Youngsters on goal trail
Boys’ hockey HOME DERBY DEFEAT HARD FOR PLAYER-COACH TO TAKE AFTER PROMISING FIRST-HALF PERFORMANCE
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.