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Mens Threes bounce back

After a disappointing November the Mens 3s were looking forward to a home game in December as a springboard to a strong second half of the season.

Preparations went well, with Carl on the alcohol free red wine the night before and laying off the curry for a change. Fozzy had held back from any marathon running, Mark and David had managed to avoid working all night and Greg had cancelled his work invitation to make the game whilst Rob was looking forward to playing with less umpires than the previous week.

Some new faces in previous encounters had showed promise and as the cold morning dawned the team were fired up and ready. A 3pm start meant we could plan to meet a bit earlier for a decent team talk and warm up with Captain Bingham threatening to actually make his own warm up this time around.

All the hard work clearly paid off with a clean sheet and 3 goals to boot. An action shot of the oppo captured below by our supporters.



Sadly Bingley Bees couldn’t raise a team and cancelled Friday night but we’ll take the clean sheet, goals and fantasy points I assume?



Do You Believe in Unicorns?



On a beautiful fresh, crisp and most importantly above freezing December day, Adel ladies’ 1st XI travelled to Cheshire to play currently EH Trophy holders Alderley Edge. The team hold fond memories of the last time these two played, however this time round Adel would hope to not need last minute heroics to seal victory.

Whilst Adel has the pushback, AE were quickly on the offensive firing their first shot wide after a mere fourteen seconds. Not content with firing an early warning shot, Adel were stunned by the youthful elite junior opposition who retained possession in the Adel half for the next ten minutes. Some heroic defensive work from Gibson, Straughan, Love, Hairsine and Fowden kept shooting chances down and those that presented themselves where dually rebuffed by McCall in goal.

Finally after a tough ten minutes, Adel ventured into the opposition half. A.Blyth carrying the ball forward and sending a ball crashing forward, Wood plucking the ball out of the air and running through one on one. The AE keeper charging with youthful optimism, the rest of Adel went for a hotdog safe in the knowledge they had a 1-0 lead against the run of play, Wood rounding the keeper and escorting the ball all the way to the goal line.

The goal would not change the run of play, AE pushed forward again and whilst Adel continued to defend resolutely, the midfield of Sisters Blyth and Bickley supported by Leadbitter began to creep a little further forward. 25 minutes gone and Adel had their second meaningful attack of the game, A rejuvenated Bickley, buoyed by a reverse stick slammer last week, danced through the area before delivering a killer pass to eliminate the goal keeper, Jones happy to put the finishing touch to a fine goal, even if again against the run of play.

The second half would be much more of a business as usual encounter. Adel pushed forward and finally brought meaningful service to the forward line of Wood, Jones, Wright, Gannon and Smith. AE chances reduced from a high press exerting maximum pressure. 

As the game pushed into the closing moments, AE pulled the keeper in a last effort to find a goal. They were a whisker away from achieving just this. A ball from the left of the goal taking a nasty deflection, the ball sent skywards and then as McCall appeared to be lobbed, a desperate backwards dive for the ball, a flying infusion of pink and sky blue pastels, still not quite enough, but with a well timed fairy dust fart providing the necessary lift, the ball was touched over the bar with the very tip of the stick. 3 points in the bag.

With just about every game of the weekend going in favour of Adel, a jump up the table to third, with a game in hand. Now at the half way stage of the season, it is all to play for, with just three points separating second to seventh. 

Many thanks to NHUA and the umpires who were of usual high standards. Alderley Edge were exceptional hosts and extra cake from Andy was a popular move. Final thanks to the travelling support and our guests for the day.

MOM- Sazzle McCall, I believe in unicorns if you do!


