Young­sters on goal trail

Boys’ hockey HOME DERBY DE­FEAT HARD FOR PLAYER-COACH TO TAKE AFTER PROMIS­ING FIRST-HALF PER­FOR­MANCE

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Hockey -

Can­ter­bury’s un­der-10 boys were out in force over the week­end with the Pu­mas and Jaguars trav­el­ling to Tun­bridge Wells, while the Pan­thers and Tigers trav­elled to Herne Bay. The Pu­mas were in im­pres­sive form, win­ning all five of their matches and scor­ing 23 goals while con­ced­ing only one. Kyle Gu­ru­batham-kanny and Thomas Newell both net­ted hat-tricks in the 7-0 vic­tory over Tun­bridge Wells with their other wins com­ing against Mar­den 2 (3-0), Black­heath 2 (6-0), Mar­den 1 (3-1) and Black­heath 1 (4-0). Newell fin­ished with eight goals, one more than Gu­ru­batham-kanny while Do­minic Cur­tiss and Jonny Dev­ereux scored three each and Will Gar­diner the other. Ja­cob Beer was voted the player of the tour­na­ment. The Jaguars were nar­rowly beaten by Mar­den in their opener and also went down to Black­heath 2s be­fore open­ing their ac­count by beat­ing Mar­den’s sec­ond team. They fol­lowed up by beat­ing Black­heath be­fore draw­ing 0-0 with Tun­bridge Wells, who de­fended res­o­lutely un­der heavy pres­sure. The Pan­thers played four matches at Herne Bay and re­mained un­de­feated with two wins and two draws. Martin Long-cas­tro,char­lie Ochs (2) and Rhys Jones all scored goals, while Ben Hooker was beaten just once. Mark Wilkin­son, Adam Mchale and Harry Brem­ner worked hard to cre­ate chances and were well sup­ported by Tom Har­rop, Joey Bur­den and Joseph Good­win. The Tigers be­gan with a goal­less draw with Herne Bay but found the next two games against Ash­ford and Folke­stone a lit­tle tougher. They fin­ished with a derby against the Pan­thers who took first blood be­fore the Tigers con­verted a short corner to leave the fi­nal score 1-1. The un­der-12 boys fielded four teams for fix­tures at Gore Court and Gilling­ham An­cho­ri­ans on Sun­day. The Lions won all their games at An­cho­ri­ans while the Tigers won three (3-0, 4-0 and 5-0), draw­ing one (2-2) and los­ing the other 1- 0. The two Can­ter­bury teams at Gore Court dom­i­nated with one side hav­ing wins rang­ing from 2-0 to 11-0 with one draw, while the other squad recorded vic­to­ries rang­ing from 3-0 to 12-0.

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