Futures Cup Day Four

A fantastic final day at the Futures Cup saw some highly entertaining hockey on display with 34 goals, including two hat-tricks, scored across the eight matches.

Congratulations to everyone who played, umpired, officiated, coached, managed, volunteered or supported the teams at the Futures Cup.  Thanks go to everyone involved, to Cannock Hockey Club as our hosts and to Man, a loyal supporter of the Futures Cup.

Saxon Tigers under 16 girls celebrate winning the 2011 Futures Cup

Despite losing their final match 1-0 to the Wessex Leopards, the Saxon Tigers under 16 girls won the Under 16 girls tournament at the Futures Cup after the Pennine Pumas and Mercia Lynx girls failed to take advantage.  The Tigers needed just a point from their match against the Wessex Leopards to guarantee the tournament victory but with just three minutes of the match remaining Leopards captain Amelia Andrew struck.  The goal from the young Firebrands player helped the Wessex Leopards finish the weekend on a high with their first win of the tournament.  Despite the Tigers’ defeat, they became 2011 Futures Cup Champions 70 minutes later when the Pennine Pumas and Mercia Lynx girls drew.  And it was another Amelia who struck three minutes from time in that match as Blackpool’s Amelia Beaman made it 2-2.  Going into the match, both sides knew they could win the tournament if they won the match by enough of a margin and the intent was clear early on.  Ecclesbourne pupil Naomi Cotterill, who plays her club hockey for Beeston, struck in the fourth minute for the Mercia Lynx but Eleanor Martin – City of York – levelled five minutes later.  The Mercia Lynx girls looked to be heading for victory, albeit only by enough to finish second, after Lydia Macdonnel’s strike before half time before Beaman’s goal cancelled out the Northampton Saints’ player’s effort as the clock ticked down.  The draw meant the Pumas finished second to the Saxon Tigers in the round robin table with Mercia Lynx third and the Wessex Leopards fourth, just a point behind.

Amelia Andrew 67 (F)           -
Eleanor Martin 9 (F)           Naomi Cotterill 4 (F)
Amelia Beaman 67 (F)           Lydia Macdonell 27 (F)

U16 Girls Final Standings

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

A young Mercia Lynx player in action at the 2011 Futures Cup

In the Under 16 boys tournament a double from Marlow’s Jack Clee helped the Mercia Lynx to the 2011 Futures Cup title as they beat the Pennine Pumas 3-2.  Earlier in the morning, the Saxon Tigers had done all they could to get themselves to the top of the pile with a 5-1 win over the Wessex Leopards.  A hat-trick from Canterbury’s Harry Roberts temporarily put the Tigers in pole position on the day as Old Loughtonians’ William Godfrey and East Grinstead’s Christopher Norris chipped in with goals in either half.  Strikes in the first and seventh minutes from Roberts, plus Godfrey’s in the 13th had the Tigers well ahead by the quarter of an hour mark although Fareham’s Simon Cardy pulled one back for the Wessex Leopards midway through the first half.  Norris’ goal and Roberts’ hat-trick sealed all three points for the high scoring Tigers, who found the net 13 times in their three matches.  As it was, the victory was enough only for second place behind the Mercia Lynx boys.  In contrast to their Tigers opponents, the Mercia Lynx U16 boys scored just four times in three games, but it was the three crucial goals on Sunday that helped them to the title.  Melton’s George Thomson had the Lynx ahead inside ten minutes from a penalty corner and Sir William Borlase’s pupil Clee made it 2-0 before Ben Rhydding’s Harry Sherlock pulled one back before the break.  Clee made it 3-1 in the 59th minute but Windermere’s Thomas Maloney reduced the deficit again two minutes later. The Mercia Lynx boys hung on though and finished 3-2 winners, topping the table with seven points to the Saxon Tigers’ six.  The Wessex Leopards finished third on two points while the Pennine Pumas came fourth.

