at 60th Blackpool Easter Hockey Festival (23 April 2011)
On my 26th and last year as organiser of the Blackpool Hockey Festival, it was
great to include a super-vets section for the first time on this Diamond Jubilee
Over the 4 days, there were the usual 50 teams of Men, Women and Mixed, but on
the Saturday the LXERS played double round-robin matches against the LAKELANDERS
(from Cumbria) and the LIKELY LADS (from the North East and Yorkshire).
playing 4 matches and 2 hours of hockey in sunny, hot conditions,, the strong LX
team came out winners, having beaten the Likely Lads twice and with a better
goal difference than the Lakelanders who they drew with twice.
made many fine saves as GK, Mike Surridge was very strong as sweeper with guest
Zahid Arain formidable at centre-back, and they were ably supported by Harbhajan
Singh and Bob Jameson at full-backs.
midfield of Bob Purshouse, Ray Jeff and Peter Danson worked well together,
forming a platform for attack for the forward trio of Pami Bolina, Graham Martin
and Bill Warrender who created lots of goal scoring chances.
In the first 2-2
draw, Pami picked up a pass from Bob P, then beat two defenders before scoring
low to the Gk's left, and man-of-the-match Mike rushed up the pitch to flick in
at a short corner, the first of his three goals in the tournament.
match was 2-0 with Zahid striking home a short corner and Pami scoring from the
narrowest of angles following a reverse pass by Peter.
Another tough 0-0 game
preceded the last match, again a 2-0 win, in which Mike completed his hat-trick,
again from two shorts corners. Short passes from Bob P, the injector, to Bill,
back to Bob P, then to Mike on the penalty spot, who mesmerised the defence
before flicking in from close range, and the Likely Lads were rightly annoyed
with themselves when exactly the same routine was repeated minutes later.
All teams enjoyed the atmosphere of the festival and are looking forward to a
similar venture again; also are the wives who were watching from deck-chairs on
the side of the astro.
A goal must just have been scored!
Team:- Alan Dures, Mike Surridge, Bob Jameson, Zahid Arain, Paj
Singh, Bob Purshouse, Ray Jeff, Peter Danson, Pami Bolina, Graham Martin, Bill