For the first time this season the weather decided to intervene, meaning an early start for the Adel pitch clearing squad of Ball, Phillips, Jackson, Cockburn and Powley (who arrived late but did bring the coffees and biscuits). The 10.30 game for the mens 5s had already been cancelled by an enthusiastic Andy Hedge who visited the ground at 8am but thanks to the removal of the snow the remaining 4 home games were able to go ahead.
Sadly the 5s were not the only team to miss a game as a dodgy floodlight at Weetwood was not able to be restored to its normal position so Leeds HC postponed their home games and the mens 3s also had a day off watching everyone else do battle.
The ladies 1s fought out a close, tense affair with Doncaster but neither side was able to break the deadlock and a goalless draw was just about a fair result. Whilst the Adel faithful watching bravely from the sidelines were disappointed not to be able to celebrate any goals, the next game more than made up for it as the mens 1s took on Leeds 3s in a battle for supremacy in Leeds 16. the 1s in their first game back since early December were soon showing the sort of hockey they have played consistently for the last 3 seasons and were 3-0 up in no time at all with usual suspects Ball, Harris and Moorhouse on the scoresheet. At the interval further goals from Moorhouse and Ball gave Adel a comfortable 5-1 lead but Leeds came out fighting in the second half and pulled back a couple of goals and could have scored more but for some excellent saves from Matt Cooper in the Adel goal. Moorhouse completed his hat-trick and then bagged a 4th although the goal of the day was probably scored by Stroomer who nearly broke the backboard with a thunderous strike from the top of the D at a short corner – good old fashioned grass hockey at its best.
The ladies 2s fought hard against Chapeltown and came from being a goal down, to then taking a 2-1 lead only for a late Chapeltown equaliser to deny Adel all three points. Goals from Naomi van der Sloot, returning from injury and Amelia Smith gave the team some cause for celebration in the bar.
The mens 4s having waited patiently to conclude proceedings were another team to take on Leeds HC and for a long time it looked as though Leeds would avenge their 3s earlier defeat as they held a 1-0 lead for a long time. However another late equaliser this time from Tom Martin ensured fortress Adel remained intact once again.
Away from home there were great wins for the mens and ladies 2s. the ladies travelled to Wakefield and won a 7 goal thriller by 4-3 with Holly Radcliffe the star of the show with a couple of goals including the winner and further goals from junior Hannah Knowles and Gabby Nusenbaum. The mens 2s travelled to Doncaster knowing you never get an easy game there although the teas are usually worth the trip alone. The 2s continued their strong run of recent form with a 6-2 win and goals for Partner (2), Buller, Leeming, Hinds and Powley (flick). Next week is a huge game v 3rd placed Harrogate who are the only team to beat Adel 2s this season in one of the early games.
The mens 6s had another good win against Rotherham as they still look to play catch up with the games they missed at the start of the season with goals for Lilley, Carvallho and the ladies 4s fought out another goalless draw away at Harrogate.
On Sunday the ladies 5s took on table toppers Huddersfield and continued the excellent weekend with a great 2-0 win ahead of the mixed 1s team game in the EH cup v Durham City. Having lost in the last round on sudden death flicks, the Adel mixtures were keen to continue their progress in the EH Shield and they eventually settled into a rhythm and played some free flowing hockey against a Durham side who were also very capable. Will Powley continued his goalscoring run with the opener after following up from a short corner strike by Jenny Wright and then Ball and Moorhouse also continued their form in front of goal as Adel went into the interval with a 4-0 lead. Durham grabbed a consolation goal in the second half but the oranges go through to the next round where we anticipate that long away trip that teams from Yorkshire always get at this time of the year.
The mixed 2s sadly wont be looking at the draw for the next round as they went up to Sunderland Broom but lost 5-3 although a spirited 2nd half performance saw Adel win the second half before they hot footed it back to Adel to cheer on the 1s. Well done to everyone who got up early and made the trip up the A1.
And finally the juniors are up and running again with the U16 girls winning 2 and losing one game in a fiercely competitive league last Sunday, some great hockey on view and pleasing to see how the girls improve month on month, especially those that are also playing Saturday hockey for Adel.
Fingers crossed the weather does not intervene again this weekend – if it does then get up early and come and help clear the pitch if you want a game as 4 of the 5 who did it last weekend did not even play on it!