The 7's managed a draw against league leaders Thame last year and knew to expect a young side who'd challenge hard. The proxy captain for the day, Venables, called order and suggested we start with two attackers, work a half court press and be compact in midfield and ordered in defence. He'd watched 'Darkest hour' the night before and tried to rouse the troops this blood sweat and tears quotes. It didn't quite work as we'd wished.
Thame were quick but Hawks competed well in all areas. An early short corner saw Hawks score first.....unfortunately in the wrong goal as DOD Dr Mark Stoker deflected a ball that was clearly going wide of the right post neatly into the back board. The second goal came shortly after as Hawks struggled to clear from defence.
As the first half progressed there were a few to many 'positive' tackles from Thame and tempers rose. At half time the 7's decided to resort to what they know best with 3 up front and a full press, as most were clearly discombobulated by half court. Hawks had a much better second half and won several short corners which were wasted. Thame continued to press and Hawks made several goal line clearances to keep the score to 0-2.
Post match tea at the Falcon cemented the great team spirit of the 7's. We may not win all the games and we may not possess buckets of talent but we had a bloody good time and also had moments of playing some really good hockey. Back to basics next week, start as we mean to go on and we should start amassing some points.
MOM went to Geoff Watson for determined tackling and good passing. Close second was Dave Wells showing the youngsters that there's no point trying to go through an old boy. Third went to the Thame player who swung wildly and missed the ball and on the second attempt connected with a glancing blow to Elliott's chin...no damage done and the team agreed they obviously hadn't paid oppo sufficient to do a proper job.
Robert Breen, Charles Darby, Stephen Elliott, Andrew Graham, Karl Hack, Adrian Higgins, Sam Raynor, Chris Royer, Mark Shirley, Jack Sobey, Mark Stoker, Richard Tyser, Richard Venables, Geoff Watson, David Wells