The first weekend of the league season saw all ten Adel teams in action and the new goals at the Adel astro continued to be well and truly tested.  39 goals for Adel (30 at home!) in total and 25 conceded with the star performers of the day the new kids on the block.

After a few seasons with only 4 ladies teams, the Ladies 5s have been resurrected for the 2016-17 season due to the high number of players, partly through the continued success of the junior section providing a strong pipeline of talent to the senior teams.  In their first game of the season the ladies 5s won 14 (Fourteen as they say on the Sky Sports and BBC video-printers) – 2 against Slazengers 4ths and this has set the high benchmark for the season ahead.   With a number of debutants and new members this was an outstanding start and promotion is clearly the target for this season!

The other ladies teams had tougher challenges with the 3s and 4s being unfortunate to face strong first teams from Acomb and Bradford.  The 4s lost 2-0 and the 3s in a league above last season following their promotion went down narrowly with a 2-1 defeat.

The ladies 1s ventured across the Pennines to Didsbury and shared the spoils in a 10 goal thriller.  The higher league will clearly provide some sterner challenges than last season with the 5 goals conceded here more than the total goals conceded in the league campaign last season.  The ladies 2s also drew 3-3 in a competitive game with Selby as they look to integrate new players into the team and await the return of a number of last seasons team from illness and injury.

The big game in the mens section was the all Adel clash between the 4s and the 5s.  Over the years we have had a number of these games in the club and they always promise to be competitive and private battles are keenly fought.   The 4s came out on top with a 4-0 win but I am sure the 5s will be looking forward to the return fixture later in the season.  The mens 3s started the season well with a good win over Boston Spa 2nds and the 2s travelled to Brigg and came back with a share of the spoils after a 3-3 draw.   The returning Johnny Staunton-Sykes, scored a couple and no doubt entertained the team with his tales of his last 4 seasons playing for Cambridge University.

Which leaves the mens 1s under new head coach, Ben Hendley with a tough first game against local rivals Ben Rhydding 2s who were relegated last season from the Premier league.  Will Purdy took the personal honours for the day as he bagged all 4 goals in a 4-2 win, much to the relief of several fantasy league managers.

So a promising first week with thanks to all the umpires, coaches and supporters (plus pets).  This week sees the England Hockey roadshow come to town with a presentation on their strategy later this evening which Paul or I will report back on.

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