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2014-2015U10

Under 10s away at Harleston for season opener!
Of Storms, Sickness and treasured hockey skills to behold! 
 
On a windswept, sickness-affected November Sunday morning, two keen hearted crews of Under 10 Norwich City Hockey Club boys took to the field, away at Magpies for their first, long awaited matches of the season. The two teams, Jets, (in their traditional yellow and green) and the Dolphins , in their newly adapted kit of yellow and green with orange socks) put the weeks of gruelling training and preparation to good effect, competing well in all games against a Magpies A, Magpies B and Ipswich side.  
 
What was really impressive and great to see, was the way in which the two Norwich City teams took the time to watch, applaud and cheer for one another, promoting a real club ethos. Of course the gloves were off when facing each other in the head to head fixture. Special team thanks go out for stepping in to the shoes of those not able to play due to last minute sickness….Josie Miller who kept an impressive 6 out of 7 clean sheets, keeping goal for both the Jets and Dolphins, Lucas Hay anchoring the defence and ‘parking the boat’ for both teams and Harry Ford, stepping in to brother Ollie’s (not a monk) shoes - well, goal keeping kit to be more accurate, to keep goal for the Dolphins in the head to head. 
 
Dolphins Team - Jets - Josie Miller (Harry Ford), Lucas Hay, Ellis Byland-Brookes, Louis Miller, Freddie Miller, Charlie Hutchinson, Jurian Meijer  
Result Summary - Drew 2, Lost 2, (Two clean sheets) 
 
Game 1 - Dolphins 0-0 Magpies ‘Simon’ 
A positive start with an early goal attempt from debutant Charlie H 
We did show a little naivety, or nerves as we didn’t seem to be quite out fluid selves in defence, passing the ball across the ‘d’ and bringing pressure back on ourselves. (one for the training field) 
Once we did get the ball out of defence we looked a threat with some good distribution from the back from Ellis, Freddie and Lucas, with Jurian and Charlie able to find space and move forward with pace. Added to this was some clever controlled reverse stick hitting down the line from Louis, finding his team mates in wider positions to attack down the flanks. 
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through. 
 
Game 2 - Dolphins 0-0 Ipswich 
Some more good counter attacking hockey with pace. Early action saw a great attempt on goal by debutante Jurian with more fast attacking hockey from Charlie who was a constant nuisance to the Ipswich defence. 
Again, our defence was at times a little disorganised, with some of our players so eager to win the ball, they ended up tackling each other. More solid work in the middle of the park by Freddie helped break up attacks early and kept pressure away from the defence. 
Another clean sheet, with a couple of opportunities that on another day, could have seen us win the game. 
Both teams had fairly equal amounts of possession, with neither able to find that break through. 
 
Game 3 - Dolphins 0-3 Jets  
Some encouraging forward play from the Dolphins against their club mates. A Jurian shot forced Josie Miller into a great save. It was also good to see Charlie continue in his positive running with the ball taking on the Jets and getting down the outside right on a number of occasions, balanced nicely with good play on the left by Ellis. Harry Ford, standing in for brother Ollie as goalkeeper kept a number of great shots out and although the score may suggest otherwise, the Dolphins put up a really great fight and had the Jets worried at times. Not quite as one way as the score may suggest 
 
Game 4 - Dolphins 0-2 Magpies ‘Blake'  
Some great keeping with Josie making a number of saves keeping the Dolphins in this games with the defence coming under lots of pressure. When the opportunity to look up came about it was encouraging to see Lucas getting the ball away, finding Charlie to hit them on the break. As in previous matches, we looked a little nervous when defending, but against the more senior of the Magpies team, this was a great effort and one the boys should be proud of. 
Great result against one of the stronger teams playing 
 
Jets Team - Josie Miller, Lucas Hay, Krishna Patel, Mattie Roy, Harry Ford, Ed Beake, Corey Rushton 
Result Summary - Won 2, Drew 2, didn’t concede a goal 
 
Game 1 - Jets 0-0 Ipswich  
A slow start by the Jets, taking their time to feel their way into the game. Early pressure form Ipswich forced Lucas into making some good clearances, backed up with some impressive saves by Goalkeeping debutant Josie ‘The Terminator’ Miller, who worked hard to earn the clean sheet. The team absorbed a lot of early pressure with Krishna and Mattie battling hard in midfield, but looked inventive on the attack with good strikes from Mattie Roy. Corey ‘3D’ Rushton was a constant threat in attack, going close on a number of occasions with his trademark reverse stick hitting and 3d action, the closest attempt seeing him flattened by their keeper. Having had the lions share of the play, we were unlucky not to win…  
With more clinical finishing on both sides, 3-1 would have been a fairer result. 
 
