GS: Sam Meadows 1-F
Sheffield Hallam A Team U12 Boys Team in the YYHL Division A at Weetwood, Leeds
Start of another new year however the boys still continue to play great hockey.
The first game saw the boys play against Thirsk who had just come up and we were unsure what to expect. The boys seam to start very slow as they thought it was still the holidays, half way through the game saw the boys take the lead via a well taken goal following a short corner via Sam Meadows. The boys kept playing some good hockey and came away with a win.
Following some rest and a chat to the boys they were ready to play the next game verses Northallerton, and unlike the first game they did start straight away and following some good passing from the start allowed a simple goal for Ethan Hindmarsh. The boys now were ready to play hockey and did not allow Northallerton into the Sheffield half of the pitch thus allowing the likes of Harrison Cundy and Peter Flathers to get involved in the attacking moves. Thus the goals kept coming from Ethan Hindmarsh, Sam Meadows, Max Wilson and Jamie Rhodes all backed up via some very good passing in the circle via Jacob Russell and Matthew Rhodes, thus the boys wining 6-0.
The boys were next up against another of last year’s strong teams Ben Rhydding however following the win the last time they met hopes were high. The game started well for the boys with some great defence work by both Max Wilson and Peter Flathers who was backed up with some great saves by Harry Bones. The boys started to play the best hockey of the season and were not letting Ben Rhydding into the Sheffield half of the pitch and both umpires had to run to keep up with the play, never heard of in YYHL U12s!. Sheffield kept pushing for the goal and with some great shots by Jacob Russell and Sam Meadows, along Ethan Hindmarsh hitting the post the ball would not go into the net. Another shot via Sam Meadows saw the GK getting hurt due to the ball been hit that hard and with the ball been kicked of the line however neither a short corner nor flick was awarded. Both coaches were willing the teams on however within the last 10 seconds of the game saw a breakaway from Ben Rhydding which resulted in a short corner with a lucky goal thus Sheffield been very unlucky to secure the win. Following the game the Ben Rhydding coach and the umpires gave praise to Sheffield for the way they played hockey which is a credit to the boys.
The last game saw the boys playing against a very strong Harrogate and like the Ben Rhydding game saw the boys playing some great hockey and again was taking the game to Harrogate. However the rain had now set in and this along with the cold was starting to affect both teams. Despite Sheffield pressing to score a goal it was Harrogate who took the lead and came away with the win.
Another great tournament for the boys who will stay in the top division and hopes are high that come the end of the season with the weather improving we may see them becoming YYHL U12 champions.
There was no player of the day it was an outstanding team performance!!