As the ladies summer league draws to a close, mixed and mens summer leagues get ready to do battle with the heat and the World Cup fixture list (hockey and football), some of our members are continuing their hockey playing activities away from Adel and travelling across Europe in the process.

At one end of the scale we have 13 year old George Chaffer who began this season recovering from a broken leg and champing at the bit to start his senior hockey career in the mens 5th team alongside so many of the other talented juniors we now have.  George had to wait until after Christmas before making his debut for the 5s but quickly settled in to the team where his searing pace down the right wing has troubled many an opposition defence.  Towards the end of the season he attended trials for the North East under 13 team (Nordest) and was selected to represent them in the annual tournament at Beeston against other regional sides from the UK.  Several other Adel juniors have trod this path and the weekend in Nottingham is a great opportunity to test skills against other talented players and make new friendships from the representative sides.

After this tournament back in early June, a team is selected to represent the UK in a series of matches and I am delighted to say George has been picked for the squad to cap off a remarkable season for him.  Many congratulations to George and we look forward to hearing of his exploits on the international stage.

At the other end of the scale is another 5th team member of the forward line, the new Club President, Ian Phillips.  Ian has been playing at Adel for 30 years and carries out important roles as our fixture secretary for many years too.  Following his retirement a few years ago, and inspired perhaps by Dave Margerison’s tales of representing Scotland veterans, Ian recognising his roots attended trials for Wales and has played in their various Master teams for the last decade or so.  The Welsh Sniffer currently plays for the over 70s and is just back from a trip to Barcelona for their own World Cup where Wales came a credible 5th place.  In most of these tournaments there is the customary battle between Scotland (Margersion) and Wales (Phillips) with the winner having the bragging rights in the Adel bar until the next occasion.  Sadly, David was injured for the latest clash and Ian grabbed the opportunity to score the winning goal in the 1-0 win for the Welsh as the photo shows his usual understated celebration.  I suspect it was a two yard tap in from a rebound off the keeper although Ian’s initial recollection was stopping a long crash ball into the D where his first touch at the edge of the circle saw him race around to his reverse stick side where he unleased an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.  If he can do that again at Adel in October I might believe him!

Well done to both…. and a huge well done to everyone who attended Adel Fest on Saturday to enjoy some social hockey in the sun but also raise valuable money for the fire service, it seems a wholly appropriate time to be doing this in view of the current challenges the fire service are facing tackling the blazes over on Saddleworth Moor and near Bolton.  Events like this take lots of planning and the organisers led by Clare Hesselwood put on a tremendous event with special mentions also to Rob “Chef” Higgins who oversaw the barbecue all day, Sam “you don’t need a megaphone” Jackson whose enthusiasm knows no bounds and lots of others who helped with the tombola, bar, cake stall and various other activities.  Earlier in the day, the annual end of season junior tournament under the watchful eyes of Pam and Simon also took place and it was great to see so many of the juniors stay on for the afternoon session to enjoy more hockey.

Enjoy the rest of the summer league and hopefully by the time the new winter season begins we will have updates on the fencing, dugouts and new kitchen!