Game 2 - Jets 0-0 Magpies ‘Blake' 
A stronger start to the match saw a great ball straight out of defence set up Corey for an early shot on goal that just went wide. 
Magpies, then went close with narrow miss well covered by Josie in goal. The Jets seemed a little slow in decision making and passing in the centre of the park, (nerves, a sense of occasion, or just no one to pass to in space,??. Always good though to leave with something to take back to the training pitch. On an attaching note it was also good to see Harry ‘Houdini’ Ford appearing in some great forward attacking positions and getting in on some reverse stick hitting action of his own. 
A fair result, equal game with possession shared against the stronger of the Magpies teams 
 
Game 3 - Jets 3-0 Dolphins 
Although Harry Ford did his best to foil his fellow Jets team mates efforts with some great saves, having appeared in goal for the Dolphins, Corey Rushton eventually got the break through scoring the first goal of the game and Jet’s first goal of the morning. They didn’t have to wait long for their second as a mazy run by Corey drew the keeper allowing the ball to be squared to give Ed a very highly assured finish for his first goal. It was then left to Mattie ‘The Maestro’ Roy, having bossed the midfield, to slot in the third despite the best the desperate efforts of Charlie H who managed to get a stick on the shot, but couldn’t deflect it around the goal 
A fair result, not as one sided as the result suggests. Confidence renewed 
 
Game 4 Jets 6-0 Magpies 'Simon' 
Building on from their previous win, a quick goal by Corey inside the first min following some great attacking play from Ed and Harry, settle nerves and allowed the boys to turn on the style. Some more brilliant positive right wing work from Ed and then Harry ‘Ford, refreshed from his stint in goal brought about his first goal of the morning and The Jets second of the match. More sustained pressure saw Mattie Roy go close before Harry chipped in with his second goal. More good work out on the right by Harry carved out the opportunity for Corey to score his second (Jets fourth) before a well rehearsed short corner routine saw our 'power hitting specialist’ Krishna ‘The Rocket’ Patel fire an unstoppable shot past a stationary keeper. A quickly taken free hit from Corey later in the game then released Harry to slot in his third to complete his hat-rick and finish the game six goals to the good and with a clean sheet as well. 
A thoroughly well deserved and stylish win 
 
Scorer Summary 
Corey 3 Goals 
Harry 3 Goals 
Ed 1 Goal 
Krishna 1 Goal 
Mattie 1 Goal 
 
In summary, a great first performance, with both teams equipping themselves well against some good opposition, Lots of highlights with a few development areas to take back to the training pitch. More ’team names’ to be found over the forth coming weeks me thinks :)

PELICANS MINI TOURNAMENT REPORT FOR U10 GIRLS
For the second tournament in a row the U10 girls came away with Gold Medals and again their goalkeeper, Sophia Colman, was barely called into action during the 6 matches.  
 
v Watton: won 5-0 
Playing in glorious February sunshine the girls got off to a fast start in their first match. Despite the games only being 8 minutes long they managed to find the net 5 times with Octavia Udy (4 goals) and Niamh Campbell completing the scoring.  
 
v Magpies II: won 1-0 
Their second game again saw the girls dominate with Sabina Baker and Matilda Butterworth combining well to set up Octavia to score the winning goal.  
 
v Dereham: won 4-0 
A young Dereham team were next up and constant pressure told as Niamh, Maddie Hallam, Matilda and Sabina scored in a 4-0 win. It was good to see that the girls were beginning to play some excellent hockey with the ball moving quickly down the wings and away from the congested centre of the pitch.  
 
v Dragons: won 1-0 
Our next game saw us pitted against an improving Dragons team and for the first time in the tournament Talitha Cooke in defence was called into action but alongside Sabina they managed to snuff out any attacks before Sophia in goal was needed, the game was won with a fantastic finish from Ivy Fisher who robbed the goalkeeper before slapping the ball hard into the corner of the goal.  
 
v Magpies I: drew 0-0 
What was on paper our toughest test again proved to be the case as a resolute Magpies 1 defence and excellent goalkeeping prevented any goals being scored, the one positive thing being that the girls realised after this game that the closer they get to the goalkeeper the harder it is to score.  
 
v Pelicans: won 1-0 
Despite the tournament being won before the final game (the girls weren’t told this) the team saved their best hockey until last with some excellent ball retention from Octavia and Matilda, great distribution from Sabina and some good powerful strikes on goal from Niamh, from one of which saw Octavia pick up a rebound to score the winning goal.  
 
