrive so they are all only used for hockey purposes in order to lengthen their lifespan.

As a final reminder, please try and make sure we look after our facilities at Adel – in particular clearing away the rubbish at the pitch after each game so the next users find the pitch clean and ready for use.  Green wheely bins are dotted around the grounds so please use them and encourage our opposition to do so as well.

Enjoy the rest of the summer hockey