Another sunny weekend in Swansea saw twelve teams and their supports arrive for yet another weekend of hockey and fun and of course to see who would be crowned this season’s Welsh Masters Champions.
The event was tinged with sadness at the passing of our friend Izzy, who had played club and international Masters .A minute silence was held on Sunday when all twelve teams joined together on the pitch to remember her,
For the first time twelve teams entered. We welcomed Llandysul and hopefully they will become regulars at this tournament, they certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Many of the girls had been in serious training for the Master’s Home Countries Competition to be held at Swansea in a few weeks time to be followed by the Masters World Cup to be held in Terrassa in Spain, so they were very fit!.
Everyone agreed that the standard of play was the highest it has ever been which bodes well for the future not only at club level but at International level too.
On Saturday the tournament took the form of three pools of four with all teams playing three matches. At the end of the Saturday matches the teams then went into four pools of three on Sunday this was by the position they finished in their pools on Saturday.
On Sunday even after a long and arduous night, with teams slightly under par for the Sunday games, they still managed to play attractive and competitive hockey.
The top pool saw Whitchurch Saints, Penarth and Swansea City fight it out for the coveted title of Master’s Champions for 2018. It was quite a surprise that the Saggie Baggies (Howardian 1sts) were not in the top group as they have been Champions for many years,
Swansea City beat Whitchurch Saints by 2 goals to nil in the first match in the pool then Penarth beat the Saints 2 – 1. The last game between Penarth and Swansea City would decide the Championship.
Penarth knew that a draw was not enough to secure the title as Swansea City had a better goal difference and this added to the excitement. Both teams were very determined and the match was very closely fought and at times quite feisty but umpires Linda and Marcus kept a firm grip! After much excitement the game ended in a 0 – 0 draw which meant Swansea City took the title.
The weekend finally came to an end with the presentation of the Cup to the Swansea City captain, Cleggy, by Anne Mullin, HW Ladies Competitions Co-ordinator, who, in her presentation thanked the clubs for taking part and congratulated them on the standard of play and on the spirit in which the games were played, she also thanked the umpires, for without whom events like this just wouldn’t happen, and the spectators for their support. Also thanks were given to Anita and her band of willing helpers in the Cafeteria, who kept us all well fed and watered.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the clubs and players who have taken part in the Masters Championships and made it such a success for the last 13 years when it was first introduced into the Calendar. It has gone from strength to strength and my one wish as I hand over the job of organising it, is, that more teams from the North will enter.
HW Women’s Competitions Co-ordinator
1st Swansea City 7th Dysynni
2nd Penarth 8th Gwent
3rd Whitchurch Sts 9th Bridgend (Zimmers)
4th Cardiff Athletic 10th Llan / Llan
5th Howardian 1sts (Baggies) 11th Rhondda
6th Howardian 2nds (Crinklies) 12th Llandysul