Wow! What a weekend for Bristol & West Hockey Club! A full roster of ten games with five wins and a draw on the board.
Our women's 1st team clinched the league title last week, but had the opportunity to round out an astonishing unbeaten season with a potentially tricky fixture away at Westberries. A full squad of 16 knew they needed to win to earn their champagne 🍾 celebrations at the end of the game. The girls battled through a nervy and goalless first half before unleashing in the 2nd period (a trademark this season), tucking away 4 goals without reply. Cue popping corks and well deserved celebrations continuing into the early hours of Sunday!
On our home turf of Mangotsfield, our lads knew they had a season-defining game as an onlooking crowd "welcomed" University of Bristol. The two teams locked in a stalemate at the top of the league since Christmas, with 3 games to play, jostling for top spot only on goal difference . UoB were predictably fast out of the blocks, but it was Bristol & West who drew first blood via the unlikely source of our diminutive defender Dan "Stumpy" George. With the swelling Mangotsfield supporters behind us, the students had no answer. An increasingly feisty game, punctuated with cards on both sides (Chipper ... 🟨🙈!!!) saw us post another 3 goals without reply. A third clean sheet in a row, a win against this season's fiercest rivals, unbeaten record intact and two games to go to claim the biggest prize..... watch this space!
Other wins this week came from our men's 2s, who took a slimmed down squad on the long trip to Neath. Having become accustomed to come-back 2-2 draws, the lads found themselves in the unfamiliar position of being 3-0 up at halftime! We kept the second half interesting, shipping 4 goals but still coming away with a 6-4 win! Our women's 2s outplayed their opponent, with 5 goals and a 10th clean sheet of the season to secure 3rd in their league. Not to be outdone by our ladies 3s, who put 7 past Bluebirds in their final game to also finish 3rd.
Catch up on the rest of the action below.
Player of the Week
Dan "Stumpy" George
Tough one this week with so many contenders. Stumpy proved to be quite the unlikely source of M1s first goal against Bris Uni to set us on our merry way!
Darren Ashley, Shaz Crossfield & Laura Grand - Clean Sheets for all and Def Bonus for Laura who wins the League with L1s only conceding 8 goals all season, wow!
Megan Long + Anna Liverton - 1 Goal & 1 Assist from Defence. + Another Clean Sheet for Meg
Jonathan Wilson - Def Bonus & Clean Sheet for M1s with a solid performance
Tom Bryant - 1 crucial penalty flick goal + a Hattrick of Assists against the local students
Liv Wilford - 1 Assist, Def Bonus, MVP + Clean Sheet
Claudia Dark - Another 2 Goals for L1s + Clean Sheet
Toni Clothier - 1 Assist, MVP + Clean Sheet for L1s
Molly Blick - 1 Goal, 1 Assist + MVP for L3s
Tabby Moreton - Hattrick + Bonus & Clean Sheet for L2s
Frankie Walters - Hattrick + Bonus & 1 Assist for L3s
Max Roberts - MVP, 1 Goal + 4/6 Assists for M2s
Daniel Lusmore - Hattrick + Bonus again! Also a Green card!
Claire Dibble - 1 Goal + 1 Assist & Clean Sheet
Tegan Callen - 1 Goal + 2 Assists for L3s
Bristol & West [4-0] University Of Bristol 2
The mens 1st XI won a classic with a 4-0 win against Uni of Bristol 2nd XI today, (1st vs 2nd in the league)!
2 games from their p*******n party!! [Ed: bit too early to drop the P-word!!]
MOTM: Dan George
DOD: Charlie Williams
Goals: Tom Bryant, Harry Bryant, Charlie Williams, Dan George
Cards: Charlie Williams 🟡 Ed Ledger 🟢 Harry Bryant 🟢
Westberries 2 [0-4] Bristol & West Jaspers 1
Ladies 1s had an awesome final 4-0 win!
Can't say how amazing the whole season has been with an unbeaten record 🎉🍾🏆
Goals: carly x1, Claudia x2, meg x1 🥅 Assists: meg x1, han x2, toni x1 🏑
Card: Ellie 🟢
POTM: Toni 🤩 (Votes for: claudia, carly, alana, becca, laura, meg, han) 🙌
WE ARE GOING UP!!! 🧡
Neath [4-6] Bristol & West 2
Men's 2s came back from a long trip to a bleak Neath with 3 points.
3-0 up and cruising at halftime.... We made it interesting in the second half ending 6-4!!
Goals: Lus x3, Max, Neil, Joe
MOM: Max (despite "shinpadgate")
DOD: Lus (for giving Wayne a concussion in the warmup)
Bristol & West Jaspers 2 [5-0] South Gloucestershire 2
2s had a great game against south glos winning 5-0!!! Of course!
Pom went to Liv for stepping up in defence and having a cracking game 😎
Goals: Tabby x 3 🎩🪄 (can’t wait for her badge) Dibbs x1 Phoebe x1
Bristol & West 3 [2-5] Chard 1
Bristol & West Jaspers 3 [7-2] Bristol Bluebirds 1
Bare 11 outfield players faced Bristol Bluebirds at home on Saturday without a keeper. Awesome hockey played by all as we took the opposition apart in a 7-2 victory. Great way to finish the season in 3rd place in the league 😊.
Goals: Frankie x3 🎩🪄, Molly B, Anna, Tegan
Bristol & West 4 [3-5] Weston-Super-Mare
Mens 4s suffered a 5-3 loss to WSM, a good performance though creating a lot of chances and working hard until the end
Goals: Stu, Ted & Ben 🏑
Mom: Jordan 🧤 Def: Phil 🛡️
Bristol & West Jaspers 4 (Dev) [1-1] Wick 3
A good game, though a little frustrating! Another 1-1 draw, lots and lots of shots on target, just struggled to secure the win.
Lots of positives for our development team this year. Some real talent coming through the club 😊.
Bristol & West 5 [2-8] Old Bristolians 5
5s had a tough 8-2 loss against OBs
Goals Baber - short corner, Joe Pring - P Flick (don’t ask)
Assists - Liam Barnaby
Motm: Ben Swannell 🏆- DefD: Joe Pring 🧱- Dod: Simon Black🍆
South Gloucestershire 2 [2-4] Bristol & West 6 (Dev)
Mens 6s went down 2-4 against South Glos. A great performance from everyone against an oppo side loaded with 1s players.
Goals from Ed and Higgy.
They took the result, we took the performance. Well done all 💪🏑