In Summary. What was particularly pleasing was that we had 6 different goal scorers in the tournament, the girls team work and spirit was superb which made it an all round enjoyable day. A big thank you must go to all the parents for supporting throughout the day in the unusually warm sunshine, all the players for their effort and especially to Sophia for being a spectator/goalkeeper for the day.  
 
Coach: Graeme Campbell 

U10 Boys take Silver at Dragon's Mini Tournament
Cold it was but happy not to be in King's Lynn this weekend were we. Those that partook of the last hot chocolate can pity the later U12 tournament with narry a cup of tea to be had for the warmth so vital to the efficient working of muscles, and apart from the spectators it can be tough on the players too. 
 
Game 1 v Watton 
Result 0-0. 
It takes a while for teams to gel sometime but not Norwich, the boys pushed on from the start and Watton, who had already had a game to act as warm up, must have felt themselves lucky to escape with a draw by the end. 
MOM Edward Beake and Mason Goodall who gave it plenty working together right from the get go, stretching the defence so close to breaking point. 
 
Game 2 v Dragons 
Result 0-2 Loss 
An unfortunate break from Dragons on the far side of the pitch during our substitution gave them the first followed up rapidly with a short corner that was met by a slow response off the line and allowed them in once more. Disappointment is inevitable from time to time and how players handle this is a key learning point: we handled it with composure and maturity that some beyond the boys' years struggle with; taking comfort from the sharper passing game that we put together and the strikes that just might have been. 
MOM Sebastien Kimber for keeping a clear head while chaos briefly reined all around and Matt Roy and Lucas Hay for sheer work rate. 
 
Game 3 v Watton 
Result 0-0 
Plenty of attacks again kept us camped in the opposition half, and the music began to play with Jago making sensible passes upfield to the open stick and Hugh valiantly giving it everything to intercept passes in defence. Will took charge of the midfield position and spread the ball wide and fast, tracking back to help deny Watton a passing game - everything we needed of them. 
MOM Hugh Garson, Jago Taylor and Will Hopgood. 
 
Game 4 v Dragons 
Result 0-0 Draw 
A more balanced game and one in which our Hockey play showcased this young team's talents. Particular note was Alex's determination covering a lot of the pitch, timing his passes and runs perfectly and anticipating the opposition's next move. Dragons didn't seem so threatening somehow, more like Iguanas really. 
MOM Alex Illing 
 
In all the games we had more attacks, shots on goal and the majority of possession and the draw against the eventual winners in the final game during which we pinned them in their half for the majority of the 11 minutes should give us satisfaction that we are as strong as we want to be and can play the better Hockey. Further, with determination and certainty of purpose we will take our chances and to this end I look forward to next week's tournament on home ground. 
 
Well done to all and thanks to the parents for their support and encouragement. 
 
Squad: Seb Kimber, Lucas Hay, Alex Illing, Jago Taylor, Matt Roy, Edward Beake, William Hopgood, Hugh Garson and Mason Goodall. 
Coach: Paul Roy

Watton HC Mini Tournament 25th January u10 Boys
Report to Follow

A Good Day for the U10 Boys
On a beautiful late April afternoon, the City U10s congregated at Dereham Hockey Club for the annual Alexander Hill Memorial Tournament. City’s numbers were depleted by the call of cricket and parents going off the grid, and it was only the addition of two U8 debutants, Corey Rushton and Mattie Roy, which enabled City to get two teams into the competition. 
 
A Team Tournament Winners 
 
With Joseph ill and Jonty on cricketing duty, Skipper Freddie Paterson was moved back into Centre midfield and Rocco Iaccarino given Centre Forward’s duties. Having not played for some weeks, City started off slowly, taking a while to find their feet. Nevertheless, once Freddie opened the scoring, the flood gates opened. Rocco smartly prodded home the second and Harry MacKenzie swept in a third off a good cross from Rocco before scoring a brilliant solo goal for City’s fourth. And finally, defender Matthew Burton put the icing on the cake with a well taken goal for a 5-0 win. Men of the Match were Samuel Doncaster and Harry for industrious work on the flanks. 
 
