Generation game proves popular at King’s Lynn Pelicans club

Christmas-time hockey match at Pelicans
Christmas-time hockey match at Pelicans
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It really was the ‘generation game’ as three generations of two families came together for a Christmas-time hockey match at Pelicans HC, the Lynn-based hockey club which has its home at Alive Lynnsport.

While club president and lifelong vice-president Neville Carter watched on, his four daughters, four son-in-laws and several grandchildren took up their sticks.

They faced the opposition – led by James and Charlie Lankfer and their numerous hockey playing sons and cousins.

While many of the family members now play their hockey across the UK, just about every player who turned out has played for the Pelicans at some point in their playing career.

Youngest player on the pitch was nine-year-old Oscar Carter-Delight.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Lankfer demonstrated why he is currently in the U16 England training squad as he whizzed a few head high shots at Matthew Bower in the Carter goal.

George Minion, who currently plays for national league side Belper, held the Carter clan together in the midfield, while university students Harry and William Lankfer linked well to create several scoring chances for their team.

Olympian and current England over 45 player Kath Johnson was on hand to show why she has enjoyed such a long and illustrious career as she made some pinpoint accurate passes and typically crunching tackles.

The final score was 4-2 to the Lankfers, and as the two families trooped off the pitch, it was to teas prepared by the Lankfer family matriarch, Jill Lankfer – another stalwart of this family club.

Speaking after the match, one of the organisers, Pauline King, said: “Looking around there are just so many years of Pelicans history here.

“There are people who have been members for decades, people who have been club chairmen, people who have captained the teams, it has been brilliant to get so many people to turn out today.”