LX Red 4 v
LX started the game with several
periods of good play and although controlling the game were given an early wake
up call by an
Viv and Brian Stokes
LX 4 Germany
LX started with an effective press on Germany with only their right wing, Terry, and centre forward, Pieter, furthest up on the halfway line.
LX showed good passing skills with reasonable pace in the midfield and up front with overlapping play from the back throughout the game. Despite the inevitable stick infringements from the German team which the umpires apparently considered fairplay, LX pressed home their territorial advantage through an opening goal from Oz Harris. LX Red maintained their team dominance and by halftime were two up with a goal from Brian Hopkins.
On the whole LX Red found self-discipline in the face of some strange European umpiring from umpires with almost audible police whistles which they "had not been trained to use"!
Above all LX Red kept their shape with pressure on the Germans. In a lull the team and supporters spirits were raised when all witnessed a Brian Hopkins special from the edge of the circle with the goalie, out of position off his line, watching as the ball was neatly deposited over his head into the side netting. 3-0, a good cushion.
In the final quarter under instructions from the manager merely to hold our shape and keep possession the team seemed to know better than to conserve energy as had been called for. The resultant pressure led to a Watson penalty corner strike trapping their left back, who conceded a Penalty Stroke, as the ball hit him on the body after his upward deflection. T his was duly put away from the spot by Pami.
Overall a good performance from a squad of only 15, without the services this time of Martin, Phil and sadly Tim, out through injury.
LX 2 Southern Cross 0
robust encounter with the Australian guests England LX overcame stubborn
resistance to retain the "Ashes Trophy", first awarded in the 2004 Tournament
Trophy event. More importantly it maintained the team's undefeated status and
secured 3 more points. .
LX 2 v
With the Gold medal already won this game was somewhat anticlimactic. However, the Dutch exchanged pennants and pins and congratulated LX on their tournament success. However, they declared their aims to score the first goal of the tournament against LX and to secure points to win the Silver medal.
The first four minutes suggested that there was a physical, as well as a skilful game to follow. LX created early pressure and after six minutes Pami Bolina worked a short corner but no goal was forthcoming. Two more short corners followed in quick succession without success. There followed a period of midfield play with neither side looking dangerous but just before quarter time the Dutch forced a short corner and Rob Boon scored from a routine that went wrong.
The Dutch continued strongly but soon LX regained the upper hand we were awarded a short corner. The practiced routine went amiss again but a follow up by Paj Singh put the ball in the back of the net for a 1 – 1 score at half time.
LX started the second half very strongly with good passing and supportive movement off the ball. A series of excellent short passes gave John Grinham a chance to put LX 2-1 ahead.
A midfield battle followed with LX looking much the better side with lots of miles covered by David Sheridan and Brian Hopkins. The touchline supporters wondered what David Ewing had said at half time to inspire the change. The last ten minutes saw the Dutch take a degree of control, strengthening their attack and moving the ball quickly and accurately. LX were forced into a risky strategy of trying to play out the game, but a fine move by the Dutch just 2 ½ minutes from the final whistle saw the scores levelled at 2-2.
After the final game a gift was presented to Trish Slator who had acted as medic for the team.The dominant success of the LX team in the tournament was down to good planning, strong leadership, solid defending based on a high press and closing down of the opposition all over the pitch and good supportive movement off the ball. The commitment of players was first class and the team spirit exceptional.
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The FINAL LX RED 2 LX WHITE 0
Both sides looked a little jaded as they took on their sixth match in nine days for the TT065 Gold medal. As expected LX Red had much of the midfield play and hit a post early on . But the LX White Goalkeeper stood firm when LX Red pressed and the LX Red defence was troubled by LX White pace , through Rod Cochrane, as they broke quickly from mid field . This caused a couple of scrambles in the LX red circle , but Kimber was alert in goal. However it was 0-0 at Half time . In the second half LX red took complete control as LX White tired. Adrian Stephenson pushed the ball into an empty net ,after a fine move, to open LX Red’s account . The second came soon after when LX red’s regular practice at penalty corners finally paid off with a very well worked manoeuvre from which Stephenson scored his second. Pickersgill remained solid in defence for LX Red and Sudesh Nayar brought calmness to the centre half position with some astute passes.LX Red :- team:- Kimber, Danson, Pickersgill, Lomax ( capt. ), Read, Clarke, Harris, Hayes, Purshouse, Thompson, Stephenson, Ridings, Nayar, Blackmore.
