Author: Jan-Willem Jonker

Match report. WGC 4 : 0 Adelaide 3s

We played a far better game than the result implies. The opposition were well organized and quick but they did not have an easy run as everyone played beyond expectations.

David played solidly in goal and learnt a lot. Gourab played exceptionally well and will become a very good player as he builds experience and skills. Nigel also showed great promise in his first match but was unfortunately limited later in the game with a muscle niggle.

We were lucky to have Mike Solomons playing for us as he made light of his long lay-off. He set a good example with his passing. We generally played well as a team and created a good three clear goalscoring chances, so the result could have looked different if they were put away.

Hence the result.

Match report: Adelaide 3s 3-3 Berkamsted 5s: 25 February 2017

We had an unfamiliar line-up due do absences and injuries so the game started rather scrappily.  The home side had a couple of dangerous players but overall we had the edge without managing to create much in the opening minutes until suddenly Rashmi got the ball on the right wing and cracked over a thunderous cross from the edge of the pitch to give Mike an easy sweep home.
Berl and John Bennett were kept busy in defense by their youthful wingers but did enough to blunt all but the occasional attack. Adrian in the centre played a disciplined game, frustrating the opposition.  Nonetheless Sam, our impromptu keeper, had plenty to do.  Given that he was carrying an injury and could not run he played magnificently.
Matt and Mark played well in  midfield managing several triangular moves between each other and the forwards.  Brian was busy on the right wing and created the second goal with a typical long run down the right, slipping the ball through to Mark who beat the keeper to the ball on the edge of the circle and scored.
Then Mike was taken out by a dangerous tackle that left him bleeding uncontrollably from the hand and had to leave the field.
The second half was a big ask with only ten men.  Everyone fought hard and were remarkably successful but legs tires and three goals went in to put Berkamsted in a winning position.  But Rashmi had not read the script and in the dying minutes beat the defence and keeper all by himself to snatch a well-merited draw.

Match report Adelaide 3s 18 February 2017


Adelaide 3s 1-6 St Albans 9s; 18 February 2017

We started with just ten on the pitch and lost an early goal but we were soon up to strength. Our opponents had some very strong and fast players so kept our defense under pressure but we were able to counter strongly on occasion.

Barry at centre half played his pivotal role well, both tackling and moving the ball forward . Behind him Andy Clemson played brilliantly at centre back where his defensive hits were essential to get the ball upfield and relieve the pressure. Andy Sterlini played his usual superb game in goal, but some opposition attacks were so good that even his heroics could not prevent us being four down at the break.

After half time we changed the balance of the game. The defense tightened up, both Berl and John Bennett did a superp job neutralising fast wingers and feeding the ball forward to the midfield. George moved to his more familiar left wing where he tested the defense and tackled back relentlessly. But it was Roger who started to create the best openings from left half, two excellent diagonal through balls showed there were gaps in the defense. Then Mike made a run from our own half, burst through two defenders into space finally shooting just wide of the left post from the edge of the circle.

Jan Willem moved to right half where he played very constructively and crowned a good performance with a powerful and penetrating diagonal cross that could so easily have been deflected into the net. John Dunne worked tirelessly until he really did, inevitably, get tired, but he never ran out of energy.

We created several promising attacks but could not quite find the net. We conceded two more but we redressed the balance a bit at the end after a move that started from Andy at the back. He pilfered the ball from the home attacker with a great tackle and slipped it on to Roger who battered his way through the midfield into space, somehow dredging up the energy to move forward with the ball and slip it through to Jan-Willem on the right wing who crossed it for Rashmi to scoop the ball over the prone keeper in the dying seconds.

Match Report: Southgate Adelaide 3rd 0 – 1 Berkhamsted 5s (15 October 2016)

We all played well. There were lots of good attacking situations. We frequently penetrated the opponents circle. We had loads of shots on target. Ten short corners. We hit the post at least twice. There were two shots cleared off the line by defenders and one by on of our attackers. Several great saves by their keeper who played suberbly. There were hald a dozen chances in front of goal where all that was needed was to get the stick in the right position to touch the ball home.. Yet we did not score one goal. I must say I am rather lost for words.

