A clean sweep for the ladies with all four teams victorious.
We have come to expect this from the ladies 1s who have a 100% record across all competitions this season and are strong candidates for promotion.
The ladies 2s went off bright and early to Harrogate and came back with the 3 points with a closely fought 3-2 win. They are now starting to get the bit of luck that seemed to have deserted them earlier in the season.
The other 2 victories were against “Heck and Cleck”. The 3s returned to winning ways after a couple of slip ups with a 4-2 win against Heckmondwike but perhaps the most pleasing result of the day was the 4s win away at Cleckheaton which after a run of battling and gutsy performances finally saw them return with 3 points as an early Christmas present.
On the mens sides, the clean sweep was always going to be a challenge with some tricky fixtures. The 1s without a win in 3 games had the long trip to Lincoln to play Lindum (another merged team from Lincoln and Roses). A battling performance saw them win a 4-3 thriller which will not have been comfortable for the die hard Adel fans on the sidelines (if indeed there were any who had ventured to one of the furthest outposts of Yorkshire hockey).
The 2s also took on the combined might of Thirsk and Malton who had handed out a bit of a thrashing earlier in the season to Fozzy’s warriors. Home advantage, some tactical acumen and some battling spirit saw a 3-3 draw which was much improved from the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
The 3s continued to bang in the goals with a 4-3 win over Sheff Uni Bankers (another merged team of course with Bankers and the Uni having merged a few years ago) but sadly the 4s came off second best in a close contest with Tadcaster, going down 4-2.
So in summary, every team scored at least 2 goals in their games but every team conceded at least 2 bar the ladies 4s which makes them the team of the week.
The funeral? well this Sunday the Mens over 40s Masters make the trek up to Durham City in the EH Master Shield. Last time a squad of 14 saw 3 injuries in 15 minutes and one player carrying out the umpiring duties and as a result the team lost to a strong York vets team. This Sunday, player availability has been a challenge for skipper Akroyd, if you are over 40 and can hold a hockey stick please make yourself known to me, Dave or Greg Hilton. At the moment we are down to the bare bones of a team and have some people playing who have not played an active game of hockey for a good few years. I thought my playing days were behind me but sadly not. But credit goes to a few others who have been retired for even longer and who plan to dust down the green and gold of Adel to go into battle. If we survive, a full match report will be available on Monday….