Dart ladies victorious in epic Boxing Day encounter

By Sports Contributor in Hockey


Hockey XI 5,

Dartmouth RFC XI 4

This Boxing Day fixture has been running for years and is enjoyed by young and old writes Jeff Hunt.

Dartmouth Hockey Club retained the trophy this year only because it has been in hiding since DRFC had moved from Roseville Street. Chris Chater found the trophy in a safe place. A safe. The safe that was taken out of Roseville Street and taken in Chris Chater’s barn. But all’s well that ends well...

The fixture got under way with a few chan­ges to the Dartmouth Hockey side, Charlotte Cole giving Ellie Malley a change from ‘keeper to play in midfield.

Mark Wall played up front with Dylan Putt and Old Man Putt played at the back. DRFC put out a young side, with Colin Wilson taking charge of the youngsters.

DRFC started well but were soon undone by the formidable duo of Lucy Pillar and Sarah Barret, Lucy grabbing the first goal of the afternoon.

DRFC weren’t daunted by the killer blow and in quick succession hit Dartmouth Hockey Club with two goals just before half time, by Rory Shillabeer and Ollie Wilson.

With the half time break done Dartmouth Hockey Club hit back with a quick goal straight after the restart, Sarah Barrett taking the ball into the DRFC D and getting herself on the score sheet.

With the scores all level Dartmouth Hockey Club started to turn the screw and went a goal ahead from an unlikely source. Mark Wall showed his daughters, Darcey and Alice, how to score a goal and from then on it was all Dartmouth Hockey Club.

Wave after wave of attack saw Dylan Putt, Alisha Wadeson, Lucy Pillar and Sarah Barret all going close, but DRFC had their own secret weapon, Glenn Alinson, the DRFC’ ‘keeper.

However, the secret weapon was at fault for the fourth goal when Dylan Putt found a cross from Sarah Bar­rett and Dylan found the backboard with Glenda stood watching incoming aircraft...

Sarah Barrett sealed the deal with a good, well-worked team goal, starting from Alicia Wadeson and Lucy Pillar.

DRFC then had a little resurgence and scored two late goals, but it was too little, too late and Dartmouth Hockey Club came away with the spoils.

Dartmouth Hockey Club have a couple of weeks to regroup after this game and are counting on injuries to be healed and then get back to winning ways again.

The ladies and the backroom staff at the club wish everyone a prosperous and happy new year.

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