Men's Masters Finals: Round Up

Mens O40s Shield Final - Wisbech Town vs Norwich Dragons-9

Men’s Over 50s Cup Final. Ben Rhydding get through on a Wing and a prayer.

Ben Rhydding 4 (2)
Jonnie Till 21 (FG)
Andy Sumnall 25 (PC)
Brian Kempson 62 (PC)
Tony Wing 67 (FG)

Richmond 3 (2)
Chris Rule 3 (FG)
Ian Wallace 57 (FG, FG)

Tony Wing’s late strike was enough to hand Ben Rhydding the Men’s O50s Cup as they ran out 4-3 winners over Richmond in a hugely competitive encounter.

Richmond raced into a 2-0 lead with goals from Chris Rule and Ian Wallace, but Ben Rhydding, roared on by a noisy travelling group of fans hauled themselves back into it with two goals in four minutes through Jonnie Till and Andy Sumnall, ensuring it was 2-2 at the break.

The second half was a very even encounter with both sides testing the respective goalkeepers. On 57 minutes Wallace grabbed his second goal from close range but the lead only lasted five minutes. Brian Kempson fired home at the back post after a broken down penalty corner. Thoughts were turning to the prospect of a shootout but then up popped Wing to win it for his side late on.

Andy Locke captain of Ben Rhydding
‘It was an extremely tough match, it was two well matched sides and it was end to end. Richmond had us on the back foot early on but we just kept going and towards the end it could have gone either way. It’s nice to get the trophy going up north, we knew this was going to be a tough game but it meant massive amounts to us. We have the colts playing tomorrow so if we can get the old guys and the young guys to get the trophies that will be an absolute belter. The fans have been fantastic, the noise level kept us going that meant we didn’t give up.’

Men’s O40s Cup Final: Robinsons squash Rugby and East Warwicks

Robinsons 5 (0)
Trevor Done 40 (FG)
Ian King 52 (FG)
Andrew Hodge 57 (FG)
Mark Pullen 60 (FG)
Philip King 65 (FG)

Rugby and East Warwickshire 2 (0)
Colin Odwell 41 (FG)
Alex Watkins 43 (PC)

A second half blitz from Robinsons smashed in five goals from five different scorers to capture the O40s cup for the West outfit.

The first half was played at a tremendous pace with both sides not shirking the midfield battle and tackles coming from all angles. Philip King had the first clear chance but his lofted effort drifted just wide of the far post. Mark Pullen also had a sight of goal but his thunderous strike fizzed wide. Danny Bell made a great save to deny Paul Underhill and it was all square at the break.

The game came to life at the start of the second half. Trevor Done smashed in the opener from the top of the circle for Robinsons but from the restart Colin Odwell levelled it up. Two minutes later, Rugby were ahead courtesy of a slick penalty corner routine, turned in by Alex Watkins. Pullen brought the best out of Bell once again as Robinsons searched for a leveller.

Robinsons soon had a great chance to level it via a penalty stroke but incredibly, Rod Naughalty’s effort hit the woodwork. Peter Wheeler’s deflection was repelled by Bell but Robinsons could not be denied any longer and Ian King forced in the equaliser from close range. The game was turned on its head moments later as Andrew Hodge slammed in a third to put Robinsons in the ascendancy. Pullen scored a picturebook goal to make it 4-2 to the delight of the Clifton/Robinsons faithful. There was still time for Philip King to force in a fifth securing the trophy for Robinsons.

Ian King captain of Robinsons HC

‘It was an intense match, from being 1-0 up then to give them a goal going 2-1 down we really had to fight. In the second half we just kept on coming and coming at them. They are good tough side and it was a great final and worthy of a final, our toughest game of the year. We have had a great day from England hockey and delighted to have won. When we missed the flick we thought maybe this isn’t going to be our day but we scrambled one over the line to draw it level and score two quick ones and that just turned it. We had a great night last night and we will have a great night tonight.’

Men’s O50s Trophy Final

Epsom (1) 3
Richard Skinner PC
Ruddy Wheeler PC
Chris Mitchell FG

Ipswich (0) 2
Andy Cook FG
Andy Cook PC

Epsom completed the silverware hatrick as their Over 50 men won 3-2 against Ipswich to claim the trophy.

Epsom took the lead early with Richard Skinner strike deflecting into the net to give the Maroon shirts the advantage. This didn’t dishearten Ipswich and Steve Askins found himself unmarked in the circle but keeper Pat Baker made sure he cleared it out of any danger. Dramatically Ipswich saw two of their defence sent back to the half way line during a penalty corner but keeper Bignell confirmed his dominance and cleared the ball away with a solid boot sending the crowd wild. Ruddy Wheeler dived in front of the keeper to deflect in Richard Skinner's shot to extend Epsom's lead, minutes later Chris Mitchell got a sweet finish on the ball to make it 3-0 early in the second half.  

With the clock counting down Andy Cook confidently got Ipswich on the score sheet with a straight strike from a penalty corner. Ipswich found a new lease of life and after applying the pressure they were rewarded again with a second Andy Cook strike. It wasn’t enough however but they certainly kept the pressure right down to the wire. 

