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TEAM B

Team B captained by Ian Harvey took to the field on Wednesday at Clifton College luckily with a full complement of 11 players, albeit along the way 5 had dropped out through injury or illness to be replaced by 3 excellent additions. I say took to the field, because as they were warming up the heavens opened and for a while everyone was sheltering in the lee of the shed by the pitches which looked less like astros and more like an ice field due to the hail on them. Mind you the theme for the day of a cold shower was maintained to the end when the hot water ran out in the changing rooms!

In the first game, playing with the wind at their back the team played some excellent free flowing hockey and the first goal was no surprise when Peter Cowen found the net. This continued and another great move resulted in a defender stopping a goal bound shot from Peter Cowen with his foot. Determined not to be denied Peter stepped up and converted the penalty flick.

In the second game the team was now playing into the weather and maybe this was the determining factor, the teams were also very closely matched and the defense of Des Osborne, Patrick Martin and Gray Smith-Laing marshalled by Alan Walton had to work hard to deny the opposition from scoring. In the end though a perfectly worked short corner was the undoing of the team and despite heroic efforts towards the end it was not possible to equalize.

In the third game again the team went behind to a short corner. However, determined not be beaten the team replied with a series of forays up field. The midfield of Neil Flanagan, Phil Honey, David Holgate and Ian Harvey working hard to get the ball to the forwards. Eventually this paid off, a really nice move on the left found Peter Cowen high in the D and his pull back to Julian Smith saw a perfectly placed shot squeeze between the goalkeepers foot and the post. A well earned draw.

In the final game I am afraid the toll of injuries and tiredness saw the opposition finding a lot of space behind the defense and despite heroic efforts from Mike Fripp in goal it was a 0 -2 defeat.

Overall despite the mixed results it was a great day enjoyed by all and thanks to Mike Harris for his perseverance in getting enough players to allow 5 teams to play.

TEAM C

A SLOW RETURN TO REALITY AT BRISTOL 6/04/2022

Driving into Clifton College it was refreshing to see no naked bodies in the car park which in the previous year had been used as a changing room.

Covid is still with us but the precaution of taking tests before we travelled meant there was less chance of catching the dreaded lurgy from a fellow player. Testing positive did mean a few players dropped out but Mike Harris’s little black book produced a few guests of a standard well suited to LX Membership.

Very important if England Hockey go ahead with their plans to run England Masters Second Teams. May be okay for those under 60 but for all the Over 60’s England Hockey has not stated who will manage and select these sides as the current England sides are all currently managed by LX Members. I have no wish to be critical of England Hockey but without the involvement of LX Members there would be no England A or B Teams.

Politics over it was time to meet my team mates assembled under the sterling Captaincy of Nigel Dupain. Introductions made to new faces and ribaldry exchanged by old contemptibles. The very important photo was taken by Gillian Grinham interrupted by a loud cry of “Run for it”. A black storm had gathered over the pitch and with the click of the camera a hailstorm was unleashed as hail stones descended the size of golf balls.

Storm over it was time for game one. We flattered to deceive with Hemmings and Mumford weaving magic patterns but the combined efforts of Whitell and Lees-Barton up front did not lead to one shot on goal leading Kimber in goal to fall asleep.

Game two followed a similar pattern but with Cox in goal friendly local rivalry led to a greater effort with Harris and Pinks combining to lay on passes leading to 2 goals, one put away by John Barratt and an own goal which crept over the line after close interplay between our forwards and A`s  defence.

Game three saw Harvey bursting on to the scene and picking up a pin point pass from Dupain who in turn had been fed from the back by Cowell passed to Barratt to score past the evergreen Fripp. Sadly, in the last seconds of the game Smith found himself in front of goal after a defence splitting pass from Bland to hammer the ball passed Goodridge who incredibly got a stick to the ball only to watch it agonisingly creep over the line.

Game four was a step too far for our defence and as the hail had returned, we conceded inside the first two minutes and despite battering the opposition goal, Webby in his carnival attire made a number of excellent saves to deny us the goal we deserved.

Mike Harris had arranged the matches for the four teams allowing for a rest period for the non-participating team. Luckily our rest period came last which meant we could leave the teams playing in the pouring rain and grab a warm shower followed by a welcoming pint before the other teams arrived.

The hospitality of the Clifton Staff is always excellent and today was no exception. A hearty meal of sausages, peas, carrots and mash was very welcome. Mike Harris and Colin Pinks were congratulated on their organisation and we even managed to thank the Umpires for their efforts conducted in a very friendly manner despite the freezing cold conditions.

It was also fitting that despite not playing it was good to see that old stalwart of the West, Adrian Money. Also, Trevor Denison, Club Chairman and Club Captain Seve Mumford.

