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Hawks U12s do well at Witney Tournament

Following the balmy conditions which graced the Hawks Festival the week previously, Witney were given a cold wet Sunday morning to host their Festival at Cokethorpe.

To their great credit they produced an excellent forum for the players and supporters.

The warm drinks and hot food tent did a roaring trade with hot chocolate on a constant flow.

The format was 4 leagues, with each team playing 4 games and Hawks entered 4 teams.

Each league had a Hawks team and the emphasis was having fun, playing great team hockey and keeping warm!

Hawks produced some excellent hockey throughout the morning’s activities with the results again reflecting the depth of talent throughout the squad.

Their ability to play effectively as mixed squads of Boys and Girls again came to the fore.

Both teams A and B won all four games scoring 11 and 18 goals respectively! Top scorers being Oliver J Webb (OJ), Freddie Smith 6, Izzy Rees 4, Ollie Graham 4,

Team won 3 and drew 1 and had a terrific morning scoring 17 goals without conceding.

Hat-tricks from Laurie and Whitey in an 8-0 victory over Bicester. Dominic, Roly and Chaselea were other scorers throughout the morning.

Finn was solid in goal and showed his class against Wallingford in a 0-0 draw.

Erin's morning was unfortunately cut short by a hockey ball which left its imprint on her cheekbone, and she showed real determination and support to the end in the pouring rain Erin  gets the vote for player of the tournament for Team C.

Team D won1, drew 1 and lost 2. Debut goals for Louis Atkins and Oscar Hunt deserve a mention.

In a slightly odd process Cheltenham Jnrs found themselves allocated to the team D league.

In a magnificent rear guard action they held the eventual winners to 0-0 for 5 minutes. Ruby Smith in goal was simply outstanding. A performance which had the hall mark of the GB Gold medallist goal-keeper Ian Taylor at his peak.

This easily made Ruby player of the Tournament for Team D

Eventually the pressure told and the hawks goal was breached but not without a couple of chances at the other end!

However other teams in this group did not do quite so well and Cheltenham racked up the goals.

This was to prove crucial as the final medal table was decided on goal difference with 3 teams having won all 3 games in their group.

Hawks A came 3rd, Hawks B 2nd. Cheltenham took the honours with an extra goal difference of 2.

Hawks C missed a couple of easy chances against Wallingford that would have been enough to have pipped Cheltenham to 1st place!

All players and supporters must be congratulated for their enthusiasm in trying conditions.

We send Erin Gilchrist our best wishes as despite taking a knock in one of the games she continued to support her team on the side-line-in pouring rain.
This is an example of the spirit which runs through the Hawks mighty U12’s!!

We will all be reflecting on the Festivals and working on the areas for development as full training resumes this week.

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