Sandy and Shefford juniors and seniors hockey round-up
PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 November 2017
It’s been a busy week for all levels and ages at the Shefford and Sandy Hockey Club. Read our CometSport round-up...
S&S Juniors triumph in Bedford Tournament
On Sunday the Under 8s, Under 10s and Under 12s all attended Bedford Hockey Club’s Junior tournament.
The U8s won all their pool games, scoring plenty of goals and not conceding any. It was a fabulous effort by every one of them - Beau, Phoebe and Simon rock solid in defence, Katie and Paddy skilful and relentless in midfield and Archie and Lewis dynamos up front. Goals came from lots of different players and everyone worked their socks off defending well from the front and never giving up.
Their efforts saw them qualify for the final where they lost 2-0 to Leighton Buzzard.
The U10s were also undefeated in their group earning plaudits for the quality of their play. The team really started to gel - Phoebe and Alex were so strong in defence, always tracking back and putting in some brilliant tackles and feeding the ball to Molly, Harry and Bertie who all worked tirelessly in midfield and showed some fabulous skill in taking people on and threading balls through to Hannah and Sam upfront who were always in good positions and worked really hard creating opportunities and defending well from the front.
Goals from Bertie, Harry and Sam – who scored an amazing nine in total.
They faced Cambridge in a tightly contested final which could have gone either way. The team had several chances saved until in the final few minutes Harry scored on his reverse to make it 1-0. A special mention to Hattie, who played in goal for us and made several great saves during the day but crucially those in the final including one in the dying seconds of the game to seal victory for us!
It was a real team effort today and so brilliant to watch them all working so hard for each other.
Finally the U12s took their turn in the hope of matching the younger children’s efforts. The two U12s teams won many of their games but one team wa defeated by Cambridge before the semi finals. The second U12s team made it through to the semis but were pipped at the post by another Cambridge side. It was a hard fought game showing the amazing teamwork and skills throughout all the S&S teams.
S&S Ladies 3s fight off Hertford for a 2-1 win
Shefford & Sandy Ladies third team faced Hertford Ladies thirds at ‘Fortress Sandy’ this week.
S&S had a real passion for a win and started the game with pace and purpose. The strong defence of Elsby, Jones, Wood and Lands dealt calmly with any attempts on goal. S&S opened the scoring from a short corner conversion.
Fell’s strong and accurate push out to Alexander allowed her to thump the ball past the Hertford Keeper and defender standing on the line.
Off the mark, S&S continued to threaten the Hertford defence but a lapse of concentration saw Hertford strike back with a goal minutes before half-time. A constructive team talk from Steven Ashdown advised the S&S ladies to continue to pressure the Hertford defence and hassle them at every chance.
The advice worked, and just minutes into the second half S&S scored their second goal with Hare beating the struggling Hertford keeper.
S&S were not about to let victory slip and managed to get the ball in the back of the net for the third time, but Fell’s volley shot was disallowed as the umpire had literally blown her whistle as the ball was struck.
Adrenalin still pumping, S&S maintained the pressure on Hertford with striving runs down the wings from K Bradshaw, F Bradshaw and Jeffries as they continually troubled the Hertford midfield.
Lancaster and C Bradshaw’s thirst for the ball produced successful tackle upon tackle, forcing Hertford into losing possession.
Some superb reaction saves from Casey Elsby secured the victory for the team and earned her the Girlie of the Game award.
Team: Casey Elsby, Justine Jones, Sharon Wood, Rosamund Lands, Corin Lancaster, Hannah Fell, Caitlin Bradshaw, Fraya Bradshaw, Karen Bradshaw, Katie Jeffries, Jo Hare, Denise Alexander