With one league title in the bag, could Adel do the treble and secure two more as the end of the season draws ever closer?
The mens 1s had a lazy Saturday watching the rugby but then racked up a rugby size score on Sunday with a convincing 9-2 win over Airedale. Winning the league is still mathematically possible but will need Lindum and Rotherham to stumble in one of their remaining fixtures and the 1s to beat Slazengers and Leeds 5s. On Saturday, Hallam 4s almost pulled off a shock result away at Rotherham but went down 4-3 to give Rotherham the edge in the race for promotion still. With Will Powley and Fraser Henderson on opposing sides it was good to see former Adel players putting into practice the skills they learned whilst playing for us.
The mens 2s had a solid 4-0 home win v Worksop to briefly move up to 3rd place although later results saw them move back down to 5th and a solid mid table finish is on the cards. The 3s lost 2-0 to Hallam 6s and the 4s losr 3-0 to York 7s but the 5s sought some revenge by beating York 8s 6-3 in a goal fest. The 5s had another goalfest on Sunday in their game against table toppers Garforth but sadly all 8 goals were at the wrong end!
On Sunday the ladies 1s were also due to play Rotherham in a rearranged league game from when high winds prevented their journey before Christmas. On a calm and tranquil Sunday the ladies eagerly awaited the chance to secure another league victory but this time Rotherham failed to make the trip due to player unavailability, a disappointing occurrence for any first team surely. At least on Saturday the ladies 1s did play and won 3-0 against Slazengers to maintain the 100% league record with only a couple of games to go.
The ladies 2s had a midweek player shortage due to half marathons, ski trips and possibly due to the game being away at Sheffield Hallam. In the end several of the promising juniors were promoted to the 2s for the first time. A 1-0 deficit at half time was the cue for some words of inspiration from coach Paul Lewis and stand in skipper Sophie and Adel scored 3 goals without reply in the second half to run out 3-1 winners. Star of the day was debutant Katie with 2 goals.
The ladies 3s battled their way to a 1-1 draw with Hull and currently sit in 2nd place but with a shot for the title still on the cards. If the ladies 3s are crowned champions that will mean all 4 of the ladies teams will have won their league in the last 2 seasons. Down the road at Weetwood there is lots of celebrating at Leeds HC as their 2s 3s and 4s have all been promoted this season as well so its clear the quality hockey in Yorkshire is concentrated to a very small part of north Leeds!
Sadly, the ladies 4s went down 4-2 to Bradford but continue to play competitive hockey and develop players for promotion to the higher teams.
This weekend saw the Oscars and the city of Leeds have their own Oscars (Outstanding Sporting Coaches Achievement Recognition) on Thursday when the club will be out in force to see if Pam Hardaker is a winner in the category of Participation Coach. Watch this space for pictures from the red carpet and videos of Pam’s acceptance speech.