vs Trojans 3s 27th October 2018

Today saw Poole 1s take on a winless Trojans 3s. It was obvious from the get go that the team we were playing were an unusual outfit for the home team as several familiar players were nowhere to be seen.

The game started with Poole in possession and putting real pressure on. After a strong first ten, some nice team play lead to the ball going to George’s stick. He blasted the ball into the bottom left. (1-0). Some more technical play from Poole gave Elliott the opportunity to double the score with a tidy finish. (2-0).

The second half became was a very different story. Some poor Poole play allowed Trojans to attack and have a free shot on goal. It was scoffed but fell to a free player with an open goal. (2-1). Another scrappy bit of play lead to them scoring another. (2-2).

Today’s match report is very short compared to usual as it was a very controversial game. 

Final score was 2-2 so we are still unbeaten and fighting for first! Next week should bring us back to winning ways.

Motm - Lowie (for being the best cheerleader in the league)
Dotd - Well it’s not someone from our team

Written by Chris

vs Hamble 2s 20th October 2018

Today’s game was greeted by a sun in full force as a high flying, first placed Poole took on a struggling eleventh Hamble; who were yet to pick up any points thus far. With the exception of a quick trip home for Olly Guest to pick up the short corner bag, the team was looking prepared and strong, with another debutant in Olly Hogman in defence. A familiar Julian, arrived today donning his umpiring attire, unfortunately Paul was on holiday.

The game pushed back to Hamble who quickly realised the reason Poole sat in pole position. Almost an instant turn over started a 10 minute onslaught of Poole pressure, sadly not coming to anything. A turn of play allowed Hamble to attack the Poole half but Olly, Olly, and James were a very convincing wall, stopping any through play. After some lovely play featuring Cam, Elliott, and Dean allowed Poole to test the keeper, who, to his credit, handled the shots very well. A short corner was won through some rough Hamble play. Cam struck the ball but unfortunately it hit the net and didn’t count. Another rare attack from Hamble and some miscommunication resulted in a short corner against Poole. It was hit looking for the deflection but was dealt with confidently but Chak. With complete control in the midfield, Cam and Nick were threading some nice passes to Ben. Even Chak marauded into the oppositions D, although sadly not managing to find the target. Even more Poole pressure allowed Elliott to get the ball on the 23, dribble past several players only to shoot on the reverse and miss by fractions. The first half ended goalless.

A frustrating half motivated the team and to start the second half, an aerial ball was lobbed to Ben who managed to win a short corner merely seconds in. With Nick stepping, he flicked the ball but it confidently saved by the keeper and scrambled away. Some wing play from Vinny, Poole managed to move the ball through George and Elliott. After a series of quick passes, George chipped the ball past the keeper and it was blasted into the open goal by Elliott. (1-0). Hamble now being possession attempted to recreated the Poole aerial from earlier in the game, only to be swallowed up by Chak and moved quickly out wide. Some very nice wing play from Sam G left Hamble inside out, but no final product was formed. With an umpire who was clearly aggravated, several Poole players and Hamble players received cards for ‘appealing’; Cam and George being given greens. A rare counter from Hamble allowed a striker to shoot, however it was comfortably dealt with by me. Some more aerial balls being lobbed and lost in the sun, gave Poole the opportunity to fire more shots at the keeper. After a poor challenge, the umpire award the short in favour of Poole. This was played to Elliott who, inspired by Casey’s absence, rocketed the ball into the corner, getting his brace and doubling the lead. (2-0). A Hamble attack tested the Poole defence as the ball made its way into the D and onto a Poole foot, conceding the short corner. A drag flick was calmly dealt with by me, by palming it through the stokers legs and safely away. The final move of the game was another Hamble short. An unusual play of lobbing the ball high into the air was again calmly dealt with by being batted away with my palm. The final whistle blew conforming the first clean sheet and the fourth successive win of the campaign.

Motm - Olly Hogman
Dotd - not allowed to put it

Written by Chris

vs Alton 1s 13th October 2018

With our second away venture of the season, the First team played a familiar Alton. In the preseason meeting, both teams walked away with 4 goals and a lot of frustration.

With our push back, the ball was passed to Chak who flicked it over the top. It landed on Tom’s stock who drove into the D and won a short. All within 10 seconds. The short was passed and put wide, but was a promising start. Knowing we had to keep the ball in their half for the first ten minutes was critical as in the past we have been susceptible to early goals. A counter attack from Alton allowed a striker through on goal. I attacked the ball and cleared it with a diving stick. Another attack from Poole’s Tom made the goalkeeper engage and miss giving away a penalty flick. Elliott stepped up and scored in the top corner.(1-0). Another attack allowed Ben free space in the D. He shot, but the ball was saved and ricocheted onto Ben’s chest. Ben put the ball in and it was given. The umpire then overturned the decision and gave a short corner. Nick stepped up and scored by flicking the ball into the bottom corner. (2-0). Then Alton were awarded a short. The injection was poor but it was driven in parallel to the by-line, being tapped in by an unmarked striker at back post. (2-1).

The second half can only be described as a ‘Who can shout at the umpire the most’ match, however neither team was actually in the wrong. After being chopped in the oppositions 23, Poole had earned another short. This was played to Casey who drilled the ball at the keeper. It was saved but quickly turned in by Elliott getting his brace of the game. Another counter attack allowed Elliott to dribble into the d and shoot. The shot thumped into the crossbar and flew over. Some nice play from the forwards kept the pressure on Alton which led to Elliott getting the fourth Poole goal of the game. (4-1). With only 10 minutes to go Alton put some men forward and won a short through Casey pushing a player in the back. He was given a yellow card. Again, the injection was poor but the ball was moved and the shot taken. I saved it with my glove (it was chest height).

