Welcome to the Sports Roundup for this week. We have no league hockey action to report until the new year, however we do have a number of indoor competitions which Marlow were a part of. Also, all three Marlow Men’s rugby sides played in their last games before the Christmas break.
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At this time of year indoor hockey provides another challenge and Marlow were the only club sending a team to play in all the categories in the South indoor tournaments.
Pride of place must go to the Girls Under 18s, who won their competition and they now play in the National Finals at Nottingham on 18/19 January. They were at Croydon and played in a round robin against four other clubs. They started with a 6-0 win against Spencer, followed by 6-0 win against Wallingford, 4-1 win against East Grinstead and finishing the day with a 2-0 win against Epsom.
Saturday saw the Men compete at Southampton and lost two matches and won one, finishing a respectable 3rd in their group.
The U16 Girls were in Rickmansworth and started with a strong 6-0 win over Woking, the girls dominated their second match but unfortunately could not score and with one short corner against them lost 1-0 to East Grinstead. They drew their final pool match 1-1 with Amersham and Chalfont, but with a superior goal difference reached the semi final which could not of been closer against Surbiton and finished 2-2, Surbiton then won on penalty strokes 3-2.
Sunday saw the Ladies compete at Rickmansworth which again was a round robin against six other clubs where they drew three and lost three. With a mixed team of some U16s, Ladies 1s/2s and a couple of uni returners an enjoyable day was had with plans for training to be more competitive in this competition next year.
The U16 boys traveled to Canterbury and started well with a 5-1 against Winchester. Their second match was against Surbiton which they lost 3-1 and then a 3-0 loss to Trojans. A 4-0 win against Wycombe and then 5-0 win against Wayfarers finished their day and they finished 3rd in their pool.
The U18 boys were in Haslemere and lost 4-3 to Fareham and 2-0 to East Grinstead, they finished with 3-1 win against Wycombe.
Marlow Hockey Clubs Under 12s girls traveled to Barcelona last weekend to participate in one of Europe’s biggest and longest running junior hockey tournaments “Torneo Internacional de la Inmaculada – Trofeo Marga Monegal”.
Over a period of three days hockey clubs from UK, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Ireland competed in age categories ranging from U7 to U13, with a total of 1,200 players taking part in glorious sunshine.
Marlow won all three pool matches, going on to beat Lazio HC from Italy in the semi final and then the hosts, RC Polo, in the final. The girls scored 20 goals and only conceded 2 in the 5 matches played and were deserving winners of the U12 Girls Cup Competition.
Marlow RFC produced one of their best performances of the season so far to score six tries and shut out Shipston-on-Stour for a truly dominate 38-0 victory at Riverwoods on Saturday. Tries from Nick Gorham, Will Reynolds and two each for Sam Hindley George Jafari saw Marlow complete the rout.
Marlow will go into the Christmas break firm in the belief that they can finish in the top three this season and challenge for promotion.
The win saw them jump above Shipston into fourth place, level on points with Reading who were convincing 39-7 winners over High Wycombe. League leaders Aylesbury just edged their top of the table clash with second placed Aylesbury 22-19.
Other Men’s results: –
- Marlow 2nd XV edged out a 22-29 win against Wheatley Outlaws.
- Marlow 3rd XV enjoyed a resounding demotion of Hungerford, 66-7, consolidating 2nd place in the league.