Woodmill youth festival Sunday 28th April by Keith Forster

Many, many, many thanks to all who supported our hockey festival on Sunday 28th April.  An early start for some members and parents (8.30 ish) ensured we had all the goal frameworks assembled and at the pitches ready for when required and the seven U10 pitches marked and ready for the official start time of 10.00am.

Our Lady helpers were just as magnificent getting our café’ area set up and ready for business before the first of the visiting teams arrived.

A big thanks to our older youths who volunteered to blow whistles alongside a few adult members.  We received a lot of verbal praise from the visiting coaches about our good level of umpiring throughout the day, much appreciated.

A lot of healthy activity was on offer with 16 teams contesting the 10 & under event (72 players in total), 12 teams contesting the 12 & under (89 players in total), 8 teams contesting the 14 & under (81 players in total).

From a player point of view our club entered our largest number of teams to date with four teams at 10 & under (20 players), two teams at 12 & under (18 players) and three teams at 14 & under (30 players) – a great effort.

I cannot give a detailed report on how all of our teams performed as unfortunately I did not get feedback from all of our team managers.  From the reports I did receive I know that in the 10 & under event Carnegie Eagles WON 3, DREW 1 and LOST 2.  Carnegie Hawks lost all six games (but to be fair the team did contain the youngest players on show with three aged only 6) and  Carnegie Swifts who WON 3 and LOST 3 but I do not know details for Carnegie Owls.

In the 12 & under event Carnegie Lions WON 4 and LOST 1 and Carnegie Tigers WON 3 and LOST 2 so a better than even result here.

Finally, we had the 14 & under event where we had three teams entered, unfortunately I have no results for Carnegie A or Carnegie B but Carnegie C did report WON 1, LOST 2.  I have been told our A and B squads did have good day.