Ramsey Crookall Bacchanalians u12 boys and girls faced very tough opposition in Leeds at the weekend during the North finals of the England Hockey In2Hockey u12 championships.
The boys started their games against Doncaster and after a shaky start went one down to a great reverse stick goal after two minutes the boys gradually got back into the game and were unlucky to to go two down to a great and break. The lads heads didn’t go down and Harry Callin created a short corner before finding Kian Ledwidge on the far post to make it 2-1.
Next up were Chester and again the lads started slowly and were unlucky to 1-0 every early again. Great work from Luca Parlato, Kian Ledwidge and Tom Barker nearly saw them equalise but again a great break and neat slip saw them 2-0 down. A few minutes later a great shot from the top of the D saw them finish 3-0. The 3rd game was against Windermere and whilst the game itself was very well contested the Lake District side had a lethal short corner routine and were 3 up with those before a disputed fourth finished the game.
Deeside were next and as last years winners of this we were expecting a well drilled team. Although the game finished 6-0 to Deeside the Bacchas lads battled hard with Joseph Corlett pulling off some good saves and Magnus Taggart, Will Wiseman and Lucas Harding doing well at the back. There were very few chances for Jack Grimley upfront and Ewan McConnell did very well when he was on the pitch despite being an age group below the opposition. Although the scoreline does not reflect it the lads played their best hockey and really worked hard against the eventual winners
In the Girls section drawn against leading north clubs including the formidable Alderley Edge and York , the girls too were up against it from the first whistle.
The players took a while to adjust to the much faster pace at this level and were required to step up to a new level. Although they unfortunately did not record a win in any of their group matches , the girls proved they could compete against the best sides.
Captain Olivia Cowley in goal pulled of some great saves and was supported very capably by a sterling effort in defence from Sophie Bowers, AnaLise Mellor and Grace Gawne . The hard work of the midfield quarter of Sarah Long , Isabella Craig , Kirstie McConnell and Martha Broderick ensured all the opposition had to work hard for their victories . Chances did come the Baccahs girls way with Lydia Wylie and Iohna Bridges coming close. In the girls section Alderley Edge went on the win the competition.
All in all a great experience for the Bacchas U12’s which will benefit them all going forward as they move up the age groups. Thanks to Niamh Goddard, Andy Kneale, Olivia Perry and Carly Craig and all the parents for all the work in making it a fantastic weekend
A special mention for young umpire Scot Mason pictured here with the boys. Svott travelled over to officiate at the U10 and U12 tournaments and not only was asked umpire both boys Finals which is a huge vote of confidence in itself , he was also voted most promising junior umpire at the tournemnt – well done Scott !!!