23.1.2018 Floorball Report
The Cotswold Floorball League's 'A' Team competition is down to the last six. On 6th March holders Dormer House and North Cotswold Federation will join Ilmington, St Catharines, Temple Guiting and St James & Ebrington in the final set of play off matches. The top two teams at that stage will contest the final, later in the year.
St Davids started the day in pole position with two wins counting from earlier matches. They played the Moreton derby against Dormer House winning with a single strike by Joe Winder from a free hit. Unfortunately, they were caught cold by Sedgeberrow, who also won by a single Tom Crawford goal. St Davids had a power play in the final minutes, but were kept out by fine defensive play from goalkeeper Zak Freeman and his backs. NCSF also forced a win against St Davids, courtesy of two Jamie Fowler goals.
NCSF had a great evening with three more wins to top the play off table. They opened the scoring against Sedgeberrow when Jacob Brewerton tucked the ball home from a melee in front of goal. The Federation almost immediately lost a player to the sin bin, allowing Crawford to level. Brewerton, Fowler and Brewerton again sealed the 4-1 victory. This fine form continued against Blockley, Noah Custard's opener being followed by Brewerton's brace in a 3-0 win. Not even two losses to the sin bin could prevent the win. Mickleton were the one team which caused NCSF some trouble. Tilly Walker did some great work, hitting the post and having shots save, which allowed Sam Meddins-Fawden to put Mickleton ahead on the rebound. NCSF knew that attacking straight from the face off was a good time to equalise and did so admirably through Noah Custard. Custard then made it 2-1 and Brewerton enhanced his tally to make it 3-1 at the final whistle.
Blockley earned a hard won 1-0 victory against Mickleton, Ebony Dean-Brown giving them the early lead. Mickleton lessened their chances when two players were sent to the penalty box, yet finished the game stronger and were only denied a point by Andre Jeffrey' fine last second save. Mickleton did salvage pride when they defeated Sedgeberrow 2-0, Adam Bird and Tilly Walker the scorers.
These results left the holders, Dormer House, in danger of losing their title, but they rallied with three wins. Finlay Holland-Bird scored both goals in a 2-0 against Sedgeberrow. Maisie Smith scored the only goal against Blockley after another mad flurry in the goal mouth. Blockley nearly levelled when fine work by Dean-Brown gifted Max Bolam an almost open goal, only for Will Droy to somehow save the shot. Holland-Bird's hat trick laid the foundations for victory against Mickleton, Maisie Smith adding the fourth before Walker pulled back a consolation for Mickleton.
The last two sets of play offs leave 7th to 14th places decided as follows:
7th St Davids
11th Bourton on the Water
13th St Marys
Sedgeberrow, the only first school in the league, only just avoided being regarded as too good to defend their 'B' Team title.
NCSF 2-0 St Davids
NCSF 4-1 Sedgeberrow
NCSF 3-0 Blockley
NCSF 3-1 Mickleton
Dormer House 0-1 St Davids
Dormer House 2-0 Sedgeberrow
Dormer House 1-0 Blockley
Dormer House 4-1 Mickleton
Blockley 1-0 Mickleton
Mickleton 2-0 Sedgeberrow
St Davids 0-1 Sedgeberrow
Next week, 30th January 2018, Blockley, St James & Ebrington C, Dormer House, Sedgeberrow, Ilmington and Temple Guiting meet in the next round of 'B' Team play offs.
Contributed by Chipping Campden School
Four children from the Longborough and Cold Aston represented the NCSF at the Intermediate Gymnastics competition this month. What a delight it was to see them perform flowing floor moves and energetic vault jumps. All four girls made us very proud and we were delighted that they entered! Well done!
The second Cotswold Foorball League 'A' Team qualifying pool was completed tonight.
Ilmington looked ready to complete a clean sweep against primary school opposition when they defeated Temple Guiting and holders Dormer House. Louis Adcock and Will Morris scored against Temple Guiting in a 2-0 win. The title holders took an early lead when Finlay Holland-Bird netted from a free hit. Jensen Armstrong equalised from distance, also from a free hit. Zac Tremellen's late goal was enough to give Ilmington a 2-1 win. The last match of the night was between Ilmington and North Cotswold. Tremellen put Ilmington 2 ahead after a lot of hard work from Morris and they appeared to be cruising to an easy win as all the Federation's attacks proved ineffective. Christopher Giovannetti had other ideas, completing a bustling run with a goal. Only seconds to go, the win for Ilmington seeming inevitable, only for Jamie Fowler to capitalise on a loose ball and give NCSF the draw. There was no time for Ilmington to recover,the final whistle going just after the face off.
