Week 12: Well, I’m delighted to say that the men’s 2s finished the first half of the season top of the league!

East League, 9SWHowever today was not our finest performance. A tight first half ended goalless as we struggled to find our shape and any sort of rhythm against a handy Berkhamsted side. But we came out after the break with a new sense of purpose and after good early pressure we took the lead with a short corner deflected into the roof of the net. A free hit inside the 25 then resulted in goal number 2 as Leo latched on to a right wing cross, clipping it off his toes like a half volley on leg stump giving the keeper no chance. Our third goal followed shortly after as the ever green Colin Angel slotted home his 570th goal for the club! 3-0 up and cruising… but then the wheels came off as Berkhamsted clawed back two goals late on leaving a few nervous moments at the end.

A 3-2 win, but a scrappy and at times bad tempered game, took the shine off what has been an amazing first half of the season. However, we are top of the league and unbeaten, and that is a really fine effort from everyone. Well done all. A break now over Christmas and then we need to be back to our best in the New Year.

Thanks as ever to Chris Moran and Lisa Jobson for umpiring on a very cold afternoon!

Ladies 1s were going to play Eastcote. It was icy. Probably best. We were missing a few and the captain lost a fight with boiling water this week so was only really half a player.

Lucky Charlotte had it worst though. Her nice lie in for the 3pm home game got ruined by the 8:45am meet for ours. Sorry we made you set an alarm!!!!

Maybe next year the whole team will be around and no one will pick fights with angry liquids….

Ice 1-0 WHE M1/Royston 1.
DOTD: Jack Frost.

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The under 12’s boys (plus one girl) went to Hitchin very early this morning and should very proud of their performance. They won 2, drew 1 and narrowly lost one.

3rdDecU12sThey scored 3 goals, well done Cameron (2) and Theo (1). Team defence John, Jamie, Kirsty and Alex only conceded 1 goal in total. Tom and Vinny attacked with gusto and the teamwork was fantastic. Thanks must also go to Guy Chapman for organising the team and keeping them motivated and all the parents for their support.

Finally, being part of a club is all about commitment, our kids showed it in spades today, one in particular deserves a special mention, Kirsty. She played in this mornings tournament then when she heard the under 10’s might be short was more than willing to help out, she then shook the collection bucket for good causes round Enfield in the parade of light.

A tough afternoon for the U10s playing in the Herts junior league at Hertford today.

3rdDecU10sThey were mistakenly put in Pool A against all the strongest teams, instead of the usual Pool B – Hertford probably seeking revenge after our men’s 2s beat them yesterday!!! However after being well beaten in the first game by Hertford A, they battled back tremendously earning a fine draw with Harpenden, before narrow defeats in the final two matches against St Albans A and Blueharts A.

Great performances from Harriet in goal, William and Kirsty in defence (who took three big hits on the foot!), Liam, Ben, Robbie and Emily in midfield, and Zafar playing upfront. It would have been very easy for their heads to drop after the first game, but I’m so proud of how they fought back in the remaining games. Well done all.

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Week 11: A very unlucky Ladies 1s team came away with a 1-1 draw against Teddington, after conceding a goal with the last hit of the game…

We fought all the way -actually only for 69.9minutes , d’oh!
We did play well as a unit and had many, many chances up front.
Most of our scoring opportunities came from Bethany McNamara and Caroline Briers up front, alongside our almost unanimous Man of the Match Karen Gray. [It was inconclusive whether Karen G(oode) was voting for Karen G(ray) or herself ?!].
Karen Gray was unfortunate not to cap her performance off with a goal, as reward for her best game of the season so far. Having battled hard and applied Coach Gavin Kay’s tactics from training, she garnered lots of praise including; “a lot of hard work and great running”, “just an amazing all-round match”.
So, it was definitely Karen’s hard work, and not just the shiny new stick that Gav lent to her!

The goal came courtesy of #DeaneTeam.
A 16-yard hit out from Samantha straight towards Beth in the middle, who chased it down before calmly nutmegging the ‘keeper!!
Shame she couldn’t do it again on the next break, where she lost the ball, and her sense of positioning, and ran in the opposite direction… ??

#TeamDefence took it particularly hard, having a clean sheet stolen away in the last second. Consolation comes with the result meaning we still managed to move up to 10th in the table, so there’s a good chance we won’t be stuck in the relegation zone for Christmas  #silverlinings

Oh, and DotD goes to Lucy Mackay, having turned up late and sitting on the sideline the entire match, due to self-inflicted 

Men’s 2’s remain unbeaten but lose their bottle!

In what was a largely forgettable match finishing at 6pm the boys from the Hill went to Hertford and won 2-0 thanks to Dom Smith scoring in each half.

For 15 mins at the start we played some lovely passing hockey and after Dom scored with our first attack we failed to capitalise further on a host of chances. Only 1-0 at HT.

2nd half was quite even but Dom made the most of some hard work from Leo to slot no.2 with 15 mins left.

Congrats to the defence on a clean sheet particularly Nick Smith on a fine save late on.

However the real story of the day is the scandal of Balazs missing yellow water bottle. If found please return to the owner as it clearly has great sentimental value judging by how long he searched for it!!

Onwards and upwards to next week.

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