Match Report
Shiplake College Boys-Junior B vs  Lord Wandsworth 7s
On: Wednesday, 06 Feb 2019
Venue: Away

LWC 7s Tournament

The Super 7s Hockey Tournament at Lord Wandsworth is always exciting and innovative and this year was no exception. Power-Plays, Goal Keepers starting the game with a kick against the opposition GK, backstick hits allowed were just some of the new rules the boys needed to adapt to.

We started off against Lord Wandworth As and went 0-2 down early on and some great saves by Toby Broadbent kept us in the game. Good mid-field play by Sam Gillen and Zac Bailey-Williams put Henry Doyle in possession at the top of the D and he belted one passed the keeper. Henry then stepped up to take a 1-1 short corner against the keeper and whizzed it passed the helmet to score. The game ended 2-3 (giving us two points for the goals we scored).

We then went straight into a match against Lord Wandsworth Bs. This was a very tight game and great defensive play by Louie Poundall, Fergus Heggie and Toby kept us with a fighting chance. Sam Gillen pounced on a few loose balls in the attacking D, forcing some good saves from the opposition. The match ended slightly early after a nasty injury to the opposition, final result 0-0 (giving us two points for the draw).

Our last pool match saw us play the tournament favourites, Dauntseys. The legs were tired after 36 minutes of hard play and a few errors started creeping in. We used our power-play (an extra player for 3 minutes) but were unable to score. The match ended 0-6, but some tireless defending by Flynn Wilson prevented more from being scored.

Now to the play offs. Our goals in the first match gave us enough points to make the 3rd/4th playoff match and it was against the LWC Bs- it was going to be tight and we wanted the win. The match was very physical. Lucas Ferrer de Arriba bounced off a few defenders but his shots were blocked. LWC broke and scored, there 5 minutes left and we called our final power-play, giving us an extra player. Milo Griffiths worked hard on the left and we got the ball up to Zac. Some good skill saw him place a shot in the back of the net. 1-1. Good play saw us build an attack down the middle and Sam Gillen shot one passed the keeper. 2-1. The power-play ended with less than 2 minutes to go, leaving LWC no time to come back. We finally won our first game of the season, and ended third in the tournament.