Four teams entered the Club’s third 8 goal tournament of the season. John Bunn’s Hickstead took on Peter O’Rourke’s Strategic Help for Heroes in the Final on an overcast but dry Sunday morning on Ambersham 5.
John Bunn wore the number 1 shirt for Hickstead, with Tom Dalton-Morgan (1 goal) at number 2, young Alfie Hyde (2 goals) at 3 and 4-goaler Niall Donnelly at Back. Peter O’Rourke was positioned at number 1 for his side with Lottie Lamercraft (1 goal) at 2, subbing in for Will Penfold, Matt Evetts (3 goals) in position number 3 and Henry Fisher (4 goals) at Back.
Strategic Help for Heroes were first onto the scoreboard having received a 60-yard penalty hit in their favour which was successfully converted by Henry Fisher. However, Hickstead were quick to regain possession and, having won the ball out of the line out, were able to get it up to Tom Dalton-Morgan to score Hickstead’s first goal, putting the score at one goal apiece. Hickstead gained possession again with Alfie Hyde making a big pass up the field, however it was cleared off the backline by Strategic Help for Heroes. A melee in the goal mouth followed but Donnelly took a shot at goal which made its way between the posts putting Hickstead ahead by one. The chukka ended with a score of 2-1 in favour of Hickstead.
Fisher won the ball out of the line out for Strategic Help for Heroes at the start of the second chukka, however his team then fouled giving possession back to Hickstead in the form of a penalty spot hit which Niall Donnelly launched up the field. Possession was lost and then regained by Tom Dalton-Morgan who attempted a big shot at goal which went wide to the right. Matt Evetts knocked the ball in for Strategic Help for Heroes. It was intercepted by Donnelly who took a shot at goal but this time it went wide to the left. Evetts knocked in again, Donnelly intercepted yet again and took a successful shot at goal from 40 yards out putting the score at 3-1 to Hickstead. Evetts found himself with the ball and sent a big drive to goal which went wide to the left. Donnelly knocked the ball in for Hickstead and passed the ball up to Alfie Hyde who made a determined run for goal scoring Hickstead’s fourth goal just before the end of the chukka.
The score was 4-1 to Hickstead heading into the third chukka. Hickstead got the ball back up to the Strategic Help for Heroes goal mouth where they were awarded a 30-yard penalty hit. Alfie Hyde took the shot and successfully put the ball between the posts for Hickstead, taking the score to 5-1 in their favour. A foul by Hickstead gave Strategic Help for Heroes a chance to close the gap with Henry Fisher taking the spot hit to score his team’s second goal of the match. The score was 5-2 to Hickstead at the end of the third chukka.
The fourth and final chukka started with a spot hit in favour of Hickstead. Alfie Hyde gained possession of the ball again and scored his third goal of the match, sealing the win for Hickstead. Several further attempts at goal were made by both teams including an unlucky miss by Lottie Lamercraft who put the ball wide to the right for Strategic Help for Heroes. Donnelly and Hyde made further shots at goal but none between the posts. The match ended with a final score of 6-2 to Hickstead.
The X-Zony Best Playing Pony rug was awarded to Wasabi, played by Matt Evetts and owned by Boyd Allen.
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