The Under 9 Invicta Roos travelled to South London on Sunday 10th February for a cross-ice tournament against Streatham, Slough Jets and Haringey Hounds. Michael Sullivan and Harry Innes helped out a short-benched Slough team along with Isabella Atkins who was making her cross-ice debut.
The Roos’ first game of the afternoon was against Streatham who scored within seconds of face off. Charlie Duncan-Woolard had to act fast as another shot came flying his way but this time he was able to save it. James Stanmore intercepted the puck and made a powerful slap shot which was saved. Harry Foreman passed to Annie East who then passed back to Foreman who had travelled up the ice. Foreman received the pass and scored. Duncan-Woolard was called on to make an impressive save and then passed the puck to Stanmore who made a fast run on the right and scored. Annie East was next to shoot after a pass from Aurora Dobbs, but her attempt was smothered by the Streatham Tendie. Ellis Hill and Taylor Edwards worked well to get the puck up the ice together with some neat passing but unluckily were dispossessed just in front of goal. Edwards then made another great run, this time passing to Callum Wilson who was forced wide. Streatham regained composure and a stray puck was picked up and shot, hitting the cross bar. Duncan-Wollard was then forced to make another save. Hill used his speed and clever stick handling to take possession and drove a shot towards goal which was knocked wide. Hill kept up the attack with a great pass to Zack Beale who scored a great a remarkable goal. The Roos continued to dictate the play with more goals from Xenxo Dobbs, Wilson, Stanmore and Foreman.
Slough versus Invicta was the second game of the day. The Roos were slow off the mark and Slough took full advantage with a few early goals. The Roos re-grouped and Beale made a striking run up the right wing and shot a strike at goal which was deflected. The Roos were unlucky with a flurry of efforts saved. Xenxo Dobbs sent a few powerful slap shots towards goals, some went wide whilst one ricocheted off the pipe. It was Foreman who scored and opened the floodgates as Stanmore, Beale and Edwards were also able to leave their mark. After a slow start the Roos had been able to turn things around. Well done!
The Haringey Hounds were the Roos' final opponents of the day. Nicholas Pera-Hall stood firm in defence and reacted quickly to the Hounds' first strike. Unfortunately, and with a stroke of luck, Haringey managed to send a loose puck over the line. Alicia Offord and Edwards found space and managed to keep possession with Edwards sending a wrist shot sailing just above the goaltender’s helmet. Aurora Dobbs sent an accurate pass to Annie East who had her effort smothered. The Roos stayed poised in defence and helped keep the hounds at bay. Foreman scored a few, whilst Wilson, Hill and Stanmore were unlucky and unable to add to the Roos tally.
Man of the Match for the day was awarded to Xenxo Dobbs and the Spirit of the Game award went to Aurora Dobbs.