We’d wish to thank everybody that’s made it a memorable weekend!
The weekend opened with Hosts Nottinghamshire v. Cornwall.
Lengthy durations of sustained stress from the hosts together with some stout defending from Cornwall meant the sport was scoreless, till Notts’ Jude Chapman pressured a scrappy PC over the road simply earlier than half time. Cornwall responded early within the second half with an open play purpose by Alfie Budge, capitalising on a uncommon Notts defensive error. Notts lastly sealed a 2-1 victory of their opening recreation when Sam Dixon transformed a PC with 5 minutes to go.
The second recreation of the day noticed Wiltshire play Norfolk.
One other evenly balanced recreation. Norfolk began strongly and took an early lead by means of Man Crooks type open play. Norfolk doubled their lead on 17 minutes by means of Vincent Pertorious. Simply earlier than half time Wiltshire’s Matt Janes pulled one again and gave Wiltshire some momentum getting in to the break. Two targets across the hour mark, one every for Wiltshire’s Marc Brothers and Tom Morton accomplished the comeback for a 3-2 win.
The third recreation of the day noticed far travelling Channel Islands tackle the Hosts Nottinghamshire.
In what was billed to be the sport of the weekend, the Channel Islands began strongly, after their epic journey the morning of the event, with a purpose by Phil Cuming after simply 6 minutes. It wasn’t till early within the second half that Notts’ Sam Dixon pulled the edges degree from a Penalty Nook. The Channel Islands regained their lead simply 9 minutes later by means of Sam Dunstan, following one other uncommon Notts defensive error. However two targets in three minutes, Sam Dixon’s second PC conversion and a area purpose from Notts’ captain Charlie Brook noticed the hosts house 3-2.
The fourth recreation of the day say Cornwall v. Norfolk
Cornwall have been desirous to bounce again after their shut defeat to the hosts, however two first half targets From Norfolk’s Vincent Pretorious and one other two after the break from Norfolk captain Will Edwards and Lee Hoggett noticed Norfolk 4-0 victors.
The ultimate recreation of day one noticed Wiltshire tackle the Channel Islands
An early purpose by the Channel Islands’ Invoice Millar put Wiltshire on the again foot and the Channel Islands took benefit with additional targets from Peter Millar and captain Tom Millar, earlier than Wiltshire responded although an open play purpose from Sam Creedy, nonetheless a second by the Channel Islands’ Tom Millar would restore the Channel Islands’ 3 purpose benefit shortly earlier than half time. Two extra Channel Islands targets within the second half, by Michael James and Tom Millar finishing his hat-trick, spurred Wiltshire right into a spirited comeback late on, however targets by Paddy Gompels and Jack Gompels we not sufficient to halt the Channel Islands 6-3 win.
Solar and blue skies welcomed the groups on day 2 on the Nottingham Hockey Centre, a stark distinction to the uninteresting and drizzly climate on day one.
Cornwall v Channel Islands
The Channel Islands once more began strongly, two targets within the opening 11 minutes, from Sam Dunstan and Peter Millar noticed them take a two-goal lead. Cornwall bounced again degree by means of Jonny Heward and Michael James however an extra two targets from Jamie Bolton and Tom Millar noticed the Channel Islands regain their two-goal benefit at half time. A spirited struggle again noticed Cornwall get again inside one when Martin Rowe transformed a Penalty Nook, earlier than the Channel Islands Sam Dunstan restored their 5-3 benefit on the ultimate whistle.
The second recreation of Day two noticed the hosts, Nottinghamshire, again in motion, this time towards Norfolk.
Either side have been evenly matched, and it was solely a seventeenth minutes Penalty Stroke, after an unintended foot on the road, transformed by Sam Dixon, that separated the edges at half time. After the break, Notts got here out all gun firing, and three targets in 4 minutes, Sam Dixon finishing his hat-trick and one other by Chris Powell, put Norfolk on the defensive. Two additional targets, from Notts’ Charlie brook and Jude Chapman would seal the victory 6-0.
Recreation 3 of day two noticed Wiltshire tackle Cornwall. A win was very important for Wiltshire to be able to keep within the operating for a ultimate’s day qualification place.
Nonetheless, it was Cornwall that began strongly, decided to make the lengthy journey worthwhile, they took a two-goal lead by means of Martin Rowe and Mark Symons inside 11 minutes. Wiltshire pulled one again virtually instantly by means of Ben Clarke and so it could keep till the 63rd minutes when Wiltshire equalised by means of Jack Gompels. A nervy final 7 minutes for Cornwall as Wiltshire piled on the stress, however they held out for a 2-2 draw.
The penultimate recreation of the weekend noticed Norfolk tackle the Channel Islands. A win for Norfolk might see them Problem the Channel Islands for a finals place.
The sport was extraordinarily tight. Only a few errors made by both aspect and it took half-hour for the Channel Islands captain, Tom Millar, to interrupt the impasse. Norfolk regarded for a response and threw all the things ahead, however a purpose 8 minutes from time by Channel Islands’ Sam Dunstan sealed a 2-0 win and the mathematical chance of ending the group high, ought to Notts falter within the final recreation of the weekend.
And so to the ultimate recreation of two cracking days of hockey, performed each on and off the pitch within the best of aggressive and social spirits, Wiltshire v hosts Nottinghamshire. With Nottinghamshire searching for their first 100% report for a few years.
Notts began strongly and there was no reply potential by Wiltshire. Notts’ skipper, Charlie Brook, put them forward on simply 4 minutes, adopted by Jude Chapman on 10. Sam Dixon transformed a Penalty Nook on 19 minutes and Notts went into half time three-up. With tiredness setting in, Wiltshire had no reply to additional targets from Chris Powell and Alex Davies and Jude Chapman finishing an awesome private weekend together with his hat-trick and Notts operating out 7-0 winners.
Nottinghamshire P4, W4, D0, L0, GD+15, P12
Channel Islands P4, W3, D0, L1, GD+6, P9
Wiltshire P4, W1, D1, L2, GD-9, P4
Norfolk P4, W1, D0, L3, GD-5, P3
Cornwall P4, W0, D1, L3, GD-7, P1