Our defence again played a solid game. Keeper Vas Eliades was called into action a few times and made a great save in the first half but in general the opposition attacks were snuffed out before they became dangerous Billy Billimoria had a particularly good game making several good tackles in difficult positions. Wayne Burke again played strongly at centre back tackling and distributing the ball well.
The midfield started well and began moves generating numerous attacking situations. Brian Beisty again creating lots from right half, Ben Williams dominating the centre and Ashley D’Mello overlapping on the left. Andy Sterlini was always available up front, we were well on top and just needed to convert chances in to goals. Christian Simon was unlucky not to score after his shot looked destined for the back of the net. Mike Lord hit the post and prompted a goalmouth scramble from the rebound.

Yet nothing seemed to work and as the game progressed into the second half a bit of frustration crept in. We were well on top yet we changed tack to dribble more instead of passing more. We looked to hold the ball instead of moving it on quickly. Caught in possession or running into a solid wall of defenders we were more easily contained. We still created chances but they were not as many and not as good as they should have been.

Then we conceded a goal at our end, which the opposition deserved for their efforts. We finished very strongly but again were denied by the post and the final whistle.

So we lost 1-0 although we could have done much better we did more than enough to win by a fair margin. Hopefully lady luck will be back on our side next week.

Mike Lord

Saturday 8 October 2016: Letchworth 5th 0 – 5 Adelaide 3rds

Saturday 8 October 2016

Letchworth 5th  0  – 5  Adelaide 3rds

I was having a clear out of my superlatives drawer the other day and had selected quite a few items I was obviously never going to use again in my match reports when a small still voice stayed my hand and persuaded me hesitate.  I am glad I did, I have need of them all today.

We had a decent looking side to visit Letchworth .  Arguably a bit too long in “experience” and a little too short on legs but nonetheless of a quality that could eke out another result if we upped our game.

With a bare 11 we needed to conserve our energy and with two players coming back from injury we needed to be careful but I could not use the words conserve or careful to describe the barnstorming performance that unrolled.  Continue reading “Saturday 8 October 2016: Letchworth 5th 0 – 5 Adelaide 3rds”

Match Report: West Herts 7th v Southgate Adelaide 3rd (24 September 2016)

A match played in glorious sunshine brought us a glorious win, a rather unfamiliar experience recently. 
The early phases were quite even but we had the better of it in attack.  Luke, playing only his second match, positioned himself well to receive through passes and though he did not score showed that he will develop into a real asset up front.  Christian played a solid right half and showed he has really improved his tackling and positioning skills confirmed by a quite remarkable interception of a rising shot at goal.
Our objective was to not lose by too much but this had to change when Mike intercepted a ball in left attack, went for a mazey dribble round half the defence then slipped the ball through to Ashley who calmly went through two defenders before slotting the ball home to give us the lead.  Ben played with his usual panache but with a big plus.  He dominated the midfield and topped a great overall performance with a superb goal flicked in from a penalty corner.
The defence played resolutely.  New signing Wayne was a colossus at centre back making lots of excellent tackles despite a nine year lay-off from the game.   Jan-Willem at left half never tired of tackling back and making things awkward for the opposition.  Berl and Billy at wing backs pushed themselves to the limit and gave nothing away.  It was really unfortunate that just before half time the opposition earned a 50/50 short corner that was converted to make the game more interesting.
After the break Andy had several opportunities to show off his goalkeeping skills with great success.  Barry as sweeper did what it says on the tin with minimal fuss.  There were half chances at both ends before Wayne had to leave the pitch with a pulled hamstring.  After that it was discipline time while the clock wound down to the end of the game which we managed with just one scare.
So that leaves us in third place in the 9th division.  It sounds good even if we have only played one game!

Summer Hockey this Tuesday

Our next Summer hockey match is against the Pistons this Tuesday 21 June at Trent Park, push back 19:00, meet at Trent Park 18:45.  If you want to play contact John Hepburn. Or come along and cheer us on!Walking on air for a well-earned 2-2 draw against Cheshunt