Monday 7th January

Today after bidding a sad farewell to our billets at Dereham, the group set out to visit the historic city of Cambridge. Unfortunately due to a conflict between itineraries Wills & Kate were not available to receive us :-(.
After intense negotiations the group was able to secure a great deal on a punting trip (similar in nature to the Gondolas in Venice) down and around the university precinct viewing many of the historic buildings that dot the Cambridge University landscape and hearing of the most famous scholars who have graduated from the university.
From there it was time to begin the trek back to our next game of the tour against Sutton - Coldfield (via of course the ultimate shopping experience for a bus load of Aussie hockey players - a hockey store).

Girls 0 - 3 Loss
With the bench reduced to only three due to illness the girls knew that they were going to be in for a tough battle and they opened up very strongly in the first 15 minutes with a number of great circle penetrations, short corners and the first shots on goal of the game. Despite a number of near misses unfortunately the girls were unable to achieve what they craved most, placing scoreboard pressure on the opposition. The girls continued to press hard without being able to score, whilst the opposition unfortunately made the most of limited chances. The girls kept battling on for each other into the second half controlling most of the attack, however late in the game fell victim again the the "own goal" curse. The team is certain their luck is soon to turn and has donated a pound each into s pool to go to the first scorer.

Boys 6 - 1
The juggernaut rolls on further into the Midlands in England. The boys started positively and with more composure when in possession of the ball allowed them to utilise rapid fire passing to find space on a regular basis in behind the opposition defence which was translating into regular circle penetrations. The deep defence was also standing firm in the face of some great counter attacks to ensure the first half clean sheet. In the second half the boys continued to turn up the pressure with hard running and a number of great passages of one touch hockey, resulting in a number of short corners that were duly converted. Great goalkeeping from the opposition was a highlight of the second half that prevented further scoreboard damage.
Goals; Max 3, Elijah, Jack G, Jason