LX CLUB TOUR TO JERSEY
May to Sunday 9th May 2010
It was excellent that this always enjoyable Club tour was
reinstated this year, with the golfing hockey players arriving early - it was
considered that at least two of the East Over 65s players, who have been on the
tour for many years, might have been under instructions to keep fit for the EH
Cannock tournament the following weekend, so their attention was particularly
drawn to golf for fitness training, followed by cream teas as an aid towards
The tour really started on Friday at the Gradees
Restaurant in St. Helier
with an excellent meal, a short walking distance from the team’s headquarters at
the Mayfair Hotel.
On Saturday after a morning’s free time around
Jersey, the squad
assembled at the Quennevais Leisure stadium pitch at 3.00pm, in lovely sunny
conditions. It was against the run of play that two LX Club defence lapses
resulted in Jersey going 2-0 ahead very early in the game, but Alan Jackson,
always skilful in defence, and
in goal, kept the score at this level until half-time.
Following a spirited team talk by maestro Captain John
Longden, the LX Club took control of the game with the LX forwards becoming more
dominant, especially with the rotation of Hugo Rowbotham, Roger Lomas and
on the wings. David
Read (Worcestershire) combined
well with Graham Martin and Richard Clarke, resulting in the latter scoring a
lofted goal over Tim Pollard
(LX Club member) in the Jersey
Despite further LX pressure the game ended in a well
deserved win for Jersey
After this the two teams adjoined to the ‘La Marquanderie’
Inn, prior to a superb dinner in the Bistro Soleil at Beaumont St. Peter,
attended by several of the Jersey HC veterans, who were thanked by
for their supportive attendance.
On Sunday 9th May the LX Club team raised their game to
try and achieve a positive result.
It was highly encouraging when Graham Martin,
following passes from
(Worcestershire), scored first for the LX Club.
However, in the spirit of the Liberation Day
celebrations for Jersey and the other Channel Islands,
moved into a 4-1 lead at half-time, aided by their slightly younger forwards.
After half-time, Jersey
reorganised their team which then gave the LX Club an opportunity to reform.
Goals quickly followed from
(2), Brian Woolcott
(1), thereby getting the score to 4-4, with Hugo Rowbotham moving back to his
role in defence. LX
Club moved ahead with an excellent reverse stick shot from Graham Martin, but
Jersey were not to be denied, and in the final minute, equalised from a penalty
corner to make the game all square at 5-5.
The after-match analysis took place at the ‘La
All agreed that this is a fixture which must be
maintained for the enjoyment of the members of both Clubs.
No tour of this nature would be complete without a mention
of a LX Club Member Match Organiser. Once again, so many thanks to
ably supported by his wife June, and for the hospitality which they laid on in
their home on the Sunday evening.
The LX Club also thanks the contribution made by
the three umpires, who were Peter Taylor (2 games), and Neville Benbow and John
LX Club Team: Alan Dures,
(Captain), George Hazell,
(Sussex), David Read
(Worcestershire), Adrian Robertson, Hugo Rowbotham, Alan Jackson,
Graham Martin, Richard Clarke, Roger Lomas.
Final thanks go to all the
wives who supported the LX Club (and did some shopping along the way!).
Match Report: David Read