Next up were Dragons and, with our emergency sub not having arrived, the City A team elected to play one short with only six players. Added to this, the Dragons team flooded the space in front of their goal, making it difficult for City to get those important shots away. It was Freddie again who broke the deadlock, rolling out of a tight space to give just enough room to squeeze a shot inside the right post. Freddie scored again to make it a good 2-0 win to six man City, and keeper Will Farrow had still not been troubled in defence. Men of the Match were Rocco Iaccarino and Matthew Burton. 
 
With a long gap before the next game, the Coach suggested to the Boys that they rest their legs and take on plenty of fluids before the next game. Clearly the Boys knew better, and decided an impromptu game of football was a much better idea. Therefore, Coach Al, with his PhD in "I told you so" was not surprised when City started the third match against Pelicans looking tired and lacklustre and without the energy to chase back. Fortunately City have a strong defence, and this was their moment. Ethan Rushton and Matthew Burton tackled well, and anything that got through them was dealt with imperiously by Keeper Will. After a few minutes the rest of the team got their breath back, with Freddie scoring twice in a 3-0 scoreline. Men of the Match were Will Farrow and Ethan Rushton for coming to the fore when needed. 
 
So with three wins out of three, only the City B team could prevent the As from a clean sweep. Fortunately Coach Al has been around the block a few times, and so was able to see through the mind games of B team Coach Paul, and put out his best (and only) team. The A team attacked relentlessly, with only keeper Oliver Leary and his miraculous acrobatics keeping the score down. Freddie scored the first two, the second being a short corner where he received the ball, dribbled past three defenders and slotted it past the despairing Oliver. Harry scored a third before Matthew Burton skilfully swept a bouncing cross from the effervescent Samuel Doncaster into the net for a 4-0 scoreline. Man of the Match was Freddie Paterson. 
 
So with four wins out of four, City A's retained the title they had won 12 months earlier. In a good day for City, the U12 Boys did the same, and it was with pride that the victorious teams collected the trophies and medals. 
 
B Team Finish a Very Credible Fourth 
 
City's "Elite Bs" went in cold against a Pelicans side that had already faced Dragons. However both teams gave no quarter as we repulsed wave after wave of attack and countered with well controlled dribbles down the right wing by Joshua Kim and shots on target from Henry Baker. Unfortunately, and despite the team having made the effort of getting back for a long corner, a lack of communication led to an easy Goal for Pelicans. It can be difficult having gone one down and City just could not fight back: 1-0 the final result. Man of the match was James Byrne for showing a cool head under pressure and a clear eye for the ball. 
 
Against Dragons, Corey Rushton made his debut for the U10s and showed grit, getting stuck into the tackling as a valuable line of defence. Despite our best efforts and some good running into space from Edmund and taking good yards down the right by Joshua we couldn't get many strikes on goal away and one quick counter attack led to their goal. 1-0. Man of the match as debutant Corey Rushton for some great tackles in defence. 
 
For us, the Watton game was going to be key, and, refreshed with water, we began to play as a team with some nice passing up front and in the midfield plus some super dribbles to the by-line from Mattie Roy and Joshua Kim who share man of the match. Result 0-0. 
 
The final match against the city 'A's was always going to be our toughest challenge but we were up to it and limited them to only a small handful of goals. Of particular note was Oliver Leary who came good, let me correct that, came really good as our goalkeeper, finding his inner Rottweiler and laying down some incredible saves that both entertained the crowd and drew applause from the opponents. Man of the match goes to Oliver for showing mettle, continuing on into the storm. 
 
The team finished fourth, and with all but goalie Oliver still in this age group next year, this was a great performance and a sign of things to come. 
 

City U10 Boys A's Stamp Their Authority at Dragons
In this short but high class 'gold' tournament City played some excellent hockey that improved with each game to emerge as champions.  
 
Played 3, won 2, drew 1. Goals for 9, goals against 0. 
 
Squad: Freddie Paterson, Will Farrow, Samuel Doncaster, Joshua Means, Joseph Roy, Jonty Black, Toby Pallister and Harry MacKenzie. 
 
