Author Archives: Joe Kodde

Lisbon Casuals Men’s First Indoor Match

Lisbon Casuals Men’s team played Casa Pia at the São Domingos de Rana pavilion last Sunday.

The day started with our team managers, James and André making all the temperature checks of both teams on arrival to guarantee that the Covid measures where met.

After the all clear was given, the match was allowed to begin with the starting line up of: João Miguel in goal, John and Rafa in defence, Joe in the midfielf and Muhammad and our captain Steve as forwards.

Our coach Paulo proposed a new tactical setup that was working well, and we frustrated our opponent who couldn’t find gaps in our defense.

Casa Pia’s first shot at goal was blocked by Rafa but unfortunately it came off his backstick and a penalty stroke was awarded. At the penalty stroke, João Miguel managed to get a foot to the ball but didn’t stop it from going in the goal.

We had a couple of attacking opportunities from John and Steve but without managing a result.

In the second quarter Casa Pia score another two goals from penalty corners.

At half time we discussed the need to stop our opponent from getting penalty corners and how we could create more chances of our own.

And we did manage to create chances and put Casa Pia under pressure. Although 0-3 down we pressed forward and Fred, at full stretch intersepted a pass which landed sweetly on Joe’s stick who carried the ball in to the circle and found Sepi at the second post, who calmly tapped the ball in the goal.

Watch: Sepi’s 1st Goal

With new energy we brought the game to our opponent who struggled with Verjinder’s bursts of speed and skill up front.

João Miguel was keeping us in the game with crucial saves, and then out of nowhere, on the counter attack Steve passed to Muhammad in the circle who found the smallest of gap’s and put the ball through the kepper’s legs to Sepi, who again found himself in the correct position and scored a goal.

But, Casa Pia being an experienced team composed themselves and  where more clinical with their shots and scored again from a penalty corner.

We had fewer scoring opportunities but still managed to earn a couple of penalty corners for ourselves, but couldn’t convert them.

Towards the end of the match, tired legs where showing from the Casuals boys and Casa Pia score three more times to close the match, ending in a 3-7 loss to Casa Pia.

Our next match is scheduled for the 24th of January, away against Futebol Benfica.

Thanks Jerry for being our camara man. 

                                                                              JK

Proud of our Ladies!

Our Ladies have finished their European adventure in an honorable 4th place after narrowly missing out of a medal position.

With two wins on the first day and a loss on the morning of the second day, our Ladies finished in 2nd position of Pool B. This result placed the Casuals in the promotion Pool where the 1st to 4th places would be decided.

The next two crucial games proved to be very tough and a narrow loss in the last match denied our Ladies the much sought after 3rd ‘medal winning’ spot.

Scores:

Lisbon Casuals HC v Ards Ladies HC: 2 (1-0)
Lisbon Casuals HC v KPH Ra?a: 4 1 (1-0)
Lisbon Casuals HC v Bolu Belediyesi SK: 03 (0-1)
Lisbon Casuals HC v FHC Akademik Plus Sofia: 24 (2-2)
Lisbon Casuals HC v Douai HC: 34 (1-2)

Top: Filipe Romão, Pedro Leitão, Moraima Enciso, Alice Matias, Chiara Calicchia, Isabel Gregg, João M. Freitas
Middle: Ângela Lima, Maria Leitão, Rita Sousa, Cláudia Fidalgo, Isabel Fidalgo-Freitas
Bottom: Andreia Rebelo, Helena Melo

– Joe Kodde

Ladies win the Portuguese Cup

On Saturday the 23rd of June our ladies played against GD Viso in the final of the Portuguese Cup. Our Ladies started brilliantly by scoring two early goals, but GD Viso came back and scored twice to level the score at 2-2.

However, our Ladies fought on and in the final minutes of the game, with a great cross in to the circle from the right wing, our captain Angela Lima scores to win the match and the Cup.

Thanks to all the supporters and congratulations to our Ladies team (players and staff 😉 )

Joe Kodde