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Pelicans men remain in promotion hunt as hockey season ends early

A goalless draw against UEA kept Pelicans men in the promotion hunt in what turned out to be the last weekend of hockey for the season.

Extra measures have been brought into place by England Hockey and Norfolk and East Hockey following the cornavirus outbreak.

The men’s second team secured a 5-2 win against Norwich Dragons in their final home game of the campaign.

Pelicans picture (32211153)
Pelicans picture (32211153)

Dom Corbett bagged a hat-trick with George Van Aalst and Sam Kent also on target.

The team benefited from the experience of Dave Grady in what was a very strong performance.

The men’s fourth team triumphed 5-1 against Cambs South 6s in a friendly fixture, where Alan ‘Saggy’ Sagrott registered a treble.

Pelicans ladies achieved a hard-fought and well deserved 0-0 draw away to a competitive Long Sutton outfit.

Long Sutton, being much higher in the league, were always going to be a tough proposition, but Pelicans dug deep and showed some excellent skills and resilience throughout.

Player-of-the-match was Grace Ashton.

The ladies fourths, who eventually ended up with nine players, gave an excellent account of themselves as fell to a slender 1-0 reverse to Norwich Dragons.

The end of the weekend saw Pelicans host the under-17 county girls finals.

Seven counties visited the club from Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Lincolnshire Cambridge Hertfordshire and of course host county Norfolk.

The Norfolk team have had a strong season but after drawing a couple of their games, it wasn’t to be their day.

Although the tournament was won by Bedfordshire, the Norfolk team claimed a small victory as they were the only team to have brought their clean sheet to an end with their game ending in a 1-1 draw.

For the Norfolk team however this weekend’s tournament was an end of an era for many of the team.

Most of the squad have played together for six years and under the expert and respected eye of coach Jason Harness, assistant coach Nick Coleman and manager Simon Dye.

They have won the majority of their tournaments and always been a strong and well respected outfit, supporting each other and developed what are sure to be some life long friendships.

Pelicans who have represented the Norfolk team include Emily Pluck, Lucy Sagrott, Sophie Ashton, Rebecca Strudwick and Chloe Papworth.

Sadly, the coronavirus has brought the rest of the season to a premature end and the club has sadly had to take the decision to postpone both the junior and senior awards nights.

The club committee will be working hard preparing for next season in what will be the club’s 100th anniversary year.

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