Super 6s' Beaten by the Buzzer
...but not by Monarchs' Mens' 3s
What a terrific start to the season for the 'Super 6s'!
This was a scratch team that outperformed expectations. Up against a more seasoned looking Monarchs' squad and without substitutes, they came together very quickly following a tremendous pre-match get-to-know-indoor-hockey-tactics-brief from our new Player/Coach, Craig.
Craig got the team 'in the zone' before they walked out on the pitch and the players maintained this focus throughout the match.
Up Front: Connor and Jake
Defenders: Nathan and Craig
So? How did the match go?
It was a really challenging start to the match for the Super 6s. Monarchs' players were the more dominant in the opening exchanges but couldn't turn that dominance into attack for the first few minutes. They had an attack snuffed out by our 2 defenders and goalie and then hit the post with a follow-up attack at four and a half minutes into play.
Monarchs' first half momentum continued. They found themselves with a 1 v 1 against Rich; but he got a pad to the shot and the ball deflected beyond the post. Phew!
At the 11th minute of the first half, we won our first Short/'Penalty' (bear with me, I don't know the rules) Corner. Jake, who was generally brilliant all afternoon provided a great ball in from the Short Corner. Our 6s' were set up perfectly but couldn't quite find the goal. Play on.
Then... (sad face)...immediately thereafter our guys were stoic in saving a clear shot on goal. However, they were a bit unfortunate not to be able to clear the rebound and suffered a goal against them at just under the 13 minute mark. The Forward from Monarchs was great. He had a tiny bit of room to get a powerful shot off beneath our goalie's foot and he did so. Clinical finishing from Monarchs and great hockey all round from them.
Half Time Score: 0-1 (Monarchs)
What a brilliant half-time call-to-arms from Craig and our Umpire, Harry! The players responded to their exhortations.
Five minutes into the second half, following some intense attacking pressure from the 6s, Sam slotted an outstanding finish from right 'D' (again, forgive the rugby-guy talking about hockey - it might have been from somewhere else in the 'D'). It was a slick finish that Monarchs' goalie reacted well to, but was not quite quick enough to prevent.
Score: 1-1 (all square)
Next up. Another goal - 12 mins 20 seconds into the final 15 minutes of play. This goal resulted from layers and layers of pressure applied to the Monarchs' defence, which ultimately resulted in Sam slotting home his second of the afternoon from a Short/Penalty/'Whatever' Corner. Monarch's goalie tried his best, but Sam's clinical finish was excellent.
Score: 2-1 (GM lead)
Then... sigh... you get a try, a goal, a basket, a shot, or whatever you sport is and you switch off and leak the same against you. Classic sporting vulnerability. And it happened this afternoon to this young squad. Monarchs' responded really well to going a goal down and pushed up field. They grabbed a goal at the near post and we were all-square again....
Score: 2-2 (a tense finish beckoned)
Then (DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUUUUH) - the Super 6s scored......a femtosecond after the buzzer sounded (don't know how to add a sad face emoji to this report).
SAM WAS ON FOR A HAT-TRICK..... Gutted for him and our 6s. He deserved his 3 goals and the victory. Classy play from Sam all round this afternoon.
Today was great.
I mean no disrespect to Craig, who as the Squad Player/Coach was outstanding. However, the age gap from him to Jake was eye-watering! Both extremities of our team played above and beyond what we could have hoped for today. Last season, this team would have lost. This season, they have matured and earned a draw that, but for the buzzer, would have been a victory.
Nathan and Jake linked-up brilliantly on the right wing and there is huge potential from these S1 and Primary School players for the rest of the season. Craig and Connor grew and grew as the match progressed. They unlocked opportunities for Sam to grab his goals and (almost goal). Sam was the creative genius in midfield that the team needed. Rich at the back made game-saving saves that would have been a disservice to the rest of the work done by the team, had he let them in. Great work gentlemen!
Already this Indoor season - I love watching the best Mens' Indoor Hockey Squad in the Club!
The Mens' 1s have no chance against the 6s! The 6s would destroy them. Fact. COME ON 6s!!!!!