Adel Mens 4s at Home vs. Harrogate

Adel Men’s 4s hosted Harrogate 5s in the chilly 4.30pm start.
With doubts over the fixture going ahead the squad were happy just to get the game in.
El Capitan opted for the 4-3-3, a little out of the 4s comfort zone, and they stepped up to the challenges of a new formation excellently.
Despite some skillful H’gate players the 4s defended very well throughout, particularly on a flurry of first half short corners against the run of play, giving Milesy a relatively quiet afternoon bar a few good saves.
Adel made the most of a new attacking impetus and we’re off the mark fairly early – Greig picking out a great switching run by H. Ellis,  who shimmied the keeper then lifted into the net. Provider then turned scorer; Greig driving home a low, hard strike onto the backboard from the top D.
Palenski and Brayshaw found themselves in acres of space out wide, and both worked the ball successfully into the oppositions D on a number of occasions. This was maintained by replacements Lister and Brown.
Brayshaw’s prolific form continued, converting a pass to the back post from H.Ellis. 3-0 at half time, with a performance that was not always plain sailing but strong nonetheless.
The second half opened up significantly,  providing opportunities for Grindrod and M.Ellis to marauder into the unchartered territories of the H’gate D. Perhaps the most audacious of these came from Capitan Sam, who rounded off a silky weave through the H’gate defenders with a swing and a miss (which inevitably earned me DOTD in what was a clear cut example

Did you know? Harrogate hosted the 1982 Eurovision song contest.

of collective, selective memory.)
Adel weren’t done yet – H. Ellis placed his second, as did Matty who posted up brilliantly from a H.Ellis pass.
If either Matty or Harry had in mind the fame and glory that come hand in hand with a hat-trick, they made a good job of hiding it, and we’re justly punished for the avoidance.
Final score 5-0. MOTM Harry for his contribution across the field. DOTD myself. H’gate clinically dispatched, first clean sheet in 3,  now on to a top of the table clash with Thirsk.

Match Report by Sam Ellis.

Frost and cards aplenty

With Christmas approaching rapidly, it was wholly appropriate that the weekend saw frost and cards impact on the weekends hockey schedules.

The early risers for Saturday’s 10.30am slot were unfortunate to find that the overnight frost had not disappeared in time and a day of Christmas shopping beckoned for the ladies 2s.  The ladies 1s followed at 12 noon and with opponents from Leeds Uni not having far to travel, a delayed pushback was planned in order to allow the pitch to de-frost completely – much to the umpires delight having travelled from Fylde and Chester (not sure who decides on their appointments but they may want a re-think at this time of the year).

A fast and furious game followed with Adel coming back from conceding an early goal to go into half time 2-1 up with strikes from fitness coach Jenny Wright and skipper Katy Blyth.  However, the students roared on by their coach, fought back and with 3 well worked short corners they took a 4-2 lead as the game entered the final 10 minutes.  The Adel support from the sidelines tried to act as a 12th player and Katie Wood pulled a goal back to set up another tense finish.  Coach Ransley played his last card and substituted keeper Sarah McCall with the kicking back duties falling to April Fowden for the final few minutes.  Sadly Adel could not quite create one final chance and the game ended with the students having another penalty corner against an Adel defence with no keeper.  Fortunately, their slick routine let them down and April’s body survived to live another day.

The mens 1s also faced tough opposition from Hull who are one of their main rivals for promotion this season.  Another fast game, hotly contested by both sides saw Adel take an early lead and this was doubled before the interval with Purdy once again on the scoresheet to please fantasy managers.  Hull pulled one back from a well struck penalty corner but Johnny Staunton Sykes eased the tension with a well taken goal only to then raise the tension levels again as he sat out the final few minutes after a couple of “centre forward” tackles that broke up play to avoid Hull counter-attacking.  A 3-1 win was a fair reflection of the game and with Slazengers again losing on their travels, some daylight is starting to appear at the top of the table.

The ladies 5s followed with a competitive evenly matched game against Huddersfield with a young and inexperienced team, and a first time keeper competing well.  A 1-1 draw was a fair result and after the previous week’s defeat, will have restored confidence into our ladies 5s who should get better as the season goes on.

