The Under 9 Invicta Roos hosted their first cross-ice tournament of 2019 at Planet Ice Gillingham on Sunday 20th January. Both Albie East and Scarlett Sanders were playing in their first cross-ice tournament, and it was Sanders along with Ben Tancsics who stepped up lent a hand to help out a short-benched Slough team. The Redhawks also needed to borrow some Invicta players to boost their numbers and Harry Innes, Oliver Banks, Finley Tennent , Benjamin Bates and Jacob Varney all donned the Streatham jersey, with Samuel Lenk stepping in between the pipes in net.
The Under 9 Slough Jets were Invicta's first opponents, and it was Slough who took control with a shot in the very first minute which Charlie Duncan-Woolard saved confidently. Harry Foreman broke away and took a shot, but the Slough goalie managed to smother it. The Roos worked well and dominated as Jacob O’Dwyer, Xenxo Dobbs and Taylor Edwards all had shots on target. Ellis Hill demonstrated skill and control as he managed to win the puck back from Slough and pass to Aurora Dobbs, who was unable to get a shot off. William Lake fought hard to regain possession and was also denied a goal. At the other end Duncan-Woolard made a superb save as Slough tried to take back control and possession. However, the Roos had other ideas as another torrent of shots came from Michael O’Sullivan, Foreman, Zack Beale, O’Dwyer, Edwards and Lake. Annie East worked well in defence and managed to force wide some of the Slough players’ attempts. Beale found his stride as he raced up the wing and managed to score. Spurred on, the Roos continued to push on and Edwards and O’Dwyer were able to put their names on the scoresheet. Hill and Aurora Dobbs defended well. Sanders who had eased into the game nicely almost managed to score for Slough but her attempt was well- saved by Duncan-Woolard. Annie East made a break out of defence down the left wing and passed to O’Sullivan who shot wide. Foreman showed off his speed as after his shot at goal was saved but his pacy back-check enabled him to defend against the Jets' counter-attack. Foreman took possession of the puck once more and shot. The puck deflected and Beale got the rebound and scored. O’Sullivan also scored soon afterwards. The Roos kept on trying until the very last buzzer with Edwards, O’Sullivan and Aurora Dobbs also on the attack.
Invicta faced Streatham next and Beale was quick off the mark at face off. Beale made a fantastic run but was denied by the stand-in Streatham goaltender – Samuel Lenk. Nicholas Pera Hall and O’Dwyer remained calm and effective in defence for the Roos. Edwards’ accurate and perfectly timed wrist shot hit the back of the net. Willing each other on, goals came from Xenxo Dobbs, Foreman and O’Dwyer. There were more attempts at goal at both ends. Benjamin Bates playing for Streatham, struck a marvellous shot but was denied by Duncan-Woolard. Xenxo Dobbs hit the pipe and then managed to pull back the rebound and pass to his sister, Aurora Dobbs who passed to Hill who scored. More goals came from O’Sullivan, O’Dwyer, Hill, Aurora Dobbs and Xenxo Dobbs. Albie East settled into the game well and helped out in defence, clearing the puck just in front of goal. Annie East was unlucky with a well-timed shot that Lenk smothered. At the Invicta end Duncan-Woolard continued to keep the puck out of his net.
The final cross-ice game of the day saw Invicta take on the Haringey Hounds. Duncan-Woolard was put to the test and made some impressive saves. Hill was unlucky with his shot that went wide. Xenxo Dobbs scored with an assist from Hill. It was an exciting game and Haringey continued to test the Invicta defence but the Roos dominated with great passing and attack. Annie East had a great shot saved. Lake received a well-timed pass and scored. Beale, Edwards, Annie East, O’Sullivan, O’Dwyer and Xenxo Dobbs were also able to add the Roos' tally. It was a great performance with well-deserved goals. Duncan-Woolard managed to keep a clean sheet throughout all three cross ice games with some simply superb saves.
Man of the Match was awarded to Charlie Duncan-Woolard and Jacob O’Dwyer received Spirit of the Match. Both awards thoroughly deserved - Well done boys!
The Invicta Bucks play their cross-ice tournament at Planet Ice, Gillingham on Saturday 2nd February. Face off 18.00.
On the same date the Invicta Roos travel to play in a cross-ice tournament hosted by the Under 9 Slough Jets. Face off 16.05.
Let’s Go BUCKAROOS!