Senior Finals Report - Day One

  Senior Finals Day One

In other sporting terms the day may have been described as ‘rain affected’ but in resilient hockey fashion neither hail nor rain were to dampen the spirits at Cannock Hockey Club on Saturday 21 April. Teams and spectators alike braved the fluctuating weather conditions and in return were treated to action in the Women’s Masters Over 40s Cup, Men’s Trophy Final and Men’s Vase Final. There was the odd spell of sunshine too.

 

Women's Masters Over 40's Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:00

Cambridge City

0

-

0

Phoenix Rising

10:45

Wimbledon

0

-

0

Woking

11:30

Cotswold Sunsetters

2

-

0

Cambridge City

12:25

Phoenix Rising

3

-

0

Woking

13:10

Cotswold Sunsetters

0

-

1

Wimbledon

13:55

Woking

0

-

0

Cambridge City

14:50

Phoenix Rising

5

-

0

Cotswold Sunsetters

15:35

Cambridge City

1

-

2

Wimbledon

16:20

Woking

3

-

0

Cotswold Sunsetters

17:05

Wimbledon

1

-

0

Phoenix Rising

 

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts

1

Wimbledon

4

3

1

0

4

1

3

10

2

Phoenix Rising

4

2

1

1

8

1

7

7

3

Woking

4

1

2

1

3

3

0

5

4

Cotswold Sunsetters

4

1

0

3

2

9

-7

3

5

Cambridge City

4

0

2

2

1

4

-3

2

 

The Women’s Masters Over 40s Cup led the way with a 1000 start but the first two fixtures failed to produce a goal with Cambridge City v Phoenix Rising and Wimbledon v Woking both ending in goalless deadlock. It took Cotswold Sunsetters to bestow goals upon the round robin tournament when Di Williams struck in the 19th minute. Sunsetters were to run out 2-0 victors over Cambridge City to allay fears of a five way penalty shootout at the end of the day. Buoyed by what they had just seen, Phoenix went one better against Woking by recording a 3-0 triumph; Mandy Gatherer striking twice. Wimbledon gained their first win against Cotswold Sunsetters thanks to a solitary George Headley goal before a return to the goalless draw with Woking v Cambridge City. Phoenix Rising used their penultimate fixture to stake their claim for the title with a 5-0 victory over Cotswold Sunsetters in which Helen Parr struck twice. Wimbledon’s next fixture ended in a 2-1 win over Cambridge City thanks to Michelle Clarke’s 25th minute finish. The result set up a barnstorming finish to the Women’s Masters Over 40s with Phoenix Rising and Wimbledon facing off for the title. In the meantime Woking rounded off their campaign with a 3-0 win over Cotswold Sunsetters through goals from Donna Cox, Juliette Hubbard and June Blythe.

                And so to the final which saw the top two pitted against each other; Wimbledon requiring a win and a draw being enough for Phoenix Rising. At half-time Wimbledon’s Katie Penny Green’s fifth minute opener separated the two sides; it was a lead that the reigning champions were able to hold as the final moments passed and they were crowned champions for a second time.


 

Men’s Trophy Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guernsey

(1)

1

-

2

(1)

Gateshead

 

Dawson-Ball, 5 F

 

 

 

 

 

Grant, 17 PS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White, 40 F

 

 

Over on pitch two Gateshead and Guernsey met in the Men’s Trophy final, two teams with more than a mile or two between home grounds. Gateshead boosted by rousing support – adorned with ‘tour t-shirts’ – and Guernsey accompanied by spectators and local TV coverage befitted the occasion. Guernsey, winners in 2009 at Old Loughtonians, took the early lead through Andrew Dawson-Ball and though Guernsey looked to establish their lead, and add to it, Gateshead struck back in the 17th minute when awarded a penalty stroke. Gary Grant stepped up to despatch the stroke into the back of the net to the cheers and adulation of the Gateshead support – not least by his ‘Mam’ – to draw level. The remainder of the half was punctuated by even play and a keen sense of endeavour from both sides. At half-time the heavens opened and the pitch became laden with hail stones but amidst the storm both teams marched back on the pitch, eager to resume battle. Five minutes in to the second half Mike White notched Gateshead into the lead to send the bevy of Gateshead brollies dancing in the stands. It was a lead that Gateshead was able to sustain despite increased pressure from Guernsey as the half drew to a close. In the end, as the final whistle blew, it was the Gateshead fans that were able to sing out in rapturous delight as their side were crowned Men’s Trophy Champions 2012.

 

Men’s Vase Final

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burnt Ash

(0)

2

-

0

(0)

Cleevillians

 

Michael Venn 41, 56, F, F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reigning champions Burnt Ash went into the final against a Cleevillians side that had emerged victorious from their semi-final having overturned a two goal deficit to win on penalty strokes. The first half ended in stalemate with both sides probing for openings, but finding little in the way of encouraging clear opportunities.

 

Michael Venn’s superb diving goal – that could easily have graced the international stage – put Burnt Ash into the lead in the second half in the 41st minute. As the wind and rain drove down, coupled with the threat of lightning in the far distance, Burnt Ash added a second through Michael Venn’s deflection from a left wing cross with fourteen minutes remaining. Cleevillians were unable to summon up the heroics of their semi-final victory and as the final hooter sounded Burnt Ash players and supporters were delighted by a second Vase title in two years, a remarkable feat.