Losing is never a fun experience but sometimes you can learn more about the mettle of a team and build on this for the future. Despite the scoreline here are 6 reasons the Men's 7th XI can take heart from.
No 1. – Over half the team were u16…
The Mens 7’s were dogged by unavailability this week and reduced to a core of 5 adults ( and fairly mature adults at that…) and 8 juniors including six under 14’s. Captain Venables knew it was going to be an uphill task against a Wycombe team they had only beaten 1-0 at home earlier in the season. This firstly called for the captain to bring out the new magnetic coaching board and propose a defensive line up with Messrs Stoker snr and Wells snr guarding the D and Dunn snr as centre back.
No 2. – We played some of the best hockey this season
From the start Hawks took the game to Wycombe and in the first half we must have had over 60 % possession and territory. Great passing moves from the back and steady build up. Intelligent passing from all our juniors and some real opportunities with good strikes from Brad Fogden and Jack O’D. Great defending and tackling from Ed Wilkinson. Intensity in attack from George Chamber, Charlie Colebrooke and Jamie Wells.
No 3 – Great new father and son combos…
David and Jamie Wells were joined this week by Roger and Ollie Dunn. It is one of the great joys of hockey that fathers and son can play together and it is a great learning experience….Ollie certainly learnt some choice new vocab from Dunn snr but that’s what happens when you get a ball in the ribs.
No 4 – Hockey is an educating experience
Every match we learn something new. I think this game was a valuable physics lesson. It is a proven fact that the surface area of a 13 year old keeper is significantly less than that of a mature 50 year old keeper. Will Hackett gave another brave performance in goal making some great saves and we also had chances a plenty against their keeper but he did fill the goal to a much great degree.
No 5 – Timing is everything
The venue and time of the game was changed during the week. Captain Venables rearranged his troops in sufficient time but Wycombe’s line of communication wasn’t so effective. It was unfortunate for Hawks that two keys players for Wycombe arrived at half time having found the right venue. The introduction of a stronger Wycombe midfield in the second half saw Hawks lose some of their first half structure.
No 6 – Back to Hockey works
Man of the match this week goes to Barney Gordon who continues to improve and added an adventurous reverse sweep shot at goal to his repertoire (some more coaching required from Henri…). Great to see one of our Back to Hockey players improving so much.
Next week we'll be back to winning ways....