As a sporting section of Adel War Memorial Association, the weekends remembrance day activities were perhaps more poignant for Adel than some other clubs with the monument at the car park entrance a reminder of those who served and did not come home or those who served and came back never the same. Hockey for Heroes is a charity that links hockey players to fundraising activity for those we remember and we were able to make our own small contribution to their actions trying to raise awareness. Thanks also to all those teams who observed a minutes silence before their games.
With the weekend having the number 11 in prime focus, it was perhaps fitting that one Adel team celebrated the occasion by scoring 11 goals in their game. Admittedly the mens 2s found only 8 players from Sheffield had arrived due to a car breaking down en route and once Adel finally opened the scoring after around 15 minutes the goals continued to come at regular intervals despite a blanket 7 man defence and some heroics from the young Hallam goalkeeper. Miles Buller scored a double hat-trick but may be rueing a couple of missed chances that could have seen him break what is thought to be the club record for the most goals by a player in a single game (Ian Partridge once scored 7 goals against Grimsby in a 15-0 win about 20 years ago and wherever he is now he will be pleased to know his record is still intact).
The rest of the mens section also delivered some strong performances with 5 wins from the 6 teams and only the 4s losing narrowly to Boston Spa in the first game of the day. This was despite an early 2 goal lead through Iain Mitchell and Tim McDonald but a penalty stroke on the half time whistle gave Boston Spa some raised hopes and they came out stronger after the break and once they took the lead they defended stoutly to keep hold of all three points.
The 1s travelled north once again to Richmond and despite being behind three times in the game they eventually came away with a 5-3 win with Bayford (2), Moorhouse, Harris and Ball with the goals. The 6s (or 4a’s depending on how you want to view things) played their first home game at Adel against Halifax at the prime time slot of 3pm and celebrated another win with a 5-1 scoreline and goals for Lilley, Brayshaw, Carvallho and Anderson.
Three of our teams made the short journey up the road to take on Harrogate and perhaps it was something of a surprise to most of Adel (and no doubt all of Harrogate) that we came away with 2 wins and a draw. The mens 5s won 7-1 with a hat trick from another promising junior Tom Alldred (dad Andy on hand to buy the jug of beer for the seniors) and further goals from John Holden, Tom Poll and Max Holley (2). The mens 3s then beat Harrogate 4s by 4 goals to 2 and in between the ladies 3s pulled off a great 2-2 draw against a side who had not lost a game all season to date. Skipper Charlie Surridge will no doubt enjoy her Monday morning at her school in Harrogate as she recounts her goal to her pupils and colleagues!
The ladies 1s had an uphill task away at Sheff Uni Bankers who were lying in 3rd place in the league. The home team held a 2 goal lead in the middle of the second half but Adel pulled one back from regular scorer Katie Wood. A penalty corner with 5 minutes to go saw Adel go for broke and a well rehearsed training ground move saw defender Sophie Powley score her first goal for the ladies 1s showing she has not lost her scoring touch of a few years ago when she played up front for the 2s. A well earned point followed by a team McDonalds saw the 1s continue their recent run of form and they are undefeated in the last 3 games.
The ladies 2s took on an experienced Dewsbury team and it was a game ultimately decided by penalty corners. Dewsbury’s first was a delightful looping flick over keeper Charlie and the second was a thunderboult of a direct strike that had hit the backboard before the defence could move. Adel fought back in the second half and Jenny Hopkins pulled one goal back with her own direct strike from the top of the circle at a corner but Dewsbury used their experience to run down the clock and keep their lead.
The ladies 4s took the honours in the late with what looked a well celebrated 1-0 win over Batley courtesy of a goal from Em Newell but sadly the 5s could not quite pull off what would have been a great result as they went down 4-1 at Wakefield. This was despite only being able to take 9 players and taking an early 1 goal lead through Jade. Eventually home advantage and the 2 extra players told but the 5s played the game in great spirit.
Finally, well done to the girls under 16s yesterday who were undefeated in their group of the YYHL against 3 strong teams from Ben Rhydding, Leeds and Slazengers. Promotion now to Div 2 where the opposition will be tougher once more but I am sure the orange army will be up for the fight!