For the first time in many years, Adel turned out 11 senior sides on the same day with the newly formed mens 6th team making their league debuts in Division 5 South West (in effect taking over a vacant place created by Leeds Adel 5s who moved to Div 5 North last summer to reduce travelling!). As the new boys to the division, you don’t expect any favours and the early 10.30 start away at Sheffield would have tested most hockey players but a chance to play on the former Olympic pitch doesn’t come along too often.
Neither side could muster a keeper and therefore you might have expected a few goals but the main thing was giving more of our players the chance to have a competitive game. Allan Carvalho seemed to enjoy the first half with a hatful of goals and a final score of 10-1 to the 6s ensured a strong start to their belated league campaign. Good luck to new skipper Stefan Palenski for the rest of the season!
Another team starting early were the 5s who were away at York 9ths. A 4-1 win continued the 5s strong start to their campaign with veteran Andy Hedge scoring all the goals. He may still be recovering from the mandatory somersault celebrations and we hope he overcomes astro burns to his head and the dizziness it may have caused.
The 4s had a tough home game at Adel to open the days proceedings and despite taking a 2-1 lead going in to the second half, Ben Rhydding 3s scored 2 late goals to take the points. But this game shows how Adel have progressed when our 4s are playing Rhydding 3s who only a few years ago would have been taking on our mens 2s in the same league.
The 3s also had a tough away game at Doncaster and went down 6-2 as they seek to find some form and hopefully the introduction of the 6th team will give them more of a settled squad to provide some continuity and start to gel on the pitch.
The 2s made the short trip to Becketts to play Leeds 5s. In a game delayed by the late arrival of an umpire and the keeper (presumably as he had just finished playing a game up the road at Weetwood where Leeds 6s were playing a game…) the men in orange dominated a game overcoming some injuries to key players along the way. Sadly Sham and Rich Partner’s injuries left a void in the middle of the park but the 2s regrouped and goals from Jackson and Hinds (x2) gave the bragging rights in LS16 to the boys from Adel this week.
And finally the Mens 1s were looking to bounce back from their first defeat in months the previous week with a home game against Marton Furness. Goals from Moorhouse, Harris, Bishop and a Simon Ball hat trick ensured normal service was resumed although Furness scored just before the half time interval and again early in the second half to keep their hopes alive.
On the ladies side there were wins for the 3s and 5s in their home games against Huddersfield and Leeds Uni 7s. Skipper Charlie Surridge led the way with a goal for the 3s along with 2 from Dutch international Naomi van der Sloot who will have been at home in the orange shirts. The 5s clearly well prepared by having to wait til the last game of the day showed the students how to play flowing hockey with goals from Lauren (2) Meg and Amy and they should hopefully be pushing for promotion this season.
Fiskys Fours sadly went down 2-0 to the local rivals from Weetwood and the 2s travelled to Harrogate but went down to a single goal. The 1s took on Hull at home at 12 and the 3-0 scoreline was probably harsh on the 1s but the game highlighted the need to take chances when they come (perhaps coach Ball fresh from his hat trick can pass on some tips) and not get caught on the counter attack with the opposition having a 2 on 1.
Thanks to all who umpired or TD’d both on Saturday and for the juniors on Sunday (Pam, Ross in particular). This coming weekend sees another busy round of games with half term meaning some absentees. Its also the first social of the season so hopefully there will be some hard earned victories to celebrate at Oktoberfest!