LX North East Tour
on 12/13th October 2016
Is n’t it
great when a plan comes together?
Report from the Bede squad
Played 5, won two and lost three. Clearly we didn't pray
enough on Tuesday or Wednesday night before Bede retired to bed, otherwise I
feel sure the Venerable Bede would have been there supporting and influencing
our tactical play.
Having missed out on the Lindisfarne Oysters and the
Whole Roasted Squirrel on the Tuesday evening at the Court Inn, Bede were
clearly not jumping around the pitch or scurrying after the ball like a squirrel
after its nuts! Despite that, locum player grafted in for the first match, Paul
Dallas, scored the first of his four tournament goals, providing us with an
initial victory against Percy. There was considerable debate about the origin of
Percy. Did it relate to Percy of Thomas the Tank fame or Percy the 1971
comedy film about a man who suffered a painful injury to his..., but no he was a
Norman Lord of
On Wednesday evening, we were all treated to an
excellent dinner at the Radisson Blu on the banks of the Wear whilst
being thoroughly entertained by fellow LX'er and 1964 Tokyo Olympian John Land
who took us through his Olympic experience of 52 years ago, far cry to the
The final day's sport took us to the excellent Durham University Sports club and playing fields where Bede got of to another good start beating the home Rievers team 1:0 in the first match with a well taken Vince Smith goal. Somehow or other my mind has blotted out the three other matches from my memory - perhaps it was the local beers, but whatever, we all thoroughly enjoyed the resurrected North East Tour and would strongly recommend that LX'ers get their name down on the waiting list for 2017 as soon as possible.
Strangely, I seemed to have managed a match report without mentioning the word hokey - an old Northumbrian spelling of our chosen sport!
Report from the Percy squad
The NE Tour was a great success with a lot of good hockey played over the two days along with the usual mix of camaraderie, banter and social interaction.
The teams were well matched and most of the games close. Hadrian led by John Housham won all of their games and whilst they played well the discernible difference between them and us was Paul Dallas who was outstanding over the two days.
Percy started well against Hadrian on the first day and dominated the first half. Alas none of the pressure and chances were converted into goals.Hadrian came out much the stronger side in the second half and a well struck short corner by Gavin Stokes was enough to win the game.
The game against Bede followed a similar pattern and whilst Percy put together some decent passages of play, poor ball retention and forced errors from pressure on our defence allowed our opposition to score two well taken goals.
The next day saw us lose two of our Reivers players and gain Steve Mills and Kevin White.
We switched to a 3-4-3 and looked a lot more balanced although once again Paul Dallas gave us a lot of problems in the game against Hadrian. Same outcome as the previous day. Lost 1-0.
With Steve Mills organising us from the back the two remaining games saw us create more pressure in the final third and goals by Roger Britton and a rare goal from Jeff Jackson gave us a well deserved win over Bede.
The final game v Reivers saw a lot of tired legs but Sudesh suddenly found his range and lasered some fine balls from defence down to our forwards. Ali Robertson began to find space on the left and a well worked move saw Roger Britton score his second goal of the day.
So overall a great couple of days, good company and plenty of competitive hockey. A big thank you to Steve and Mick.
Away the lads.
Report from the Hadrian squad
1st game v Percy - 1-0 win
The club’s thanks go particularly to Steve Crute and Mick Christopher but also to Robin Wilson, Dave Webb, John Land and the 3 captains, Rob Oakley, John Housham and Jeff Jackson. It is a few years since the previous North East Tour fizzled out on a cold, wet March day in North Shields but this bright and fun resurrection looks certain to be a most popular destination in the future. Next year’s event is included on the calendar . You would be well advised to get your name down early!