Simon Cardy 18 (F)           Harry Roberts 1,7,65 (F,F,F)
            William Godfrey 13 (PC)
            Christopher Norris 39 (F)
Harry Sherlock 31 (F)           George Thomson 10 (PC)
Thomas Maloney 61 (F)           Jack Clee 23,59 (F,F)

U16 Boys Final Standings

    P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Mercia Lynx 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 7
2 Saxon Tigers 3 2 0 1 13 3 10 6
3 Wessex Leopards 3 0 2 1 5 9 -4 2
4 Pennine Pumas 3 0 1 2 7 15 -8 1

At the Futures Cup, the under 18 tournaments last an extra day to encompass a 3rd/4th playoff and final.  Following the conclusion of the Under 18 girls tournament pool stage on Saturday, the Mercia Lynx U18 girls met their Pennine Pumas counterparts in the battle for third on Sunday.  After a goalless first half, Belper’s Kathryn Lane struck midway through the second period to give the Mercia Lynx a valuable lead.  And as the match entered its final ten minutes Reading’s Alice Freeman made it 2-0.  Following that match, the much anticipated re-match between the Wessex Leopards girls and the Saxon Tigers.  On Saturday, when the two sides met in the pool phase, the Tigers stormed into a seemingly unassailable 3-0 lead only to be pegged back by three second half strikes from the Wessex Leopards.  In Sunday’s final, it was the Wessex Leopards started with a bang as Laura Bevan and Olivia Chilton had the girls in blue 2-0 up inside six minutes.  Gloucester’s Bevan netted the second of what would become her hat-trick midway through the first half and captain Rebecca Van-Berkel made it 4-0 before half time.  The Saxon Tigers may have drawn hope from the Leopards’ comeback the day before but there was to be no heroic fight back this time, although Sevenoaks’ Lucy Wood did pull a goal back in the 43rd minute.  The title, however, was to be the Leopards’ and Bevan made sure as she completed her hat-trick in the 56th minute.

3rd/4th Playoff

Kathryn Lane 54 (F)           -
Alice Freeman 61 (PC)            


Laura Bevan 4,17,56 (F,F,F)           Lucy Wood 43 (F)
Olivia Chilton 6 (F)            
Rebecca Van-Berkel 26 (PC)            

U18 Girls Final Standings

1. Wessex Leopards
2. Saxon Tigers
3. Mercia Lynx
4. Pennine Pumas

In the Under 18 boys tournament, the Saxon Tigers boys ran out victors with a hard fought win over the Mercia Lynx, who had squeezed into the final on goal difference ahead of the Wessex Leopards.  The Leopards put that disappointment behind them on Sunday as they ran out 4-0 winners over the Pennine Pumas in the third place playoff.  All four goals in that match came before half time.  Team Bath Bucanners’ Craig McAuliffe put the Wessex Leopards on their way in the 14th minute and Cheltenham’s Bertie Wyatt added a second four minutes later.  There then followed two goals from penalty corners as Havant pair Albert Thornton and Daniel Faulkner struck to put the game beyond the Pennine Pumas.  In a highly entertaining final, most of the goals came in the second half, following a superbly entertaining end to the first half.  With the score at 0-0 two minutes from half time, the Mercia Lynx were awarded a penalty stroke which Barford Tigers’ Navraj Degun successfully converted.  No sooner had the Lynx taken the lead than East Grinstead’s Luke Taylor converted a penalty corner for the Saxon Tigers, meaning the sides went in level at the break.  Five minutes into the second half Old Loughtonians’ James Alberry put the Saxon Tigers in front for the first time in the game but Cannock’s Arjan Drayton Chana levelled on his home ground for the Mercia Lynx.  In an end-to-end encounter the Tigers were back in front two minutes later when Bromley & Beckenham’s Robert Farrington scored.  Despite their best efforts the Lynx boys could not strike back and with three minutes remaining Farrington’s clubmate Harrison Sellers made sure of the Tigers’ victory with a goal from a penalty corner. 

3rd/4th Playoff

Craig McAuliffe 14 (F)           -
Bertie Wyatt 18 (F)            
Albert Thorton 28 (PC)            
Daniel Faulkner 33 (PC)            


Luke Taylor 34 (PC)           Navraj Degun 33 (PS)
James Albery 40 (F)           Arjan Drayton Chana 52 (F)
Robert Farrington 54 (F)            
Harrison Sellers 67 (PC)            

U18 Boys Final Standings

1. Saxon Tigers
2. Mercia Lynx
3. Wessex Leopards
4. Pennine Pumas

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