On a day which saw horrendous weather conditions for players, umpires, spectators it seemed wholly appropriate that we went into battle against teams from Brrrridlington and Brrrrrigg.
The top 3 ladies teams all came away victorious, scoring an impressive 16 goals between them. The surprise perhaps was that only 1 was scored by the ladies 1s but it was enough to return from Hull with 3 points and maintain the 100% record for the season. The 2s had an 8 goal thriller against Bridlington but two late goals saw them victorious with a 5-3 win which leaves the 3s with the performance of the day, returning from Barnsley with a 10-0 scoreline. The 1s are still top of their league, the 2s have moved up to 4th and could with a fair following wind threaten promotion spots after Christmas and the 3s are back in the mix at the top of their league. A triple promotion is not beyond the realms of impossibility!
The mens 1s also took on a team from Hull but this time the Uni students travelled to Adel in a determined mood and fought back from being 2 goals down to claim a draw. The Mens 1s have a big game at the Adel astro next Saturday against top of the table rivals Rotherham in what could prove to be one of the deciding fixtures of the season.
The mens 2s had a resounding win over Ben Rhydding with Fozzy and co scoring 5 goals without a response from Rhydding. The 3s travelled away to Brigg, found they had no keeper and battled bravely but lost by the odd goal. Sam playing kicking back will have strengthened his game in view of the number of shorts he normally gives away for feet in the D…..
And the 4s were well beaten by York 5-0 – perhaps the team night out judging by the Facebook postings the night before might have been a contributory factor? The 5s game was postponed as the volume of rain over the course of the day reached biblical proportions.
And on to Sunday where the over 40s were busy deciding what colour shirts to wear, trying to locate old Astros and shin pads for some team members and skipper Akroyd in the usual situation with a vets side of having too many forwards to select. In the end it all came to nothing as the Durham pitch had frozen overnight so the vets were able to put their feet up at home and wait to fight another day in the New Year.
Finally, many of you cannot have missed the many posts on social media regarding the sad loss of 2 young hockey players in the last week, one in a tragic training incident at his club and the other after a brave battle with a serious illness. Over the weekend I met people who had come into contact with both Tom Wilson and Abby Webb as like many of our players, they had started out at school and junior sections of clubs, moved on to University teams and then started to play for a new club when they started out in their chosen careers. All of this illustrates how hockey is one big family where people pass through a number of clubs and leave lasting impressions on friends and playing colleagues. Fortunately, events like this are rare but it is a timely reminder of the dangers we face playing our sport and the friendships people make from hockey. If there is anything to take away from this, please remember we play primarily for fun and enjoyment so please make sure you do all you can to make sure you are as safe as you can be at training and on the pitch.