Women's 1st Team West Women's Division 2 West Champions
Whether it's chasing 1st position or holding onto it, there is an immense amount of pressure that comes with sitting at the top of the league. Even more so after a long season as we near the business end of proceedings. But this is the kind of pressure that out first teams have shown that they thrive upon.
Going into this weekend with only 2 games remaining, our women's 1st team were sitting top with only Firebrands able to catch them. After a 7-0 demolition last week, you could be forgiven for thinking that our ladies would bring it home at a canter, but faced a resilient Leominster side on Saturday morning, who were not prepared to roll over. Nearing an hour into the game, the game was still scoreless. Despite sustained pressure, Leominster held firm. Step-up Meg Long, who made the most of another scrappy short corner to tuck home one of the goals of the season! A late 2nd from Becca Whone settled the nerves in the match. Post-game was spent frantically refreshing the results page to see the result from the midday game across the city in Failand ...... a 1-3 victory to Cirencester secured a league win for our Women's 1s CHAMPIONS! Well done ladies 🏆.
Our Men's 1st team knew that this was a massive game on Saturday despite playing bottom of the league. Level on points with Bristol Uni, our men sat second, separated only by goal difference. Travelling to Cheltenham, with a strong squad packed with attacking talent, our lads tucked away 7 goals to add to the tally. With goal-difference the crucial metric, a shout-out also should also go to the defence as they secured another clean sheet. This combined with a slim victory for Bristol Uni in the afternoon, saw our 1s leap-frog to poll position. Next week's showdown with the students at home next Saturday increasingly has the appearance of a winner-takes-all contest. Get yourselves down to Mangotsfield for 12pm to cheer them on!
Player of the Week
Both 1st teams did the business for myself this week resulting in 1st place
Player of the Week - Megan Long - (stats are below) also scored one hell of a goal to help seal the league title for the Ladies on Saturday - if you haven't seen the goal go and check it out below this post somewhere!
Doug Tilley - 1 Assist, Clean Sheet & Defensive Bonus
Simon Florio - Scored from the back & Defensive Bonus
Tom Bryant - 2 Goals + 2 Assists
Luke Berry - 1 Goal + 2 Assists for M1s
Joe John - 1 Goal, MVP & Hero Bonus for securing a point for M2s
Harry Bryant - 2 Goals
Men's 1st Team
Cheltenham 2 [0-7] Bristol & West
7-0 win for M1s
Goals from Ed, Luke, Chip, H(2), Tugs(2)
MoM/Def Bonus - Doug
DoD - Mouse 🐭
Another clean sheet for the defence - we wait a whole season for one and two come along at once
🏆 Women's 1st Team 🏆
Bristol & West Jaspers 1 [2-0] Leominster 1
West Women's Division 2 West Champions 2023
Incredible result for ladies 1s - we will bring the celebrations for next weeks game! 🥳🎉 Other results in the league mean we have secured the league title and promotion with one game in hand next weekend! We will be celebrating at coombe dingle for our last game next weekend if anyone is free to watch us?! Undefeated so far 💪
Solid 2-0 win today 💪
Goals: Meg and Becca 🥅
Assists: Claudia and Carly 🏑
POTM: Meg 🤩
Votes for: Toni, Becca, Alana, Carly, Sarah 🙌
Men's 2nd Team
Bristol & West 2 [2-2] Cardiff University 2
2-2 draw for M2s.
Goals from Max Roberts & “sneaky Trojan” Joe John.
Mom - Joe John
Dod - Max Roberts & Si Barrett
Def Bonus - Wayne Manton.
2s need to decide whether we’re going to score one more or concede one less following our fourth 2-2 draw in a row!!
Women's 2nd Team
Thornbury 1 [5-3] Bristol & West Jaspers 2
2s put up a great fight against top of the league (thornbury😤) and came away with a great score of 5-3 which was impressive considering half time was 4-0 😎 great comeback and great spirit from all 😁
Pom - lauren caddick 😇
Goals - Tabby, dibbs and Ellie w
Assists - smurf, caddick and tabby
Dod - we think the umpire forgot his glasses ☕️🐸
Men's 3rd Team
Sidmouth & Ottery 1 [3-1] Bristol & West 3
1-3 loss for the men’s 3’s today sees us sink to the bottom of the table…..another disappointing day on the astro ☹️
Mom - Leo for a superb first game with us
DOD - Patch for taking us to the wrong location
Honourable mention to Joshie (mini Patch) for stepping up for us today.
Women's 3rd Team
Wick 2 [1-0] Bristol & West Jaspers 3
3s had our rematch with Wick 😈 only just came away with a 1 - 0 loss. Beautiful hockey as always 🥰
POTM Alice 👏(4th week running😲)
Men's 4th Team
Team Bath Buccaneers 6 [3-1] Bristol & West 4
3-1 loss for the 4’s away to Bath
An unfortunate slip up meant we conceded early on in the game and struggled to bounce back.
Some good play all around overall with support from 2 of our younger players with their first call up, so thanks to Sam and Barnaby!
We did manage to claw one back through Edd W with 10 mins to go, with a lovely volley but we were unable to consolidate with a second.
Goals - Edd Wood x1
Assist - (Little) Sam x1
MoM - Edd Wood (for the goal and inspirational guidance) 😎
Def bonus - Mark Sullivan 💪🏻
DoD - Bath (for having to walk 10k from the car park to reach the pitch) 🍆
Women's 4th Team
Westberries 6 [1-0] Bristol & West Jaspers 4 (Dev)
Men's 5th Team
Wotton-Under-Edge 5 Dev [0-5] Bristol & West 5
Men's 6th Team
Bristol Firebrands 6 [6-2] Bristol & West 6 (Dev)
Mens 6s lost 2-6 vs Firebrands. Decent first half performance and we were in the game at half time. Brands grew in confidence in the second half and proved too much in the end. Glad to get out of the rain. On to next week.
Highlight: Don getting back on the scoresheet with both goals.