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Newsletter 06/10

Fri 8th Oct 2010

T minus one day till the mens 1st XI debut in the Irish Hockey League! Let’s hope that the months of preparation that have gone into tomorrow pay off and the lads do themselves, Trevor and the club proud! Its due to be a beautiful day so make sure you make it up to Alex for 3pm to cheer them on, and then to the Dropping Well that evening to celebrate the occasion (and hopefully the result!)

ALSO don’t miss out on the chance to enter the YM lotto – first round draw will take place tomorrow eve in the Dropping Well – lots of cash to be won so get your €10 entries in (or €60 for the whole series of draws!)

For those who wish to dance the night away the club have been put on the guest list tomorrow night at NV nightclub on Lwr Leeson street – so YM members will get in free and get a free bottle of vodka for every 10 people in.

If there are any budding photographers out there it would be great to get some pictures of the match to put up on the website – please contact me if you would be able to take on role of club photographer for the match.

Please note we are charging a gate of a mere €5 into the match – this includes a programme which has been kindly put together by Stephen Walker and all monies will go towards the running of the club.

The only club members with a valid excuse for not being there tomorrow are the 5ths who are due to play in Claremont road at 3.30. The fifths failed to field a team last week which in a club with 99 registered male players and 6 mens teams is not on. There was a proposal to scrap our 6th team last season but at the AGM this idea was voted down. This will have to be revisited if we are unable to field teams further up the club – canceling matches gets us fined…we cant afford this!

As part of the IHL festivities our YMCA colts will be taking on Monkstown colts tomorrow as well. Their matches are scheduled as: Under 8s @ 10am in UCD, U10s @ 10am in UCD and U12s @ 12noon in St Killians – good luck to the Colts in all of those games – and if you are around please lend them your support as well!

Regarding last weekends matches, congratulations to our seconds teams who both recorded good wins in their respective league matches, the ladies with a 4-1 victory over Old Alex 6ths and the men with a stonking 11-2 win over UCD 2nds – more results like that please! Congrats also to the Mens 1sts who scraped through to the next round of the Neville Cup in extra time against Railway last Sunday. The ladies firsts recorded a dismal 0-0 draw with Loretto 3rds. Not the best start to the season, especially considering that we suffered our first casualty with Tara Powderly breaking her nose in two places. The ladies will be hoping to get back to form tomorrow in their game against Trinity.

See below for match reports from Mens 2nds and 3rds. Captains please do you best to email me short reports after this weekends matches.

OK that’s all from me for now – hope to see as many of you tomorrow as possible!


Match reports
Div.3 Sat 2 Oct YMCA 11 UCD 2

On a grey afternoon at Irish Hockey HQ in UCD, YM2´s made a positive start to build a three goal lead at half time. In the second half there were plenty of goals. A stunning half volley into the far top corner by Julian Hinds was the pick of the bunch with quality efforts flying in from all angles. All in all a decent squad performance which maintains a winning start in Div.3.

YMCAHC Mens 3rd XI – 1
Suttonians 2nd XI – 3
Firstly I would like to mention Cormac Neill and Mark Walker who both made their competitive debuts today for the 3s and both put in great performances which bodes well for the future.
We had not played together as a team before so Suttonians took the initiative early on in the game and made some positive moves in our half. The unusual surface at Sutton Park caught us out a few times when we didn’t put the required pace on the ball to complete our passes. Suttonians first goal came from a good ball to a player deep in the circle. Apparently he controlled it with his foot which explains why JC and Jak were not able to get the danger away but the umpire missed it (Sorry lads that was me wasn’t it) as he was unsighted (in my defence) and the goal stood. Soon after as we got into our stride we managed to put together a few very neat passing moves and Ross capitalised on some poor defending by Suttonians to finish very well from close range.
Second half and I gave up the umpiring role to gift the opposition goals by passing the ball to them instead of making poor calls! A poor attempt at a pass at the back by me left Jak in all sorts of trouble and Suttonians put away their second. What happened next was ridiculous. Due to persistent fouling and very poor discipline from a number of the members of our team (you know who you are) I ended up getting sent off for a non-event of a collision with a player who had stopped moving and was obstructing me from getting to the ball. While I was enjoying the game from the corner Suttonians made their superior numbers tell and managed to put enough pressure on to force home a scrappy third goal.
Jak made a number of excellent saves throughout the game although we did have chances at the far end to make it closer, notably Rupert and Ross carving out some decent opportunities. In midfield Andrew Faulkner and David Winn put in a lot of effort, with Ben Chadwick breaking out from right back when he could. Man of the match though goes to Frank Kelly, he shored up the left back spot and started some great moves when the opportunities were there.
We need to settle the 3s squad and get a few more bodies on board so that we can make some progress. All in all it wasn’t a bad start given the very short “pre-season”

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