Youngsters stick it to seniors

Cayman Field Hockey Club is
enjoying a strong period of growth, in particular within the ladies section. So
much so that a challenge match recently took place with the ‘blossoming young
ladies’ taking on the ‘fully blossomed ladies’ – age differences politely not
mentioned.

On the defensive for long periods
the youngsters nevertheless gave a good account of themselves eventually losing
2 -0 to their more experienced opponents, the ‘old girls’.

A goal being scored in the first
half with the skilful (and loud) Sara Pinches striking ‘a bouncing bomb’ past
the luckless goal keeper Dr. Robertson. Emily Walshe, battling a hamstring
injury, late in the second half fought bravely to smash a short corner
conversion into the back boards. Gill Commins, Elaine Whitefield and Helen
Turner-Forbes were also outstanding in the midfield and Alison Strobridge
likewise in defence.

Overall it was very encouraging to
see so many keen women enjoying one of Cayman’s lesser known sports. Many
thanks goes to Aaron Gardner and Jamie Ware for coaching the Wednesday night
ladies league. Anyone is welcome.

They play at 5:30pm at Cayman Prep
School, Smith Road. Not to be outdone, the men’s section arranged a similar challenge
game a week earlier against the younger men.

The more experienced (over 45s)
settled quickly and rocked into an early lead with a typical Mark Williams
goal, striding past two players and flicking the ball with precision into the
left side.

Nigel Bates, club vice-president,
minutes later made it two, with an opportunistic strike after a defensive mix
up. The Young Guns (under 45) rose to the challenge towards the end of the
first half creating a number of chances, but were thwarted by the impressive
keeper, Ivan Burges.  

Inevitably though, the goal line
was broken as Miles Perryman strode into the D and finished a scorcher past the
unlucky goalie.

After half time the traffic started
to become more one way as age began to tell and the youngsters ruthlessly took
full advantage of an absent and tiring senior midfield.  

The pressure eventually told with
first an equaliser from the superb Jamie Ware, scoring from a short corner.
This was followed by Aaron Gardner scoring a blinder with a deft touch past the
keeper from a pin-point Ware pass into the D.  

With the seniors 3-2 behind it
looked as though it would be game over, but in the 60th minute, the never say
die attitude of Nigel Bates came to the fore again as he made the scores
all-square. 

Taking the ball at the top of the D
after a long pass out of midfield, Bates went through the robust defence before
sliding the ball effortlessly past the keeper. There was a hint of the ball
having glanced the leg of Bates, but with the umpires staying silent and each
side playing to the whistle, the goal was duly awarded.  

With a long injury time period
mysteriously being played, Dylan King grabbed a last minute winner for the
youngsters from a well oiled short corner routine.

For several players this was their
last game for the club, not least Dylan King and Andy Cousins who have been
wonderful servants over the last couple of years.  

Special mention also to the two
goalies, even though the scoreline suggests a goal-fest, both performed
admirably and brought off several stunning saves – proving that agility and
either grey hair or no hair can go together!

The Cayman Hockey Club meets at
around 5pm each Tuesday at the Cayman Prep School, Smith Road and on Saturdays
at 6pm at the Cayman International School, Camana Bay. Players of all standards
and ages are welcome.

Contact Jamie Ware at
[email protected] or Ivan Burges at 917-8273.

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