Another busy weekend of hockey for Adel, although with 2 teams unable to fulfil their fixtures, the ladies 3s and mens 5s were left twiddling their thumbs for the weekend. The ladies 5s got the ball rolling, mainly into the opposition goal with a resounding 7-0 win v Chapeltown in the first fixture of the day and there was some silky hockey on display under the watchful eye of coach Jackson. The result leaves the 5s in a mid-table position but with a strong squad and an enthusiasm to learn they should see a climb up the table as the season progresses.
The ladies 1s fresh from their first win last weekend took on Slazengers in the noon start time. Slazengers were the benefactors of the league rules not allowing Adel 2s to be promoted last season and with this years ladies 1s having several players from last seasons 2s in their ranks, there was something more than 3 points at stake and a few points to be proven. Zoe Dawson scored a couple of early goals along with one from Katy Wood but a Slazengers goal before the interval left the game evenly poised. Wood and Dawson completed their hat tricks in the second half, 2 more from Rosie Baker and one from Jenny Wright resulted in an impressive 9-1 win to see the 1s start to climb the table. Some high quality hockey, great finishing and strong defending which bodes well as the 1s face tougher fixtures in the coming weeks.
The ladies 2s travelled to Weetwood to play table toppers Leeds Uni 2s but were unable to adjust to the new playing surface and went down 3-0 whilst the 4s were unfortunate to lose 3-2 away at Otliensians despite having a 2 goal lead at one stage.
The mens 1s took on Gateshead who arrived with 11 players and no coach/manager on the sidelines. In another fast paced games it was the team in orange who dominated with goals from the usual suspects, Harris (3), Watkin (2), Purdy, Stroomer (2) and Gareth Maver although there was another hat-trick from the match with 3 green cards for Adel players due primarily to stick tackles that the missing coach Henley will be keen to iron out. Bizarrely, on 2 occasions when Adel were reduced to 10 men they scored further goals so perhaps 10 man hockey is the future?
The mens 2s continued their strong run with a 5-2 away win at Hull University. Rich Partner cannot stop scoring at the moment and another brace of goals for the midfield veteran with further goals from skipper Holford, Buller and Hinds leaves the 2s in a promotion spot at top of div 1. The 3s had a tough home game against Grimsby 1s who came down last season. Grimsby are sadly a club that struggles to get a side out for away games but they still possess some quality hockey players capable of playing at a higher level. Mikey McWilliams made his 3rd team debut in goal and with Joe Greer and Charlie Sutton in the Adel forward line, it needed the experience of Taylor and Primmer to keep the average age of the side above the legal drinking age. Sadly, the 3s went down 4-2 but this will no doubt be one of their tougher fixtures of the season.
The 4s sadly went down 3-1 away at Harrogate with a goal for Iain Mitchell and the 6s had the honour of being the first team to play at our new 2nd venue at Ralph Thoresby school in Cookridge. Once upon a time these used to be the Holt Park shale pitches where some of us made our Adel debuts in the 1980s – glass, dog dirt and the like are sadly no longer part of the playing surface! Somewhere along route, the lines of communication to the school caretaker appeared to have broken down and he denied access to changing rooms and toilets much to the frustration of the cross legged opposition from Chapeltown. A good game of hockey saw the points shared with a 2-2 draw and goals for Anderson and Carvalho once again.
Saturdays games at Adel also saw several club members being assessed for their level 1 qualification as umpires. Thanks to umpire secretary Jim Cockburn who oversaw proceedings and we were delighted to welcome both Yvonne McCartney and Martin Kingston to Adel as they put our umpires under their experienced watchful eye. Well done to Gabby Nusenbaum, Hannah Fisk, Jane Good and Sam Jackson for passing and perhaps this is the first sign of them looking to move from a playing to an umpiring career now they finally know the rules!
Hopefully this coming week will see all 11 senior teams out on the pitch. Sadly at the moment a number of clubs appear unable to meet their fixture commitments, especially if its an away game some distance away from their home. I know the league are reviewing this situation and we are keen to find a solution so we can provide playing opportunities for all of our growing membership.