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  • Writer's pictureStruan Hope

11-09-2023 Match Reports

A Weekend of Hockey at Banbridge Hockey Club

Last weekend, Banbridge Hockey Club played host at Havelock Park for the opening of their new pitch. The sun was shining, and the atmosphere was buzzing with home teams Ladies 1s, 2s, and 3s and Men’s 1s featuring along with away teams; Lisnagarvey Ladies 1s, Cookstown Men’s 1s, Instonians Men’s 1s, and Brooklands Men’s 1 for an action-packed two days of hockey with some thrilling matches and excellent team performances.

Day 1: Surprises and Narrow Losses

The first day of the event kicked off with a dominant result as Instonians Men’s 1s beat Cookstown 2-0. The Cookstown team, who had been performing exceptionally well in recent matches, will be disappointed and may have thought to be slightly closer. The victory for Instonians Men’s 1 set the tone for an exciting day of matches.

In another unexpected turn of events, Bann Ladies 3s managed to get the better of their club counterparts, Ladies 2s, with a score of 1-0. The Ladies 3s displayed exceptional teamwork and determination, providing great optimism and anticipation for the rest of their season. Aileen Lawson finishing neatly to earn the winning goal. It was a thrilling game that kept the spectators at the edge of their seats.

The penultimate match of the day saw Bann Ladies 1s finding themselves on the wrong end of 2-1 score line against Lisnagarvey Ladies 1s. It was a keenly contested match, with both teams displaying their skill and tactical prowess. Despite the loss, Bann Ladies 1s put up a valiant fight and showcased their talent on the field. Joni Cunningham getting the goal for Banbridge.

To conclude the day's matches, Bann Men’s 1s faced off against Brooklands, a Manchester-based team up in Northern Ireland for the weekend to help with the pitch opening. The game was highly anticipated, and it didn't disappoint. The Men’s 1s emerged victorious with a 4-2 win, leaving the spectators in awe of their attacking prowess and defensive resilience. Goals throughout the game with the sides going into the final quarter at 2-2 before the Bann fitness began to show and they rounded off the game with two late goals. Scorers for Banbridge were Jake Rowe, Tommy Dobson, Charlie Rowe, and Josh Moffett.

Day 2: Exciting Draws and Dominant Performances

The second day of the event started off with an exciting draw between Brooklands and Instonians, with both teams scoring one goal each. The match was a display of skill and determination, with both teams giving their all to secure a win. The draw was a fair result, and it showcased the competitive nature of the event.

In the following match, Banbridge Men’s 1s continued their winning streak by defeating Cookstown 2-0. The Men’s 1s displayed excellent teamwork and showcased their offensive capabilities. Cookstown fought hard but couldn't match the relentless Bann attacks. James Evans and David Finlay getting the goals for Banbridge.

Brooklands had another draw, this time against Cookstown, with both teams scoring a goal each. The match was a closely fought battle, with both teams showcasing their defensive abilities. It was a testament to the skill level of both teams and kept the spectators entertained throughout.

The final match of the event was a showdown

between the Banbridge Men’s 1s and Instonians. The Men’s 1s continued their dominant performance and secured a 1-0 victory with Louis Rowe scoring with a drag flick from a penalty corner. The match was a thrilling end to the event, with both teams displaying their skill until the final whistle.

New Pitch Opening: A Great Success

In addition to the exciting matches, Banbridge Hockey Club also celebrated the opening of the new pitch at Havelock Park. The new pitch provided a fantastic playing surface for the teams, allowing for fast-paced and fluid gameplay. The players commended the quality of the pitch, saying that it enhanced their performance and overall enjoyment of the games.

The pitch opening weekend was a great success, not only in terms of the matches played but also in creating a fun and inclusive atmosphere for everyone involved. Spectators, players, and officials alike enjoyed the festivities and camaraderie throughout the event. It was a fantastic opportunity for hockey enthusiasts to come together and celebrate their shared passion.

In conclusion, the weekend hosted by Banbridge Hockey Club was a thrilling showcase of skill, teamwork, and sportsmanship. From surprising results to dominant performances, the event had it all. The new pitch opening added an extra layer of excitement to the event, and it was clear that fun was had by all. If you're a hockey enthusiast, be sure to stay updated with future events and support your local hockey clubs.

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