Junior Boys Do Jersey Proud
09 December 2013, 22:49
DB Junior Inter Insulars
JUNIOR BOYS DO JERSEY
Deutsche Bank Junior
The Deutsche Bank Hockey Development Programme was represented by
4 Boys youth teams playing inter insulars in Guernsey on the day
after their senior counterparts had played their inter insular
matches. Whilst the adult players had experienced a disppointing
series of results, the future looks Red as the juniors tested the
Green opposition on St Patrick's Day.
Coaches and Managers: Dominic Pallot, Ruth
Sangan, Ed Daubeney, Ian Cuming, Chris Rebindaine, Jerry Bolton,
Nikki Jenkins, Stuart Sangan, Mike Tait, Tobi Mathews, Nick Cawley,
Under 13 B Inter
Guernsey 3 - Jersey
Jersey began the day with a win in the Under 13 B match but
whilst the final score suggested it was a comfortable victory, the
reality was slightly different.
The Jersey team dominated the opening period with surging runs
from Henry Dowling and James Spackman and chances falling to Mark
Boarer, Tom Bolton, Will Holden and Owen Davies. However the
Guernsey defence resolutely repulsed these attacks and kept their
goal secure. Such was the dominance of Jersey in this opening
period that complaceny crept in as the defence pushed forward
tosupplement the attack.
On 12 minutes a strong ball out of the Guernsey defence caught
Jersey napping and Ollie Stinton seized the chance to run the ball
through the limited defence left and attack the Jersey goal.
Despite Jersey goal keeper Will Adey Harding racing out to meet the
attack, Stinton evaded his challenge and rolled the ball into the
This galvanised Jersey to mount further attacks and after
another bout of pressure the ball came to Matthew Daubeney whose
firm strike secured the equaliser. Jersey's relief was short
lived as a few minutes later Guernsey restored their advantage in
similar manner to their firs when once again Stinton was allowed to
run free and put a second past Jersey.
Jersey equalised again on 22 minutes when Tom Bolton wriggled
past a series of challenges to place the ball past the Guernsey
'keeper. Then on 25 minutes Jersey took the lead for the
first time when a short corner was awarded and after the initial
shot was saved it fell to Boarer who scooped the ball over the
Due to a shortage of boys at this level, Guernsey included a few
U13 girls in their side, one of whom began dictating play in the
Guernsey midfield and it was from Laura Cashin that Guernsey
equalised from a short corner in the 27th minute to take the game
level into the half time break.
The break gave Jersey time to reorganise and to adopt a more
pragmatic attitude with captain James Spackman being delegated to
sit deeper to ward off the Guernsey breakaways and Richard Crane to
hold the central defensive position. Oncer this discipline was
adopted, allied by positive defensive performances by the other
Jersey defenders and some good saves from Adey Harding, Jersey
became a stronger force and when their attacks did harvest further
goals, the defence ensured that Guernsey were not allowed back into
the game. The goals did come in the second half with Bolton getting
on the score line again and a further brace from Boarer.
Will Adey Harding (GK); Sam Buckley; Richard Crane; James Spackman
(Capt); Huw Davies; Tom Shenton; Henry Dowling; Matthew Daubeney;
Charles Noel; Will Holden; Owen Davies; Tom Bolton; Mark
Guernsey 1 Jersey 8
The Jersey Under 13 A squad played a great game of hockey
against their Guernsey
opposition. Jersey ran out comfortable and deserved winners,
being a part of an overall fantastic away day, which saw Jersey
return home having won all four of the boy's junior hockey
With their lead coach unable to travel, the youngsters relied on
months of practice and hard work directed at winning this fixture
to see them easily overcome their Guernsey challenge. Using a
2-3-2-3 formation that they have played all season, winning them
the Jersey Ladies Division II title, the boys were set up to take
the game to Guernsey, which they did from the first whistle.
