Weekly round ups have had a rest for a few weeks, but in their absence there has been plenty of hockey at Adel and this last weekend was no exception.

The Ladies 1s double header is reported elsewhere, their 100% win record maintained in all competitions, their goals conceded the envy of the whole of the country and despite the arctic conditions, the spectator count continues to be healthy, although even Baxter resorted to a thermal dog-coat this weekend.  The win over Doncaster was testimony to patience, teamwork and lots of running around, primarily to keep warm.  Doncaster appeared to have parked the proverbial coach across their 22 yard line and rarely ventured into the attacking half of the pitch.  In these sort of games, it can be easy to become impatient and carelessness can creep in but the Ladies 1s showed composure and discipline with impressive ball retention.  More goals would have been nice to see, especially so the crowd could warm up with excessive clapping but the game situation and the need to reserve some legs for the away trip to Crewe were both factors in the 3-0 scoreline not being greater.

The EH cup win the next day nicely sets up a home game in the next round in February when I hope we can get a large Adel following to cheer on the ladies in what promises to be a challenging match as both teams have 100% record this season at time of going to press.

The ladies 2s had an early start but fortunately the away trip was only as far as Weetwood to take on the students from Leeds Uni 3s.  A 1-0 deficit at half time was turned around in the 2nd half with Jade Gartside’s return from injury marked with 2 goals and a 3-2 win to see the 2s rise up the table.  After a few narrow last minute defeats, the rub of the green and the change of luck seems to have turned around for Hannah and her team at last.

The Ladies 3s won by the odd goal in a 9 goal thriller against local rivals, Horsforth to retain top spot in division 3 but sadly the ladies 4s came off second best in their away trip to one of the bleakest coldest grounds in the county on the top of a hillside in Halifax (where it can be below zero at the height of summer).

But with 2 teams top of their leagues, and the other 2 teams both playing at a higher level than last season after their respective promotions, all is fine and dandy in the ladies section of the club.

The mens section also had a successful day, although disappointingly the Mens 1s opponents from Normanby park were unable to raise a team to travel thereby conceding the game with a 3-0 scoreline. Rumour has it that Jimmy Mayhew has tried to claim all three goals…..

The 2s travelled towards the centre of Leeds to play Ramgarhia in what is always a tricky encounter but returned with the points after an impressive 2-0 victory.

The 3s win the team of the day award with a thumping 10-2 win over the students from Leeds University who perhaps struggled with a 10.30 early start – impressive fixture scheduling by Ian Phillips.  Even more impressive was the age of the 3s forward line with 2 promising youngsters bagging 6 goals between them and generally giving the undergraduates the run around to go with their hangovers.  Not a great combination.

The 4s travelled to Mirfield and went down 6-2 but Mirfield are one of these relatively new teams who only run one side and along with Bingley who operate similarly, they are running away with the promotion places in this division.

Sunday saw a Mens 3s game away at Lincoln – well it nearly did but much to the relief of most people the frost put paid to the game and the long trip was postponed for another day.  Sadly the Sunday frost also put paid to the junior hockey in Yorkshire with Pocklington and Weetwood both succumbing to the overnight freeze.

and finally…. after much toing and froing, coming and going, and some protracted negotiations, the piles of old astro sitting in the overflow car park have at last gone off to the dump.  Huge thanks are due to Neil Evans who has overseen this project for us, including arranging for a fleet of skips to arrive empty and depart full shortly after and also for sorting out a man with a forklift to do the heavy lifting.  This should see the hockey section no longer the arch enemy of the cricket section, the local church and the council!  With this project finally behind us, the committee are now moving on to the next ground improvement and looking to purchase 2 new goals that actually have vertically upright posts and nets that don’t resemble something from a second hand Grimsby trawler.

Good luck for the weekend ahead.