LX RED 1 Southern Cross Blue 1
LX RED sneaked into Friday’s final through superior goal difference after this close fought match against a Southern Cross side who gave ‘the Reds’ a real test. Southern Cross caused problems early on as LX red took a little while to find their passing game after the difficult match with the Dutch the day before . However a penalty stroke conversion by Centre forward David Thompson, because of a stick tackle in the circle, put LX Red in front. LX Red dominated the rest of the half and created further chances but could not take them. Southern Cross battled back but their burly right winger ,who had been ‘enjoying ‘ a vigorous contest with LX left half David Read ,earned a spell in the sin bin.
In the second half Southern Cross were not to be denied , and after concerted pressure , scored with a fine reverse stick strike high into the LX Red net to ensure honours were even at the finish.
Team; Kimber, Read, Blackmore, Lomas ( capt), Ridings, Harris, Spencer Knott, Hayes, Purshouse, Stephenson, Thompson, Nayar , Danson.
LX RED 0 Netherlands B 0
LX RED will be disappointed that they
didn’t make the most of their goal scoring opportunities
from penalty corners and in open play against a
tough well organised Dutch side with good basics and some pace up front.
It is believed that LX Red will now need
to win their final pool match to qualify for
Friday’s final .
Team :- Kimber, Read, Blackmore, Lomax ( capt), Danson, Clarke, Spencer Knott, Nayar , Purshouse, Thompson, Stephenson, Harris, Ridings.
5- Sun 19th August
LX RED welcomed David Blackmore and John Ridings for their first appearances of the tournament and they contributed in a second clean sheet to be earned by a LX Red side gradually getting into their stride . LX Red again scored early goals on a baking hot afternoon , when the Coaching support sensibly substituted the 14 players at regular intervals to alleviate fatigue . A brace each for Adrian Stephenson and Mike Harris provided the fire power and Harris also earned the opposition’s man of the match award as he showed his versatility by operating both in attack and midfield at various times. Stephenson had put LX Red in front with an early strike after a flowing move down the right and then Harris again scored from a short corner rebound. As the team tired they did begin to lose the ball too often but eventually they got the message and also started to recycle play better and make the ball do the work. The Australians should have pulled a goal back when they had pressed on occasions down the right to earn a penalty corner which was saved by a leg on the line. However the resultant penalty stroke was badly missed. LX RED scored two further goals , one of which was from a sweeping move up field involving at least five players .
Team:- Kimber, Read, Blackmore, Lomas, Ridings, Clarke, Spencer Knott, Nayar, Harris, Thompson, Stephenson, Hayes, Purshouse.
Day 3- Frid 17th August
After the disappointment of the first match loss LX RED needed a convincing performance to get their tournament on track. We welcomed David Read retuning from injury and Bill Pickersgill who travelled from Stockton on Tees for the day! The team played some lovely quick passing hockey in the first quarter with the triumvirate of Read, Clarke and Purshouse regularly making inroads down the right with excellent support from Nigel Spencer Knott at centre half and the industry of Ted Hayes from left side of midfield. To settle the side a couple of early goals were scored and David Thompson, leading the line with aplomb , scored a hat trick with his final goal, being a classy affair. Although the team’s hockey was not as effective as the game progressed with a tendency to hold the ball or hit too long rather than the quick simple short pass Mike Harris scored his customary goal , tucking home a rebound from a Roger Lomas penalty corner. The other goals were scored by Stephenson and Purshouse. Colin Kimber in the LX RED goal did not have a shot to save as the Alliance rarely threatened.
Allowing us to use substitutes made a big difference
Team:- Kimber, Read ,Lomas ( capt.), Pickersgill, Danson R , Clarke, Spencer Knott, Hayes, Purshouse, Thompson, Stephenson, Harris, Nayar.
Day 1- Wed 15th August.
