FAMOUS FIVES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PINK LADY by Enid Holden

It’s that time of year again when the Famous Fives load up the car with hockey sticks and sandwiches and a picnic blanket. And head off for an adventure to exciting places like, er, Huddersfield, accompanied by Sniffer, the Welsh border cross.

There was much fun to be had along the way, with 80,000 rugby league fans also heading west on the M62 at exactly the same time.  Oh how we laughed, at three miles an hour.  And naughty Tom Poll had drunk all the ginger beer the night before, so he looked a bit squiffy.

Once the action started it was a joy to watch the young whippersnappers making shapes all over the pitch, passing the ball beautifully and drawing admiring comments from the opposition fans.  Joe Greer pulling the strings in the centre of the pitch, and some very strong performances from newish guy Tom H. who played every position in the midfield diamond, and Max who ran tirelessly.  Congratulations to Tom Alldred who had a fantastic senior team debut, was a goal threat throughout, and made lots of runs for his teammates.   But on this occasion it was a familiar double act who got the goals.  First, Matty Snow, with a clinical finish for his second in two games – by the end of the season some defenders in our league will be having nightmares about marking Matty.  And another goal for Finlay Holden, this time a classy flick into the net, with the ball bobbling around and no one getting a decent stick on it.

So far so good, but this wouldn’t be a proper adventure without a bit of mystery, which was provided by the sinister pink lady, who gave about 27 short corners against the Adel defence, some of which were right.   The pressure told and in the second half a much-improved Huddersfield side worked some nice passes to score a deserved goal.   The game was set up for an exciting, end-to-end finish but Adel couldn’t clear their lines and relied heavily on Mikey in goal to keep out the barrage of shots with his feet, legs, hands (and some of David Maj’s spare body parts).   The back line, including a sub, had a combined age of 403, but despite this wealth of experience, they seemed determined to give the ball to a purple shirt.  Eventually Huddersfield got one of their short corners right and made it 2-2 with about a minute left on the clock.

Game over you would think, but there was still time for the pink lady to pull one more scary surprise with an after-the-final-whistle short corner, from which two defenders were simultaneously sent to the halfway line for “breaking early”.  You couldn’t make this stuff up, that’s what really happened.  Thankfully the wicked Dragons fluffed it, and the game ended in a draw which was probably a fair result on the balance of play.

MoM is impossible to choose: probably a three way tie between Matty for his relentless workrate, Joe who constantly built the attacks, and Finlay who defended from the front, tackling outside his own D and marauding up the wing.  By comparison DoD is easy, it’s the entire Adel back line including wise old heads like Holden, Skully, Maj and Akroyd T., who really should know better.  They will all be on detention with no milk or biscuits, at least until next week’s adventure.

Ladies 1’s v Newcastle

1 down, 21 games to go! Encouraged by last week’s loss and with a squad of 12, the Ladies 1’s returned to Fortress Adel for the first home game of the season. This week’s opponents, Newcastle University 1st Team.

Warm ups completed, Newcastle provided a very questionable pop culture soundtrack. Adel a colour clash on the fluorescent spectrum, Orange, Pink and Yellow

Adel dominated the first portion of the game, quelling attacks and disrupting the momentum of Newcastle. The wingers of Baker, Smith and Wood pressing as high as possible forcing the Newcastle defence further and further in their own half. Midfield of Blyth, Gwen, Richardson and Hesselwood plugging the gaps and pouncing on the oppositions wayward defensive passes. Adel advanced and advanced penetrating the Newcastle numerous times, Wood unable to round the keeper on the first attempt, more chances, and more near misses.

The breakthrough came mid first half, unfortunately at the wrong end. The defensive line of Gibson, Henry, Taylor and Blyth unable to sustain the carbon fibre wall anymore, a shot expertly saved by Sazzle, only for the ball to pop out from under her pads to the surprise of the attacker hugging the far post. 1-0 Newcastle

Adel responded, a lovely threaded ball sent through by A Blyth set Woody up for 1 v 1 attempt number 2. Keeper dives right, Woody goes left and casually pushes the ball over the line, 1-1.

