Week 3 round up.

After no hot water, no changing rooms this week saw no players.  I hope next week will see “no problems”!

The mens section did remarkably well to field 4 (well actually 3.5) teams despite there being no 3rd team fixture.  Thanks to everyone who bent over backwards to play at short notice, travel at short notice and drag tired and weary bodies to various parts of Yorkshire to represent the club.  I hope you recover in time for next weeks fixtures!

We all know hockey is a family sport across Yorkshire (on Saturday alone Adel ladies featured at least 3 sets of sisters with the Blyths, Goachers and Astons) and this was highlighted on Saturday at Adel where the various opponents included members of the Goacher, Richards and Powley families.  Andy Richards (brother of Mark) and Will Powley (brother of Sophie) were left wondering what had hit them as the Mens 1s hammered 9 goals past Hallam 4s to get off to a flying start in their promotion push.  New acquisitions look to have settled in well with home grown youngsters like Tom Taylor(son of the returning from injury Simon) in goal and Eddy Fuller (a first of what we hope will be many 1st team goals) showing that the club continues to develop junior players and allow them to flourish in the senior teams.  With Mark Richards returning to his old stamping ground at Abbeydale and helping the mens 2s to an impressive 3-2 win, it was clear which of the Richards siblings had the bragging rights this weekend.  Thanks to Sham and Paul Lewis in particular for late call ups and helping the 2s field a full eleven players and a man of the match performance from Ed Crocker (son of Nic).

The Goacher sisters turned up to watch Mum play for Thirsk 1s against our Ladies 2s.  A non-eventful first half was followed by a dominant Adel in the second period with the Thirsk keeper doing her best to deny Adel from scoring by taking out Tina and then kicking a ball into Sophie’s knee cap from a short distance.  Adel’s pressure and dominance went unrewarded and on their first foray into the Adel D in the last 2 minutes Thirsk did a smash and grab raid to steal all 3 points.

The ladies 1s continued their unbeaten run to the season with a comfortable 7-0 victory away at Wakefield with Sarah McCall continuing her impressive record between the posts and not letting a goal in since last season.  Record books are being checked to see if this is the longest an Adel keeper has ever gone without being beaten.

The ladies 3s travelled away to Thirsk and came back with the points and the ladies 4s were victorious with a 2-0 home win against Driffield 3s.

The Mens 4s were unfortunate to come up against a strong Bingley 1s and went down 2-0 but the performance of the day goes to the Mens 5s who could easily have called off their away game at Harrogate with only 8 men available and no keeper.   Perhaps the 10.30 am start was off-putting for some people but the 8 men of Adel who turned up did the club proud and a 4-4 draw showed the spirit and commitment of Stu Blair’s men and boys and President Poll tells me he rifled home a short corner to roll back the memories.  I suspect the jog back to the half way line to re-start the game will have been a breeze for Richard after that!

Next weekend will be a test of commitment and dedication with a full set of fixtures across the board for the first time.  So far this season player availability has been a massive issue in the mens section so please try and help your captains out by making yourselves available as soon as you can, attending training and not dropping out at the last minute.  This not only lets down your team but has a knock on effect on others too.