LX Intra Club day at Felsted
at Felsted on Sunday 26th January 2020
This was to be the very last LX fixture played while we are members of the EU. That subject may have caused disharmony amongst many but this event was living proof that there is no such problem in the LX family.
Mike Surridge has organised this day for 12 years now and it is not surprising that it is always so well supported, attracting nearly 40 players in the depths of mid winter.
Mike had again sorted some well balanced squads despite some last minute changes and the result was three very close games of a very good standard. The theme this year was Formula 1, a refection of one of Mike’s passion for fast cars !
Following the parade therefore and an opportunity for the
press and pretty ladies to mingle amongst the runners and riders, Teams Ferrari,
Red Bull and Mercedes started their engines.
First up to do battle was Ferrari and Red Bull. Some early jostling for position didn’t lead to much and for a while it looked more like Skoda v Brabant. After 15 minutes however Nick King broke through, drew Cliff Peck out of goal, squared to an unmarked Graham George 3 yards out only for Graham to lose his footing and push his shot agonisingly wide. That was as close as goal scoring got and the game finished with honours even.
Team Mercedes then purred into position and immediately set the pace with Red Bull clinging on. It was something against the run of play then,when Mark Hollingsworth typically dribbled the ball along the dead ball line, evading tackles before reverse passing the ball to Gordon Small to score. Gordon’s joy was plain for all to see, celebrating with a “doughnut” around the P spot! A very well worked goal down the right for Mercedes, involving Jon Beale and Brian Smith ended with Stuart Perry picking his spot to draw the teams level only for Chris Riley to restore Red Bull’s advantage and secure the 2-1 win.
With Red Bull having the good fortune to be the first to the showers and champagne, Ferrari and Mercedes were left to fight it out in the battle of the big constructors.
Both teams enjoyed some good hockey with good spells of possession but Graeme Welsh settled it from a well worked short corner . 1-0 to Mercedes.
The buzz in The Chequers post match was something we have come to expect and it was nice to Birgit Wilkinson there to join in with everyone. A hockey family indeed and a camaraderie and spirit, particularly prevalent on these Intra Club days , which we hope will continue from generation to generation.
Our thanks to the Umpires, Barry Anderson and Mark Surridge who both umpired in the spirit of the day.
Ferrari: Brian Woolcott, Graham George, Nick King, Chris Thornhill, Steve Seymour (captain), David Holgate, Phil Hutley, Graeme Menzies, Alan Dures (GK), Henrik Kjellin, Ken Wooding, Graham Wood.
Red Bull: Adrian Stephenson, Gordon Small, Mark Hollingsworth, Chris Riley, Peter Danson, Rob Oakley, Mike Patton (Captain), John Grinham, Peter Wright, Cliff Peck (GK), John Butler, Mike Surridge.
Mercedes: Stuart Perry, Peter Glading,
Trevor Denison, Brian Smith, Graham Ramsden, Roger Girling (captain), Graeme
Welsh, Chris Parker, Chris Blake, Mo Umney (GK), Mike Rudd, Jon Beale, Graham
Report by Roger Girling