I am not sure if the league fixture organisers could have planned things any better for the weekend ahead, but on Saturday 11th March there is the chance to see both of our newly promoted league champions in action at the Adel astro. As if that was not enough reason to come along and join in the celebrations, another of the games features our highest placed ladies team as they too search for promotion and the day also sees our highest playing team in action along with our newest formed team.
The day begins with the mens 4s taking on Driffield at 10.30am (I don’t fancy that trip for the away team with that start time….) as they look to put on a display of the hockey that has seen them win their league with 4 games to spare. Can they match the 1s and top the 100 goals mark for the season in front of the Adel faithful and can they maintain their undefeated season?
At high noon, the showdown is between the Ladies 1s looking for a moral-boosting victory over Whitley Bay and Tynemouth (another long journey for the opposition). Those watching the ladies 1s this season will have been impressed with the high level of hockey on display in a competitive and tough division but our 1s have competed well, whilst blooding several of the talented juniors coming through the ranks,
At 1.30pm the mens 1s take on Airedale, looking to bag the single point to make it mathematically impossible to be overtaken in first place. Goal difference supremacy suggests its very unlikely that either of the chasing teams can overtake the 1s but a home win in front of a supportive Adel crowd would be a nice way to absolutely 100% guarantee the title and the AWMA bar manager might need to be warned to stock up the beer supply for the after match celebrations.
The game of most significance might be the one at 3pm when the promotion-chasing ladies 2s move away from their usual midday slot with a tough game against Brigg who also have an eye on the play off spots. An enthralling encounter awaits and an Adel win would be decisive in deciding the end of season positions at the top end of the division.
And finally, the 5s conclude proceedings with a tough game against table-toppers Phoenix but Nicola and the team will be keen to show improvement since their away encounter against Phoenix and give the home crowd something more to cheer about.
Away games include the mens 2s at local rivals Ramgharia (don’t forget the away shirts boys…), the mens 3s away to Bradford and the mens 5s at Airedale whilst the ladies 3s go up the A65 to Otliensians and the 4s have the longest away trip to Thirsk.
Good luck to all of our teams and lets hope the success and celebrations from the last 2 weekends can be maintained!