Saturday, 15 December 2018

Henley Cheetahs undefeated at latest Thames Valley tournament

HENLEY U10s had two teams entered into Sunday’s Thames Valley tournament at Maidenhead.

HENLEY U10s had two teams entered into Sunday’s Thames Valley tournament at Maidenhead.

The first Henley team drew one match and lost four against well-drilled opposition from Reading, Marlow and Maidenhead.

The defensive unit of T Wilson and Bradbury worked well together, with both players making strong tackles while the left wing combination of Sabijan and Williams worked well, passing between each other and creating space.

James and Gummer, in their first tournament for Henley, created opportunities on the right side of the pitch while Shaw worked tirelessly in midfield.

Goals were scored by well-positioned forward Mali Knibbs and an individual effort from Charlie Shaw.

The second Henley team won one match, drew one and lost three. Cheesman kept the structure in the middle, holding space well and demonstrating strong stick skills to dodge players and passing out wide to Waldron and Bureau.

Forwards Tams, G Wilson and Franklin worked together closing down the opposition while the Henley defence of Allison and Jacobs were strong in the tackle and used the full width of the pitch in their passing to set up wide midfield breaks.

In the last game, Bureau and Franklin worked well together on the right wing, creating chances. Goals were scored by Cheesman (2) and Bureau.

Henley Hockey Academy played host to the Thames Valley mini U8 tournament on Sunday where more than 130 children representing 22 local six-a-side teams competed.

The five Henley teams — the Antelopes, Bears, Cheetahs, Dolphins and the Eagles — all peformed well. The Cheetahs fared the best of teams winning two and drawing two games while the Bears also managed two wins.

The Antelopes came up against some strong opposition and had their unbeaten run from the previous tournament brought to an end with two defeats in their four games.

For many of the Dolphins and Eagles players this was their first taste of tournament hockey but far from being overawed by the situation they battled hard and managed a couple of victories apiece.

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