The final home game was potentially in doubt with a 5pm start and the threat of further frost but fortunately the mens 4s were able to complete their game against Harrogate and continued their excellent run of form and promotion push with a convincing 5-0 win.  This made up for an earlier defeat for the mens 3s against Harrogate 4s who had to rely on a couple of short corner strikes from one of their senior players who was still turning out for the first team less than a couple of years ago.

However, performance of the day had to go to the mens 2s who travelled to York and came away with a resounding 7-0 win and continue to rise the table under Rich Partner’s leadership.

The ladies 3s and 4s games were also victims of the frost so face the prospect of rearranged games.

Sunday also saw a busy set of fixtures at Adel with the Ladies Over 35s coming from behind to beat Macclesfield 4-3 and they eagerly await who their next round opponents are with hopes for another home tie.  A great win in view of the injury to skipper Clare Hesslewood.  The ladies 1s then followed on with a league fixture under the floodlights (now approved by the NHA) against Lymm and with a weakened team they won 3-1 although green cards exceeded goals scored by both teams.  Perhaps the floodlights have shed some light on things that have otherwise been missed in the previous league games when cards have been as a rare as hens teeth….

After 2 games in the weekend, you might have been forgiven for thinking the ladies 1s would have had enough but some of them still had the energy left to turn out for the Mixed team in their EH cup game v Sheffield Hallam, a game which began at 4.45pm.  Despite trying to gain inside knowledge by picking a current Hallam player in the Adel team and despite guest appearance from Andy Portnell (plus club coloured headband) and Melanie Smith who probably thought it would be the only opportunity to actually see Sam all weekend, the Adel team came off a convincing second best against a strong Hallam team.  This might have had something to do with a strange selection policy of picking a team with 2 goalkeepers with the end result that Sarah McCall showed she was more than capable out of goal whilst Josh Berry made up for a quiet game in the mens 2s the day before.  Hallam raced into a 4-1 half time lead with Rosh McEwan scoring our goal and in second half we were indebted to Josh for keeping the score down to single figures (just!) and the losers plate now beckons.  Thanks to Scott Riley for coming along to umpire for us.

Thanks must also go to a couple of people who will have spent most of their weekend at the Adel astro from the first game on Saturday to the last game on Sunday.  Sam Ransley managed to coach at least 3 teams and play in the mixed game (no goals or cards…) as well as oversee Brinkley on the sidelines and Jim Cockburn began by watching the ladies 1s, umpiring the mens 1s, ladies 5s and mens 4s and then umpiring the ladies over 35s and playing in the mixed team on Sunday.  Without these two club stalwarts a number of our games would not have been possible due to a lack of organisation and umpiring availability.  With the longlist for the Sports Personality Awards being announced tonight, some of those nominated as unsung heroes at their clubs are going to have to reach dizzy heights to beat these two!

No bananas were hurt in the making of this report

Big Bens men turned up at a nice new pitch last Saturday to face the banana skin of seasons past Airedale. With an empty pitch and plenty of time to warm up Adel started quickly applying lots of pressure camped in their half. Airedale showed initially the counter was on when they broke through on goal however the defence delt with it effectively and for the rest of the half Rob was a spectator. Finally the pressure started to pay off with Adel going 3-0 up. Airedale reverted to the smash and hope tactic and when there wasn’t even that option the smash at knee level tactic. This tactic managed to nullify the striking prowess of Phil with it hitting him right on the ankle.

Half time team talk of simple hockey and goal difference inspired the side and Adel struck another right from PB. With goals coming from all angles pressure mounted and the only relief for the opposition was when Andy ran the ball over the back line. Chris also attempted to let them tackle him to make the game interesting however with Rob “spectator” Darling playing in the Neur role anything remotely near our 25 was cleared immediately to start another attack. The majority of which landed on the end of Miles stick as he deflected 4, Johnny 2, Purdy 2, Kieran and finally Jimmy with the pick of the bunch smashing it top corner on the reverse.

Adel ran out 10-0 winners in the end.

