MEN'S 4XI CHAMPIONS OF KENT OPC
The Men's 4XI are champions of Kent Open Premier C after being pushed all the way to the final day. The 4XI climbed to the top of the league early in February and managed to stay there for the final ten weeks of the season and after a nail-biting last day, and with other results going their way, they were finally able to begin the celebrations at the Grove.
MEN'S VETS RUNNERS-UP IN KENT CUP
The Men's Vets finished second in the Kent Vets' Cup after a rousing performance against Canterbury Vets. Canterbury were three goals to nil up within the first fifteen minutes and looked as though they would go on to record a high score but after a robust half-time team talk from Gore Court captain Paul Birch they managed to claw their way back to 3-3 with a few minutes to go with a hat-trick of drag flick goals from Aaron Glass. With the game looking as though it would go to penalty flicks Canterbury were awarded a short corner on full time which they converted so the score finished 4-3 to Canterbury.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GORE COURT MEN'S 1XI FOR BECOMING RUNNERS-UP IN THE KENT CUP FINAL
Gore Court 1XI 2-7 Canterbury 2s
Gore Court Men's 1XI are runners-up in the Kent Cup after a thrilling and hard fought match against
Canterbury 2s. On a beautifully sunny day at the Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone the first half was evenly contested until Canterbury took the lead from a penalty flick after the Gore Court goalkeeper Andy Woodward made a rash challenge on forward Harry Roberts who picked himself up to score the flick. Canterbury went further ahead through Sam Barrett and so took a two goal lead into half time, although Gore Court were close to scoring when Adam Hart was through on the keeper only for the umpire to wrongly bring the play back for a previous foul instead of playing the advantage for a couple of seconds more.
Gore Court came out fighting and pushing forward in the second half which allowed Roberts to score his second to make it 3-0 but Sam Miller scored with a stunning dribble and reverse stick shot to peg Canterbury back to 3-1. With Gore Court looking to score again Canterbury were able to suddenly rattle of a few quick goals from Tom Butt, Max Leibenscutz-Jones with another each from Barrett and Roberts, to complete his hat-trick, before Jamie Brook ended the scoring to make the score 7-2 to Canterbury. Gore Court 1XI have had a tough run to get to the final beating Brombecks, Holcombe and Maidstone along the way so can be proud to finish the season as runners-up in the Kent Cup.
CONGRATULATIONS TO GORE COURT MEN'S 3XI FOR BECOMING CHAMPIONS OF KENT OPEN PREMIER A
Gore Court 3XI have won Kent Premier A for the second season running with a dominant performance for most of the season. After building up a healthy lead at the mid winter break it was just a matter of when they would win it and they did so with a few games to go. The old Galacticos are now taking a well earned break before dusting off the cobwebs to go again and pit their wits against the 2XI in South League Kent Area 2.
A Dozen New Gore Court Coaches
Gore Court Hockey Club now has twelve new coaches after they took part in and passed England Hockey's Introduction to Hockey Course on 10th July, continued below...
Gore Court 5XI Champions of Kent Div 2
Gore Court 5XI wrapped up Kent Division 2 in style by 10 points with +63 goal difference. They had been the frontrunners for much of the season with goals from club topscorer Gary Clark who scored 34 goals. After spending a few years in Kent Div 2 they can now look forward to a season in the heady height of Kent Div 1.
Gore Court 1XI Runners-up in Kent/Sussex 1
Gore Court 1XI were worthy runners-up to Holcombe 1A in a fiercely contested Kent/Sussex 1 Division in 2014-15. Needing to beat Kings and Alleyns 1XI in their final game they did this in style 9-1 to pip Burnt Ash 1XI on goal dirrence to progress to the play-offs.
Unfortunately, they were unable to repeat the feats of the season and gain promotion mut they did beat Ashford of Middlesex in the semi-fianl but lost to Worthing 1XI in extra time after a very dubious sending off.
Next season they will go into the league as one of the promotion favourites after a strong season of consolidation.
Gore Court Vets Runners-up in Kent Vets Cup
Gore Court Men's Vets took Canterbury Vets all the way to a penalty shoot-out at Polo Farm but missed one and had to settle for secon place. Although Canterbry had home advantage Gore Court were their equal and a couple of goals from Tim Clark ensured the match was to go all the way.
A few pints in the bar afterwards soothed the aching limbs and they will look to go one better next season.
Fireworks Night Thank You
After the success of the recent Fireworks Night the club would like to thank Simon Reynolds and family for providing the venue, fireworks and food for the event along with Rob Payne for providing the bar and drink. A big thank you to everyone else who helped set up beforehand as well as help on the night. A very successful evening, thank you.
A DOZEN NEW GORE COURT COACHES
Gore Court Hockey Club now has twelve new coaches after they took part in and passed England Hockey's Introduction to Hockey Course on 10th July. Gore Court organised their own course at Westlands astro along with the help from the school who provided a classroom in the sports block to help with the written part of the course. It was a hot day with temperatures reaching 30 degrees but it was worth it in the end for all of those taking part which will ensure there are plenty of coaches to help out on Sunday mornings when we all return in September.
GORE COURT GIRLS' U14 WIN FIRST MATCH AWAY AT SEVENOAKS
Gore Court Girls' U14 played their first U14 match in against Sevenoaks B, which resulted in a 5-1 win for the Gore Court youngsters.
After settling well, Erin Foot opened the scoring after good work by Isobel Wanstall and Jade Waters in midfield. Sevenoaks equalised quickly, leaving strikers high in the Gore Court 23m area. Elena Jury then ran on to Catherine Wanstall's through ball to restore the lead. Both teams battled evenly for the rest of the first half.
In the second half Erin Foot completed a mazy dribble to score again and Elena Jury showed pace and composure to complete a hat-trick.
Abigail and Caitlin Brinkman played neatly as half backs. Isobelle Jackson and Abigail Martin defended obstinately, making some determined tackles as Sevenoaks tried to get back into the game. Evie Bishop was a lively winger, putting pressure on the Sevenoaks defence and stopping their attacks before they could start.
Altogether an excellent first game. The girls were athletic and intelligent in their play and kept good team shape. Sevenoaks nominated Erin Foot as their player of the match.
GORE COURT 6XI CHAMPIONS AGAIN
After an end of season 2-0 win away at third placed Folkestone 7XI, the Men's 6XI were crowned Champions of Kent Division 3 their second title in as many seasons. After winning Kent Division 4 at a canter last season this was an altogether much more unexpected event.
Blackheath 5XI had been the leaders for 18 out of the 22 weeks of the season but with two games held over from the winter because of frozen pitches and snow, the 6XI suddenly had two games in hand and saw their chance to steal the title. Goals from David Phillips and Neil Wanstall sealed the title but it would have been much different if Folkestone had taken their chances. They had at least three clear cut chances to win which would have seen them creowned champions but they were unable to take them.
So, next season onto Kent Division 2 and all that awaits...