National Mixed Champions
By Andre Tchakhotine
The Mixed team recovered from a tough semi final to win the final and be crowned England Hockey Mixed Plate champions 2014.
The Old Sils mixed XI travelled to Sheffield this weekend to compete in the National Mixed finals weekend.
Sunday found the Sils ready for the final against Deeside Ramblers, and the tropical conditions could not have been more different to the day before. The Sils once again came flying out of the blocks and once again Berns scored for the Sils inside the first five minutes of the game following some excellent work from Simon Clapham in the heart of the midfield. The Sils continued to apply pressure and dominate, despite men’s top scorer Jamie Glynn breaking his finger early on. They capitalised on this dominance when man of the match Dan Sulway powered home his first of the game from a short corner. This seemed to inspire the team and Dan Sulway had soon added another after Naomi Ennis had won the team a short corner. Unfortunately a lapse in concentration at the back allowed Deeside a well taken goal just before the break leaving it 3-1 to the Sils.
In the second half as the heat started to tell Dave Baylis became a stalwart at the back for the Sils repelling attack after attack whilst Frankie Levey and Samantha Cooper pressed the Deeside defence in return, but it would be Deeside who would score next, from their own penalty corner. As the game started to progress both sides fought hard for the title with strong challenges all over the pitch. But it was a moment of pure genius from Tom Mallett who doubled the Sils lead. Picking the ball up in his own defensive quarter he powered down the left wing beating three players on his way into the circle where he proceeded to beat a further two defenders and the keeper to slot home what was undeniably the goal of the tournament. With time running out Deeside threw everything at the Sils and managed to claw a scruffy goal back, but it was to be Dan Sulway’s day as he stepped up to get his hat trick off another penalty corner with only two minutes left to finish off the game and seal the Sils’ victory for the first time in the club’s history.