14 Mar Match Reports 9th March
Bridgend Mens 1st XI 3 v Cirencester 2
Bridgend were finally crowned champions of Davis Wood De Cymru and the Marches Division 1 last weekend thanks to a 3-2 win over plucky Cirencester at Deer Park School. After six wins out of six over the last three weekends, Bridgend knew a win would see them as champions, and after a closely fought battle, were thankful to a good second half display to secure them the points. Rhys Owen kept up his good scoring form of late with a penalty corner, while Nick Anthony and Jon Rubery were also on the score sheet with second half goals to see The Ravens to the championship. After winning the Welsh Shield in each of the last two seasons, they can add the league title to their trophy cabinet, while they are also in the Welsh Shield Final when they face traditional rivals Swansea University in Cardiff on weekend of 23rd / 24th March at Sport Wales National Sports Centre.
Bridgend Mens 2nd XI 0; Cardiff Uni B 1
Bridgend Men’s 3rd X1 1; Llanishen and Caerphilly 2nd X1 4.
Bridgend put up a very spirited performance in this their penultimate game of the season, and can be well proud of holding an older and far more experience Llan and Caerphilly side to only a 4-1 defeat, after showing great signs of commitment and endeavour. Bridgend took the opportunity of blooding 13 year old Steffan Irranca-Davies in to adult hockey, and along with 12 year old Matthew Hibbert, they both showed good hockey skills to make excellent contributions to the team performance.
Bridgend had the advantage territorially for the first 20 minutes, but conceded two goals in quick succession towards the end of the first half, somewhat against the run of play, but giving skipper Cliff Harrison no chance to save. This did not dispirit Bridgend, who immediately cut back the deficit, when at the beginning of the second half, Jack Steer accurately hit out at a penalty corner, for Paul Davies to stop for Jon Wilks to beat the goalkeeper with a cracking shot to the edge of the goal. This was no more than Bridgend deserved, and they worked hard for more goals, hard though they tried, no more goals came about. They were unfortunate to concede two more late goals when the defence was stretched.
Bridgend Ladies 1st Xi 1; Uwic 12
Man of the match went to Lauren ‘min’ Rees with some excellent saves in goals despite the disappointing scoreline. Although the team worked hard, they could not seem to stop the quick well drilled opposition. Amy Paice used her strong attacking skills to get a brilliant strike at goal, but there is a lot for the ladies to work on ready for their remaining games.