Our first game, against a Magpies team that has improved as the season has progressed, was to prove the closest. City controlled large parts of the 10 minute game but could not quite get the ball across the line despite Freddie, Jonty, Harry and Joseph all coming close. In fact Samuel and Joshua were called upon to make a couple of extremely timely interventions to limit Magpies to only a couple of chances. Move of the match was a smash from the Jonty on the halfway line all the way back to Joshua at left defender! Then hard and square to Samuel at right defender and then up the line on the right - I don't care what level you play at....that was out of the top drawer. Man of the match Samuel Doncaster. Result 0-0. 
 
The second match, following straight on from the first, was against Pelicans who had proved fairly strong opposition at City's own tournament a month ago. However, what a difference a month can make.....City were imperious from the off with Joseph controlling the middle of the park with guile and élan, ably supported by dynamic running from Jonty, Joshua, and Harry when he came on halfway through the game. 
 
Freddie scored from a well worked short corner which just eluded Joseph and the Peli's keeper. Jonty then doubled the score with a fantastic tackle over on the right then a mazy dribble with his now customary flick before a reverse stick dink past the oncoming keeper. Harry then came on for Jonty and immediately helped set up Freddie for his second, a lovely strike from the middle of the D. By now, the City midfield were dominant, with Samuel and Toby supporting from the back to ensure city used the full width of the pitch. Freddie's third came in a blur with a fantastic solo effort round three Peli’s defenders, before Harry added a fifth and Joseph the sixth. Man of the match was a close run affair between Joseph's almost General like qualities in midfield and hat trick hero Freddie, Freddie just getting the manager's vote. Result 6-0. 
 
The last game of the tournament was the customary City/Dragons confrontation with both surprisingly having won one and drawn one, there was everything to play for. If you thought the team played well against Peli's, well this was even better against a very strong Dragons team. Most thought a fantastic strike by Freddie following a good move down the right had opened the scoring but the ball crashed off the inside of the post and back into play. Undeterred the midfield moved the ball from left to right and back again to create a tiny amount of space for Freddie to calmly take on the last defender and slot the ball past the keeper. Dragons fought back and the defensive qualities of Toby and Sam really came to the fore as they tackled and harried to make sure what little opportunity Dragons did create was soon swatted with aplomb. The second goal came following a good run by Harry (having by far his best game of the three matches) down the left, squared to Joseph who played a lovely one-two with himself (fooling everybody) before a ball back to the top slipped to Freddie...2-0. Goalie Will, who had been a spectator for most of the tournament, snuffed out the one half chance Dragons had. Joshua came on for Joseph in the middle and did an excellent holding job of stopping Dragons' play maker having any room at all. To put the icing on the cake Jonty scored a quite astonishing goal playing right midfield he picked the ball up at the top of our D, ran the length of the pitch to the far right touch line/ base line and then undercut the ball into the top corner - not too sure how this happened or indeed if this could be repeated but a very fitting way to finish the tournament. Man of the match (for sheer audacity) Jonty. Result 3-0. 
 
Excellent defending, excellent, passing, excellent tackling and some really rather fine goal scoring.....just need to repeat this at next week's County Championships. 

Great Performance by City U10 Boys Bs!
After a tough first tournament a month ago, our U10 B team arrived at the Dragons Tournament keen to show how they could do against other B teams (and the Dereham A team which had been included in the B team tournament). With coach Caroline Illing and manager Rachel Millet in charge, we were all set for a good day. 
 
In our first game against the Dragons “Brown” Team, good play from the City Boys delivered a 1-0 win. Next up, was the Dereham A team, which was sure to be a tough game. Dereham won 2-0, the second being a really good goal. However, it wasn’t all one way traffic with City having a couple of chances and being unlucky not to be awarded a couple of penalty corners.  
 
Finally we came up against the Dragons “White” team which City dominated to win 3-1 with all the goals coming from open play. Our first two goals came from series of strikes in the circle with Alex Illing and Oliver Millett working determinedly for Rocco Iaccarino to score the goals. Meanwhile, Henry Baker was fantastic in defence, at one point foiling a four on one overlap with a perfectly timed tackle, before driving forward and winning a free hit which led to the 3rd goal. 
 
