LX CLUB v CHELMSFORD
DAVID SIMMS MEMORIAL
Result: LX Club 1
- ‘Evergreens’ 4
This game, played in memory of
who passed away in October 2007 and was an enthusiastic
member of both Clubs, was very well supported.
David joined Chelmsford
in 1994, previously playing for numerous Clubs, including
and Cheam, and County hockey for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
He joined the LX Club in 1999, and held important
posts such as Membership Secretary, Press Officer, and especially Editor of the
‘LXer’ (in its previous format) for some seven years.
The weather held firm, and Evergreens with a strong
skilful team got off to an early start, with a goal from Mick Able just inside
LX were soon making progress towards the opposition’s goal
with spirited runs down the wings by Brian Woolcott
and David Wilkinson.
However Evergreens, with a powerful midfield,
spurred on by skilful Welsh GM player, Ralph Thomas, slotted home two more goals
via Ed de Mello, before half time for a 3-0 lead.
In the second half the LX defence played more as a
cohesive unit, and Mick O’Malley, Gilbert Grace, David Young and especially
guest Paul Berendt, who was a tower of strength at centre half, with George
Hazell in top form, contained the Evergreens’s forwards.
It was against the run of play when Ralph Thomas
smashed home a goal from a penalty corner.
This spurred on LX, and when the ball lodged under
Chelmsford’s goalkeeper LXer
Crawford McKee’s boot, the umpire let play continue, and Henrik Kjellin scored
an opportunist goal for LX.
this, both Adrian
Stephenson and Martin Kavanagh
went close, but the final score was a well deserved victory for the home team.
The after-match hospitality was to the usual high
standard, and organised by the other Evergreens goalkeeper (and Club Fixtures
Secretary) Fred Matthews.
Simms’s son, Andrew, who played in the match, presented the Trophy to
Captain Peter Hollebon, in the presence of June Simms and her daughter.
Richard Bisley and Robert Nourse, were warmly thanked for their excellent
performance by both Captains.
LX Club team: Alan Dures,
George Hazell, David G. Read (Captain), David Young, Paul Berendt (Guest),
Gilbert Grace, Mick O’Malley, Brian Woolcott,
Henrik Kjellin, Martin Kavanagh, Adrian Stephenson,
Match Report: David Read