Futures Cup Day Three

The Saxon Tigers U16 girls go into the final day of the Futures Cup Under 16 girls tournament in the box seats after a 4-0 win over the Pennine Pumas.  Genevieve Masters’ hat-trick came in the final quarter of an hour at Cannock as the Canterbury youngster added to an early goal from Surbiton’s Kuda Kamwaza.  Earlier in the morning two goals from Pascale Massey gave the Mercia Lynx their first win of the tournament.  The Bromsgrove pupil, who plays her club hockey for Worcester, got the Lynx off and running with a goal in the fifth minute and doubled her tally in the 23rd.  Havant’s Sophie Brigg pulled one back for the Wessex Leopards but the girls in blue could not find another and the Mercia Lynx won 2-1.

MERCIA LYNX 2 (2) - 1 (1) WESSEX LEOPARDS
Pascale Massey 5,23 (F,F)           Sophie Brigg 29 (F)

SAXON TIGERS 4 (1) - 0 (0) PENNINE PUMAS
Kuda Kamwaza 15 (F)           -
Genevieve Masters 57,66,68 (F,PS,F)            

  U16 Girls P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Saxon Tigers 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
2 Pennine Pumas 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
3 Mercia Lynx 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3
4 Wessex Leopards 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0

Saxon Tigers girls listen to their coach at half time at the Futures Cup 2011

The two matches in the Under 16 boys tournament could not have been more different in their outcomes as the Saxon Tigers scored an incredible eight goals in their 8-1 win over the Pennine Pumas before the Mercia Lynx and Wessex Leopards played out a goalless draw.  East Grinstead’s Christopher Norris and Canterbury’s Harry Roberts each scored twice in the first half, sandwiching Indian Gymkhana’s Karan Bamrah strike.  5-0 up at the A young Mercia Lynx boys player in action at the 2011 Futures Cupbreak the Tigers kept up the pressure with Samad Suleman and Robbie Oliver each netting penalty corners in the opening six minutes of the second half.  Ermysted’s pupil Josh Sykes, who plays his club hockey for Ben Rhydding, pulled one back for the Pennine Pumas in the 47th minute but Old Loughtonians’ William Godfrey added an eighth for the Tigers late on.  The result puts the Saxon Tigers into second place in a very tight table.  They sit one point behind the Mercia Lynx, who stay top thanks to the point earned against the Wessex Leopards.  With two draws the Leopards are third with the Pennine Pumas fourth going into the final day.

SAXON TIGERS 8 (5) - 1 (0) PENNINE PUMAS
Christopher Norris 8,32 (F,PC)           Josh Sykes 47 (F)
Harry Roberts 9,25 (F,F)            
Karan Bamrah 13 (F)            
Samad Suleman 36 (PC)            
Robbie Oliver 41 (PC)            
William Godfrey 64 (PC)            

MERCIA LYNX 0 (0) - 0 (0) WESSEX LEOPARDS
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  U16 Boys P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Mercia Lynx 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4
2 Saxon Tigers 2 1 0 1 8 2 6 3
3 Wessex Leopards 2 0 2 0 4 4 0 2
4 Pennine Pumas 2 0 1 1 5 12 -7 1

Four penalty corner goals helped the Mercia Lynx to their first win in the Under 18 girls tournament as they beat the Pennine Pumas 4-0.  Belper and Oakham school athlete Kathryn Lane broke the deadlock midway through the first half and Leicester’s Elizabeth Honarmand made it 2-0 shortly before the break.  Reading’s Alice Freeman scored with a 40th minute penalty corner and Beeston’s Kim Leiper put the icing on the cake in the final minute.  The Wessex Leopards and the Saxon Tigers played out a thrilling 3-3 draw showing there is very little between the sides ahead of their Futures Cup Final meeting tomorrow.  The Leopards may have the edge going into that match however, after coming back from three goals down.  Canterbury pair Eliza Brett and Rebecca Weston each scored either side of a goal from Ipswich’s Hannah Martin as the Saxon Tigers went into half time in total control.  The Leopards’ second half fight back was monumental as they clawed their way into the match.  Leading by example, captain Rebecca Van-Berkel scored in the 43rd minute and her strike was followed up by a goal from Trojans’ Elizabeth Gittens.  And the comeback was complete when, three minutes later, Kirsty Hoskins of Team Bath Buccaneers struck to make it 3-3. The result leaves the Leopards on top of the table, ahead of the Tigers courtesy of having scored two goals more.  The two will meet in the final again tomorrow while the Mercia Lynx and Pennine Pumas play off for third place.

PENNINE PUMAS 0 (0) - 4 (2) MERCIA LYNX
-           Kathryn Lane 17 (PC)
            Elizabeth Honarmand 20 (PC)
            Alice Freeman 40 (PC)
            Kim Leiper 69 (PC)

WESSEX LEOPARDS 3 (0) - 3 (3) SAXON TIGERS
Rebecca Van-Berkel 43 (F)           Eliza Brett 3 (F)
Elizabeth Gittens 56 (F)           Hannah Martin 12 (F)
Kirsty Hoskins 59 (F)           Rebecca Weston 18 (PC)

  U18 Girls P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Wessex Leopards 3 2 1 0 10 4 6 7
2 Saxon Tigers 3 2 1 0 8 4 4 7
3 Mercia Lynx 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
4 Pennine Pumas 3 0 0 3 2 12 -10 0

A young Pennine Pumas boys player gives instructions during the 2011 Futures CupIn the Under 18 boys tournament the Saxon Tigers made it three wins from three to seal their place in Sunday’s final.  Holcombe’s Robert Field gave them the perfect start inside three minutes but King’s College pupil Tristan Marshall equalised midway through the first half.  Level at the break, it was the Saxon Tigers that took the initiative in the second period with goals from James Gall (Surbiton and Cranleigh) and Harrison Sellers (Bromley & Beckenham and Whitgift) sealing a 3-1 victory.  And the Tigers’ opponents in Sunday’s final will be the Mercia Lynx boys, who squeeze through into the final ahead of the Wessex Leopards on goal difference.  The Lynx, who qualify with a goal difference of five goals better, owe much to their 7-0 of the Pennine Pumas on Saturday.  It was a victory built on the foundations of host club Cannock as six of their seven goals came from the stick of a young Cannock player.  A hat-trick from Arjan Drayton Chana, another two from Tom Morris and one from Jack Middleton gave the home crowd much to cheer about while James Speke of Bridgnorth also added his name to the score sheet.   The defeat leaves the Pennine Pumas without a point going into their final match, the third place playoff, in which they will meet the Wessex Leopards, who beat them 3-1 in day one.

PENNINE PUMAS 0 (0) - 7 (5) MERCIA LYNX
-           Arjan Drayton Chana 3,31,65 (F,PC,F)
            Tom Morris 7,22 (F,F)
            Jack Middleton 28 (F)
            James Speke 51 (F)

WESSEX LEOPARDS 1 (1) - 3 (1) SAXON TIGERS
Tristan Marshall 18 (F)           Robert Field 3 (F)
            James Gall 45 (F)
            Harrison Sellers 68 (PC)

  U18 Boys P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Saxon Tigers 3 3 0 0 8 2 6 9
2 Mercia Lynx 3 1 1 1 11 6 5 4
3 Wessex Leopards 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
4 Pennine Pumas 3 0 0 3 1 12 -11 0

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