The 6th XI resumed their pre-season at BRN, once again in glorious sunshine. Whilst our formidable captain was unable to play the team was mostly unchanged from the magnificent victory the week before. A few additions bolstered the team including, Andy K, Edgar, Pablo and ‘Shinpad Sam’.
Sam R rallied the troops and using his ‘Rocket Science’ degree made an effort to maintain (and explain) the Gilman ‘Bubble Rotation System’ (GBRS) to anyone who would listen! Inspirational talk – tick, opposition – tick, umpires – tick, warm-up – tick, covid chat about continuing with amateur sport – tick and confusion about the aforementioned GBRS – tick. Let’s play hockey.
From the first whistle to the last, Hawks dominated possession playing some great hockey. The defence was resolute when called upon as well as being outrageously brave/scary/ foolish…Theo. At the other end chances were created regularly and eventually, the opposition were forced to use some radical tactics taking a ‘lying down on the line’ approach. The goalkeeper? No. One of the defenders – stroke awarded. Up steps Sumser Snr and, taking the goalkeeper completely by surprise slots the ball craftily past his right foot!
1-0 it remained until half time. The usual chat at half time - get narrow, get wide, keep the ball, pass, run, score goals, don’t concede…no one was listening just thinking about the GBRS – is it my turn? Who’s in my bubble? Can I be in a different bubble? I’m forever blowing bubbles!
At the start of the second half the opposition came out of the blocks quickly in a valiant effort to level things up but had nothing to show for it. Hawks continued to put the opposition’s defence under a lot of pressure and when the ball was shifted into the D to Gilman Jnr on the back line, he expertly passed it across the goal to the awaiting ‘Goal Machine’ (GM) – Nugent. A third goal soon followed this time Pablo carried the ball from within his own half – easily deceiving a number of players with his hockey craft and guile – to the top of the D passing to GM who slotted the ball fiercely passed the helpless keeper. It will take something extraordinary to remove him from the top spot on that bar chart! The score remained at 3-0. An excellent team performance with valuable contributions across all bubbles!
A huge thank you to Geoff and Hugh for umpiring and keeping their heads whilst a few lost theirs. Thanks also to Evelyn Hargraves for the great photos.