Captain: Katie Smith
2012-13 result: runners-up in the EHB Women’s Masters Trophy!!
Captain’s Review of the Season
There is stiff competition within the club for which team would be voted the most sociable side, arguably the beautiful ladies to the right, but there is no doubt as to who wins the undefeated award this season (n.b. they did at the time of writing, although this is no longer true!).
The Ladies Vets team (you only have to be just over 35 to play!!) have, in theory, been playing in the EHB Women’s Masters Trophy and have made their way to the final at Beeston HC on Sunday 28th April 2013.
The cup started well with a nail-biting win against the favourites, Northampton Saints. Affectionately described as “the youth policy” by captain Katie Smith, our 12 players included players from every single one of our seven women’s Saturday teams – an impressive statistic.
Northampton took a 1-0 lead, but Oxford settled into the game more and levelled at 1-1 before half-time at a penalty corner. Katie’s strike was saved by the keeper but was too good for her to clear completely and Paula pounced onto the rebound to slot home.
The second half proved more evenly matched and – who’d have thought it – we seemed perhaps to be the slightly fitter of the two sides as the match wore on and it turned into a series of end to end attacks. Northampton went 2-1 ahead but Tinny soon made it 2-2 with a sweet short corner strike. Oxford then took the lead after good build-up play from Kelly, who passed to Tinny to cross the ball for Sarah to fire into the net.
Northampton fought back however and scored in the last few minutes to upset their manager (who was hoping he wouldn’t have to pay the fee for extra pitch time) to bring the final score to 3-3. The competition organisers must have decided that it would be unsafe to impose extra-time on ladies of a certain age, so we went straight to flicks.
Goalie Linda (our captain’s ‘Girlie of the Game’) played a starring role and only the first Northampton flick taker was successful. Oxford were a little rusty on scoring their own set of flicks, but Tinny showing us how it should be done (an interesting football-style flick high and down the middle for her first, which the keeper somehow managed to duck out the way of) took us through to the next round.
From then on in, our obvious excellent reputation has gone before us as the opposition across the country have conceded game after game to allow us to reach the final. (The snow might have also helped at times perhaps?!)
The Mighty Youth policy always managed to not only raise a team, but also put in some excellent fitness training in between. It has been reported that Tinny stretched out her right arm whilst drinking in front of ‘Grand Designs’ on many an occasion and that Claire has been wine tasting in preparation for the sweet taste of champagne on the final whistle at Beeston!!
Thank you to all players of an age when a bully-off had three strokes at the beginning of the game, when you could only push from a sideline ball, a self-take was a secret ecstasy tablet at university and direct hits were allowed to be smashed into the D!! Here’s to a great game in the Masters Final on Sunday. Remember AGE IS CLASS!
Sadly, the Vets didn’t quite manage to win the Trophy Final – ending up runners-up in a close 3-4 final with Hereford. You can read the full story of what happened by following the link below. Bring on next season!!
28.04.13 v Hereford Over 35s (in the final of the EHB Master’s Trophy) – lost 3-4. Read the match report here.
11.11.12 v Northampton Saints Over 35s (first round of the EHB Master’s Trophy) – drew 3-3 (Sarah Dawson, Lyn Cockshott, Paula Burgess) and won 2-1 on penalty flicks. Read the match report here.