Throughout all the games, all the City players did well: Oliver Leary in goal dominated the D and enjoyed being in control for defensive short corners. Ethan Rushton was patient in defence delivering well-timed tackles and sensible free hits. Alongside him, Matthew “MatMat” Burton, on his City debut, had an outstanding day with direct play and good skills. In midfield, Henry Ingram moved the ball on well, showing good maturity. Oliver Millett was keen and strong, which is what was needed to win these short games, whilst Alex Illing was determined from the off, winning any number of tackles and free hits, as well as setting up one of Rocco’s goals. Henry Baker was another outstanding player showing real strength to win the ball. And finally, up front, Rocco was a classic striker with his determination to deliver the goals for the team. 
 
All in all it was a fun afternoon. Although we came second to the Dereham A Team, we were the first of the B teams, which is a great result for a group of boys who have improved throughout the season. They were really pleased! Player of the Tournament was awarded to MatMat Burton who “played a blinder” and a good day was finished with Haribos all round. Well done Boys! 

Norwich City Tigers NCHC U10's Tournament
Norwich City Tigers started with a victory against Dereham by two goals. Their next match was to be their most pleasing as they defeated eventual tournament winners Norwich City Lions by a single goal. From a coaches perspective it was a pleasure to see how all the players from both sides put into practise in a match what they had been learning in training.  
 
The team had won their first two matches with great goalkeeping, solid defending, a determined midfield and fluent attacking, however the team was disrupted by having a break of two games and did not get into their third game against Dragons until too late. They ended up losing by three goals, the last of which was scored by a Lion, who will remain nameless, as City were great sports and provided Dragons with a player for each game. 
 
The fourth match saw one of the team's best all round performances. Initially the team had to defend as Pelicans pushed hard for a goal but as the game wore on City gained the upper hand and could have snatched victory late on. 
 
There was a long wait for the final match but the Tigers knew that a 5-0 victory would be required to win the tournament but seemed more interested in the Pet Day offered if they won by that margin. The coach was most concerned about a pony on the pitch, especially when the girls raced into score an opening goal within a minute. The Lions on the sidelines suddenly did not know whether to cheer for their friends or worry that they might be overtaken as only the Tigers could beat them to the title. Unfortunately and despite some fantastic play from Tigers, Harleston managed to equalise and then following a clearance off their own line go and score the winner.  
 
The pleasing aspect was that Tigers could have won the tournament but ended up with 7 points having scored 4 goals and conceding 5 finishing in 5th place fifth. 
 
Daisy Ford was brilliant in goal and had star performances against Dragons and Pelicans. Alice Farrow and Ivy Fisher were a very solid defensive unit, tackling strongly and distributing the ball well out of defence. They also added a further dimension to the team when they pushed up with play. The midfield unit of Charlotte Richardson-Howell, Mia Edmond and Sabina Baker were full of energy and running, coupled with strong tackling and accurate passing. Up front Lucy Hutchinson and Niamh Campbell were lightning fast and caused the oppositions defences lots of problems combining well with and helping out the midfield. 
 
From a coaches perspective the most pleasing aspects from all matches watched involving the Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars was seeing the techniques coached being put into action. The movement into space and looking up to see who they were passing to was a joy to watch. They should all be proud of their performances, which have continued to improve for each tournament. 
 
Ian Hardcastle 
Coach 

U10 Girls Silver Tournament
In the good spirit of the NCHC tournament, three Norwich City Under-10 girls, Tilly Gray, Emily Leeming and Sophie Rowlands teamed up with four girls from Dereham to make the combined Derewich Jaguars team. This was to ensure that everybody who attended the event had plenty of pitch time rather than each team taking lots of subs. It was a great idea and worked fantastically well with everybody having plenty of match time and plenty of fun as well. 
 
As the team came together and learned to play as a unit, the game improved match by match. The first game was a little faltering and saw the play move mainly down the middle of the pitch, but through the tournament the girls began to use the width of the pitch more and up their game with some excellent passing and moving. It was impressive to watch the improvement through the morning. By the end of the tournament they had come together as a team and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. Tilly, Emily and Sophie were even talking serious tactics in the break between play. Throughout the tournament the team’s defensive play was strong – with each player taking a turn at the back, and everybody doing their best to fend off some threatening attacks, especially from fellow Norwich City Leopards opposition. The Derewich Jaguar’s only goal in the tournament was an excellent strike by Norwich City’s Sophie Rowlands.

