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The players selected to represent the South Over 60s at the 2017 Regional tournament at Cannock HC on 13/14 May 2017.

 

South Champions at Over 60s Regional Tournament

Over 60s Regional Tournament at Cannock 13-14 May 2017

The South O60’s team emerged victorious for the first time in 6 years in this tournament. On paper this would appear to have been a simple and overwhelming Gold medal win with results of 1-0 v the West, 3-0 v the Midlands, 1-0 v the North and 2-1 v the East. However the reality was somewhat different. The South dominated each match with probably over 65% possession per game and the chances created by the opponents were minimal and Jim Felix in goal equal to them all until the final match when only once his defence was breached. The South created probably a dozen chances a game and had a dozen corners with nil return in the first three games. So when the North were beaten “only” 1-0 the prospect of playing the East 90 minutes later was met with an unspoken word of some anxiety. Manager Tochi Panesar and Coach Tony watched the East’s earlier games and they played very well as per their pedigree.

Any nerves were dispelled by Captain Graham Jackson rallying the troops. This was no accident. The preparation until the moment the whistle blew for that last match was meticulous. There had been a selection process, training matches, numerous (no not endless!) mails from Tochi to “Team South”, pre-game tactics, team warm up, organized pre match drills, bonding team dinner, refreshments, kit, water, bananas and post tournament food lovingly provided by Nirmal Phalore (Nima).    All of this prepared the team to play their best hockey against the East. It just took the skipper to tell the team they already held the Gold medal and it was up to them to keep it or surrender it. The class of the East brought out the best in the South who kept possession, kept their shape, played percentage hockey, created and took their chances including their first penalty corner.

A comedy moment was enjoyed post victory with a couple of “unorthodox” aerial attempts which led to one post-match commentator reporting from Cannock that UFOs and an earthquake reports were in fact an aerial causing the GK to take cover and another to hit the deck.

The buzz word for the weekend was “team” and although often stated was exemplified by all the hard work by 18 players plus support staff on and off the pitch.

Tony Haycroft (Coach)

Results & goal scorers:

* v. West,  won 1 -0  (Bob Gregory),      * v. Midlands, won 3 -0 ( Max Jason, Bob Gregory, Conrad Jason),

  *v. North, won 1 -0 (Chris Rule),             *v. East, won  2-1 (Conrad Ray& Chris Rule)  

Player Club
Chris Billington
Oxford Hawks
Martyn Cremin
East Grinstead
Dave Dixon
Hampstead and Westminster
Jim Felix
Oxford Hawks
Bob Gregory
Reading
Ali Hay
Sevenoaks
Graham Jackson
Reading
Max Jason
Spencer
John Kaluza
Oxford Hawks
Steven Mills
Surbiton
Conrad Ray
Sunbury and Walton Hawks
Adrian Richardson
Southampton
Henry Robinson (Sat) Sevenoaks
Chris Rule
Bromley and Beckenham
Mike Rudd Holcombe
Tony Rutherford Sevenoaks
Raj Singh Bharij Spencer
Ian Wallace Richmond
Nick Wren (Sun) Woking
   
Manager Tochi Panesar
Admin Manager Nima

 


 

 

 

 

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