Second half, both teams attacked, both teams defended, the ball whizzing from one end of the pitch to the other. Break away after break away initiated by the midfield quartet. Adel 2-1 up with less than 10 minutes to go, a goal scored by Gwen but set up by Baker, alas not to be, umpired ruled disallowed!

The game finished 1-1, a disappointing final result, but more to build on for next week

DOD- Catherine Henry, formation and positioning not her strongest attribute

MON – Katie Wood, a Woody special on her return

 

Thanks to all those who came out and supported! A special mention to Henry Henry who lit up the day in his orange onesie!

 

By Katy Blyth

Adel 2s v Hallam 5s

 

It is only appropriate to open with some wise words from Sham Ahmed ‘No matter your age and experience in life, the humble training cone can still cause you problems’.

The Adel boys arrived at the fortress with some new faces in their ranks:

    • Luke Meaton – A handy right back from London who loves big fines and has a healthy interest in social drinking.
    • Chris Wade – Another fine poach from Boston Spa, greatly enhancing the Adel back line.
    • Jackson’s new stick – Grays KN1100 RRP £349.99 and to quote the website ‘the traditional Jumbow blade profile is ideal for drag flicking and 3D skills’. I think we’re all looking forward to those.
    • Boag and his fox – £10,000 worth of ‘Japanese hunting wolf’ (Boag’s words…)

Jackson led the Adel boys on one of his traditionally lengthy warm-ups, challenging the teams resolve and fitness. Highlights include jogging round the various meadows that apparently surround the pitch and some useful stretches for the neck ensuring we were match ready – good work Jackson!

The game started with Adel displaying a glittering forward line-up of Stroomer, Bayford and Miles who set about some early pressure on our guests from Hallam. This was reinforced by a midfield that beautifully combined fitness and experience with Partner, Holford & Taylor linking up well. Further pressure from Adel was applied and the deadlock was broken with a tidy drag flick from Stroomer into the bottom corner. Some solid work at the back by Wade and Crocker kept Hallam out, with Luke and Tibsy always available for the transfer, nullifying any threat Hallam possessed. Adel continued to dominate the match which presented Miles with one of his classic poaching opportunities, no mistakes made, 2-0 Adel.

Half time came around with some wise words from Captain Holford and Sham also providing some useful comments, no mention of dangerous cones tho… The second half resumed with Adel largely on top, moving the ball around quickly, playing some good hockey. This led to another goal from Bayford who deflected a nice, yet very rare, strike from Miles in to the goal, 3-0 Adel. Further shorts were won by Adel with Stroomer stepping up to score his second of the game, demonstrating his versatility by opting not to drag and instead producing a delightful scuffed shot into the bottom corner, 4-0 Adel. Hallam then decided to show a little fight in the second half resulting in the ADL (Adel Defence League) giving away their clean sheet – those boys love their fines! New boy Luke also decided to throw his stick on the floor in protest at a short corner decision, somehow staying on the field. The final gloss was added by Bayford who finished nicely at the back post from a short corner routine, 5-1 final score.

MoM – Stroomer for his 2 goal contribution and great all round attacking play.

DoD – Crocker for producing some absolute filth in the tackle resulting in a (his first ever) green card.

The Adel boys then headed to the bar for a circa £60 fines circle and Sam Jackson negotiating the best bar deal in the history of bar deals…(5 Jugs of cider black, 5 jugs of snakebite, 20 Bulmers original & 24 WKD’s). The men’s 1’s, 3’s & 4’s joined and a great night was had by all. I think the poor student was still a tad short at the end of the night, so if anyone would like to contribute to his tab, let him know.

Adel Bring the Culture to Hull

After a scrappy first win of the season, Adel men’s 1st XI took on their second road game in succession, making the long drive out to western Siberia aka European City of Culture 2017. All involved knew that an improved performance would be necessary to build on the previous week but also to put right the wrongs of last season’s result against this side.

