LX CLUB JERSEY TOUR
and Sunday 12th May 2013
versus Jersey and Old Victorians
At Les Quennevais
Leisure Centre, St. Brelade
LX Club arrived in St. Helier a day or so before the fixtures, some being able
to watch the Commemoration of the Liberation of the Island
in 1945, comprising a remembrance ceremony, parades and other interesting
activities. All twelve players with
their wives and partners stayed at the Savoy Hotel, and on Friday night had an
enjoyable meal at the Vecchia Milano Ristorante.
On Saturday everybody
was free to explore the Island, later
assembling at the Leisure Centre astroturf pitch for the first game at 2.30 pm
versus a Jersey Masters team.
Taking time to settle down on a very hard sandy pitch, on which forceful hitting
was required, the team took longer to adjust than normal.
The initial goals for Jersey came from
penalty corners fired into goal just beyond Tim
Pollard’s reach. LX then started to attack, the opposition’s
defence with strong passing from Brian Stokes and
Nigel Spencer-Knott to the forwards, which resulted in several
penalty corners, but none converted. However, a good run down the right by Peter
Denley (EH Midlands GGMs) led to him scoring a superb goal for LX, for a
half-time score of 2-1 to Jersey.
After the break, Jersey added to their goal tally, but Brian Stokes gave
the LX team hope by scoring a penalty corner goal to make the score 3-2.
LX Club were now fully stretched, but aided by the youthful Sarah Heelis
and Chrissi Hefford from Jersey Ladies, stabilised the game for most of the
second half. Later,
Jersey scored two more goals, one an
unfortunate defender’s own goal to deservedly win 5-2.
After this, it was a quick shower and off to the Walkers Restaurant at
the Moorings Hotel at Gorey by coach (registered Char-a-Banc no.34) for a
fantastic meal, all set up by Tim Pollard,
our goalkeeper and LX member on Jersey. It was lovely to see Sarah Clarke coming
along to watch the Jersey
game, and participate in the meal.
LX Club team:
(gk), Alan Jackson, Adrian Money, David Read, Hugo Rowbotham, Brian Stokes, Nigel Spencer-Knott, Paj Singh, Peter Denley, David
Thompson, Graham Martin (Captain), Graham George,
LX Club team versus Jersey:Participating guest players were Sarah Heelis and
Chrissi Hefford (both Jersey)
were Willie Webbe (Jersey) and Philippa Stahelin (Guernsey).
loomed up far too early for most, but everybody arrived in time at the Leisure
Centre for the 10.30am game versus Old Victorians.
The game was almost a repetition of the previous day.
Old Victorians initially scored from a cross from the right to an
unmarked left winger by the post, and OVs went ahead 1-0. David Wilkinson despite playing with a cold, made
some excellent runs on the left wing and went close to scoring.
However, it was Graham George who ran into an
excellent position to register his usual trademark goal from close range.
Inevitably OVs struck back down the centre, so LX Club were 2-1 down at half
time, also losing Hugo Rowbotham who
aggravated a previous injury.
LX had Paul Duckworth
(Jersey) in goal for this game, and despite his
excellent performance, he could not prevent OVs going 3-1 ahead.
However, Sarah Heelis (Jersey) for LX made a skilful run down the right
wing, sending in a superb cross, and from the resulting melee in the circle,
David Thompson (LX and Rugby HC) scored an ‘unstoppable goal’.LX then had
several good opportunities with strong running from Graham Martin, but
OVs then concentrated on all-out attack, and despite the heroic efforts
of Paj Singh, Alan Jackson and Adrian Money, the “younger” Old
Victorians deservedly ran out 5-2 winners, the same score as in the previous
game versus Jersey.
LX Club team versus
Old Victorians:Participating guest players were Paul Duckworth (gk) and Sarah
Heelis (both Jersey)
were Jack Tait (whole game), Steve Hervey and Ian Simpson (OVs) sharing.(both Jersey).
All the players, and
the ladies who walked to the pitch (on both days) led Lesley Martin, and other
supporters, then adjourned to La Marquanderie Inn, St. Brelade.
In the evening most of those who had come to Jersey
journeyed to Tim and June Pollard’s home for an informal evening meal and very
enjoyable gathering, which ended this tour which has now been running for 11
sincerely thanked Tim and June for all their work and hospitality on this tour,
and presented them with an engraved glass hockey ball on a plinth and
chocolates. Thanks were also given
by the LX Club members to Graham and Lesley Martin, as joint Match Managers, for
all their hard work in keeping the tour going for yet another year, also to the
Umpires for both games.
- David Read (LX Club Fixtures Secretary)