Pelicans Hockey hosts Club Day at King's Lynn for members old and new at Alive Lynnsport
Pelicans Hockey Club hosted a Club Day for members old and new at Alive Lynnsport on Saturday.
There was a variety of fun games across the day, and the club welcomed both Watton Ladies and Long Sutton Men, to test the summer preparations of the club's respective first teams.
The action commenced with youngsters wishing to try the sport attending a Hockey Heroes course.
This fun and welcoming programme, created by Hockey England, is for all children aged between five and eight.
There was a good turnout of some 20-30 children and organiser Tracy Bower expects there to be more players arriving when the course continues this weekend.
Plenty of happy smiling participants were to be seen whilst trying the various skills exercises and the first session was hailed an unqualified success.
Pelicans has always prided itself in bringing through the youngsters, so maybe future 1st team players or maybe even future Olympians could be on show?
There were two other inter club fun games for both the ladies and mens sides which were well attended, kicking of the forthcoming season, which will commence mid-September.
Pelicans continue their pre-season preparations this weekend while training continues on various nights through the week.
The club is always keen to see new members, so if you know of somebody who has moved to the area, been watching the Olympics and would like to get back into hockey, or are looking for a new club please contact Sam Major on 07964299814 to find out more details and which night would be best.
Pelicans Ladies 0 Watton Ladies 2
This was expected to be a tough game with experienced opposition from a league above.
The ladies have lost several players predominantly due to departure for University but were determined
to put in a good performance and brought a positive attitude from the start.
Despite some solid defensive play throughout the first half they conceded two goals from the more experienced visitors, Pelicans continued to play with heads up and a positive attitude.
There were some good opportunities, converting attacking phases into penalty corners, but unfortunately the team failed to convert this to goals.
At half-time head club coach Wayne Masters provided a change of tactics and in the second half the pace improved and there were periods of fantastic play.
Pelicans set the press quickly, being quicker to the ball, and supported each well through the middle of the astro up into the opposition's D.
It was particularly pleasing that the new young players gelled within the team.
A really positive start to build on and Pelicans look forward to the new season with a very strong squad and good things to come.
Squad: Atlanta Stevenson, Lucy Sagrott, Susanna Lemon, Tracy Bower, Hannah Aldous, Laura Tea, Nicola Lankfer, Charlotte Aguilar, Maisie Beales, Jess Walker, Grace Ashton, Erin Pattinson, Karise Sherry, Hannah Howes, Amelie Beck, Jessica Beck.
Pelicans Men 4 Long Sutton 0
Local opposition provided the Men with a good test and the hope that last year's progress would continue for the forth coming season!
As this was a friendly the opportunity to roll on and off squad players enabled coach Wayne Masters to assess where the squad was after the summer training.
A good standard of play resulted from following the game plan, crisp, quick passing and building through the phases.
Pelicans pressed Long Sutton throughout the game causing them to give the ball away and the visitors didn't have the same depth of squad as their hosts.
Pelicans eventually ran out 4-0 winners with goals from Jack Major and Sam Phillips, scoring two goals a piece.
Squad: Paul Aldous, Iain Page, Ian Simons, Josh Widdowson, Sam Major, Kirwin Christoffels, Sid Carpenter, Shen, Alex Palmer-Silcock, Henry Frost, Sam Philips, Jack Major, Will Lankfer, Toby Phillips.