Some great write ups from last weekends matches which don’t need me to provide an overall weekly summary. Keep these coming please as they are not just entertaining and informative to read but also show some examples of great team work and team spirit that we will need to continue the strong start to the season.

This weekend sees a full set of fixtures including the start of our conquest into the EH cups with the Mens 2s having the tough job of taking on Bowdon 2s.  A 1.30pm start on Sunday for those wanting to come along and get behind Rich Partner and his team.  Thanks to Jim for sorting out umpires for all our games and thanks to the umpires and coaches for their involvement to ensure everyone can have a game tomorrow.  On the umpiring front, Bridget and I are attending a course next week to find out how we (as more experienced umpires) can provide mentoring and support to our regular club umpires and others wanting to develop their umpiring career.  For those already willingly blowing a whistle at the weekend, and for others looking to start out, please feel free to have a chat with Bridget or me so we can see how we can help you in this regard.  We have a strong coaching structure in place for our players and this is an extension to help another group of club members.

Saturday sees the Adel astro chocker-block from 10.30am to 6.00pm with 5 home games.  The mens 1s will be hoping to maintain their 100% start to the season with Sheffield Hallam 4s travelling up the M1 to provide the opposition.  The ladies 2s play beforehand against Dewsbury, also trying to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.  The early birds are Rich Bingham’s Mens 3s (another unbeaten team in the league) competing against Bradford 2s in the 10.30 start.  Later games involve the mens 4s (another team with a 100% record still) at 3pm against Airedale and the ladies 5s (unbeaten on the pitch…) look to complete the day in style and follow on from their last home game success with Chapeltown 3s providing the opposition.

Sunday also sees the boys under 16s in action, the first time for many seasons that we have been able to enter a team in this age group.  A huge thank you to Simon Sutton and John Holden for their sterling work in getting this team up and running again which is vital to the longer term future of the club and also providing a pathway into senior hockey with a number of these talented boys already starting to make appearances in the mens Saturday teams.  The girls under 14s are also in action, another squad with some real talent thanks to the junior coaching structure set up by Paul and led by Pam on Friday evenings.

A warm welcome to all our opposition but lets try and maintain the strong starts to the season and keep the Adel fortress intact.

Without wanting to detract (or distract) from the main focus on the pitch this weekend, a gentle reminder to everyone to respect the opposition, the official and also the facilities.  Over the first few weeks of the season there has been a noticeable decline in the respect being shown to the facilities at Adel with litter left behind, dog dirt on the pitch and inappropriate footwear being worn on the new playing surface.  With the new goals also in place, it is vital that we all make the effort to look after our pitch so as well as taking personal responsibility and setting the right example, please also encourage others to follow your lead in this regard.

And finally…. a few weeks ago, I set the Chairman’s Challenge to buy a pint to the first goalscorer on the new pitch.  In the interests of fairness, tomorrows Chairman’s Challenge is a pint for any home keeper from Adel keeping a clean sheet.  Good luck everyone.