EH Futures Cup 2009 Day Two

Forty-one goals marked the second day of the 2009 Futures Cup as the U16 Competition got underway alongside the second round of U18 matches.  The Saxon Tigers and the Mercia Lynx picked up wins in the U16 Boys tournament, with the Wessex Leopards and Saxon Tigers recording wins in the Girls competition.

At the U18 level the Mercia Lynx Girls hit six for the second day running, beating the Pennine Pumas 6-0 to secure their place at the top of the group going into the final round of pool games on Saturday afternoon.

The Saxon Tigers join the Lynx at the top of the standings also on six points, thanks to a 3-0 win over the Wessex Leopards in the final Girls match of the day.  That result meant two consecutive clean sheets for the Tigers and it will be interesting when the tournament’s tightest defence is faced with the tournament’s top scorers tomorrow afternoon.

In the U18 Boys competition Wessex Leopards lead the way with two wins from two games, including a 4-1 win over the Saxon Tigers this afternoon, while in the final Boys game of the day the tournament had its first draw, with the Mercia Lynx and Pennine Pumas cancelling each other out in an entertaining game that finished 1-1.

Earlier in the day, at U16 Boys level, the Saxon Tigers opened proceedings with a 5-1 win over the Pennine Pumas while the Mercia Lynx were involved in a goal fest, winning 6-3 against the Wessex Leopards.

The Saxon Tigers also indulged in a high scoring victory over the Pennine Pumas in the U16 girls competition, winning 6-2, while the Wessex Leopards won 2-0 against the Mercia Lynx.

Saturday’s matches begin at 10:00am, with the U16 games up first before the U18 matches get underway at 14:00, with places in the classification matches at stake.

Thanks to Man Group plc it’s free entry for spectators all weekend, and with eight games taking place each day, including the finals of the Under 18 competitions on Sunday, there’s plenty of hockey for fans to watch.  Sunday also sees two extra events taking place as the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay comes to Cannock as part of the build up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which take places in Delhi, India next October.

There will also be a chance to get up close to the EuroHockey Nations Championship trophy won by England’s Men in Amsterdam over the weekend, as England Hockey’s Trophy Tour rolls into Cannock.  So if you’re coming along on Sunday, don’t forget your camera, as there’ll be the chance to have your photo taken basking in the golden glow of England’s European victory.

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For all the information, results, match reports and standings from the 2009 Futures Cup, click on www.englandhockey.co.uk/futurescup