DOTD – Phil – despite being injured and getting two assists when a striker doesn’t score in a 10-0 win you must be bad

MOTM – Miles 4 goal magic

Adel now face a tough challenge against Hull at home.

Match report by Phil Bayford

East Coast Anyone? Adel Mens 4s vs. Driffield Mens 3s

Match Report by Damian Greig.

The motley crew before push back.
The motley crew before push back.

East coast anyone???? Apparently not was the answer from too many of the Phwoars as a late start at Driffield approached. Driffield have been doing well in the league and upon arrival it wasn’t difficult to see why, a well organised warm up with a mixture of young athletic players alongside a rear guard of older wiser heads, topped off with 2 home umpires…… Inspirational words from skipper Ellis soon had the regular faces from the Phwoars and the guys stepping up well across from the fives working well together. The returning Andy Austin made a huge impact with his constant running up front supported by Brayshaw, the goals had to come and come they did, very quickly in fact. Greig to Austin inside 10mins made it one nil, closely followed by Greig to Brayshaw after another 5, Driffield weren’t out of it though and were quick on the counter attack although a good few chances weren’t to be consolidated with solid performances from all at the back. With the Adel subs now rolling an error in communication over positioning enabled Driffield to pull one back, 1-2. From the push back Driffield were caught hugely off guard as Adel straight away went on the offensive young Patrick on loan from the 5’s making a great run down the wing only to be bullied off the ball resulting in a short corner. With several of the key players out of the short routine missing Adel improvised and played the ball to Greig who in turn drilled the ball into the bottom corner, 1-3. Only minutes later and still fired up from

The 4s were kept running in midfield.

scoring Greig was judged to have leaned on a player whilst trying to win the ball back, green card and 2 minutes rest. Although you wouldn’t have realised on the pitch as the solidarity through this team shone through. Greig came back onto the pitch with just a few minutes of the half to play out and then it was half time. So the second half was very much the same as the first just with less of an outcome, several short corners won but chances not hugely converted. The Driffield rotation was working well and constant battling for the ball but offered nothing in this half that sholto wasn’t able to either cope with or organise his back four into sorting out. The old guard at the back for Driffield had taken to different tactics. It was far from u

Officially ‘Great Driffield’, the East Riding town name derives from Anglo-Saxon times, meaning ‘Dirty (Manured) Field.’ King Aldfirth of Northumbria is said to have been buried there.

s to say that the umpires were inconsistent one way or another, but it would seem that the lumberjack party were playing the second half. Not to be deterred the Adel super Phwoars battled on. A great ball through to Greig saw him beat a couple and win a short. A change in routine had the Driffield players confused and Greig calmly went onto his reverse and powered home his second of the game,1-4. The next goal was inspirational as the ambitious Hockin found himself in the opposition D, Greig saw him in space fired the ball in and he skilfully diverted the ball into the back of the net, 1-5. And that’s how the game finished. So the spectacular Phwoars roll on, undefeated with a 100% record into next weeks game at home against Harrogate. With two goals and three assists the voting for man of the match was a given, as was the DOTD with a green card, but what’s this??? An evil twist of the little people……. damn those little people, man of the match Taylor, DOTD Greig. With results like this, they’ll have to build an Obelisk with the mighty Phwoars calved into it.

Photography by Tracey Quartermain and Olivia Potter. Captions provided by the captain.

Pam to the rescue!

The ladies 4s team turned up at Adel on a dark and very cold Saturday afternoon to face Thirsk 3s. Adel dominated throughout the first half putting Thirsk under heavy pressure with plenty of shots on goal and some great runs down the wing by Emily and Millie. Stanners did a great job playing CH, helping Adel take control of the game and directing the play. Ellie similarly as the high FB did some lovely transfers across the back, switching up the game and enabling us to take our time on the ball and control the play. Our press was the best I’ve seen it so far this season with next to no balls making it through. Unfortunately, despite our control of play, and numerous shots on target in the D, we really struggled to beat their keeper and defence, a real testament to Thirsk considering the pressure they were under. Just before the half time whistle they were on the break and managed to beat the defence to have a 2 on 1 with the keeper… as it was myself the captain in goal and not our usual stellar Stella it is unsurprising that this did not go in Adel’s favour. 1-0 down at half-time.