A good run from Sam allowed Elliott the ball in the D. He was closed down by the keeper but squared it to Tom. On the reverse, Tom shot and it hit an Alton player in the back. A Flick was given. Chak stepped up and due to his slowness, he was penalised. The flick was then turned over.

Now in last 5 a 16 was flicked by Chak to Vinny who played the ball to Elliott. A 3 pronged attack of Elliott, Ben, and Vinny surged forwards with the final shot being put in by Vinny. His eyes were definitely shut. (5-1). In the last moments of the game, Alton won a short, but again there was no end product and Nick was able to clear.

A good all round attitude was shown today, and some nice team play too.

Motm - Chak
Dotd - Vinny - For not smiling

Written by Chris

vs Bournemouth 3s 6th October 2018

An early meet time in Bournemouth started today’s fixtures, with the First team playing in the local derby. With no opposition to be seen until 20 minutes before the game, an organised Poole were adapting to the extremely pacey pitch.

The game pushed off in the downpour, with Poole in possession. A quick start was crucial against an unready Bournemouth, however no real chances emerged. Knowing that Bournemouth’s main threat was a specific strike, Olly’s entire game was following him. After some time under pressure, Bournemouth won the first short of the game, which was dealt with well by Poole. With some more Bournemouth pressure, another short was earned. A straight strike bobbled towards the goal and was palmed away. The ball was played in and deflected. Luckily, a diving keeper, me, managed to headbutt it wide. Some counter attack play allowed Poole to come out of the half and start attacking the Bournemouth goal. With some tasty play from Poole side, as short corner was won. Stuck by Cam, the short was cleared by their keeper. With some more Poole pressure, a few more shorts were Waker and struck by Casey; one just missing the target and one being saved by the keeper. A really end to end game, which was helped by the pitch allowed both teams to move the ball quickly. After a lucky through ball, a Bournemouth striker was through on goal but missed the touch which sent both players the wrong way. Jake was able to sweep up and clear. After the Bournemouth attack, Elliott picked up the ball on the half way line and attacked going at the D, coming back, and re attacking and blasting the ball into the bottom corner. (1-0). We retained the ball to the end of the half.

The second half, started off slowly and gave Bournemouth the opportunity to retain the ball and keep attacking. Some more Bournemouth shorts were dealt with well by a strong Poole defence. Another bout of Poole pressure allowed the the ball to played in from the wing, and was deflected into the air. From out of no where, Ben slaps the ball well above everyone’s head past the keeper into goal. (2-0). After the restart, some sloppy play from Poole allowed Bournemouth some opportunities. A ball player through had the team scrambling. With me coming out to slide, Tom gave a hard knock to my head which knocked my helmet off and left both players floundering, leaving the goal open for a goal which was scored. (2-1) It hurt a lot and still hurts. The game was seen out leaving Poole victorious!

The final score was 2-1.

Motm - Jake
Dotd - Me

Written by Chris

vs Haslemere 2s 29th September 2018

Saturday saw the opening to the Men’s First Team Campaign against a recently relegated Haslemere, who were looking to regain their previous league status. An early push back gave Poole the upper hand as a traveled Haslemere looked worse for wear.

The game pushed off with Poole in possession, and it was evident the navy shirts of Haselmere would struggle in the heat. An early attack from Poole, proved that the tough preseason, as some one touch hockey resulted in a short corner. An unpracticed routine of Cam striking, was decided on. Injected by Elliott and stopped by Chak, the ball was driven into the bottom left corner giving Poole an early lead. (1-0). After the restart, the ball was quickly turned over and some more quick passing hockey lead to George punting the ball under a helpless keeper. (2-0). With the momentum firmly behind Poole, a rare Haselmere attack was presented. As an attacker, tackling is not the most desired skill and this was evident as Elliott received a green for a poorly timed tackle. A talented Haselmere midfield caused problems, however a defence of Jake, Olly and James held strong limiting their chances. A frustrated Haslemere player took action against Poole’s Cam, which led to both players being cautioned by the umpire. A rare attack from the blues gave them the chance to threaten the Poole goal. A cross over meant Haselmere had their first short corner. They turned the first runner and place the ball in the bottom corner. (2-1). Nearing half time, another Poole attack allowed Sam to hit the D with pace. He cut the ball to Elliott who got his feet around it and leathered the ball into the side netting. (3-1). The half was called to an end with a strong performance shown.

The second half started off with a high level of Haselmere pressure, which stunned the Poole team. After conceding several short corners, something had to change. With orders being barked from the back, the team pulled together and started to produce some counter attacks, via some lofted balls from Chak. Some more stern words from the umpire aimed at Cam, were dismissed from some sweet talk from the captain. Some may say he wanted the card. Minutes from the end of the game, a questionable tackle from Sam left both teams asking the umpire to not penalise him. A giggly Sam was awarded a green card. The game was seen out by the team leaving the second half goalless.

The final score 3-1 left lots to be desired but the overall performance was promising showing we have a variety of possible goal scorers and a strong structure.

Motm Cam 
Dotd George

Written by Chris

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17 Nov 2018
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Men's first team vs. Southampton Uni 2 (Home) Start Time: 11:00.
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20 Nov 2018
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Founded in 1893, Poole Hockey Club has been in existence for well over 100 years and is one of the oldest sports clubs in the country. We run three mens and two ladies teams in various leagues across the Hampshire and Dorset region. We are also very fortunate to be able to run Junior teams offering regular fixtures throughout the season for U10, U12 and U14 mixed squads.

 

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