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Rathbones Junior Mixed Summer 7s Tournament

Launch of 2019 Rathbones Junior Hockey Summer Mixed Junior Hockey Tournament

 

This year’s annual popular Junior Hockey Mixed tournament launched on Sunday for its eleventh year running.  This year’s theme is ‘Showdown of the Sports’ and a large number of Jersey’s young girl and boy hockey players will battle it out over 11 sessions during April and June.

 

Over 60 junior players, both boys and girls aged between 10 and 14, have been split into six evenly matched mixed squads for the tournament.  Teams representing sports like basketball, baseball, ice hockey, American football, netball and football will battle it out until Finals Day on Saturday 29thJune, with the winners coming from Orange Fire, Blue Braves, Pink Panthers, Green Giants, Dark Thunder or Yellow Lightning.

 

The players get to play in competitive half-pitch matches in mixed teams under normal hockey rules and are umpired by local club players.  The squads are managed and coached by local experienced hockey players supported by representatives from the Jersey Girls and Boys U16s squads, both of which have had recent successes in the English National Championships.

 

This year’s tournament will also include knockout team penalty flick knockout ‘shuffles’ competitions.

 

Jersey Hockey is generously supported by Rathbones.

 

Quote:

 

“This tournament has proved to become a fun but competitive way to end a long season and it definitely helps to develop the youngsters’ skills and teamwork.  The boys and girls quickly learn to enjoy playing with and against the other mixed teams of a similar age group.  They become fiercely attached to their team and colours and benefit greatly from the managers and coaches.”

 

Dom Pallot

Tournament Director


Report after Period 4:

 

Strange goings-on at Les Quennevais (aka Wembley & The Garden) this week……the weirdest spectator incident, bizarre Walk-of-Shame story and erroneous font on the score-sheet – all never been seen before in the 11 years of this tournament…..

 

·         A large number of random salad pieces of debris were suddenly, half-way through the session, seen on the pristine pitch – some lettuce, tomatoes and what looked closely enough like the famous organic carrots grown on the south-east facing côtils of L’Etacq – a steward’s enquiry was about to start when the truth broke – a seagull had been flying over the pitch with a whole polystyrene salad box in its mouth, when it dropped its cargo…….mystery solved (YouTube link of the incident to follow);

 

·         A hockey gum-shield found at a bus-stop in Grouville – X Files investigators called and the mouthguard is safely back with its owner……;

 

·         Can’t explain the font issue – it’ll never happen again.   Back to the hockey:

  • At Wembley, the Braves, even though they can’t use Tomahawks, played courageously to keep up their recent form, topping the Pool ahead of the roaring Thunder, with the Fire up in smoke this week.

 

  • At The Garden, the Lightning were brought back down to earth by the lion-hearted Panthers and the green Giants fairly Jolly in second.

 

NB          The crowds await the Pool Fixture Programming Algorithm to produce the first Pool meeting of Thunder and Lightning!  Actually, you shouldn’t be near a Pool during a Thunder & Lightning storm!  Maybe next week?

 

Cross-over playoffs:

 

  • For the top Sports Points this period, the “Pink Panther”s used a diamond cutter to shred through the Braves’ brave defence with a late winner.  9 SP and 7 SP respectively.

 

  • The Giants and Thunder played out the middle crossover match for the second week running – no black clouds hanging over the Thunder (6 SP) this time courtesy of a 2-1 win – the Giants were green with envy = 4 SP.

 

  • Things will surely change for the luckless Fire – twice in the lead as they scorched past the Lightning but quick as a Flash Lightning struck late for a 3-2 win and 3 SP.  The Fire (1 SP) are hoping that “The Future’s Bright, the Future’s Orange”.  (Other telecommunication companies are available).

 

Table after this Period:

 

Pos.

Team

Periods

Sports Points This Week

Total Sports Points

1

Panthers

4

9

28

2

Lightning

4

3

25

3

Giants

4

4

21

4

Braves

4

7

18

5

Thunder

4

6

17

6

Fire

4

1

11

 

 

Until Finals Day (29th June), the only strategy is to get into the top three.

 

 

Sarah, Lisa, Dom and Neil