In our penultimate game, we were hoping to get another “win” and it appeared our opponents objective was only to “not lose” – from the first minute CP positioned all 6 players in and around their D (they literally “parked the bus”)!
So with little pressure against, we bombarded their D during most of the 1st half but, due somewhat to a lack of creativity, we were unable to score. The 2nd half was more open with lots of opportunities for both teams.
Our newest “star”, Miguel then scored a magnificent goal in his first game and it looked like we had done enough. Following a considerable number of “highly questionable” decisions going against us, CP then scored from a late SC to end with a 1-1 draw. Plenty of good quality hockey from the whole team!
Take a look the game video on LCTV YouTube (many thanks again to JM!):
We were blessed with wonderful weather for the parents vs kids mini-tournament on Saturday. As predicted, the two kids teams (the “Snowmen” and “Reindeers”) outclassed and outplayed the parents (“Fathers & Mothers Christmas”). The Snowmen won both their matches to come in first place, with the Reindeers a close second.
But lets give a really big hand to the mum’s and dad’s who revealed plenty of “hidden” talent and “raw potential”….
Pedro L – “what do you mean I can’t use my feet to stop the ball going into the goal?!” Luis B – interesting inverted stick grip but surprisingly quick and sneeky (for a Burnay…)! Nuno M – speedy gonzalez, just didn’t get enough quality ball….another who needs to come join the Vets…! Frank – always a gentleman, even during the heat of battle!
Ginnelle – very competitive, but “I really don’t like any of these pesky kids” – ouch!! Raoul – wow, a speedy Father Christmas who took no prisoners (definitely needs to join the Vets immediately)! Graça E – super-mum, full of energy and talent and hungry for goals! Duarte A – hasn’t lost any of his class and skill, so get operated ASAP and come back and play full time! João S – a quiet young man, full of potential who also needs to come join the Vets…..!
It would be great to see them come join in with the Vets on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons so we can help turn them into diamonds (or at least polished quartz)!!
Missing in action: Claudia – unfortunately ill Ana B – what happened to our promised “Cheerleader”??
Many thanks to everyone for bringing food, drinks and being so willing to join in and have a fun time!
On our return game against the experienced league leaders (CP), we were hoping for some improvement from our first game of the season. At half time the score was a respectable 2-5 with CP. In the second half we lost a bit of shape and discipline and CP demonstrated why they have beaten all other teams with relative ease, with the final result being 3-12. On the bright side, only one other team has scored more than 1 goal against CP this season, largely to their excellent goalkeeper, and we scored 3 fantastic, high quality goals!!!
Good performance all round and the learning experience continues. Time for a well earned Christmas break – our next game will be against our LC ladies on 6 January (11.00am) followed by 2 games on 13 and 14 January.