Three of Cardiff
& Met HC’s teams secured spots at the 2018 edition of the Hockey Wales Finals
Day.

The ladies 2nd
team were the first of Cardiff’s teams to take the field in the Womens Trophy
competition. The Cardiff & Met Ladies 2nd team approached the Welsh Trophy
Final following an extremely successful domestic season, winning 18 of their 20
league matches and securing the Division 1 title and promotion! The recent
heatwave and nervous excitement could do nothing to prevent Cardiff & Met confirming
their final victory of the season, as they overcame the travelling Bangor
University 2-0 in front of a large crowd. Cardiff began with some exciting
attacking play with Cardiff Met student Hope Stevenson and NAGS player Tegan
Waters pulling strings in the midfield and creating a number of scoring
chances. The deadlock was broken late in the first quarter with a well worked
penalty corner. Abi Griffiths deflected home from close range to add another
goal to her season tally! With the nerves settled, Cardiff proceeded to control
much of the game with their strong defence, led by captain Nic Hatch, staving
off any Bangor attacks at source. Another goal was added by Cardiff later in
the third quarter. Following a strong carry down the right from Daisy Lowe, a
skilful reverse chip over the diving goalkeeper by Sian Rosewarne was poached
on the goal-line by 2nd team legend Rebecca Chidley to seal a deserved 2-0 win and
the League-Trophy double!

Womens Trophy Champions: Cardiff & Met 2nds 2 – 0 Bangor Uni 2nds

Eyes turned to
the Mens teams as the sun rose on day 2 with the Mens E team first to take the
field in the Mens Challenge Competition. Captain Mark Shelton, recounts the
fixture as the Mens E competed in the final for the third consecutive season, a
record of 0-2.

“In the team huddle the team were determined
to remedy this stat and make the beer taste sweeter later on. Tactics were
discussed and it was agreed that the students would have speed and fitness on
their side, so we would have to box clever and use all the experience within
the team, with an average age the north side of forty.

Morgan set the tone for the day with a green
after 3 minutes. Some say it was harsh but Sonny Bill would have been happy
with the body contact in the tackle. A great move after 8 minutes saw John
(bully) Ashton score a great goal, after fine work by Aron and Che.

Cardiff went two nil up after some rampaging
asthmatic inspired run and cross from the ageing Captain, neatly finished by Sy
Dovey. Inspired defending by Rhys and Lee, two important saves by Clevs,
tireless midfield running by Sam, Morgs and John, made sure we held on to win 2
– 0.

In the warm down after the game it was
agreed that hockey was the true winner. Rhys got awarded MOM and unjustly, some
would say, Shelts got DOD for a strong tackle with two minutes to go.”

Congratulations
to all involved:

Richard
Nicholls, Mark Shelton, Steve Way, Rhys Edwards, Lee Ireland, Malcolm Thomas, Joe
Richards, Che Makan, Morgan Miles, Symon Dovey, Sam Edwards, Nick Patterson, Aron
Waite, Colin Foad, John Ashton, Fil Pamment, Mike Cleverley

Mens Challenge Champions: Cardiff & Met E 2 – 0 Swansea Uni B

The last match
of Hockey Wales finals day brought the return of a familiar Championship
encounter between Cardiff & Met 1st and Whitchurch HC 1st
in the Hockey Wales Mens Championship. Cardiff’s side secured 2nd in
the Domestic National Conference West competition, while Whitchurch secured a
mid-table finish in the Go Create Premiership.

While Whitchurch
were in the midst of preparation for their Eurohockey Club Challenge II
campaign in Slovenia, having recorded a strong finish to the league season,
Cardiff saw the inclusion of Junior Internationals and the return of Senior Internationals
from the Commonwealth Games. While the game remained competitive for long
periods, the result was true to the league standings with Cardiff securing a
5-1 victory over cross-city neighbours. An early goal by Junior International
Rhys Bradshaw set the tone, later followed by a further goal from Rhys, and
goals Charlie Hunte, Ronan Taggart and Ieuan Davies.

Man of the Match – Jacob Draper

Head Coach Walid
Abdo, reflected on the Cardiff’s title retention.

“I have always felt it is hugely
important as a coach, and as a club, that we safeguard the integrity of our
domestic competitions in order to grow the game and inspire juniors to want to
play in these finals. This is reflected by the strength of team I selected
and how seriously we take winning competitions to develop momentum and
confidence. This group of athletes have worked really hard all season and it is
great for the group and the club to finish on such a high. It’s an honour and a
privilege that this group are the top ranked team in Wales.”

Mens Championship Champions: Cardiff
& Met 1st 5-1 Whitchurch 1st