East Grinstead crowned Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals Champions

East Grinstead have beaten Beeston 8-5 in the 2012 Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals to earn themselves their fourth consecutive title.
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Men's 2012 Super Sixes Final Result.

East Grinstead

8  (6) - (3) 5 Beeston
David De Prez 9,11,29 (F,F,F)            Tim Davenport 3,16 (F,F)
Daniel Koschyk 12,13 (F,F)            Paddy Schmidt 14,40 (PC,F)
Ashley Jackson 15,24 (PC,F)            Stephen Wood 40 (F)
Scott Ashdown 17 (F)            

The crowd were in full voice as Beeston’s Adam Dixon got things under way in the 2012 final.  Neither team allowed the other to settle early on; Richard Potton had the first save to make but it was a straight forward ask. Davenport had been in fine scoring form in the semi-final and after some skilful work by German Paddy Schmdit, Davenport fired home a powerful shot to give Beeston a welcome lead.

Glenn Kirkham won a penalty corner for East Grinstead in the fifth minute but Ben Hawes was quickly out to snaffle an Ashley Jackson shot. Chances were coming thick and fast as opportunities went begging at both ends, Glenn Kirkham making a last ditch clearance for the defending champions. A cleverly worked opportunity from Jackson saw the ball come back off the upright from a reverse shot.

In the ninth minute David De Prez got on the end of a Barry Middleton deflection to bring things back on level terms. Another stunning finish by De Prez put his side ahead after a lethal pass put of defence from Mike Holland. A third goal for East Grinstead came courtesy of  Daniel Koschyk who dinked his way through the opposition  for a great solo effort. Middleton intercepted a pass on half way to lay off to De Prez, who enjoyed his second of the match.

There was no time for celebration as Beeston were quickly awarded a penalty corner which was put away by Paddy Schmidt – four goals in five minutes. Jackson rifled a penalty corner into the roof of the net to leave the score 5-2 before Tim Davenport was setup by Ben Hawes to keep Bees in contention with four minutes still to play. Scott Ashdown replied within a minute after playing a tidy one-two with De Prez.

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The action continued at half time as James Fair took on a penalty stroke challenge. Young hockey fans got their chance to face the England Hockey 2011 Player of the Year.

Ashley Jackson had the first EG chance of the half but his shot travelled just wide. Tim Davenport responded well for Beeston, coming even closer as his effort slammed off the post. Iain Lewers made a couple of important interceptions for East Grinstead within seconds of each other while Jackson found the best way to relieve the pressure was to score at the other end. A powerful shot from an impossible angle took Beeston by surprise since he was practically hugging the backline.

Pinner was alert to a reverse effort by Kirkham and again from De Prez who tried his luck when he really had no right. Adam Harper collected a green card for a stick tackle nine minutes in as EG conceded a penalty corner. Schmidt banged the opportunity off the post. A flowing counter attack from EG gave David De Prez his hat-trick and a 8-3 lead for EG. Beeston called a time out with seven minutes remaining and replaced their keeper with James McBlane as a kicking back as they continued to press forward.  East Grinstead got bodies behind the ball to restrain their opponents but some determined play by Jackson on the left flank set-up a penalty corner which the Beeston defence smothered, much to the delight of the crowd.

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A close effort by Stephen Woods almost saw his deflection nip in at the far post for Beeston, but soon afterwards Adam Dixon fed Woods on his reverse side giving Beeston the last opportunity.  As the clock ticked down East Grinstead supporters showed their delight as their team closed out an 8-5 victory to retain the Maxifuel Super Sixes Finals title.  And as the presentations were made they had even more to celebrate as Ashley Jackson was named man of the match.

Speaking after the game, EG Coach Richard Organ, said "We made it difficult for Beeston and were in control after a ten minute spell where we were unplayable and clinical. We are aiming to go on and make history by being the first English team to win a medal in the Euro Indoor Hockey League."

East Grinstead Captain Scott Ashdown added, "Fortunately the game went the way we planned. We had a purple patch where we scored four goals that built up excitement in the players and we just rolled with that momentum."

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