LX Hockey Intra Club Day
at Slazenger’s Hockey Club, Wakefield
Thursday 3rd March 2016
An excellent day organised by
Match Manager [and umpire] Geoff Birkett.
Thanks go to Geoff, the umpire Steve
Wood and the team captains Alastair
Robinson [Robo’s Relics] and Steve Crute [Crute’s Crusader’s]. The first
Slazenger’s day was in 2015 and the memorable moment was the gift of rhubarb
offered by Geoff and Jane to the ladies. The same was a key part this year for
another game in Yorkshire’s rhubarb triangle,
but there was the addition of named LX CLUB shortbread with the coffee before
the game. Thanks to the baker Diane
Despite the snow on large
stretches of the Pennines, LX enjoyed a bright,
dry afternoon of hockey. The "Reds" (Crusaders) were very quickly on the attack
and a driving run into the circle by Trevor Denison resulted in a goal within
thirty seconds from Tony Taig.
shocked the "Whites" (Relics) into
action lest they lived up to their name and they gradually fought their way back
into the game. In the second quarter of an evenly contested match "Whites"
equalised after excellent work down the right created space for Nick Kennerly to
weave his way around a number of the Reds defenders and score a good goal. The
Relics had repeatedly out flanked the Crusaders who changed their battle plan
for the second half reverting to a more traditional playing pattern and team
The 3rd and 4th quarters
were dominated by "Red" pressure and determined "White" defence. After a series
of short corners Stuart Forrest scored a deserved second goal for the "Reds",
cunningly disguising a pass to the far post as a shot on goal. However the
"Whites" were not prepared to concede and quickly equalised, again after
excellent work down the right. After drawing the keeper off his line a pass
across the circle found "guest" Graham Small unmarked in front of an empty net
and he scored to create a score of 2 - 2!
In the final seconds of the game "Whites" forced
a short corner but in the true spirit of LX hockey they resisted executing the
"finishing off" their opponents!
The “Reds” did not find the
Holy Grail of a victory but it was an improved result from the previous year’s
campaign. As always, Paul Dallas covered every synthetic fibre on the pitch and
guests Peter Reid, Mike Couttie and “rhubarb man of the match” Kevin White all
gave excellent displays. The "Whites" owed much to the tireless work of their
midfield, particularly Nick Kennerly and defenders Tony Neeve and John Ridings.
Huge thanks go to Geoff Birkett for
his organisation and umpiring, the ladies who provided great support and the
hosting skills of the Slazenger’s club.
It was a real pleasure for the LXers to welcome
David and Jackie Ewing to Slazenger’s and to see them in such good spirits.
Relics in White: Martin
Ferrett [Gk], Alastair Robertson [Captain], John Ridings, Tony Neeve, Angus
Brogdon, John Housham, Nick Kennerley, Martin Laithwaite, Robin Wilson, David
Durrans, Graham Small [Guest]
Crute’s Crusaders in Red:
Roger Parr [Gk], Steve Crute [Captain], Stuart
Forrest, Peter Reid [Guest],Peter Danson, Trevor Denison, Kevin White [Guest],
Rob Oakley, Sarbjit Dehl, Tony Taig,
Mike Couttie [Guest].
Match Reporter: Alastair Robertson with
additions from Steve Crute.