We entered half-time a very determined side. The HB’s Catherine and Katie did a great job offering the pass back and showing off their tackling and 3D skills. The communication between these girls and inners Jenny, Iona and Emily was great and helped set up a lot of our chances in their 23. Many long corners and a few shorts later still with nothing to show from it despite a few near conversions from our fabulous forwards Becky, Charlie, Meg and Sarina we were all getting really frustrated. This became most apparent when Pam took matters into her own hands, taking control and pushing up she shaped the game from on high. Spurred on by this, Adel persevered with renewed energy and this was soon rewarded when a strike by Charlie was saved on the line by the defender’s leg, a great spot from the umpire and it was a penalty flick. Pam stepped up to take it whilst Ellie rallied the troops to talk tactics in a brief respite from the game. A tense few seconds followed as Pam went for the corner and slipped it past the keeper –YES! 1-1! Delighted Adel continued the fight but not long after the final whistle blew.

To conclude a very cold, tough, well fought match and I’m really proud of the girls for battling through a frustrating game, we’ll get them next time!


MOM: Pam for saving the day with a wonderful flick.

DOD: Charlie for deciding to sit down on the pitch instead of tackle the player.

Viking Landing Thwarted By Depleated Centurions



Finally after two cancelled fixtures the team gathered Sunday morning for a trip to Liverpool to take on Vikings IOM. The comprehensive missing list for the fixture included some big names Captain K.Blyth, Leadbitter, Bickley, Gannon, Wood and Hesselwood who was finally diagnosed with a broken back after playing three games following a fall. Love was to take charge of what would be a spirited and determined team effort with numerous players playing some strange positions and a debut for Akerman, who was hoping to carry her fantastic form so far this season up into the 1st XI.

Whilst this may have been billed as a battle of Centurions vs Vikings, the pitch resembled something more akin to the Somme, a thick layer of mud ensuring that ball speed would be somewhere between non existent and slow for the majority of the game.

Adel’s new look middle three consisted of Gibson, Straughan and Love, all three moving out of the back line for the first time this season. Usual faces of Smith and Wright were joined in the front line by another usual defender Shields. These six were supported by a more usual looking back line of Akerman, Hairsine, Fowdon and Taylor and McCall took charge of the net.

Jones who managed to safely navigate her way out of the Lake District would be introduced early to offer a rest to the busy midfield. However before she got her chance to taste the action, Adel were rocked by an early Vikings goal inside the first five minutes whilst under a lot of pressure. Adel slowly but surely started to organise themselves, the experience of the team coming through and working together started to hold possession further up the pitch. The first penalty corner converted for an equaliser, a predetermined move and a sliding finish from Wright, scores level and the team continued to improve.

Subsequent penalty corners went close but not converted, Smith unlucky as her shot was slightly too high and rippled the net. Adel continued to lift the tempo, and further chances not converted. On the stroke of half time Vikings nearly took the lead, the forward running through one on one must have heard about about ‘bonecruncher’ McCall and took a rather wide berth, allowing Hairsine to get herself goal side of the ball, whilst the swinging stick cracked her across the back, everyone was happy to see the scores level at half time.

Despite the conditions, the team were determined to try and inject a little more quality into the game, as the ball moved a little more swiftly the gaps started to open. Straughan now running at the retreating defence, avoiding swinging sticks as she ran the gauntlet to the top of the area. Worrying times as she was carved down onto the unforgiving surface, ‘she slipped’ the call from the official as play carried on! Battered and bruised the team pushed on, another penalty corner and another goal, Smith with an unnecessary deflection on a goalward shot, but you have to take what you can!