NCSF had a good night, making the most of a lot of luck in demolishing St Marys 4-1. Harry Martin gave them the lead, followed by a brace of shots by Giovannetti which somehow bobbled past the unlucky keeper after bouncing off unlucky defenders. Ellie Wilkinson deservedly pulled one back for St Marys before Fowler sealed the win. The only blip in the Federation's record was a 1-1 draw against Shipston. Zak Hill put the Warwickshire side into the lead, but Giovannetti picked his own rebound to tuck the ball home late on.
Shipston showed how difficult a side they are to beat by drawing 0-0 with Dormer House. New goalkeeper Oliver Badger had a great game and defender Aswin Kumar sent every loose ball to safety. The game between Temple Guiting and Shipston was probably the best of the night. Freddie Keighley gave Guiting the lead with a pass from behind the goal which bounced off Badger and crept over the line. At the other end Will Bevis kept out a series of determined attacks, but could not prevent the last of them from reaching the net. Unfortunately, Shipston had two attackers in the goalkeeper's 'no go' area, so the goal was disallowed. However, defenders had already encroached to prevent the goal, so a penalty shot was awarded. Bevis made a good save to keep his side ahead. Shipston knew that they had to take advantage of the power play, forcing Bevis into yet more action until Phineas Sayer equalised. It was then the turn of Shipston to defend as their opponents resumed full strength, but the defence held out.
A hat trick from Holland-Bird gave Dormer House an early lead against St Marys, Jacob Smith pulling one back late on after a period of sustained pressure. Temple Guiting had a field day against St Marys, Richard Upton, Keighley, and Will Adams ... twice ... earning a 4-0 win.
Ilmington 2-0 Temple Guiting
Ilmington 2-1 Dormer House
lmington 2-2 North Cotswold
Temple Guiting 4-0 St Marys
Temple Guiting 1-1 Shipston
Shipston 1-1 North Cotswold
Shipston 0-0 Dormer House
Dormer House 3-1 St Marys
North Cotswold 4-1 St Marys
The Cotswold Floorball League's qualifying rounds continued with six close matches.
CCS were given a tough time against both holders Dormer House and Temple Guiting. The holders' goalkeeper, William Droy, kept a strong senior attack at bay for much of the map. Angus Tombs finally broke the deadlock to put CCS ahead, only for Ethan Cooper to level soon after. Again, Droy stopped everything with ease until Alex Adams and Ruby Farrell put the seniors 3-1 up. Keeping up the pressure they earned a penalty shot which was shot wide. The resulting power play did result in a goal by Malachy Jones to complete a 4-1 win.
Temple Guiting also had an inspired keeper in Will Bevis and defenders who gave next to nothing away. Edward Irwin did force an opening and struck home with a low shot which crept in by the post. The seniors only felt comfortable when William Groves scored with a perfectly judged free hit. It was his first touch of the match, looping over the defensive wall and dipping sharply into the narrow gap between Bevis' helmet and the crossbar. Guiting tried to come back, but could not make up the 0-2 deficit.
NCSF (the North Cotswold Schools Federation of Swell, Longborough and Cold Aston) also had a strong defence, but could not resist a now rampant CCS attack. Jones, Adams, Farrell and Olivia Peachey all scored for a comfortable 4-0 lead, all of them from rebounds after long range shots. NCSF stuck to their task and deservedly scored in the final second through Noah Custard.
The federation now changed goalkeepers and found a real gem in Peter Fletcher. Multiple saves halfway through the match helped his team to a 0-0 draw against Temple Guiting. He only succumbed to another barrage of close range shots when playing Dormer House, Georgia wasdell tucking home what appeared to be the winning score. The Federation had other ideas, Wilf Gapp finishing off a late move for a 1-1 tie.
Temple Guiting again showed that they want to go further I the competition when beating Dormer House 3-1. Finlay Holland-Bird gave the holders an early lead. Richard Upton equalised, then William Adams netted twice to ensure the win.
CCS 2-0 Temple Guiting
CCS 4-1 Dormer House
CCS 4-1 NCSF
Dormer House 1-1 NCSF
Temple Guiting 0-0 NCSF
Temple Guiting 3-1 Dormer House
Next week the 'A' Team matches continue when Ilmington, St Marys and Shipston meet