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Whatta Weekend of Hockey

#*Mens 1st XI# Starting with the Mens 1st XI at home to Canterbury. Holcombe were looking for revenge after their opening day 4-0 defeat, and Canterbury looking for a win to secure a National League play-off spot. What a match this was. Holcombe Park was packed to the rafters with lots of home support plus a large following from Canterbury. With Old Loughtonians starting at the same time against Oxted, the pressure was on, but Holcs were confident of putting in a good performance. Canterbury were 2 points clear, but with an inferior goal difference, so they knew they had to win. The first half was played at a non-stop fast and furious pace. Holcombe took the lead in the 14th minute through David Mathews, Canterbury equalized 6 minutes later, and then took the lead in the 23rd minute. But Holcombe equalized straight away 2-2. At Oxted Old Loughtonians had gone 2-0 up after 25 minutes, but Oxted pulled one back 4 minutes later. The hockey at Holcombe was pulsating and David Mathews gave Holcs a 3-2 half-time lead scoring 2 minutes before the break. So Canterbury 3-2 down, Old Loughts were in the driving seat being 2-1 up. The second half was as good as the first, and when Canterbury equalized again in the 48th minute it was anyone’s game. But Holcombe were playing their best hockey of the season, and Ryan Ravenscroft put them back in front after 56 minutes, and with 2 minutes left they secured their deserved win when Aathavan Lingeswaran made it 5-3. At the final whistle there were Holcombe cheers, and Canterbury thought they’d blown it. But their tears turned to elation within a minute, when word got through that Oxted had equalized from a penalty corner in the 70th minute, Canterbury were champions and their celebrations started. Congratulations to Canterbury, but when done to Holcombe who played brilliant hockey, did their professional job, and finished the season 4th in the table. #*Mens Hasbeenz# Before the fireworks of the 1st XI game, the Hasbeenz secured an excellent 5-1 win over Kingston-upon-Hull to reach the National Vets final. Goals scored from Vince Lewis 2, John Guerney, Glen Grunwell and Paul Briault. Their opponents will be Gloucester City or Isca in the final at Bowden HC on 18th April 2010. Well done guys. #*Mens 2nd XI# The 2nd XI travelled to Sevenoaks for which turned out to be a meaningless game, after they secured their play-off spot the day before winning 4-2 at Sutton Valence. They went down 7-2 to Sevenoaks, but a brilliant first season in the new South League Structure results in a tough play-off to be played on the 9th May 2010 at Haslemere HC. Well done guys. #*Ladies 1st XI# The Ladies 1st XI travelled to Bromley & Beckenham for the second week running on Saturday, this time in the Kent Cup Semi Final. They cruised through 5-1 and will meet Maidstone in the final. Well done girls.

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