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Stroud U12s Impress again in Cheltenham

Stroud?s U12 boys impressed again at the latest Cheltenham Tournament. The 12-minute matches were hotly contested, but Stroud won all of theirs except one in which they came back from a goal down to draw ? all this, despite having to play the entire tournament with 6 players instead of 7 ? you would never have known. Some superb teamwork and neat passing at times were indicative of the high quality coaching and hard work put in by the youngsters at training. They certainly looked like the strongest side and belied their years with their fine performances. Oldest player, Hamish Norman, played his ?senior? role perfectly, supporting his younger teammates and scoring several cracking goals to boot. Danny Sopp showed off some lovely skills in midfield, setting up many fine moves and linking nicely with Norman. He was quick to tackle back when moves broke down. Andrew scored several times, proving he really has an eye for goal. Both Sopp and Norman used the self-pass to keep the game going and reap any advantage they could from their free hits. Seb Wathen was tenacious and hard-working, despite answering one of the coaches? questions with ?I?m conserving my energy ??. Bryn impressed again in goal and his enthusiasm rippled through the rest of the team. Elliott Bonham had recovered from the previous day?s illness to show off his talents, working hard throughout. The quality was there, as was the will to win, confidence and team spirit. This is a great bunch of youngsters for whom the hockey future looks bright. Many thanks to Derek Pittaway and Mags for their superb coaching ; thanks to the parents for their enthusiastic support and thanks to Tim Norman for umpiring the games.

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