Saturday 22nd September saw the Under 9 Invicta 'Bucks', host the Under 9 Lee Valley Lions, the Under 9 Romford Raiders and the Under 9 Chelmsford Cherokees at Planet Ice, Gillingham for a cross-ice tournament. For many of the Bucks players this was their first home game of their first season of junior ice hockey, and the stands were packed with a mass of Invicta supporters.
Both Romford and Lee Valley arrived short benched so Callum Wilson and Charlie Duncan-Woolard (NM) dressed for the Raiders, and Xenxo Dobbs and Harry Foreman donned Lions shirts to make up the numbers.
The first round robin game saw the Bucks take on Chelmsford. The Bucks played a strong game and Zac Beale opened proceedings with a super shot. It was a game of firsts, as Benjamin Bates, Michael Sullivan and Harry Innes all succeeded in scoring their first goals for the Bucks. Well done boys! Taylor Edwards, William Lake and Jacob O’Dwyer also scored cracking goals. Chelmsford played well and sored a good goal past Samuel Lenk in the Invicta net. Lenk, the Bucks' newest netminder is growing in confidence and skill. He remained poised and made an abundance of great saves against the Cherokees.
Invicta’s next opponents were the Lee Valley Lions. O’Dwyer narrowly missed putting his name on the scoresheet early on when his wrist shot was just above the Lions' crossbar. Sullivan and Bates, spurred on from their goals in the first game, added to their personal tally. O’Dwyer and Beale also managed to beat the Lee Valley goaltender with shots on target. Lenk did well to keep out relentless attempts from Foreman but eventually succumbed to a shot from Dobbs. . Finley Tennant and Ben Tancsics created some opportunities with great passing and also made attempts at goal that Lenk was able to smother.
The last game of the day saw Invicta take on Romford. Raiders guesting-players Wilson and Duncan-Woolard showed their fellow team mates no mercy as they respectively scored numerous goals and made countless saves whilst wearing Romford shirts. Lenk’s quick reactions and Nicholas Pera-Hall’s solid performance in defence kept some of Wilson’s attempts out but Wilson was steadfast in his ability to find the back of the net. Ellis Hill, O’Dwyer, Sullivan and Beale retaliated with some impressive goals. William Lake and Oliver Banks were unlucky with shots that Duncan-Woolard gloved and forced wide. Invicta dominated much of the game and when the final buzzer sounded, it was to the collective cheer of many supporters.
The Bucks had worked well together and are showing great promise. Well done Bucks!
Man of the Match: Michael Sullivan
Spirit of the Match: Harry Innes
The Roos next match is Saturday 6th October at Planet Ice, Gillingham. Face off 16.15 and the Bucks travel to Romford on Sunday 7th October. Face off 16.10.
Let’s go Buckaroos!
Tournament Photo Gallery below
(Pictures courtesy of Mishu Spiridushu)