As the half pushed on the team reshuffled with injuries from flying hits to Taylor and Shields. However the scoreline remained static and the defensive heavy team saw the game out holding onto their lead. Some heroic defending and McCall making several fine saves. At the other end Smith had another disallowed goal, and the team went close on several occasions. 2-1 winners after successfully defending an overtime penalty corner.

The victory means the team move forward into R3 of the Investec Women’s Trophy. However the victory signifies the progress made by the club overall over the last three seasons, Akerman’s debut marking the 26th player used in the 1st XI this season, and with several senior players missing, the team organised themselves and helped each other through a tough game in tricky conditions.

Many thanks to the large travelling support of Flo Mo, Mrs G, Big Trev and Brinkley. NHUA, the appointed umpires, Liverpool CC (top teas) and Vikings for a tough and competitive match.

MoM- Flo Straughan. Took the game to the opposition and rode some horrendous tackles, a super second half performance only tainted by a quick trip to the sin bin!







Gaby’s gob and the missing gum shield

By Gaby Nusenbaum

The Ladies 3s travelled probably the furthest they will all season – to the breezy coast.. of Hull.

Having nicely defeated Canalside Terriers the week before 5-0 (we’ll leave out that they only had eight players)… confidence was up for the clash between both teams that were third and fourth in the table.

Considering we had many players missing, Adel managed to get a squad of 15 out to play.  Game started quickly, with Hull well drilled on passing, and developing play.  Adel struggled to get to grips with Hull’s attack, and for much of the first half spent the majority of it defending.  Half time came, and score 2-0.  Much of the midfield stayed back to help the defence – who had a very busy thirty five minutes.

After Katy B’s team talk at half time, Adel decided to get their heads screwed on, and came out the second half much stronger.  For the first fifteen minutes of the second half  – Adel dominated and unfortunately could not manage to convert any of their chances.  As the game went on, all the squad did well to listen to each other, and communicate – as well as covering and helping each other.  As the game came into the last ten minutes, Adel did keep trying to make play and drive the ball to the wings.  Unfortunately, Hull were quicker…  Matters started to come to a head when Rosh unfortunately got a card of the green variety…. finished off with another goal by Hull, and the girls on their knees attempting to look for my teeth on the hockey pitch in Hull…

Final score 3-0 (to Hull….)

Credit to Hull for a good game, and giving us some real competition, but we’ll be ready for when they arrive to play us in the New Year… A big thank you to all the fours players who stepped up to help us out.  You all played brilliantly, and kept working – as did everyone who travelled.  Thanks to the juniors as well who certainly got given a run around, and kept plugging away.  There is certainly a lot to learn, and all the girls really worked their socks off.  Special mention to the defence who really worked tirelessly!

Big thanks to Katy B who dragged me off the pitch after having being hit in the mouth with a hockey ball – (as well as sticking her hands in my bleeding mouth to check my teeth were all still in… Even though she did comment that my bottom teeth didn’t look great…!) Cheers.

Thanks to All the girls who saw I was ok, as well as making all sure my belongings made it home!  It’s amazing what an emergency NHS dentist can do… 

Adel welcome Otliensians this Saturday, in what needs to be a must win game – and Ladies 3s will be ready for them!

FYI – moral of all this – not the game (well, kind of – we don’t like losing)…but gum shields… If you’re bothered about your teeth – WEAR A GUM SHIELD…. basically a ball in the mouth hurts…and the sound of having your teeth pulled back into place IS NOT PLEASANT…I was lucky I wasn’t collecting them from the pitch! Had I had a gum shield in, (which i’m a moron for not having one in – and worse still, I was due to collect my fitted one on Monday….) if i’d been hit in the mouth, i’d have probably bruised myself and split my lip at the most…. Now I have a splint over my teeth for four weeks, and on a soft food diet for a week… (don’t worry Gabs, alcohol counts as a soft food so you can still drink at the Christmas social)

If you don’t care about your teeth – play hockey without a gum shield and countdown to having them smashed out of your mouth!

#truth #atid