U12 Boys: On Sunday afternoon REWHC boys under 12s completed the club’s total domination of Warwickshire in two hockey championships, by being crowned county champions alongside the under 10 girls and boys teams last weekend and the under 12 girls on Sunday morning.
They won every pool game beating Stratford 2-0, Blossomfield 3-0 and Olton 3-1 although their performances had started somewhat shakily. However, come the semi finals they really started to play at their potential and they beat a very strong Sutton side 1-0 in extra time.
Having to turn around fairly quickly for their final they dug in and showed their fitness and stamina eventually beating Coventry and North Warwickshire 1-0 again in extra time.
Many congratulations to all the boys - Christian Starkie, Ben Cooper, Simon Allan, Manraj Bhandal, Andrew Walker, Henry Lewis, Hector Hilleary, Michael Redmile and Mat Nobes.
On Sunday morning at a wet and cold astro in Hampton In Arden REWHC girls under 12s commenced the defending of the title they won last year.
Their first game proved to be the hardest with a 0-0 daw against Stratford. However, in their second game they started to perform more strongly and beat Sutton 2-0 and this was followed by a comprehensive 4-0 win over Harborne.
The girls faced Blossomfield in the semis and achieved a narrow 1-0 win to meet a strong Old Sils side in the final. The Rugby girls battled hard and scored the winning goal in the second half to be crowned County Champions.
Well done to Emma Lawrence, Charlotte Franklin, Isobel Bower, Piipa Reeve, Hannah Swaby, Anastasia De Clermont, Flossie Rosser, Jess McGhee and Lou Lou Danger
Old Wulfrunians HC 4th XI 1
REWHC 7th XI 2
Entering the final furlong of a very interesting season Rugby travelled to Wolverhampton with 10 players including debutant Pete Crisford making his first appearance of the season following major surgery.
Despite their deficiencies Captain Bass was confident. From the off Rugby attacked and James Neal ran through the entire Old Wulfs team only to see his shot cleared off the line. He did however soon open the scoring with a well struck short corner strike.
Old Wulfs equalised following the award of a penalty stroke against Matt Davies for illegal footwork. The decision was harsh but Adrian Brindley was well beaten in the Rugby goal.
Rugby left it late to find a winner which came from Dr Langton after a melee in the Old Wulfs D which could have generated half a dozen short corners.
Fortunately the umpire allowed advantage. The captain’s message this week has to be ‘Play the whistle!’
REWHC Badgers 0
The outcome of this game was all to predictable while Welford yet again fielded a side that would be at home in any senior league competition, Rugby concentrated on the task of developing new talent.
With great debuts from Richard Massie and Isabel Bower the team valiantly competed with Welford in the first half, the midfield of Tom Owen, Ben Cooper, Andrew Walker, Jonny Bowering and Manraj Bhandal work hard to break up play and despite the size difference did well to only go in two down at the break.
In the second half Welford threw more men forward including their adults to really make sure of the win. Ellie Carter moved well with the occasional Rugby attack.
Defenders Simon Allan and Avinesh Mistry could not have worked harder and Sam Fletcher showed great bravery in goal. A further three goals were inevitable, so Rugby finished beaten but not defeated!
EH Masters Over 50s Plate
REWHC Vintage XI 0
Jersey HC Vintage XI 4
Rugby got off to a disastrous start conceding the first goal after three minutes and from then on it was an uphill struggle against a well drilled Jersey side well used to playing together as a team.
Two further goals before half time left Rugby a bit deflated.
The second half was a much more even affair with only one more conceded and Rugby were unlucky not to pull one or two goals back.
It was a hard fought game played in the right spirit and Rugby will hope that they avoid the likes of Jersey in next year’s competition.
REWHC Ladies 1st XI 1
Coventry City &
Uni Ladies 3
Rugby and East Warwickshire Ladies 1st XI faced a tough physical game against Coventry City & Uni Ladies 1st XI In the first ten minutes Rugby created some good attacking opportunities but were unable to capitalise whilst Cov City & Uni made the most of their visits to the Rugby circle.
Two goals came for the opposition in the first half and Rugby were left with work to do.
A more attacking team effort resulted in a better second half from Rugby, a good passing game and link work between the attack and defence lead to more chances.
Following a series of penalty corners the home team converted to take their first score.
Rugby conceded another goal shortly afterwards, and despite their best efforts and some more goal mouth scrambles they were unable to score again finishing with a 3-1 defeat.
REWHC Ladies 2nd XI 4
Edgbaston Ladies 5th XI 0
With Captain M and Mini Major lending their support, the Mothers Day match opened with Jane Philipson scoring as a result of some great midfield work from Molly Brealey and player of the match Becky Redmile.
A further three goals then followed from Rugby, as a result of well worked penalty corner routines with Sarah Kirk, Becky Redmile and Gill Harrison finding the back board.
Excellent marking and defensive play together with two saves from goalkeeper Mandy Handforth denied Edgbaston and kept Rugby a clean sheet, moving them into fourth in the league.
REWHC Ladies 3rd XI 0
Rugby 3s faced top of the division, Leamington 3’s. who needed victory to become champions. A battling performance saw Rugby hold an impressive Leamington for the first 20 minutes before their first goal.
Rugby conceded a second goal just before half time.
In the second half they continued to battle hard and showed great defensive performances.
Gemma Scales making a great goal line clearance at waist height and Natalia Perzylo with some superb channelling of her attacker in left back.
Rugby managed a few attacks with Rachel Madigan and Jane Phillipson combining well on the right but the game ended 5-0 win for Leamington.