LX Intra Club day and John Oakshatt Memorial
As a result of Mike’s initiative the number of members wanting to play swelled significantly and Mike was left with the task of balancing out 4 sides.
Despite a damp drive to the ground, the
The winners of Hansen’s Harriers and Girling’s Goshawks would play the winner of Evans’ Eagles and Perry’s Peregrines in a winner takes all final.
The Harriers and Goshawks played out a 0-0 draw leaving the result to be decided by the toss of a coin. With Kim Hansen still wiping the sweat off his brow, the shy and retiring but still fresh, David Gill called the toss and a delighted Girling’s Goshawks progressed to the final!
Meanwhile, on pitch 2, Perry’s Peregrines were getting their wings clipped by Evans Eagles. The result , 3-1 with goals from Deanne Evans, the afore mentioned Naomi and David Gill for the Eagles with Chris Parker in full flight, pecking his way through to register for the Peregrines.
In the play off for 3rd place, the Harriers won nesting rights. Ian Knox dive bombed in to grab the early worm , only for Steve Seymour to swoop low and mean to equalise for the Peregrines. His feathers ruffled, flight leader Hansen regained the Harriers perch with the winner.
A substantial flock gathered around the aviary to witness the final between the Goshawks and the Eagles although there was a distinct lack of cooing as the well preened contestants entered the pitch. Both sides had their chances but the respectful Goshawks gave due reference to the inclusion of Chris Townsend, headmaster of Felsted , playing in the Eagles side and when Deanne Evans, daughter of Bruce (another with Felsted connections) threatened, the mesmerised Goshawks defence watched open beaked. A cacophony of squawking Eagles is not a nice sound but thankfully that was the only goal of final.
The 60 or so that had gathered for this great day retreated to the pub for some of Wendy’s wonders and to finish as they had started – with a beer.
Umpires: Frank Lockhart, Mark Surridge, Imtiaz Sheik, Steve Mills
Report by Roger Girling