Some of our sides have wrapped up promotion long before the end of the season and are now playing risk free and exciting hockey as they hotly pursue further milestones, individual trophies and look to break various goalscoring records. Other teams are battling it to finish as high as they can but with no Adel team having any relegation fears as we enter the last weekend of league fixtures. But two of our teams enter the final weekend with everything still to play for as they seek promotion and in both cases they can be the masters (or mistresses?) of their own destiny.
The first home game last weekend saw the ladies 4s take on the Leeds Uni students and the Adel crew roared on by skipper Hannah ran out comfortable winners with a 6-0 victory to put the pressure on Bradford who were playing the other Leeds Uni team later in the day. With Adel and Bradford level on points and Bradford having a 2 goal better goal difference, the pressure was on Bradford to win by more than 4 goals to retain second spot. Whilst the Adel result was impressive (even more so after a St Patricks Day celebration the day before) the even better result was hearing the students had beaten Bradford so Adel have a clear point advantage as they enter the last week of the season. However, they now face the sternest test of all season with an away trip to table-toppers Pickering in a winner takes all match. The 4s have it all to play for, knowing that a victory will secure promotion and the title, whilst a draw should be enough to secure promotion. With a point apiece guaranteeing Adel and Pickering promotion, both sides could play out a cagey draw but that’s not the Adel way as we have seen this season!
The ladies 2s have all but guaranteed 2nd spot in the Premier League after a 4-2 away win at Airedale and unless there is a 19 goal swing in favour of 3rd placed Brigg (who have the tough task of travelling away to champions Thirsk) then the 2s have secured the play off spot against Lindum 2s to see who will be promoted to the North leagues. Adel have never had 2 teams competing in the North leagues before so with the 1s finishing in an all time high league spot and the 2s following suit, the quality of hockey in the ladies section has never reached such dizzy heights.
The 1s hit the road with a long away trip to finish their season away at Lymm, wanting to end the season on a high as well as waving goodbye to coach Ransley and talented juniors Emma Bickley and Flo Straughan who will be pursuing their hockey careers at University for the next few years. We wish them all well and hope that they look to return to the area and continue their Adel careers when they have graduated! A 1-1 draw ensured a mid-table spot for the ladies 1s in a learning season where they have competed against all teams and apart from runaway leaders, Leeds University, there has not been much to choose between the other teams suggesting the 1s have little to fear next season when they will be wiser and stronger.
The ladies 5s had a great result early in the day away at Leeds Uni and won 7-0 whilst some of the students perhaps nursed hangovers so early on a Saturday morning. And the ladies 3s fought well against a quick and talented Hull University side who scored within 2 minutes but 2 cracking short corner strikes from Georgie and a goal line save from man of the match Millie ensured an honourable draw.
The mens 1s travelled to Sheffield Uni Bankers keen to target a 100+ goal difference for the season. A 10-0 win means a draw or victory in their final home game against Slazengers next Saturday will see this target achieved. Only 5 teams in the Yorkshire mens leagues have scored over 100 goals this season (Doncaster 3, Doncaster 4 and Harrogate 4 are the others) with both our 1s and 4s completing the group. The 1s shared around the jugs of beer presumably with hat -tricks from Will Purdy, Paul Watkins and Miles Buller but sadly Jimmy Mayhew failed to get on the scoresheet this week.
The 4s went away to the seaside for the weekend and shock-horror let a goal in against Scarborough, the first one since the turn of the year. Andy Miles maintained his clean sheet for 2017 by not playing and the 4s did score 8 goals in reply to top the 100 for the season but they need 11 next week against York to end with a 100+ goal difference for the season.
The 2s had a great game v Lindum 2s with the pace and guile of Sham, Giles and Si Taylor controlling the midfield whilst the younger legs ran around them. A 3-0 win makes it 6 in a row for the 2s who have finished the season strongly and whilst promotion is now out of the question after Sundays results, the squad look well equipped to challenge strongly again next season. The 3s came off second best against Wakefield going down 4-2, although young Sholto in goal stepped up from the 5th team to show the depth and quality of keeping at the club this season. And finally, the mens 5s look to have secured 3rd spot in their division with a hard fought 3-3 draw against Ben Rhydding. After a few years of struggling to get out a 5th team some weeks this season has been a revelation helped by a group of talented juniors stepping up to senior hockey and the return of some old stalwarts like Studholme and Holden to bolster the experience (and drive to away games).
well done to the ladies section who were unbeaten on Saturday and fingers crossed there are more celebrations this weekend for the ladies 4s in their table topping clash against Pickering at 1.30pm!