Not a good start losing to the other LX team in the first game.
We dominated the first three periods (we are playing 17.5 minute quarters) with the ball never reaching our circle. However despite all the possession and numerous short corners we could not find a way past a resolute defence.
We only had a eleven players due to late injury problems and known availability issues. This began to tell in the fourth quarter as the White's began making inroads against a somewhat stretched defence and Colin Kimber was called on to make a great save to maintain parity. We conceded a short corner , the only one of the game , with 7 minutes to do go and a slipped ball well finished left us one down. We summoned what energy was left and strived for an equaliser and despite winning two more short corners it was not to be.
Team:- Kimber, ,Lomas ( capt.), , Danson R , Clarke, Spencer Knott, Hayes, Purshouse, Thompson, Stephenson, Harris, Nayar.
LX RED SUMMARY OF TOURNAMENT
The Final result ended a splendid tournament for LX Red, bouncing back from their first match defeat , and enduring other hard fought matches . The key to their success was only conceding two goals in the six matches and the defence of Kimber, Danson, Blackmore, Read, Lomas and Pickersgill should take much of the credit. However the midfielders worked progidiously throughout the tournament through Harris, Clarke, Hayes, Spencer Knott, Nayar and Ridings in addition to providing relief to the only three forwards - Purshouse, Thompson and Stephenson, who ran tirelessly and always posed a threat. Late injury call offs left the side short on numbers and special mention should be made of Bill Pickersgill who could not be away from home but who twice made the 450 mile round trip from Norton to provide much needed cover when we short. Also to David Blackmore who came into the side at short notice.
Captain , Roger Lomas, should take real plaudits , for
moulding a talented and spirited 15 man unit , if not all available for all
games , into a successful team , particularly as he had to manage some strong
personalities in the squad -
including most of the organising
committee!. All the team contributed to the organisation at
Final results: Pl 6 W 3 D 2 L 1 Goals for 13 Goals Against 2
Goalscorers: Stephenson 5 , Thompson 4 , Harris 3 , Purshouse 1
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David (LX White) 1 Goliath (LX Red) 0
A blockbuster opening to the
2012 World Cup was programmed, with LX Red pitted against LX White in the 65
Tournament Trophy. Although not exactly an epic of biblical proportions, it was
undoubtedly a match that will go into LX folklore. It was a classic symphony of
four movements (in hockey-speak known as 17 ½ minute quarters).
LX White 1 – Netherlands 0
The day began badly. Where
was the Big Red Bus to take us to the Dragon School? Were the wheels on the bus
still going round and round, round and round, following the previous day’s
puncture? Fortunately the situation was saved by some LX cars that had been
LX White 2 – Southern Stars Red 2
Skipper Graham Martin’s pre-match team talk mainly revolved around whether this was the better of the two Australian teams. The confusion was undoubted exacerbated by the fact that they were called Red and Blue and both played in green. The best part of the match was the conviviality of the post-match beers, during which the Aussies gave the man-of-the match award to Nigel Dixon, who proved to be the thorn in their side by thwarting so many of their goal-bound efforts. For the record, the LX goals were scored by the skipper, with a well struck shot when he found himself in space following a penalty corner, and the evergreen Rod from close range following a goal-mouth scramble. A match to forget (which is probably why your scribe can’t really remember much of what happened!) but, to be positive, we were still unbeaten.
LX White 4 – Southern Cross Blue 0
As the Aussie Blues had
beaten the Aussie Reds and drawn with the Dutch we knew this was going to be a
tough one in the mid day sun, with the temperature soaring to 30°C at the Dragon
School. LX were determined to put the previous day’s disappointment behind them
and came out with all guns blazing.
LX White 1 – Alliance 1
LX White were now the only
unbeaten team, topping the league table with 10 points. With other results going
in their favour, they were definitely in the final and so this became a ‘dead
rubber’. Although LX were determined to win in order to keep their momentum
going, it was not to be and they were simply unable to reproduce their earlier
form. A much improved Alliance side played the more positive hockey and their
display more than warranted a draw.
LX White 0 (Silver) – LX Red 2 (Gold)
And so to finals day, which
kicked off at 09.00 with the all-LX 65 Tournament Trophy as a curtain raiser for
the three International finals.