Events like these do not happen by accident and it was fitting that Trevor and I exchanged a few words before we departed.

Trevor. It’s been fun.

Bill. It’s always good at Bristol.

Trevor. I agree about Bristol but I meant more about being a member of LX.

Trevor summed up in those few words what being a member of LX is all about. Playing good hockey but also making lasting friendships and having fun.

Bill Goodridge

P.S.

It was interesting to note that the event at Bristol co-incided with 3 players celebrating their birthdays, Andrew Harvey, Colin Pinks and ?

Rumour had it their conception followed   their respective parents attending the local tennis club dance, albeit a few years apart.

Team D

Like most of the others, Team D’s preparation and warm up for the first game was abruptly curtailed by the ferocious hale and rain storm. Not to be deterred, Captain Roger Finnimore rallied the troops for the first game and competed hard against a strong Team C but neither team could break each other’s defences and goalless draw resulted. The outcome of the next game against Team E was much the same. Team D’s first goal came in their third match playing against Team A with Nick Gosling scoring but victory was denied with a last-minute equaliser. Trevor Denison put Team D in the lead in their last match against Team B and a second goal scored by Bede Grossmith guaranteed their only victory. Team D were unbeaten though during the tournament and arguably should have had the better of two of their draws. A further measurement of success was no reported injuries within the Team.

Match report for Team E

(a la West Country Folk Song)

LX, LX, we’re all feeling good!

All along, down along, this was Team E.

For we want for to go to Abbots Leigh Wood

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and all!

The Storm

And what’s the weather in that dark wood?

All along, down along, this was Team E.

“It’ll rain like hell, and then come out good!”

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and all!

We ran for cover in the ‘eye of the storm’.

All along, down along, this was Team E.

“Good job they’d had a chance to get warm…!” (…ed up)

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mile Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and all!

Team E vs Team B – Won 1-0

First game was Team B: but on the attack:

All along, down along, this was Team E.

A short corner shot and the ball in the back…!

(of the goal!)

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mile Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and all!

Team E vs Team D – Drew 0-0

Team D: t’was harder to keep control:

All along, down along, this was Team E.

Our Jeremy Cooke caught “heading” the ball!!

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and now Graham Small!

Team E vs Team C – Won 1-0

Game three and the C’s were looking for more.

All along, down along, this was Team E.

But Wingent winged it to Peter to score.

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and …Alan Walton!

 Team E vs Team A – Won 1-0

Last game now and the A’s – a bit quick!

All along, down along, this was Team E.

But a foot on the line and we scored with a flick!

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton and …John Barratt!

So, three wins and a draw was our tally.

All along, down along, this was Team E.

Some good hockey and a great LX rally!

With John Grinham, Paul Baker, Brian Nichols, Chris Topham, John Youings, Mike Leatt,, Jeremy Cooke, Peter Glading, Mike Wingent

That’s Roger Britton…. plus Graham Small, Alan Walton and John Barratt!!

Overall, a great team performance with a lot of running, accurate passing and three good goals from the team . Webby didn’t have a lot to do, but as always he made a number of key actions to maintain a clean sheet for the day.

Special thanks to Graham Small, Alan Walton and John Barratt for their volunteered help on the day. And, commiserations to Jeremy Cooke for his headache and some blood-loss!

Roger Britton

TEAM STANDINGS

Won      Lost     Drawn    Points

                                                E           3             0            1           10

                                                D          1             0            3             6

                                                C           1             1           2              5

                                                B           1             2           1              4

                                                A           0             3           1              1

TEAM A

Howard Walker    Garry Adams    John Tripp    Andrew Rogers    Nick Kennerly

Ian Pett   David Bain   Andy Cox   Lu Piscina   Andy Bland   (absent – Paul Bickell

TEAM B

Des Osborne   Julian Smith   Patrick Martin   Gray Smith-Laing   Alan Walton

Ian Harvey   Phil Honey   Mike Fripp   Neil Flanagan   Peter Cowen   David Holgate  

TEAM C

Mark Cowell   Bob Lees-Barton   Bill Goodridge   Nigel Hemming   Mike Harris

Bob Whitell   Richard Harvey   Jon Barratt   Steve Mumford   Nigel Dupain   Colin Pinks

TEAM D

Keith Webber  Gary Nash   Doug Barnes   Mark Watson   Ian Redfearn  Bede Grossmith   Nick Gosling

Graham Small    Colin Kimber    Roger Finnimore    Trevor Denison

TEAM E

Paul Baker    John Youings    Brian Nichols    Mike Leatt    Jeremy Cooke    Christopher Topham

John Grinham    Mike Wingent    Dave Webb    Roger Britton    Peter Glading