It was a windy afternoon, as several Rems raced over from the 1st’s game to play against Dartford in Lee.
The mighty Rems dominated the game from push back with good work from Lou Ryan taking the ball forward straight into Dartford’s territory and scoring our first goal. While Cathy was busy trimming a bush (of the garden variety), Caroline showed her dedication and subbed into the game and within a matter of minutes scored our second. Rems experience showed age ain’t nothing but a number as Dartford’s youthful and energetic runs down the pitch were stopped in their tracks by Jane Allcroft’s awesome tackles. The half’s and defence closed in on the oppo with the Dartford goalie shouting “there’s plenty of blue, where are all the reds?” on several occasions. We went into half time 2-0 up and after an inspiring half time talk from the Captain, we were ready to go and hold our lead.
The second half was a bit of blur with a run of goals from the Rems. Fi made a nice run up the pitch with a cross to Caroline who got another sweet goal, hitting the angle just right so the goalie had no chance. Em decided she had a point to prove as a defender and scored 3 goals, set up nicely by Annelie and Lou. Linda got to touch the ball at least twice in the second half with the defence not letting Dartford have a look in. George’s deflection drills paid off with a shot on goal from Em being deflected by April, who was situated perfectly on the post to score her first goal for Remnants which led to her being awarded player of the match.
As Captain Thalia said, we play hockey to enjoy it, and it sure is more enjoyable when you win.
FINAL SCORE: Rems 2 XI 7-0 Dartford
The homeless Rems were welcome to the scorching hot Edenbridge leisure centre. Well stocked with eager players from both the first and second team this game should have been a walk over. The newly promoted Edenbridge were full of fight and the action quickly switched from an even first 15mins to a heavily defended main section of the game. Disaster stuck the Rems as powerful sweeper Alison B fell to the floor felled by a miss-stepped on ball. Despite the umpires calls to play on Alison remained flat on the floor clutching her ankle. Doctor Dennis rushed in and advised a speedy trip to hospital. Our own temporarily disabled Aurelie knew the way and whisked her off.
The pressure was on our rolling subs as they did roll on and on; Jayne, Thalia and Dennis came on more frequently to keep our momentum up. Bridge moved their play in the second half to make an almost continuous run down the right. Sensational saves by Juliet kept the score even as the number of short corners increased. Edenbridge showed signs of a team yet to develop their speed and pace on the shorts and failed to convert.
Controversy erupted as following a post short corner scramble the ball flicked into the net. The heart of the Rems fell as we returned to our positions only for the goal to be dismissed as it failed to hit the backboard; followed by another dismissal of Bridge’s cries. Hiding our smug grins all was still to play for as the defence of Juliet continued; dives, kicks, punches and barges kept the score sheet clean and earned Juliet the POTM. Players grew tired as big hit outs were foiled by Bridge and too often players failed to use the width of the field as well as all available players. Good news came in the last 10mins of the game as the Rems had a couple of runs on the ball taking it up to Bridge’s goal mouth. Back up to speed to tackle the rest of the season it was clear the Rems have one major advantage; playing as a team.
The Rems are proud to support another successful gay sporting team: The London Raiders.
Currently recruiting for new players this team prides itself on its ability to socialise as much much as they love to catch that ball.
Check out their details on their website www.londonraiders.co.uk
Dust off your hockey stick and get ready to unleash the beast – training is back!
Starting on Thursday 6th of September at 20:30 until 21:45 – followed by drinks in the Crown.
Eltham College astro turf accessed by Marvels Lane. See the updated Olympic standard pavillion.
A fun day for players to blow your summer cobwebs away and get ready for the new season.
Sunday from 10:30 for a training session and game; followed by drinks at the Crown.
Eltham College: astro turf using the Marvels Lane entrance.
New players especially welcome.