A final word…
Apart from those already
mentioned in dispatches, new members Allan Sutton and Geoff Gosling proved to be
valuable assets to the club. Allan was a rock at the back with Doug Barnes,
whilst Geoff ran his socks off in midfield. Bob Grenside showed glimpses of his
dribbling skills and Ian Wilson, who didn’t get much pitch time, nevertheless
hurried and scurried and gallantly played his part in the team effort.
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The records will show that in this years World Cup competition in Oxford, England were the team with the goals but the all important goal was scored by the Australians in the play off for gold and silver.
With 6 countries entering as opposed
to only 3 in the previous world cup, it was going to require stamina as well as
The opening match of the campaign saw
And so to the final game. After a
Wilcock(Capt.) A Dures; M Fripp; G Hazell; P Steele; L Mack; B Tubb;
D Wright; G Wilkinson; T Howlett; J Longden;P
Danson; G Kort; T Henman; J Land;P Ross;
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ENGLAND Great Grand Masters successfully retained the World Cup previously won in Cape Town
Wednesday 15th August
The second half was played in a similar fashion to the first with Mike Surridge completing his hat trick, Imtiaz scoring from close range and Barry Mills scoring from a short corner. The Japanese never stopped running and their enthusiasm augers well for their future in Masters Hockey.
Thursday 16th August
Saturday 18th August
Monday 20th August
In the second half England peppered the Australian goal only to be denied by the brilliance of their keeper and then disaster struck with England giving away another sloppy goal. Eventually the lead was restored when a well-orchestrated short corner routine was tucked away by Neil Major at the near post after a probing pass from Greg Hutchings. This spurred the Australians into all-out attack and only some timely saves and clearances by the English defence meant when the final whistle game England had secured, rather tortuously, maximum points from the game.
Wednesday 22nd August
The England forward line was again struggling to put two passes together but immediately after the break Lloyd Wood rounded the keeper and shot for goal only to be denied by the feet of the Dutch centre back. A stroke was awarded and tucked away by Brian Perryman. This spurred the Dutch into a period of attractive hockey only to be thwarted by some brilliant goal keeping and a defence that refused to yield. Imtiaz then poached a goal after the Dutch had become exposed in defence pressing for the equaliser they needed to reach the final. Eventually England succumbed to the continuous pressure and tired legs allowed the Dutch centre forward to pull one back with a rasping shot into the roof of the net.
Friday 24th August – The Final
England 3 Germany1
Playing in a final watched by a large vocal crowd meant England had to put on a show to thrill the neutrals and reward the England supporters who had cheered their team on throughout the tournament. They would not be disappointed. England started at a pace and skill level not seen in previous games with all their previous nerves and anxieties just a fading memory. Greg Hutchings opened the scoring with a clever short corner move which was doubled when Brian Perryman converted a stroke after Lloyd Wood’s shot had been saved on the line by a German foot. Germany pulled one back at a short corner which crept in under the keeper’s body in the 18th minute of the first quarter. This setback simply spurred England on to greater efforts only to see shot after shot saved by the German keeper, go narrowly wide or in the case of some players missing open goals. 2-1 at half time. The second half started at a an even quicker pace and with the Germans reeling on tired legs they were powerless to stop Imtiaz scoring with a rasping reverse stick strike which rocketed into the net. It was now show boating time with England passing the ball skilfully around using up time until the final whistle with the opposition becoming more and more frustrated as they were denied the possession that might get them back into the game.
At the final whistle the team was greeted with applause by the crowd who had been treated to a display of fast attacking hockey. A result only made possible by an ethos of hard work and commitment by the players which, combined with the backup support of coach, skipper, manager, physio and not forgetting the wives, resulted in the reward of the richly deserved Gold Medal.
Squad: Ballard, Durrans, Goodridge (Gk), Hutchings, Imtiaz Sheikh, Jeff, Maher (Gk), Major, Maylam, Mills, Perryman (Capt), Robertson, Singh, Surridge, Tranter, Wood, Oakshatt (Coach), Hiscock (Mgr)
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