National League games & chat 2017/18

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  1. Thorney

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    I first must address the libelous, defamatory, scurrilous claim by the horrid heckler from Holcombe, there is no-way I would waste valuable drinking time doing cartwheels in the car park!

    The weekend started early with England Hockey's website noting that "In form Brooklands travel to Beeston". Since when has LLLLLD meant "in-form" ? This amused everyone, Gammo the manager fervently denied saying anything like that during his chat with EH, but heck we got a big mention and that was fine by us.

    Saturday came and went with an excellent result in the Kent derby - thanks guys!!

    The fixtures were against us, as for the second week running we had to play the top of the league (okay, pedant alert, they weren't top of the league when our game actually started). From a very hazy memory, (so if you did watch it via the streaming and think I have got it wrong, you are most likely to be correct) we started quite brightly and attacked very directly, a breakaway move from Dave Flanagan, saw him lay on a great pass for Beeston old boy Sam Perrin to slide home the opener after 7 minutes. I think the rest of the half was pretty even, we had a couple of shorts, and we scored from the second just before HT to make it 2-0 at the break.

    In the second half, Beeston stepped up, but Brooklands matched them in intensity and defended very well as a unit, making the chances that came Beeston's way difficult ones. A few breakaway chances were spurned by Brooklands to get the all important 3rd goal.

    Beeston got one back at a short corner in the 59th with a nice flick. Beeston kept the pressure up, but Brooklands held out pretty well, again making things difficult for the Beeston attack. Beeston did get the ball in the net near the end, but the umpire had actually blown for a short a split second before. The two umpires conferred, and there was a worry in the Brooklands ranks in the stands, that they might overturn the short with a goal, but no, the umpires did the correct thing and gave the short corner. Two late goals from Brooklands in the final minutes gave the game a flattering scoreline but having been on the end of some scorelines like this over the years,we didn't mind too much :)

    A big 6 point gap and nice goal difference above the bottom two, means we can enjoy Christmas, which we started celebrating early at Beeston and some more when we got back home to Brooklands.

    Yes they were missing their 3 England players. Another reason in my view, to do away with the "odd" world league, and just have the European championships, the world cup and the Olympics as the international tournaments for European teams. Friendlies, like those in Germany last week, need to be played outside of the league windows, or not interfere with it.
     
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    The important thing is you are only 7 points away from a playoff place and the Prem will be an 'international player free zone ' for the last 5 weeks of the season so literally anything can happen. Aim high.
     
  3. Thorney

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    We aimed high two years ago, and finished fifth, which resulted in a very stern letter from Manchester Regional Health Authority due to the epidemic of altitude sickness this caused. Also the absolute terror caused in the finance department when the possibilty of playoffs in London, and then trips even further than the "End of the known world" aka Canterbury came up, was not pleasant to see.

    The commonwealth games are not worth the money, and are IMO a vanity project for cities, hockey has only recently been part of it 1998 and is just an addon.
    The absence of the big names will definiely affect some results, but whether this is really good for the league I am not convinced, we drew with Surbiton with their 7 GB players present, got to be easier to play them without.. just depends which clubs get lucky with fixture dates.
     
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    redumpire FHF All Time Great
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    That was a fake, @Thorney. There’s never been a health authority of that name... ;)
     
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  5. Thorney

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    Must have been someone in the midlands taking the piss then ;-)
     
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