The FHC u16 Boys Challenge Cup took place on Sunday 13th September.
The first match was contested by Winchester and Fareham. This was an extremely tough competition between two evenly matched sides, with both teams fighting it out until the final whistle. Fareham took the lead early and then fought to hold on. The result was secured towards the end of the second half when Fareham put another past the Winchester keeper to make the final result 2-0 Fareham.
Second match was Winchester v Bournemouth. Winchester were determined to secure a positive result against a confident Bournemouth. Unfortunately for Winchester, Bournemouth used their flair and pace to rip into the Winchester D to go 2 up by half time. The second half saw Winch fight back to the tune of two goals but each goal was matched by Bournemouth ending in a 4-2 win for Bournemouth.
The third match ended up as the final between Fareham and Bournemouth. Fareham started nervously against their recent nemesis team but scored from open play when Sam Willmott sidestepped the keeper and placed the ball in the net. This started the Fareham confidence run and soon they took the score to 2-0. Bournemouth then reformed and fought back bringing the scores level at 2-2. Tense times for the Fareham supporters! Thankfully Fareham scored another to take the score to 3-2 and we just had to hang on until the long awaited final whistle.
A great day was had by three very mature U16 boys teams that played at full pace for all three matches providing thrilling viewing for the spectators. Umpiring was of an extremely high standard thanks to the County appointed team.
Trophies, sponsored by Mark Palmer, were awarded by Bav Laly in Mark’s absence.
Well done to all the Fareham boys!
This is planned to become an annual event held at FHC to include U14 Boys and a girls competition running on separate days that will showcase our club and our junior players to invited teams and clubs from our area and from the wider hockey community.