Big Ben’s men were subject to line up changes as unavailability continued to give the Head Coach and the Solihull Xavi selection headaches. However, a twelve-strong cohort of Adel players beat the rush of the Birmingham City fans to get parked at the KCom Stadium and ready for the game.

The early arrival of the visitors didn’t equate to a fast start. Some sloppy play on the ball by the Oranje saw Hull take an early lead in the game. However, Adel slowly built into the game and, thanks in particular to a stunning save by Berry the Ginger Ninja in goal, the deficit remained as a single goal. The improvement by Adel resulted in an equaliser from last season’s top scorer Purdy, who slotted from close range.

Adel joy was unconfined before the half-time whistle. Lewis controlled a difficult ball that ballooned off the Hull keeper to the top of the ‘D’ and fed the big money signing Simon Ball. An unorthodox finish from Ball saw a goal-line scramble ensue, with Moorhouse hovering and waiting to slot home, but his touch was unrequired as the shot dribbled over the line.

This was the catalyst for a Hull implosion, and verbal indiscipline cost them a player on the stroke of half-time.

Big Ben encouraged the Adel players to continue improving, and to maintain their discipline. Following the restart the numeric advantage continued in Adel’s favour and was exploited to the maximum. Purdy bagged his second of the game, this time from a penalty corner. Even when Hull were back to 11 on the field, Adel continued to be the better side, moving the ball more efficiently and protecting their goal well.

A fourth goal was just reward as Hull again saw their numbers reduced for unnecessary ill-discipline. Deadline day signing Sam Harris notched his second goal in as many games from a lovely slick passing move, to virtually seal the win for Adel.

Following in the great line of villain left backs (think Phil Neville, Ian Harte, Cafu or John Arne Riise), there was still time for club captain Lewis to rile the home players and fans after being struck ‘quite strongly’ on the foot. It is understood that the small bruise is still quite sore, and his foot remains attached to his leg.

Hull scored a late second, but Adel comfortably closed out the game without further alarm to maintain their perfect start to the season.

This coming week sees Adel host their first home game of the season at Church Lane, and will seek to deliver a further improved performance.

As ever we’re grateful to the umpires and ultras who follow us home and away.

#ATID

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!

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.

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.

ATID

Mixed first day at the office… but plenty of promise ahead…

After two strong pre season friendlies, the Ladies 3s were at full capacity for their first home game of the season against Harrogate. Even having finished above Harrogate last season, they had done very well in their summer leagues – so Adel were leaving nothing to chance.

With new faces mixed in throughout the squad for the game opener, both Adel and Harrogate started nervously. With much of the play in the oppositions attacking D, after less than ten minutes of the defence working tirelessly to ship the ball out, Harrogate scored 1-0. For the rest of the half, Adel mixed in moments of simple, and very good hockey working together down the wings and midfield. Harrogates midfield seemed just slightly stronger, and broke down any chance Adel had at creating play. Ladies 3s kept working – but the half time whistle came . . 2-0 to Harrogate.

After a quick half time talk, Adel started the second half with a different formation and seemed to start the stronger team. Adel had a good fifteen minute period where balls where being transferred through the back and down the wing, and some lovely work in the middle with Morag, Iona and Kiel, where the Adel seemed to unsettle Harrogate.  There were periods of good communication throughout, and simple hockey on show. However, with a strong defence, Adel just couldn’t hold Harrogate off, and in the last fifteen minutes Harrogate scored another two, making the final result 4-0. Annabel and Charlie did have chances, but were unfortunately saved by the keeper, but as a team we did keep trying until the final whistle.

Credit to Harrogate for coming and giving the squad a good game, and showing us what ladies 3s need to work on for the season ahead. The squad will be ready for when we return to theirs in January. Even though it didn’t go Adel’s way on Saturday, there is plenty of promise in the squad for the season ahead to get some positive results. Every team we play there is always something to learn from.

Here’s to a tough away game this Saturday at Hull – however Ladies 3s are up for the challenge, but onwards and upwards as a lot can happen in a season!

MOM – this week goes to Morag for her continuously running, and working hard in midfield, and whatever her fitness regime is… I’d love to know!!!