If ever there was a game of two halves then this was it. In the first half the score was 1-1 thanks to a well executed goal from Parvez Bhatti, but an unfortunate incident shortly before the half-time whistle proved decisive in changing the mood for the second half of the game and the manner in which it would be played. Gone were the 7s team that had competed and who had sought to play a game in the right spirit, replaced by a team who were lacklustre by comparison and who simply wanted to get the game finished without further incident. Unsurprisingly, Holcombe were able to take full advantage as reflected by the final scoreline. This was a game to forget for too many reasons to mention, but special thanks must go to Karl Dodd for a fantastic first-half display in goal; Owen Gosford for some wonderful clearances; Stuart Peall for remaining calm and professional when it mattered most despite some significant provocation; but most of all to the two umpires: Dave Parsons and Michael Thompson, who both acquitted themselves admirably in seeking to control a game in which hockey was definitely not the winner!