GS: Tom Woodruff 1-F
Washed up at Hinde House
What could be better on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon in November, with the rain coming in sideways, than to play hockey up on the hill at Hinde House School on what passes for an astro pitch? Well, plenty of things, really….. Oscar Spooner had obviously worked this out, and arranged to be ill, and Kip Ward probably had the best idea – keep your tracksuit, and rub your bad knee, and stay in the dugout. The club selectors had realized that we are mainly a very young and promising side, and so they decided to draft in some more promising youngsters to our squad: Nick Bettles and Roger Lomas!
No goalkeeper? Thanks be to Jan Rees who gallantly stepped into the breach, and turned up to play, after leading the 8’s to victory in the morning. He had a busy afternoon, as we made our usual slow start, generously passing to the opposition frequently in case they wanted to get ahead early in the game. They did! Despite some excellent goalkeeping from the 8th team captain, we were three goals down by half-time. We had had our own fair share of chances, but weren’t as ruthless as Chapeltown in putting them away.
At half-time we regrouped, and despite conceding a short corner, we competed well and scored the best goal of the game in a sweeping move involving Ravi Padam and Tom Woodruff. Nick Bettles hit the post, and we finished mostly up in the Chapeltown end. This was good, because our half of the pitch had developed into a kind of swamp where it got increasingly difficult to stand up. Even your fleet-footed skipper took a tumble while turning as fast as the QE2. Oh well, at least the pie and peas at the cricket club was as good as ever. Pat Ward only had two and a half portions, so he obviously wasn’t feeling himself.
Memo to Kris Woolhouse for next week: It’s probably a good idea to bring your astro shoes to the game (very impressive sliding!); oh, and your shin pads as well; oh, and a hockey stick. But the hat is optional….