News and Notes – 29th / 30th October 2016
A little quieter this week with a number of sides inactive due to the half term break, but irrespective of that, another successful set of results - for the first time this season we went undefeated across the club.
Senior sides played 7, won 5, drew 2, lost 0, with an aggregate score of 31-12, followed up by 3 wins out of 3 for the age group sides on Sunday.
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Helen Prinsloo was one of four players to score twice for the Ladies 2’s, in the process passing 100 goals for the club, so congratulations to Helen. The 2’s advance to the 3rd round of the EH 2nd XI cup with a comfortable victory over old rivals Lewes.
On the other side of the draw, the Men’s 2’s also tasted cup success, although not quite so comfortably as they needed strokes to prevail over Banbury.
The Ladies 3’s meanwhile overturned higher league opposition as they defeated Eastbourne 1’s in the Sussex Cup. Horsham 1’s await in the quarter finals in January.
George Mustchin notched another 4 goals for the 3’s, and Tony Holland hit a hat-trick for the Saints as they won 5-2 and 6-0 respectively.
Senior Team Results;
Ladies 1st XI, Investec Women's Hockey League Premier Division.
Top Scorers – Zoe Burrell, Pip Chapman, 3
Ladies 2nd XI - South Clubs Women's Hockey League Division 3B
England Hockey Women’s 2nd XL Cup
East Grinstead 9-3 Lewes 2’s (a)
Scorers – Ciara Branagan 2, Helen Prinsloo 2, Autumn Bowden 2, Katya Bingle-Williams 2, Robyn Bentley.
Top Scorer – Helen Prinsloo, 7
Ladies 3rd XI - Sussex Ladies League Premier Division
Sussex Hockey Ladies Cup
East Grinstead 4-2 Eastbourne 1’s (a)
Scorers – Kirstie Beedle, Mikki Scott, Georgina Cremin, Anna McGloin
Match report by Kirstie Beedle;
With no league program, various teams throughout the Ladies club started their campaigns in their respective cups. EG Ladies 3rd XI, entered as the Ladies 2’s, travelled down to a gloomy Eastbourne to pursue the next round against their Ladies 1st XI.
With nothing to lose and everything to gain against a side from the league above the team set out to gain something from the game. The game started relatively evenly, with end to end hockey, with EG starting to show now that there wasn't much between the two sides.
What was showing to be a physical game, within10 minutes EG found themselves 1-0 up with great attacking play building to a goal from Anna McGloin. Eastbourne continued to apply some lengthy pressure and before the end of the half they equalised to level the game 1-1.
Perhaps a lack of concentration from the away side, however this wasn't to be the end of the half with a minute to go Katya Bingle-Williams raced down the right hand side and crossed a ball to the far post where Kirstie Beedle slotted the ball in the back of the net, 2-2 at the half time break.
The second half began and EG came out all guns blazing, literally! Some fantastic team play saw everyone play their part in what was set to be a brilliant half of hockey. With EG moving the ball very well around the pitch & the opposition withering it was only to be a matter of time before another goal was scored. The third goal came from some excellent attacking, build up play for Micki Scott to fire the ball passed the keeper. 3-2 up time to be composed and build on the lead....
The fourth and final goal came from a pounding of the home teams goal, with a penalty corner being slotted in the goal by Georgina Cremin. End result, 4-2 winners and showing a very composed performance against a very physical side who maybe expected a different result!! A great performance & through to the next round of the Cup.
Well done to all that played & many thanks to all the supporters.
Top Scorer – Georgina Cremin, 3
Ladies 4th XI - Sussex Ladies League Division 2
Top Scorers – Kat O’Hara, Scarlett Wood, 3
Ladies Bluebirds - Sussex Girls Development League
Top Scorer – Amber Buggins, 11
Men's 1st XI - Men's Hockey League Premier Divison
Top Scorer – Ash Jackson, 7
Men's 2nd XI - Higgins London Hockey League Premier Division
East Grinstead 3-1 St Albans 2’s (h)
Scorers – Ben Payne, Wes Jackson, Robbert Schenk
England Hockey Men’s 2nd XI Cup
East Grinstead 2-2 Banbury 2’s (a) (5-3 aps)
Scorers – Adam Flett, Zak Taylor
Top Scorer – Adam Flett, 7
Men's 3rd XI - Sussex Open League Division 1
East Grinstead 5-2 St. Francis 1’s (a)
Scorers – George Mustchin 4, Ken Headlam
Top Scorer – George Mustchin, 9
Match Report by Roger Hanspal;
The 3's continued with another win over St Francis. The team without 3 regular players in the side played a good solid passing game and were not intimidated by their opposition. Again George Mustchin scored 4 goals with 1 from Ken Headlam.
Men's 4th XI - Sussex Open League Division 3
East Grinstead 2-2 Horsham 5’s
Scorers – Jamie Doherty 2
Top Scorer – Darren Hollis, 3
Men's Vets - Higgins London League Veterans Division 1
Top Scorer – Mikey Holland, 10
Men's Saints - Sussex Open League Division 4
East Grinstead 6-0 Crowborough 4’s (a)
Scorers – Tony Holland 3, Mike Barrott 2, Jack Huntington
Top Scorer – Mark Hunnisett, 6
Match Report by Nik Miller;
As the Autumn mists swirled around the Crowborough Astro, 14 gladiators dressed in white prepared to take on the challenge of this Crowborough team. They ran through the normal rigorous warm up of chatting, passing a ball and then chatting some more. All was set in place for an exciting contest...
The first half was edgy with the Saints playing a wider game and occasionally breaking into sprints. Tony carried the greatest threat in the first half in spite of Dave's amazing off the ball running: he seemed to be wherever the ball wasn't. Tony managed to score two and Mike one in the first half. In a desperate attempt to avoid an early jug, Tony played some interesting air shots in front of their goal, causing one member of the opposition to think that he had been challenged to a duel. Fortunately before Tony Skywalker could have another swish at the air the half came to an end.
In the second half, the Saints seemed to have more shape and passed more, whether this was due to an amazing tactical team talk from Pat, or old joints refusing to move, we shall never know. Pete, aka Gobby the House Elf, kept the back line in order and they rarely looked like being broken and our poor goalie was a little underwhelmed by the whole experience: he touched the ball only a couple of times all afternoon. On the attack, it was Junior Jack who led the way, stepping over tackles and keeping out of Dave's orbit. The second half saw Mike, Junior Jack and finally Tony 'The Jug-Dodger' scoring.
This was a good solid performance and there was some high quality hockey played. We should have scored a few more goals. There were also our three penalty corners, injected by Dave, Tony and Cremmers respectively, which had all the speed and accuracy of an aged penguin laying an egg: none of them managed to push the ball more than a metre! Training on Monday will involve those three in the corner with a bucket and spade working out how to inject on a sand-based surface!
Men's Badgers - Sussex Boys Development League
No Game – walkover awarded
Top Scorer – Ollie Kirby, Jack Huntington, 8
Junior Team Results;
Girls U12 5-0 Horsham (h)
Boys U14 3-1 Surbiton (h)
Girls U14 8-4 Wimbledon (h)