Oscar Barette captained the side and led by example
covering the whole pitch with attacking forays at one end and then
closing down the counter attacks at the other. The boys used
their right flank to good effect with Jonny Heward combining well
with Pierre Sangan, Tom Bolton and Mark Boarer.
Crisp passing interplay saw wave upon wave of Jersey
attacks, but not only from the
right side. Play was being intelligently switched between
the right and left to find the available space, often using the
dangerous Jake Syvret on the left attack.
Despite their superior work rate and obvious skill, the
Jersey side were actually unlucky to only find themselves 2 - 0 up
at half time, following goals from Sangan and the lively Robert
The Guernsey side had played well, and were skilful and
organised, but the majority of the first half had been played in
the Guernsey half.
The start of the second half caught Jersey napping and Guernsey
pulled a goal back against
the run of play. This sparked Jersey into picking up their
game again, and strong running by the likes of Will Cawley, Nick
Pearce and David Bourne, as well Samuel James playing in a more
attacking role than usual, saw Jersey back in the ascendancy.
In the Jersey defence, goalkeeper Daniel Hayden was hardly
troubled, and he was well protected by Jay Clayton and Thor
Tiefenthal, who were having excellent games.
Fast, accurate passing and attacking started to tear the
Guernsey side apart, and the constant pressure began to tell.
The goals came as the Guernsey team tired, and it was as though the
floodgates had opened.
Sangan added his second, before Cawley scored shortly after and
then Sangan extended
the lead, completing a deserved hat-trick. Barette opened his
account to hit Guernsey for six, before two more excellent strikes
from Sangan made the final score 8-1 to Jersey.
Lead Coach Dominic Pallot was absolutely delighted with the
results of both A and B matches (the B team had earlier won 6-3)
"These results are fantastic, and are just rewards for all the
hard word and practice put in by the full squad since
September. The whole Development squad has had a tremendous
season, and the standard of hockey for this age group is
astounding. It is always very satisfying to see hard work and
dedication paying off.
The older boys in this group have been together now for about
three years, and you can see an understanding on the pitch, and how
the work over the last few years is paying off.
Jersey is in a very strong position regarding Junior Hockey at
the moment, and whilst it is the youngsters that have to perform on
the pitch, many thanks must go to the coaches, managers and helpers
who have made this season so successful. Without them, we
would not be in such a good position.
I would like to wish this squad the very best for the future as
the majority now move up an age-group, and hope that their hockey
develops at a similar pace."
Oscar Barette, David Bourne,
William Cawley, Robert Clark, Jay Clayton, Daniel Hayden (GK),
Jonathan Heward, Samuel James, Freddie Mehigan, Nick Pearce, Pierre
Sangan, Jake Syvret, Thor Tiefenthal.
Jersey 10 Guernsey 4
Jersey under 15's victory was an example of
hockey played with pace, aggression and simplicity that did not
give their opposition a chance to play to their obvious
potential as evidenced by the clearly well coached Guernsey players
in the opening minutes.
The Jersey boys were pitted against a
skilful Guernsey side that looked very well organised and
dangerous in the first quarter. The Guernsey midfield
launched several attacks down their right flank attack but
Jersey's goal remained well protected from these early forays with
some excellent defensive work from Joshua Daniels, George
Donaldson and Matteo Pallot who performed faultlessly
throughout the match.
A key turning point in the game and trigger
for Jersey's first goal came from a witty ball delivered by
Harry Hutchinson who passed from left of the half way line to
Archie Duncan on the right wing who used his extraordinary
pace to cut in and lay up for Freddie Stein to score the
first of his smart four tap ins during the game.
At this stage the momentum turned in favour
of the Jersey boys. Massimo Furness and Ben Tait closed
down their midfield opponents with such power and skill that
the Guernsey boys appeared to lose confidence. The Jersey
boys mercilessly capitalised, finishing four nil up at half
time, with Stein scoring a further two goals from simple
unselfish hockey that punished the Guernsey defence.
Captain Reuben Gower had arguably his best
match of the season taking full responsibility for the
midfield when some strict umpiring reduced the Jersey boys to
ten men on two occasions. Gower capped his quality
performance off with a well taken flick on goal.
