The week’s big winners in indoor hockey were New Revolution, who reached double figures against both Crusaders and RECKless, while Deltmavine claimed the same scalps with narrower wins.
Deltmavine 4, RECKless 0
From Grand Old Viking Centuries Deltmavine have a win! First blood went to the DMs when Danny Peterson torched the RECKless defence to score. RECKless gained a foot-hold in the game after this however, with brother and sister combo John-Magnus Scollay and Lynne Scollay leading the procession forward. Yet it was the DMs who stretched their lead when top-scorer Alistair Williamson pushed the boat out to score another. Both teams kept marching on, but it remained 2-0 until the end of the half.
The second half started with the DMs rolling on to increase their haul of goals with another from Danny Peterson, who stretched like a guizer going for the last act to tap the ball into the goals. RECKless were continuing to push forward but found the squad of Nicola Blance, Jenna Johnson, Toni Sidgwick and Lauren Devonald shielding their goal, like a squad shielding their carryout! The DMs were catching RECKless on the break and scored again when the goalkeeper broke rank to allow Danny Peterson to complete his hat trick.
The head may have fallen off the RECKless torch, but they persevered with a series of short corners late on. In what was a good tempered and well contested festival of hockey, it was Deltmavine who roared to victory. Three cheers for the indoor hockey league! Hip! Hip!
Player of the match for Deltmavine was Danny Peterson for and RECKless John-Magnus Scollay.
New Revolution 11, Crusaders 0
The game started with a fast and furious pace. Crusaders could only field five players due to a shortage of girls but held out quite well. New Revolution broke the deadlock with a slick passing move with Brian Irvine finishing well. New Rev went on to score four more in quick concession from Peter Sharp, Stacey Laurenson and Irvine with two more to complete his hat trick.
With Crusaders pushing for a goal they left some gaps at the back and were punished with a further three goals with Irvine, Sharp and Kevin Gifford getting in on the act. At half-time Crusaders made a few changes with the big boy Shane Jamieson and snake dribbler Ross Moncrieff entering the field, putting the New Rev defence under some pressure. However New Rev were quick on the break and scored three more with Sharp completing a hat trick, Kate Moncrieff and Stacey getting her second, finishing well. Mention must go to Darren Thomson in the Crusaders goals on his debut with a string of world class saves! Players of the match were Kristan Robertson for the New Rev, and Brett Haining and Shane Jamieson for Crusaders.
Crusaders 3, Deltmavine 5
Crusaders started the game with a player down but immediately applied pressure to Deltmavine’s defence with an early goal from Stacy Gardener. This was a fast flowing game with end-to-end play and determination from both sides, which saw Crusaders’ front line Paul Grant, Brett Haining and Stacy Gardener constantly on the move, keeping Deltmavine’s keeper Toni Sidgwick on her toes. With the pressure mounting Deltmavine were fast back with two goals from Alistair Williamson and a goal from Logan Phillips. Half time ended 1-3.
Both teams started the second half hungry for a goal but it was Crusaders who took advantage first, putting the Deltmavine defence under strain early, only to be denied several times by Toni Sidgwick’s heroics in the goals. Crusaders’ Shane Jamieson managed to break free and slot the ball past Sidgwick into the top right hand corner.
After the Crusaders’ second goal Deltmavine turned the game around and unleashed a torrent of goals with fantastic link up play from Danny Peterson, Logan Phillips and Alastair Williamson making the score 2-5. After several short corners Crusaders got their third and final goal through Shane Jamieson, ending the game at 3-5. Crusaders’ keeper Darren Thomson pulled off some crucial saves throughout the game. Players of the match were Darren Thomson and Shane Jamieson for Crusaders and Toni Sidgwick and Alastair Williamson for Deltmavine.
RECKless 0, New Revolution 12
RECKless seemed to start the game well and held out the runs of the New Rev forwards for the first few minutes. The link up passing game of New Rev was to come into its own though and an onslaught of attacks and goals were to come. RECKless just couldn’t get the ball past the New Rev midfield players to their forwards. The work in training that New Rev are obviously doing really was on display and their use of movement and space was to prove too much for the (less trained!) RECKless team.
Goal scorers for New Rev were Stacey Laurenson (4), Peter Sharp (3), Brian Irvine (2), Kate Sharp, Kristan Robertson and Kevin Gifford. Unfortunately for RECKless they could not convert any of their chances into goals and a clean sheet was kept by New Rev.
Player of the match for New Rev was Stacey simply for the number of goals although the whole team played very well. Player of the match for RECKless was Alwyn Fleming, who (at short notice) had to pull on the pads of the goalie and made some great saves to keep the score from being any worse!
Fixtures Tomorrow – 6.30pm Saracens v Lobbyless (Judane); 7.20pm Ness v Judane (Lobbyless); 8.05 Judane v Saracens (Ness); 8.45pm Lobbyless v Ness (Saracens).
The George Robertson Knockout cup will be over the 13th and 20th of March.
Teams wanting to enter a team for the cup should get in touch with Peter Sharp before 20th February at Petersharp79@hotmail.com or 07717228976.