Men's 5th Team Season Report

Posted by Jamie Cooper on 24 June 2020

It was a transition season for the Burton Mens 5XI, the team started the season struggling for players and finished with a talented influx of young Academy players who turned 13 and so could start league Hockey.

 

Once again, the team was in the capable hands of captain and goal keeper, Gianni De Frary, who instils a great team ethic in the squad and this lifted the team even when short of players at the start of the season. A good start to the season in goal ended with injury and Cae stepped in to finish the season getting better in each game.

 

A strong defence of the Asker twins, Craig and Carl, or was it Carl and Craig? together with Barney proved a consistent and reliable wall throughout the season. While Joel provided the young legs at the back and he played consistently well throughout the season and started driving down the wing.

 

With the team struggling for players and even having to default one game, the call went out for former members. It was such a success the Government later adopted the policy for health workers. Back from retirement to get their aching body’s back on the pitch and help out the mighty 5th team saw the legend Niall Bradfield, one legged Steve Morrison, Richard Bullock, John ‘PUDSEY’ Glover and even Shorty came back to playing adult games.

 

An ever-changing midfield saw Trevor calling the shots, with his stunning skills and pace? He was the man building the attacks and setting the forwards free. Supported by mazy runs for Azar, even more veteran experience from Nick, James and Graham with Chris the calming influence in midfield!

 

Up front Magnus lead the line and was top scorer before Christmas in the league, then an operation slowed him down. Giving him a chase for the team’s top scorer it was a welcome return for Luke who caused total confusion in the oppositions defence. George also chipping in with some fine attacking play.

 

One of the 5th team’s goals is to support young players coming through the academy in their first experience of Mens hockey. As the season went on more and more youngsters came into the team. With Sam, Charlie, Rhys, Aiden and Oliver all showing good skills and versatility in playing in different positions as requested. 

 

The team finished 4th in the league and this was a fair reflection of their performances in the league. The real success of the team will be how the youngsters develop and if the 5th team have instilled in them the love of the game all the older players show.

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