Greens and Blues in action
ROLLER HOCKEY TWO Ely under-15 teams finished their first season in Eastern Counties Division Two at a tournament at Peterborough on Sunday, with the Greens battling for the title and the Blues fighting for third place. The Greens went into the tournament
TWO Ely under-15 teams finished their first season in Eastern Counties Division Two at a tournament at Peterborough on Sunday, with the Greens battling for the title and the Blues fighting for third place.
The Greens went into the tournament with second-spot secure and on a mission to win all their games and keep pressure on leaders Peterborough A.
A Sam Norton hat-trick and a Dan Salisbury double saw them beat third-placed Letchworth 5-4 in their first game, and a resounding 25-0 win over Peterborough B would have been the perfect confidence boost before a decisive encounter with the leaders. But Peterborough B had remained unbeaten, so their meeting was officially first against second, with only pride at stake.
Yet another ding-dong battle ensued between the teams and a thrilling game ended in a 3-3 draw, with Salisbury, Norton and James Cox on the score-sheet for Ely Greens and both teams going off to a standing ovation.
Having secured fourth place, Ely Blues were chasing Letchworth for third. A good start against Peterborough B saw a relaxed 3-2 win, Blues doing just enough to win with two goals from Michael Hart and one from Emma Gillett.
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Against Peterborough A, however, the Blues could not help the Greens, and went down 9-2, with Hart scoring either side of half-time for Ely.
A cracking match against Letchworth saw player of the day Kasia Parfitt pull off a stunning double save to keep Ely in the game, and despite a Hart hart-trick and a Dan Drewery strike, they lost 6-4, and finished the season in fourth place.
Coach Ric Parfitt said: "Both teams have improved dramatically from last season and done well to finish where they have, this being their first season at this level. I can see them improving further next season and winning some titles.