Mark Sydenham captain Epsom HC

Having won two already this weekend to have been the bridesmaid could have been awful so there was lots of pressure on us but we played well as a team all season and it showed in final. Maybe not the last five minutes when we got a bit tired. We have had a great tournament and to play on this sort of surface is just a dream.

Mens Over 40s Shield

Wisbech Town (1) 2
Brad Apted FG
Brad Apted FG

Norwich Dragons (1) 2
Rob Wagstaff PC
Rupert Snelling PC

Wisbech win 3-2 after shootout

The local Norwich derby didn’t disappoint as Wisbech came away crowned O40 shield winners after a dramatic shootout win.

The game was end to end with neither side having much luck in the circle. Norwich Dragons were first to break deadlock with a well worked penalty corner routine finished off by Rob Wagstaff to give them the lead. The Red shirted side drew level as Brad Apted scored a great solo effort tricking the defence as he drove into the circle on his reverse for Wisbech Town just before half time.

In the second half Wisbech thought they had taken the lead through Sam Markillie however after a brief umpire discussion the goal was disallowed due to the ball going in off his body. A great interception from Apted from a defensive error led him to drive along the baseline to knock it under the keeper to give the reds their second goal. In the last minutes of the game Dragons pulled one back as Rupert Snelling's drag flick rocketed into the netting making it 2-2.

Neither side looked overly happy that it had gone to a shoot out but they stepped up with some interesting techniques on show. Nick Osborne clinched the winner on the fifth attempt with the final score 3-2 to Wisbech Town. 

Nick Overland captain of Wisbech Town HC

'That was a relief! It was a good game, we have played these guys a couple times before so it was a real local derby. They knew about us and we knew about them but the guys did really well to come back from 1-0 down, 2-1 then obviously conceding the goal so it was nervous times. We have been had two runners up before so third time luck for me. We are wearing black arm bands after our ex first team manager Ian Bradshaw who passed away a few weeks ago.' 

Men’s O50 Shield

Old Loughtonians (3) 4
Dominic Camilleri PC
Wayne Garner FG
Wayne Garner FG
Gerrard Padfield FG

Charnwood Mount Sorrel (1) 2
Kevin Santon-King PS
Dave Fox FG

A double strike from Wayne Garner helped to bring home the O50s Shield for Old Loughtonians in an entertaining match with Charnwood Mount Sorrel.  

Dominic Camilleri opened the scoring with a drag flick coming off the keeper's foot into the top of the goal. It took Charnwood Mount Sorrel until the 20th minute to get going with Dave Fox using his pace to drive into the circle for a chance on goal.

After the umpire showed off his agility skills diving out of the way the ball, the white shirts were awarded a penalty stroke which Kevin Stanton-King neatly slotted past the keeper to draw his side level. Old Loughtonians were straight on the counter attack with Wayne Garner beating the keeper putting his side in the lead once again.

Gerrard Padfield finished off a well worked team attack to give Old Loughtonians a 3-1 lead with just minutes left on the clock until the break.

The second half started well with Charnwood eager to increase their goal tally but Old Loughts were determined to deny them. Keeper Chris Tilley made some all important saves. The yellow shirts were quick on the counter attack but despite good play from Rowan Healey his shot went wide.

Wanye Garner then got into a great position in front of the keeper finishing the ball on his reverse to give himself a second goal adding to Old Loughtonians' tally. In the dying minutes of the game Charnwood were awarded a penalty stroke but the keeper went the right way to deny them a second goal. The last action of the match was a penalty corner to Charnwood who slotted it past the keeper to finish the game 4-2.  

Dominic Camilleri from Old Loughtonians HC

'I’d like to say it was a long road but in essence it was only four games, we won each one so happy to be in the final and happy to be here. It was a lovely opposition and the game was played in fantastic spirit. It’s been great to play here, it has been a great legacy for the sport.'

Men’s Over 40s Trophy Final

Purley Walcountians (1) 1
Wayne Bennett PS

Epsom Embers (2) 2
Ali Murrell PC
Matt Peaty FG

Epsom Embers secured their second bit of silverware of the day winning 2-1 against Surrey rivals Purley Walcountians.  

Epsom took the lead early on with an Ali Murrell drag flick, this gave them momentum with lightning pace on the wings from Andre Bailey really giving Purley's defence something to do. Purely took their time to warm up but soon found their form as they pressed the defence. An attacker was taken down by Colin Savage in the circle that lead to Wayne Bennett stepping up to slot the ball in the top left of the goal from a penalty stroke. Just before the half time whistle was a fantastic solo effort from Matt Peaty beating the keeper to give Epsom the lead.

In the second half Epsom were quick out of the blocks forcing Dunn to work hard in the goal. A penalty corner for the Embers forced some energetic saves  but despite this they took a 2-1 win.  

Ali Murrell from Epsom Embers HC

'It has been a long journey to get here and travelled over 15,000 miles and played every game away so it really has been an epic journey. It has been fantastic day and give our team a new lease of life. It is a beautiful pitch to play on and we had a great crowd. We will come back and defend our title next year!'