Early in to the second half Jersey conceded
a goal but the momentum remained with the boys seeing
Hutchinson take his turn to score four goals. All similar to
his counterpart Stein with smart positioning and simple tap
ins that had come from consistent and unrelenting pressure.
Each boy played to their full potential and
many exceeded coaches Stuart Gower and Mike Tait's expectations in
this fine display of Jersey junior hockey.
Gus Brewer played a crucial role throughout
the game as a tactical substitute finding his niche in left
defence with some excellent tackling. Jack Peggie was
tireless in defence and attacked down the left wing in what turned
out to be his best game of the season
Goal of the game has to go to Duncan for an
unstoppable tomahawk shot, save of the day goes to Fraser
Brooke and his counterpart Ben Wagstaffe must take great
credit for quietly and confidently keeping a clean sheet in the
Jersey Squad: Reuben
Gower, Ben Wagstaffe, Fraser Brooke, Matteo Pallot, Joshua Daniels,
George Donaldson, Massimo Furness, Harrison Ledo, Ben Tait, Archie
Duncan, Freddie Stein, Gus Brewer, Jack Peggie, Harry
Having seen the three earlier matches go Jersey's way there was
an added sense of tension and heightened pressure on the U17s to
keep to the winning ways. The early exchanges did not bode well.
Guernsey were fielding two international players, one for England
and the other for Wales and the speed of play was quite
breathtaking. That said, the Jersey side were not panicked and with
excellent marshalling in the midfield by Jack Tait and timely
interventions by both Tom Spackman and Tim Prosser in defence the
initial squall was dealt with and dampened. It was now Jersey's
turn to put on the pressure and this led to two short corners in
the opening 20 minutes. Somewhat against the run of play and to the
surprise of the regular spectators of the U17s the recent set play
practices came good with Solly Warner's deliveries turned into two
goals by Jack Tait.
This two goal advantage set Jersey up for a rousing display of
competitive hockey which would have been a great example for the
five Jersey men's sides who had played and lost so emphatically the
day before. Caolan Feeney was a constant thorn in Guernsey's side
cutting down their options on their strong right side and then
counterattacking with pace. From one such attack the ball was hit
at the keeper who saved but Harry Phipps jumped on the rebound and
deftly lifted the ball over him and into the empty net. Fortunes
can change quickly and a speculative long pass into the D from the
halfway line by Guernsey was cleverly deflected past Dom Blampied
the keeper, who up to that point had seen off several previous
With the score 3 - 1 at halftime, both sides knew there was all
to play for in the second half. Disturbingly for the Jersey
spectators the score moved to 3 - 3 with 20 minutes to go to the
final whistle and Jersey player Oliver Griggs who had a very sound
game at right back was given a yellow card which the coaching staff
with a better view of the incident realised was an incorrect
decision, but meant Jersey had to play with 10 men for 5 minutes.
Several rolling substitutions were made to try to relieve
increasingly tired legs, but the game remained in deadlock. With
less then 15 minutes to play a Jersey attack saw Josh Rondel
bearing down on goal but the ball bounced clear of him and fell to
Jamie Simpson. He saw the only option was to flick the ball over
the defence and neatly judged it into the top left corner of the
The last 10 minutes of the game were frantic and the Jersey
players should be commended for keeping their shape and discipline
as Guernsey threw everything at them. Had Guernsey used their wings
and been less dependent on their star players the result might have
been different, but having survived a last minute short corner
against them as the final whistle blew, the Jersey squad and
spectators gave a mighty roar of delight and relief. 4 - 3 was a
fair result and the team can be rightly proud of their efforts.
Jersey Squad: Dominic Blampied, Soloman Warner,
Timothy Prosser, William James, Thomas Spackman, Nicholas Ellison,
Oliver Griggs, Harry Phipps, Jack Tait, Caolan Feeney, Joshua
Rondel, James Simpson.