City U10 Boys A Team So Close in Home Tournament
Played 6, won 4, drew 2, lost 0 
Goals scored 14, goals conceded 2 
Position: Equal first on points, second on goals conceded! 
 
Team: Jonty Black (captain, birthday boy, 2 goals, 1 man of match); Samuel Doncaster (1 man of match); Josh Means (1 goal); Ethan Rushton, Harry MacKenzie (2 goals, 1 man of match); Freddie Paterson (6 goals, 1 man of match); Toby Pallister (1 goal, 1 man of match) and Will Farrow (4 clean sheets, 1 man of match ). 
 
 
City U10 Boys A team, AKA the Norwich City Musketeers, came into our home tournament full of confidence, following their win in the previous tournament at Pelicans. The first three games went to plan and Will, Samuel and Ethan had little to do as the Musketeers had convincing wins over the Red Dragons (4-0), Pelicans (4-0) and the Norwich Knights (3-0). Jonty Black's magical 3D skills and Freddie and Harry's clinical finishing were supported by the dominant midfield of Josh and Toby.  
 
The fourth game was a tough midfield battle against Magpies. The Musketeers were on top and created such chances as there were, but could not convert - a result that would come back to haunt them at the end. 
 
Back-to-back matches followed: Firstly a tight 2-1 win against Dereham, with Will producing a couple of match winning saves - he even got a good block on Dereham's goal only to see it crawl over the line.  
 
Then straight into their final game against the Green Dragons. Norwich Musketeers' superior passing and skill levels took them into the lead. Toby ran down the right, a pass into Freddie; a shot and a diving Jonty to knock it past the helpless keeper. The City legs now started to tire and Dragons came back into the game. Sam and Ethan came into their own making numerous tackles, but with only minutes to go a short corner was drilled into the corner of the goal by the Dragons striker to make it a draw. 
 
Equal on points and goals scored with Dragons, it came down to goal difference. With one more goal conceded, City were pushed into second place. However, the Boys played some fantastic hockey in the process and ran themselves into the ground for the cause, so we are all extremely proud of a very good performance. 

Great Experience for Norwich City U10 Boys B Team
Norwich City were pleased to be able to enter two teams into the U10 Boys age Group at our home tournament on Sunday. The B team, AKA the Norwich City Knights, was made up of more inexperienced players, half of whom were a year young for the age group and were playing in their first tournament! Unfortunately only City and Dragons had enough numbers to enter a B team, so the plan of having a B team tournament was scuppered, and our Brave Knights had to play in the A team tournament, which was always going to be challenging. 
 
Our aims for the Tournament were to have fun, to play our best, to get tournament experience and to learn from the day – we were not worried about results. With this in mind, the day was a real success, despite the scorelines not going our way, and we should all be proud of the way the Knights played. They were a credit to the Club, they never gave up and they will have learnt so much.  
 
The first couple of games saw the boys start slowly, with our inexperience showing through against Magpies and Dereham A teams, who took advantage to win comfortably. We got better against City A and Dragons A, and came into our own against Dragons B and Pelicans where we narrowly lost out in two tight games. It was obvious to all watching that, even in the space of an afternoon, the Boys had improved significantly. 
 
Our most experienced player and captain, Rocco Iaccarino, operated in the heart of the team and led by example, showing good technique and never stopping running. Rocco passed well to Henry Ingram on the left who showed good stick skills taking the ball up the flank and always looking for the pass. Oliver Millet played in midfield and attack, ran well and tackled hard for the team. Farrin showed some great positional play and tackling up front and Alex Illing improved as the day went on, making some good runs and getting really stuck in. 
 
In defence our boys were under pressure throughout, and Oliver Leary was extremely brave and committed in goal, making some sublime saves. Henry Baker, who is relatively new to hockey, was a revelation, fighting for every ball, tackling hard and at the end having the energy to surge up the right flank to unleash a couple of thunderbolt shots that narrowly missed the goal. Alongside Henry, our young defenders Ben Brind and James Byrne both tackled commendably, worked hard and got better and better as the day wore on. 
 
So overall it was a worthwhile day and I am very proud of the effort and commitment the boys put in. They never gave up, despite the results going against them, and will all have learnt an awful lot today.  
 
The Knights’ Player of the Tournament was Henry Baker, with special mention to Oliver Leary being a close second.  
 
Al Paterson (Boys U10 Coach) 


 

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